Study Abroad in Taiwan: Maymester 2014

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Join Our Next Taiwan Study Abroad Trip – 2014 Maymester!
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Contact Dr. Su-I Hou ( for more info!


Come to Taiwan Maymester 2014 (May 11 ~ June 2) and feel “LOHAS” the Taiwanese way, in the island’s cuisine, leisure activities, & folk health care. Earn 6 credit hours & learn issues related to “Public Health & Aging” and “Cultural & Health in Taiwan” while discovering this beautiful Formosa Island - Taiwan!

Photos / Blogs from Taiwan Study Abroad (TW-SA) Program:

¨       2011 TW-SA Photo by Each Day!!

¨       TW-SA Facebook Page(student blogs, photos, comments, & experience from past students)



HPRB 4000/7170 – Public Health & Aging (3 Cr.) 
With the partnership of Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU), National Cheng-Kung University (NCKU), & Chang-Gung University of Science & Technology (CGUST), as well as Taiwan Department of Health (DOH)& & CDC-Taipei, this course will introduce the public health system of Taiwan, discuss lessons learned from its universal health insurance plan; issues, policies, and resources related to the aging society, as well as observe some health programs in action. Site visits will include Taiwan CDC, DOH, hospitals / clinics, long-term care facilities, senior centers, etc.

HPRB 5160/7160/8000 – Special topic: Culture & Health (3 Cr.)  With the partnerships of Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU), Chang-Gung University of Science & Technology (CGUST), &local communities, this course will critically examine the relationship between culture variables and health / healthcare practices and behaviors. Students will explore how cultural lifestyle, folk healthcare, complimentary alternative therapies (CAM), community health, & the healthcare systems influence the health in Taiwan’s society and communities. Site visits will include Taiwan Department of Health, CDC-Taipei, medical / health alliance universities & colleges, night market, tea ceremony, beauty salon, spa therapy, neighborhood parks / culture villages, and traditional Chinese medicine clinics/hospitals, etc.

Classes will consist of lectures, demonstrations, site visits, field experience, and discussions. Guest lecturers will be drawn from the major national universities in Taiwan as well as from government officials, and culture experts & community practitioners in Taiwan.  UGA students will be paired with language partner(s), and have opportunities to interact with faculty members and students from major partnering universities in Taiwan throughout this study abroad program.


Taipei– the largest city & capital of Taiwan. Students will visit the Taiwan Department of Health (DOH), CDC-Taipei, & area attractions.

Taoyuan – the city where the Taipei International Airport located.  Students will visit Chang-Gung University of Science & Technology (CGUST)and its hospital system including the Chinese medicine wing.  Most excitingly, staying overnights at its Senior Health and Cultural Village to experience senior lifestyle.

Taichung - the 3rd largest & “most livable city”! Enjoy a tea ceremony & refresh yourself ~

Tainan- the 4th largest city after Taipei, Kaohsiung, & Taichung and is famous for its abundant historical sites. Students will visit the National Cheng-Kung University (NCKU)and NCKU hospital

Kaohsiung– the 2ndlargest city and the host city of the 2009 World Games, a multisport event primarily composed of sports not featured in the Olympic Games. Students will spend most of their time here at our main host institution Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU).


Northern / Central / Southern Taiwan Attractions. 

Republic Of China ( TAIWAN)

Area : 36,000 square kilometers (14,400 square miles)

Population : 23 million

Languages : Mandarin / Taiwanese / Hakka / Indigenous Languages

Religion : Buddhism / Taoism / Christianity / Islam

FORMOSA - Beautiful Island
Taiwan is known for its towering mountains, and is reputable as a " MountainousIsland".

It lies off the southeastern coast of mainland Asia, across the Taiwan Strait from Mainland China-- a solitary island on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean.

Taiwan's tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate climates provide clear differentiation between the different seasons. There are about 18,400 species of wildlife on the island, with more than 20% belonging to rare or endangered species.

The “LOHAS” tide (“Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability”)

Taiwan offers you an endless number of ways, with an Oriental flair, to stay healthy. Come to Taiwan and feel “LOHAS” the Taiwanese way, in the island’s cuisine, leisure activities, and folk methods of health care.

Taiwan is known far and wide for its dense concentration of hot springs (and rare cold mineral springs as well), with more than 100 hot-spring areas all over the island. This makes Taiwan one of the best places in the world for enjoying a healthful and relaxing soak in refreshing mineral waters.


The culinary culture of the Chinese people goes back a very long time.   In Taiwan, where it seems the people live to eat, it is said that there is a snack shop every three steps and a restaurant every five.



Learn More about Taiwan -

Interested? Contact Dr. Su-I Hou (  We'll put together a listserv for those who are interested and send out further info.

The fee for this program is $2,800.  (The cost is estimated based on an enrollment of 12 students & the current exchange rate, thus are subject to change due to these factors and/or unforeseen changes in the program itinerary).

This will include a double occupancy room, two meals a day, and local transportation while in Taiwan; scheduled field trips, site visits, cultural excursions, guest speakers, and medical insurance.

Additional expenses NOT included are tuition & fees @ UGA (may be partially covered by the HOPE scholarship), approximately $1,500 airfare, one meal a day, and spending money (gifts, laundry, etc.).

Taiwan Visa (

U.S. passport holders will be allowed to enter into Taiwan without a visa for up to 90 days (no extensions allowed) if their passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Taiwan and the traveler has a confirmed return or onward air ticket. Travelers also have the additional option of applying for and receiving a Taiwan visa prior to arrival in Taiwan (The processing fee is US$100.00).


Early Admission: December 2 (Mon.), 2013: Application deadline with $300 deposit due (refundable only if not accepted).  Acceptance note will be sent out by Dec. 9th, 2013.

Application Deadline: January 24 (Fri.), 2014: Application deadline with $300 deposit due(refundable only if not accepted).

February 7 (Fri.), 2014:Second Installment Due $1,250

March 7 (Fri.), 2014:FINAL Installment Due $1,250


Program Director
Associate Professor of Health Promotion & Behavior
College of Public Health, UGA.

Inaugural Service-Learning Senior Scholar for Research, Office of Service-Learning, UGA.

Chair, the Strategic Planning Committee of Health Informatics Information Technology (HIIT) Section, American Public Health Association.

Associate Editor for the Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education, and the Health Promotion Practice.

Dr. Hou has close professional ties with Taiwan and China. She is a NTU alumni and served as visiting scholar to NCKU and KMU in Taiwan. She travels to Asian region every year and has been frequently invited by their government officials, university colleagues, and industrial partners to share her scholarly work in research, instruction, and outreach. She is a renowned researcher and scholar in the field of health promotion for more than a decade.

Leonard W. Poon, PhD
Professor and Director Emeritus, Institute of Gerontology

Hsiu-Hung Wang, RN, PhD             
Dean & Professor      
College of Nursing    
Kaohsiung Medical University 

Fan-Hao Chou, RN, PhD
Host country program coordinator
Professor, College of Nursing
Kaohsiung Medical University