National Central University - Summer Optics Research

Program Facts

Program Type: Exchange

Credit Type: UA Direct Credit

Level of Study: Graduate , Undergraduate

GPA: 2.5

Class Eligibility: Sophomore , Junior , Senior

Language of Instruction: English

Program Open To: UA Students

Explore National Central University - Summer Optics Research

The Department of Optics and Photonics (DOP) at National Central University (NCU) in Taiwan invites scholarship applications for incoming exchange students for Summer research (2-month internship starting in May or June). The opportunities are offered to undergraduate and graduate students from the Wyant College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. Interested applicants should contact DOP professors to find a host research laboratory in advance.

The scholarship will be US$2,500 per person. The application deadline is April 15, and award notifications are sent about one month after the application deadline. The scholarships are awarded as a monthly stipend during students’ stay in Taiwan.  Interested applicants should contact DOP professors to find a host research laboratory in advance. Please go through the webpages below, figure out what kind of research you are interested in, and contact the related professors by emails:

You are also welcome to email Hsiao-Chun Peng (Stacy) at, tell her what your research interests are, and she will introduce you to some DOP professors. 

Important notes:

  • Must be a degree-seeking UA student in the Wyant College of Optical Sciences in good academic and disciplinary standing.
  • Students who participate in the program will be enrolled in Independent Study units at the UA with academic advisor's approval. 
  • Please contact your Study Abroad Coordinator for the hard copy of the application materials, which includes NCU applicant profile form, and letter of recommendation form.
  • Please plan early (at least 2 weeks prior to the deadline) so that you have enough time to complete the applications. 

Jhongli has a number of important cultural sites.  During your summer at NCU you'll have time to go out and explore the city.  Jungshan Park is a great place to relax and enjoy a natural landscape.  Listen to traditional bells and drums as you walk through Yuankuang Temple.  Shengchi Pavilion has a long history dating back to the Ching Dynasty.  You will be amazed at the deep cultural heritage of Jhongli and Taiwan as you learn more about your surroundings.

Jhongli is located 20 miles from Taipei.  You'll have easy access to Taipei through Taiwan's elaborate bus and rail network.


Good to Know:

LGBTQ+ Equality Index rating: Taiwan rates 60/100 (with 100 being the most equal) on Equaldex’s LGBTQ+ Equality Index.

Global Peace Index rating: Taiwan ranks 33/163 in the Global Peace Index. The lower the score, the more peaceful the country.

Languages spoken: Chinese (Mandarin official), Taiwanese (Min), Hakka dialects

NCU has 16 student dormitories with more than 1,900 rooms which can accommodate up to 6,000 students. 59 percent of students at NCU live in the dorms. Telephone facilities and internet access are available in every room. There are also public spaces such as lounges, reading rooms, gyms, table tennis rooms for recreation, entertainment, and study.

Term: Summer
Application Deadline: Apr 15
Start Date: May or June
End Date: July

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