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International Chinese Language Program (ICLP)

Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan

Program sponsor: National Taiwan University


One of the oldest and most successful intensive Chinese language programs in the world, the full-year International Chinese Language Program (ICLP) at National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei offers rigorous language training for various professions. Through intensive coursework and independent preparation, students can achieve high levels of competency in both spoken and written Mandarin and develop skills needed for academic research or other professional use. Participants are provided with an NTU student ID and have access to all of NTU’s facilities and activities.

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Program Requirements


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines. Pay non-refundable application fee ($100).

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

9 to 12 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


ICLP contracts with a private, off-campus apartment building that offers a limited number of rooms that are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Full Year 2019-2020: $35,163

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Room & board: $9,800
  • Airfare: $1,010
  • Local transportation: $500
  • Books & supplies: $500
  • Personal expenses: $4,300
  • Visa: $160
  • GeoBlue: $443

Total: $16,713

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the ICLP website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for the International Chinese Language Program (ICLP) at National Taiwan University (NTU), and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm intent to study at NTU. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Student Visa Financial Certification

If you are required to obtain a student visa, you may need to provide documentation that you will be supported financially for the duration of your time abroad. This may require bank statements from your parents and/or a financial aid award letter; review your visa application instructions carefully to be sure you are providing the appropriate documentation.

If you primarily fund your education through financial aid and/or loans, you may contact Krista Bethel in the financial aid office to request a letter of financial support from Northwestern.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule and will include only your ICLP tuition and the NU study abroad administrative fee (SAAF). Because ICLP is a full-year program, your invoice each quarter will include one-third of the total tuition and SAAF. Estimates are provided above; refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your CAESAR account in the fall, after NTU has confirmed the payment.

Please note that Northwestern will send your tuition payment to NTU via wire transfer. The exact U.S. Dollar amount of tuition you are charged by NU may depend on the exchange rate when the wire transfer is processed.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Other Program Charges

If you receive an invoice from NTU that includes your tuition, you should not pay it. Northwestern will pay NTU directly for your study abroad tuition.

It is your responsibility to pay directly for all other charges abroad, including your housing. Contact NTU directly if you have any questions.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying these fees directly.

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