December 26, 2019 - January 11, 2020
(Depart 26th, Arrive 28th)
Taipei, Yehliu, and Tainan, Taiwan
Taiwan, historically known as Formosa (beautiful island), is a democratic island country situated in the Pacific. Taiwan is rich in both history and culture. The people of Taiwan are comprised of multiple native indigenous ethnic groups (2%) and those of Han Chinese descent. Over several hundred years, this tiny island has experienced Portuguese, Spanish, French, Japanese, and Chinese colonial ruling. Every ruling left its marks on this island that is now melted into the Taiwanese culture and cuisine.
Because Taiwan is located between tropical and sub-tropical regions, the surrounding ocean is enriched with marine animals, including 27 species of cetaceans such as bottle-nosed dolphins, killer whales, sperm whales, and the rare hump back dolphin. During their trip, students will be immersed in marine mammal conservation of the Taiwanese style.
All students are required to take a total of 3 credit hours to participate on this program. You will register for the course as as a Spring 2020 course.
- VIBS 485: Directed Studies: Marine Mammal Anatomy (3 cr.)
- Minimum GPA of 2.0 and approval from faculty
- Course prerequisite is Biology 111: Introductory Biology
- Must attend ALL program-specific orientations
- Explore cultural sites in Taipei
- Visit Yehliu Ocean World Aquarium
- Work with Taiwanese students
- Help local volunteers on a rescue mission
|Estimated Program Fee (subject to change) - billed to University Account
Lodging, some meals, excursions, in-country transportation, facilities, insurance, faculty expenses, misc, etc.
|Study Abroad Admin Fee
|Estimated Additional Expenses - not included in Program Fee
|Tuition and fees (in-state resident for 3 hours)*
||Included in Spring
|Travel Documents (passport and visa - if needed)
|Meals (those not included in Program Fee)
|Textbooks and Supplies
|Total Estimated Cost
*Tuition & Fee rates vary depending on course load and residency status.
Students should meet with their Academic Advisors to ensure they meet eligibility requirements and that the courses are degree applicable.
Please plan accordingly as the Program Fee listed on the brochure will be due in full the terms prior to program departure (e.g. fall and spring for summer programs). The Program Fee is billed by Education Abroad in 3 payments:
- $400 (non-refundable) Administrative Fee
- $1000 Program Deposit
- Remaining Program Balance
*Note: additional expenses are due the terms prior to program departure (e.g. international airfare and travel documents).
Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad website here: https://abroad.tamu.edu/Funding
or come to our walk-in advising.
The Scholarships and Financial Aid office offers scholarship programs. These scholarships are based on merit and/or financial need. For more information and to access the application, visit: https://uwide.tamu.edu/
Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of TAMU study abroad programs. Students can contact the program's respective Education Abroad Advisor (listed above) to obtain a copy of the program-specific Financial Aid Request Form. Students should schedule a meeting with a Financial Aid Advisor to discuss their award package and disbursement of financial aid as it relates to the courses and the program fee due dates. Link to the Scholarship & Financial Aid Office: http://financialaid.tamu.edu/