High School in Taiwan (Ages 15-18)
A semester or academic year in Taiwan is a rare, once in a lifetime opportunity to explore a unique culture that is very different from your own.
Exchange students are enrolled in a public Taiwanese school. Students gain valuable Chinese language skills and learn about the fascinating traditions that make up Taiwanese culture, such as calligraphy, tea ceremony, and traditional art and music. The program includes Chinese language and culture classes to help you adjust to the challenges of attending a Taiwanese high school.
Students may be placed in safe communities all over Taiwan. It is important to be flexible about which town you’re placed in since we are unable to take your location preferences into account. Our priority is to identify a host family and community that is the best match for you.
Accommodations and Meals
Students accepted to Greenheart Travel's High School Abroad Program have profound opportunities for cultural immersion by living with a well-screened host family while attending a local high school abroad. For decades, the cross-cultural homestay has been considered the best educational vehicle for the development of real international understanding.
Each volunteer host family agrees to provide its international "son or daughter" with meals and his or her own bed. Just as in the U.S., every family is different. You may share a room with a host sibling or have your own room.
Your host family will expect you to help with household responsibilities, and family members may be more traditional in what they think are appropriate gender roles. As you can see, host families represent all walks of life. Host families do not want or expect a "boarder," but rather a new friend and family member.
Organized weekend excursions to exciting cultural and historic points of interest will be offered periodically for an additional fee.
Independent Travel and Visits from Family
Family members or friends are welcome to visit the program participant in their host country once their program with Greenheart Travel is complete. Visiting home or receiving visits from home during the course of a program like this is extremely disruptive to the program of the student. Such visits very often cause the student to feel homesickness afterward, which means going through the challenging adjustment period experienced at the beginning of the program again after the visit. These reactions to visits are hard on both program participants and host families. Because we truly wish for all of our program participants and host families to have positive experiences, we seek to minimize activities that threaten to detract from the positive experience meant to take place between program participant and host family such as visits to or from home.
As such, receiving visits from friends or family during your program is not permitted.
Traveling independently outside the host community is not allowed unless it is with an adult chaperon and is approved by the host family, natural parents of the student, partner organization and Greenheart Travel. Exploring your local host community after class or on the weekends with friends or your host family is encouraged, as it is a great way to soak in the local culture or practice new language skills. Your host family will be a great resource to find out about exciting events going on in the town. We only ask that students find a balance between spending time with new friends and hanging out with their host family.
Academic Credit Transfer
Greenheart Travel will enroll you in a public high school abroad, and documentation of school work done overseas will be provided. You are responsible for coordinating any transfer of credits from your high school abroad to your high school in the U.S. If you have questions or difficulties, Greenheart Travel’s staff may be able to assist you in this process. Please note that we can not guarantee that your American school will accept your studies abroad as credit. You should see your guidance counselor to determine what credits you might need to take outside of your studies abroad to ensure that you graduate high school on time.
Your host family will be a wonderful source of support and advice during your time abroad. Additionally, you will have what is sometimes called a local representative or a counselor. This person will be an adult outside of your host family who will support you throughout your program. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact your local representative. He or she is there for you!
Before you depart the U.S., you will need to learn as much as possible about the customs and culture of the country where you will be living. This will enable you to settle in more easily within your host family and community. Upon acceptance to the program, Greenheart Travel will send you orientation, culture shock, and host country information, so that you can familiarize yourself with your destination. Greenheart Travel’s National Office or local staff will also provide you with a thorough orientation before your departure. You should also read as much as possible about your host country and practice your language skills as much as you can!
Along with your host family information, Greenheart Travel will notify you of your arrival city, travel dates, and any travel arrangements that need to be made. Airfare to Taiwan is your responsibility, and you will need to send Greenheart Travel a copy of your itinerary to arrange your arrival transfer.
Depending upon the location of your host community, a representative or your host family may be able to meet you at the airport and take you directly to your new home. In other cases, you may be met at the airport and taken to the nearest train or bus station in order to arrive to your host community, where you will be picked up by your family.
A student visa is generally required for stays in Taiwan over 90 days. Participants should be prepared to go to the embassy or consulate in person in order to apply for a student visa. Up-to-date information can be found at www.travel.state.gov. Upon acceptance to the program, Greenheart Travel will inform you of the general requirements and instructions in order to get a passport and visa. However, all passport and visa arrangements are the responsibility of the participant and need to be made according to the Embassy’s instructions, as they are the final authority on all visa matters.
Semester Program Options:
Fall Semester: September to January
Spring Semester: February to June
September to June
Fall Semester or Academic Year: March 15
Early Bird Discount - $300: January 2
Spring Semester: September 15
Early Bird Discount - $300: June 1
Applicants must have an interest in other cultures and be willing to participate as fully as possible in the host country's culture and language, in school, and in host family activities. Other desirable characteristics include: flexibility, curiosity, motivation, and a good sense of humor. When applying for Greenheart Travel’s High School Abroad Program, you should be in good academic standing and be in good mental and physical health. In addition:
• Some Mandarin preferred, but not required
• Applicants must be between 15 and 18 years
• Applicants should possess a high school cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 / 4.0
• Recommendations will also assist in determining acceptance
Academic Year: $8,450
Full Board (3 meals/day)
In country transportation
Phone cards/cell phone
Uniforms, books, materials
24 Emergency Staff
Pre-departure and arrival Orientation
Incidentals (bottled water, visa extension, internet)
Fees may be paid by personal check, money order or credit card.