Maymester (3 weeks): May 12- June 2
Welcome to the Maymester Study Program in Taipei, Taiwan, where you will embark on an exciting 3-week journey exploring the rich culture and international exchange opportunities that Taiwan has to offer. This program is designed to provide a unique learning experience that combines academic rigor, cultural immersion, and leadership development.
Taipei, the vibrant capital of Taiwan, is a bustling city with a unique blend of traditional and modern culture. As you explore the city, you will see traditional temples and markets coexisting with modern skyscrapers and shopping districts. Taipei is also renowned for its food scene, with a wide variety of delicious local dishes that reflect Taiwan's diverse culinary heritage.
In addition to exploring Taipei, you will have the opportunity to visit surrounding areas such as Jiufen, Yehliu, and Pingxi, each with their own unique cultural attractions. Through visits to museums, historical sites, and cultural performances, you will gain a deeper understanding of Taiwan's rich history and culture.
As part of this program, you will also have the opportunity to engage in international exchange activities, such as attending lectures and discussions with local experts and participating in cultural exchange events with Taiwanese students. Through these activities, you will gain a better understanding of Taiwan's place in the global community and develop your cross-cultural communication skills.
Finally, this program also emphasizes leadership development, providing opportunities for you to reflect on your personal values and leadership style, and to practice leadership skills through group projects and activities. By the end of the program, you will have gained a deeper appreciation for Taiwan's culture, made meaningful connections with local students and experts, and developed your leadership skills in a global context.
SILK ROADS IN THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
This undergraduate course offers an in-depth examination of the history and relevance of the Silk Roads and contemporary trade patterns. Students will explore the Silk Roads as a complex system of cultural, economic, and political exchange that connected China to Central Asia, India, the Middle East, and beyond, including the sea routes that shaped early East Asia. Through readings, lectures, discussions, and site visits, students will gain a nuanced understanding of the diverse cultures and communities that participated in the Silk Roads, as well as the challenges and opportunities that emerged from these interactions.
In addition to historical and cultural analysis, this course also explores contemporary emerging and extant trade networks and how they shape economic, political, and cultural relations beyond the dichotomy of 'east and west'. Students will have the opportunity to engage with local experts, and business leaders. Through this course, students will developed their analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to navigate complex cross-cultural encounters.
LEADERSHIP ACROSS CULTURES: ASIA
Modern times present challenges that demand individual creativity and adaptability in the face of challenges, and an understanding of perspectives beyond one's own. The goal of this leadership course is to equip the student with the analytical tools and understanding of global cultural perspectives on 'good' leadership, that will carry forward and enable them to achieve their goals domestically and internationally.
Our instructors are an international team who have operated companies around the world, and will impart a practical and engaging understanding of what it takes to navigate the globalized world, to make effective decisions, and to stand out as a strong, capable leader in different settings. Continuities and differences will be examined in attitudes towards leadership, with an eye towards historical examples. Students will engage in leadership workshops to build their confidence and capabilities, and to engage more thoroughly with their host community. This course is beneficial to students from all backgrounds and will positively influence participation in diverse disciplines.
One Course (3 Credits): $3,475
Two Courses (6 Credits): $3,725
TUITION INCLUSIONS FOR SESSIONS IN TAIWAN
Class Fees and most Materials Needed
Shared Student Housing (Single Housing supplement available on request for an additional fee)
Welcome and Farewell Meals
Excursions to Sites included in Itinerary
Transit fees and Tickets as included in Course Itinerary
24 Hour On-Site Support
*Programs are subject to change as deemed fit due to inclement weather, availability and varying circumstances as Edu-Odyssey adapts to provide the best experience for students.
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