Quarter Abroad Taiwan - On Site

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Pharmaceutical Chemistry in Taiwan


Students will be housed in double rooms in a dormitory on the Activity Center campus on the Academia Sinica campus. All rooms are equipped with telephone, internet connection, TV, and a refrigerator. The campus includes the following gym facilities: a swimming pool, a fitness room, badminton and tennis courts, an indoor jogging track, and a basketball/volleyball court. There are computers available in the life science library located in the institute of biological chemistry, which is approximately 5 minutes walking distance from the activity center.

UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange alternative lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.


Meals are not included in this program (except for as part of some excursions). Students may purchase all other meals on or off campus. On campus, there is a Chinese restaurant, a Western restaurant, and a cafe. In addition, there are many restaurants located within a 5-10 walk from the dorm. Meals in the campus restaurants are partially subsidized by the Academia Sinica for employees and students and thus are very inexpensive, costing only NT$40-65 ($1.25-$2.00) for lunch or dinner.

Trying new food at the night markets is always a favorite activity.

Video Spotlight: "Shilin Night Market Food (士林夜市) | Taipei, Taiwan Vlog"

Excursions and Day Trips

During their free time, students are encouraged to take trips and excursions in the surrounding towns and villages and explore the country. As part of the program, students will participate in field trips and cultural events and hear from guest lecturers and local pharmaceutical chemistry experts. Included activities and lectures are built into the Spring CHE 198 course and may include the following:

Cultural events (both small and large groups of students):

  • Maokong Gondola/tea plantations
  • Taipei Zoo
  • Pinxi day trip
  • Karaoke and Dinner
  • Illan Day trip
  • Taipei Eye Theater
  • Din Tai Fung dumpling house
  • Cool N2 Ice Cream
  • Five Dime restaurant
  • Hiking: Yang-Ming Mountain, Mt. Qixing
  • Taipei 101
  • Various night markets
  • Baseball game
  • Ximending (shopping district)
  • Taiwan Kenting National Park
  • Longshan Temple
  • Grand Hotel
  • Kavalan distillery

Scientific lectures (biology, medicine, climate, drug development; speakers from Taiwan, USA, Korea):

  • Genetic Epidemiologic Studies of Cardiometabolic Disease and Rick Factor Based on Taichi Cohort and Omics Approaches
  • Roles of viral protein P1 in the movement and replication
  • Recent progress in drug development for hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Biology of therapeutic opportunities of histone deacetylases
  • Robustness, Control, and Organization of Developmental Pattern
  • Targeting Synoviocyte Phosphatases for Novel Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Negatively Charged C-Domain Governs pH-tuned DNA Binding of NAC Transcription Factor
  • The Madden-Julien Oscillation in a Warmer World
  • The Biology and Therapeutic Opportunities of Histone Deacetylases
  • Endosymbiosis in Paramecium
  • Negatively charged C-domain governs pH-tuned DNA binding of NAC transcription factor
  • Genome Engineering Using CRISPR/Cas9 Technologies
  • Biological applications of mass spectrometry

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible.  However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Study Abroad General Risk Advisory

Program Specific Risk Advisories (PDF)

About Taiwan

One of East Asia's most dynamic, successful, and beautiful countries, Taiwan has enjoyed strong economic growth and today boasts the fourth largest economy in the region. With a unique blend of prosperity and modernity alongside strong traditional values and culture, Taiwan offers exciting social, cultural, and educational opportunities. The program is located in Taipei, Taiwan's capital and its economic and cultural center. It is a modern, safe, and convenient city located in the northwest corner of the island. Noted for its rich cultural institutions, bustling business activity, and the scenic beauty of its surrounding mountains and seashore, it is an excellent location for study and exploration.

Currency: New Taiwan Dollar (TWD)

Language Spoken: Mandarin

Weather and Climate

Because weather is unpredictable, bring clothes that you can layer for ease of comfort. There may be some rain showers during your stay, so bring a jacket, poncho or umbrella and appropriate shoes for rain. Visit the CNN Weather page for Taipei

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