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OCU-Doers Cultural Exchange Program

About the Program

Through the generosity of the Doers Cultural and Educational Foundation, a team of 10 OCU students spend two weeks in Taiwan each summer. While abroad, OCU students team up with Taiwanese college students and work with school-aged campers in a summer cultural exchange program. In addition to the cultural exchange camps, students will experience many aspects of Taiwan's natural beauty and rich culture.

This unique program requires participants who enjoy meeting people from another culture, working with children and teenagers, and living in a rural, rustic setting that offers the heat and humidity of the tropics. Students accepted for this program should desire to be part of a team determined to be positive representatives of US culture and interested in actively and creatively engaging with Taiwanese youth, university students, and the adults who will work with them.

The selection process starts with an application which are evaluated by a campus committee. The finalists, drawn from across campus, are then invited to an interview with the selection committee.

Applications for the summer 2020 program will open January 25, 2020 and close March 1, 2020. Interviews occur in late February.

The dates for this program are June 1 through June 15. Students will depart from the US on May 31 and leave Taiwan on June 15.

Most costs for the program are paid from the Doers Foundation endowment, including housing, meals, and international airfare; however, students who have been accepted to the program will pay $250 to help cover the cost of excursions. In addition, students are responsible for obtaining a valid passport and, if necessary, a visa. As of January 2020, US citizens are not required to obtain a visa for a short-term visit to Taiwan.

Contact the Study Abroad Office

Apply Now for Summer 2020

NOTE: Only complete applications (all forms completed, including faculty recommendations) by the deadline will be evaluated.

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