Environmental Management and Sustainable Development in Taiwan

The Taiwan Program will take place at two distinctive locations: Taipei, one of the most populated international cities in the world, and Nantou which is famous for its rural characteristics and tribal culture.

The Environmental Management and Sustainable Development in Taiwan program is a six-week summer program taking place in Taipei and Nantou, Taiwan, for two and four weeks, respectively. Cal Poly students will have an opportunity to learn about contemporary environmental challenges ranging from community to global levels. The course will be housed in two collaborative institutes, National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT, Taipei) and National Chi-Nan University (NCNU, Nantou), with additional field trips to explore environmental and social characteristics challenging sustainable development. By attending this program, Cal Poly students will have an opportunity to intensively interact with bilingual Taiwanese students (peer advisors and student volunteers) through group activities during their stay in Taiwan.

Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei is the vibrant political, economic, and cultural center of Taiwan with a growing metropolis of more than 2.7 million people. It is the principal economic and cultural center of the country with so much to offer. The city offers a combination of modern and historic sites to explore including one of the tallest buildings in the world, Taipei 101, and multiple historical temples. The program offers multiple free weekends for students to explore the city independently with the help of local Taiwanese students from National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT).

Nantou, Taiwan

Nantou is home to the more rural areas of Taiwan providing the perfect contrast to Taipei. Nantou County is home to Taiwan's highest peak, Mt. Jade, and Nantou City lies between the Bagua Mountains and the Maoluo River. With many nearby national parks and forests, Nantou offers many outdoor recreation options. Many consider Nantou as the heart and garden of Taiwan because of it's majestic scenery and natural beauty.

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This program is open to students in all majors.


Minimum Enrollment

Maximum Enrollment

How to Apply

First, attend a Study Abroad 101 Workshop and complete the Advising Module.
Then, click the 'Apply Now' button to complete the online application for this program. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018.

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The six-week program will blend in a series of field trips with a total of nine days to aid the in-class lectures, which allows students to gain a holistic view on land-use conflict, and relevant environmental challenges associated with a region’s historical, racial, and cultural figures. This special arrangement can facilitate a rich learning experience by exploring diverse land use and development issues, which cannot be achieved by an in-class learning environment. During our stay in Taiwan, two groups of bilingual Taiwanese students from Taipei and Nantou will work with Cal Poly students closely not only to support peer learning, but also after-school activities such as local sightseeing and cultural exploration. The change of location and teaching method will allow students to gain unique insights not only to observe social challenges associated with natural resources management, but also brainstorm solutions outside the box. Field trips and the interaction with local communities and peer students will provide exciting opportunities to facilitate student engagement to articulate alternative strategies.

You will earn Cal Poly credit on this program.

Course # Course Title Unit
NR 360 Ethnicity and the Land GE C$ & USCP 4
NR 323 Human Dimensions in Natural Resources Management GE D5* 4

*D3 credit may be requested via substitution on a case-by-case basis

NOTE: Pre-requisites for courses may be waived by the professors

Contact information:

Email: yichiu@calpoly.edu

Dr. Yiwen Chiu

Dr. Chiu is an assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources Management and Environmental Science (NRES). She specializes in quantitative sustainability, environmental life-cycle analysis, and environmental modeling. Dr. Chiu grew up in Taiwan and used to work for a newly established research center in Taiwan where she experienced how a scientist can contribute directly to change a country’s environmental policies and to tackle challenges for sustainable development. She has joined Cal Poly since 2014, and her latest research effort here focuses on
(a) quantifying the impacts dynamics associated with the change of natural resources management strategies, policies, and consumption pathways, and
(b) assessing the sustainability of co-production schemes.
With her background, she is also in charge of teaching courses related to environmental management at NRES. When she is not at work, she loves to play golf, squash, badminton, and blowing. She is also a big fan of cross country skiing, which she has a hard time to keep up with after moving to SLO from Minnesota.

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