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  • Locations: Hualian, Taiwan; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Pingtung, Taiwan; Taipei, Taiwan
  • Program Terms: January Term
  • Program Cost: January Term
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Final Application Deadline Decision Timeline Start Date End Date
January Term 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/03/2020 01/17/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be contacted shortly after all application materials are completed.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
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 Learning Design with Technology in International Contexts : 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: EDUC488 (2 credits); CIED690 (3 credits). 
Academic Overview
Course Description
This course leverages an interdisciplinary approach that combines 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. Service-learning is an important component of this course in which the program 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. 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.

Program Information Sessions 4:30 - 5:30PM:
April 24, Wednesday,  MOH 345, Minneapolis campus
April 30th, Tuesday,  MOH 345,  Minneapolis campus
May 6, Monday, ASC 202, St. Paul campus

20%     Professional Portfolio
20%     Service-Learning Presentation 
20%     Learning Journal/Blog
20%     Collaborative Teaching Presentation 
20%     Course Participation 
Location and Tentative Dates
1) Nov. 25-Dec. 22, 2019, 4 online -learning modules, 36 hours
2) Dec. 16, 2019, 5-9pm, program orientation, Minneapolis, 4 hours
3) Jan 3-17, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Taidong, Hualian, & Yilan
  • Onsite teaching at four schools and reflection, 30 hours
  • University seminars and activity design, 15 hours
  • Geo-cultural site visits and reflection, 45 hours
4) Jan 23, 5-8pm, post-trip seminar: debriefing, presentation, evaluation, Minneapolis, 3 hours
Totals: 129 hours
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.
Housing and Meals
Double-occupancy in 3-star hotels at different cities on the island. 
All breakfasts, most lunches, and 2 dinners are included. 2 lunches and 10 dinners will be on your own. 
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, 2019. Applications will be accepted after April 10 for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1, 2019.
  • 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, 2019
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2019
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 sabbatical leave until 09/03/2019)

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