International Chinese Language Program

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International Chinese Language Program
25°00′58″N 121°32′10″E / 25.016°N 121.536°E / 25.016; 121.536Coordinates: 25°00′58″N 121°32′10″E / 25.016°N 121.536°E / 25.016; 121.536
ColorsMaroon and gold         [1]
AffiliationsNational Taiwan University

The International Chinese Language Program (ICLP; Chinese: 國際華語研習) is an institution for intensive training in formal Mandarin, Taiwanese, Classical Chinese, and other varieties of Chinese. It is located in Gongguan, Taipei, on the main campus of National Taiwan University (NTU).[2][3]


The center was established in 1961 by Stanford University to meet the stringent research and educational needs of Stanford University students. In 1963, the Inter−University Board was created and the official name became the Inter−University Program for Chinese Language Studies (IUP), commonly referred to as the "Stanford Center," with several top American universities contributing funds and participating in the center. Owing to the quality of the teachers and materials, as well as the intensity of instruction, this program quickly became the world's premier center for the intensive study of Mandarin Chinese, training several generations of the world's top sinologists, including professors, diplomats, and business leaders.[4]

In 1997, a new IUP was established at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. National Taiwan University assumed full administration of the program in Taiwan, and the name was changed to the "International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University" (ICLP). Though it changed its name, ICLP continued with the same teachers, same course materials, and same traditions as an elite Chinese training program, with the same level of intensive instruction and small classes that have made it the standard against which other Mandarin training programs are measured. ICLP has produced and continues to produce some of the best known texts for instruction in Mandarin. In January 2006, ICLP, though long-associated with National Taiwan University and having always been located there, was finally formally merged into NTU as an institute of the university.


The normal courseload for students is three one-hour classes with no more than four students a class plus an additional hour of personal instruction. The student to faculty ratio at ICLP is less than 3:1. ICLP follows an approximately 10-week quarter system, with Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer sessions (the summer session is just 8 weeks). Students who wish to study at ICLP can choose from several options. First is the year-long program, beginning in mid-September and ending in June or August, depending on the student's choice for the optional summer session. Second, students may also join just the optional summer session running from June to August. Third, there is a quarter program offered in line with the calendar of many California universities, in order to meet the needs of students studying abroad on a quarter system. In addition, sometimes students attend for just a single quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer) for remedial study or for college credit. Besides classwork, students practice outside class in a Mandarin-speaking environment that upholds much of its traditional Chinese heritage and culture within the framework of a modern democratic society.

Previously, ICLP did not accept beginner students, but due to overwhelming interest, ICLP now also offers intense instruction at the beginner level. Besides the full complement of courses in spoken and written Chinese from beginner to advanced levels, ICLP is one of the few Chinese language schools to offer beginner and advanced courses in Classical Chinese and Taiwanese. Classes in Chinese Calligraphy and creative writing are also offered. Cantonese and Hakka have also previously been offered. Students also have the opportunity to audit courses at National Taiwan University.


Besides graduate student grants, some ICLP students are also recipients of scholarships granted by the Blakemore Foundation and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO). U.S. applicants to the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship apply through their regional TECRO Cultural Division. U.S. applicants to the Scholarship Program for Advanced Mandarin Studies apply through the Washington D.C. Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office Cultural Division.


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  1. ^ "NTU at a Glance". National Taiwan University. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Welcome to Ranking Web of Universities | Ranking Web of Universities". Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  3. ^ " | Asia's Best Universities 2000 | Overall Ranking". 2000-06-22. Archived from the original on 2016-02-02. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  4. ^ "About ICLP - About ICLP". 2008-03-13. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  5. ^ "Homepage". Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  6. ^ 傅綠喜 (2007-05-21). "臺大國際華語研習所 電子報雙週刊 » 長城研究學者石彬倫(David Spindler)校友專訪". Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  7. ^ 趙明廉 (2007-04-22). "臺大國際華語研習所 電子報雙週刊 » 一篇關於ICLP校友文魯彬(Robin Winkler)的《紐約時報》報導" (in Chinese). Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  8. ^ "Activism Gets Rolling in Taiwan". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-07-02.

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