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OSU: College of Forestry: National Taiwan University Summer BACT Program
National Taiwan University’s College of Bioresources and Agriculture.
NTU’s BACT Summer Program is held by the College of Bioresources and Agriculture. It combines biodiversity & agriculture exploration with thought-provoking “Exploring Taiwan” academic courses conducted by experienced university professors. Taught in English, the “Exploring Taiwan” courses help you to gain a deeper understanding of Taiwan’s fauna, flora, agriculture, and cultural heritage and aim to provide a broad, well-rounded summer experience.
Taiwan, situated in subtropical and tropical Asia, is an island of 36,000 km2 and with coastal line stretching 1,100 km. Two thirds of Taiwan is covered with natural forests, and more than 200 peaks rise above 3,000 meters (10,000 ft). The highest mountain, Yushan, is about 4,000 m. Due to the high elevation difference, the climatic conditions and ecosystems are very different along the altitudinal gradient, producing a diverse and abundant wild fauna and flora. Geologically speaking, since Taiwan is a relatively young island, volcanic activity, gorge cleaving and rock formation are wonders still in action today. The Chinese culture that has been well preserved on the island has also intrigued its foreign visitors.
Class Format:Classes with US and Host-Country Students
Current graduate or undergraduate students, sophomore standing or above. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Students must meet with John Bliss (OSU College of Forestry, Associate Dean of Graduate and International Programs) prior to applying to the Program. College of Agricultural Sciences students must meet with Paul Dorres (CAS Director of Student Services) prior to applying to the Program. Students accepted to the Program must sign the Declaration Statement in the Program application packet and must attend a pre-departure orientation coordinated by IDEA.
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The NTU College of Bioresources and Agriculture is holding the "Biodiversity, Agriculture, and Culture of Taiwan Summer Program" for undergraduate and graduate students to explore Taiwan. The BACT Program is an approximately four-week structured program that provides students opportunities to learn about natural and cultural resources of Taiwan through a combination of lectures, field trips, and activities. Specific Program details are provided in the BACT Program Schedule posted on the NTU-CBA website each year. All Program courses and field trips are conducted in English, and students earn 6 credits. The Program explores diverse areas of Taiwan from the ocean intertidal zones to high elevation forests, where students see why and how a small island could be endowed with such high biodiversity. The program of study includes elements of forest, agricultural, and marine ecosystems, geography, cultural history, wood utilization, and more. The Program concludes with a multi-day group project based on what was learned throughout the Program, conducted in NTU’s Experimental Forest.
For more details, contact John Bliss, OSU-NTU BACT program coordinator.
OSU students shall pay the Program Fee for “CBA’s Partner University Students” indicated at the time of application on the Program website. The Program Fee for 2013 is $2000 per student and the Application Fee of $300 is waived. This Program Fee covers all course materials, tuition, orientation, Program T-shirt and bag, all accommodations named in the Program Schedule, two thirds of meals, local insurance and all travel expenses within Taiwan that are scheduled in the program. Payment of the Program Fee is due to OSU within three weeks of notification of acceptance into the Program.
Other Expenses: Students will be responsible for round trip travel expenses between Oregon and Taipei, the remaining one third of meals, and personal purchases. Students will pay all associated Program Fees, OSU application fee ($50), and other expenses directly to OSU. OSU IDEA will insure all OSU students participating in the Program and any subsequent internship in the standard international insurance policy used for all OSU programs. The cost of the insurance will be billed directly to the student’s OSU account. These costs are estimates and are subject to change at any time.
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