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  • Locations: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Program Terms: January Term
  • Program Cost: January Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior, 5 - Graduate
Subject Areas: Education Program Sponsor: UST
Program Description:
CIED690/EDUC488: Course Learning Design with Technology in International Contexts in Taiwan
Learning Design Tech JT20
Photo courtesy Taiwan Tourism Bureau

Program Highlights

  • Develop skills for international collaboration and diverse learner engagement in education.
  • Collaborate with international educators to co-create learning opportunities for K-12 learners in urban and rural areas in Taiwan.
  • Gain international perspectives in education and enrich students with multicultural experiences
  • Immerse in the amazing culture of Taiwan that blends different ethnic groups, including the indigenous peoples, the Dutch, the Spanish, the Japanese, the Han Chinese, and metropolitan cityscape. Learn more about Taiwan: or here:
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Fulfills: CIED 690 will fulfill CIED 551 and EDUC 488 will fulfill EDUC 431

Academic Overview

Course Description
This course leverages an interdisciplinary approach that combines digital literacy, technology, and engineering into the design of educational activities in an international context. The participants will work with diverse K-12 learners in urban and rural areas of Taiwan through technology-enriched learning activities. Participants will work with the local school teachers to develop culturally sustaining instructional activities to engage diverse learners. Through course readings, lectures, activities, and site visits, students will develop in-depth knowledge and first-hand international teaching experiences through interaction with students, teachers, and school administrators in Taiwan. Participants will partner with students from National Sun Yat-Sen University as they continue to develop and refine their lesson plans. This course will immerse students in the school environments to develop their own views on the opportunities and challenges of the educational systems with the aim to enrich their own teaching activities and learning environments in the United States.
Program Structure
The program consists of pre-departure online learning, onsite teaching/cultural site visits, and post-trip seminar. Students will start with online learning modules four weeks prior to the departure to build the content knowledge. During the two-week trip to Taiwan, students will learn to work with local educators to design culturally sustaining activities and work with diverse learners through school visits, seminars, community interaction, and cultural site visits. Participants will share their learning and reflection in the post-trip seminar.
20%     Professional Portfolio
20%     Service-Learning Presentation 
20%     Learning Journal/Blog
20%     Collaborative Teaching Presentation 
20%     Course Participation 

Location and Tentative Dates
1) November TBD, 3-6pm, Study Abroad Office Orientation and program orientation, OEC 306, 3 hours
2) Dec. 5, 2022, 3:30-6:30pm, Pre-departure seminar, ASC341, 3 hours
3) Jan 3 flight departs U.S.
4) Jan 4 -17, 2023, Kaohsiung, Taiwan,
      Onsite teaching at four schools and reflection, 45 hours
      University seminars and activity design, 40 hours
      Geo-cultural site visits and reflection, 45 hours4) Jan. 18-26, 2023, 3 modules of online learning, 36 hours
5) Jan 23, 2023, 9-12pm, project development (in person and Zoom), ASC341, 3 hours
6) Jan 26, 2023, 1-3pm, post-trip seminar: debriefing, presentation, evaluation, ASC341, 3 hours
Totals: 178 hours
Information Session
Virtual information session at noon on Tuesday, March 29 via
The recording will be posted here.
Housing and Meals
Double-occupancy in 3-star hotels at different cities on the island. 
All breakfasts, most lunches, and 2 dinners are included. 3 lunches and 11 dinners will be on your own.

Click on the Program Cost link above for detailed cost information.
Total cost includes: tuition, airfare, transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations and some meals.
Application Procedures & Deadline
  • Select the Apply Now button at the top to start your online application.
  • Log in using your St. Thomas username and password.
  • Complete all application materials by the application deadline. Students are encouraged to apply during the priority enrollment period, April 1-10. Applications will be accepted after April 10 for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1.
  • Download and read Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures.  You are responsible for reading, understanding and abiding by its content.
Priority Application Deadline: April 10, 2022
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2022
Financial Aid/Scholarships
Students studying abroad during J-Term are generally only eligible for additional loans to help finance their study abroad costs. Please review Financial Aid for Study Abroad. Scholarships may also be available from St. Thomas and some Other Approved Programs. Please refer to our Scholarships webpage for details and review Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures for additional financial aid information.

For more information
On course content, contact the Program Directors:
Prof. C. Candace Chou at 6519624814,
Prof. Debra Monson at 6519624443, 

On application procedures or logistical information, contact:
Office of Study Abroad | University of St. Thomas
Murray-Herrick 212 | 651.962.6450 | |

Sustainability & Study Abroad: CO2 Emissions for This Program
The flights for this program release 2.3108 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. To put that into perspective, this is equivalent to CO2 emissions from 294,701 smartphone charges. Another way to look at this is that it would take 98.3 bags of waste recycled instead of brought to a landfill OR 87.8 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs to offset these CO2 emissions. We encourage students to make decisions to offset their carbon production from studying abroad. Check out the CoolClimate Network’s carbon footprint calculator to identify and quantify specific behavior changes that can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.

This program is currently not accepting applications.