TAIWAN: Biomedical Optics in Taipei – CLOSED

taipei, taiwan

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  • Summer 2 Semester - July 18 - August 22, 2014 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2013

Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty Leader: Charles DiMarzio (c.dimarzio@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Session: Wednesday, 4 December, from 6:00 to 7:00PM in 352 Egan

Term: Summer 2


  • INTL4944 Dialogue of Civilizations - Regional Engagement: Chinese Culture in Taiwan
  • EECE4648 Biomedical Optics in an International Context


In recent years many engineering and science students have developed an interest in applying their engineering skills to biomedical problems. At Northeastern, increasing numbers of students are working in biomedical optics, through courses, research projects, and cooperative education assignments. Students wishing to work in this discipline in the future require not only strong technical skills (which transcend national borders), but a knowledge of the financial, political, cultural, and social issues that vary from one country to another. The theme of this program is international biomedical research and development in the US and Taiwan.

This program is designed for students with an interest in optics or biomedical instrumentation, or both. The program has three main components: (1) Prof. Charles A. DiMarzio at NU and Prof. Snow Tseng at National Taiwan University (NTU), will offer a rigorous 4–semester–hour “technical elective” course in biomedical optics to students from both NU and NTU. (2) The program will also offer a 4SH social–science course, Chinese Cultures in Taiwan. In this course we will explore such topics as the Cross-straits tug of war for Formosa, the diverse cultures of the Taiwanese people, history of the island, occupation by other countries, modern times (1945–present) and Taiwan in 2014. (3) The program will include excursions around Taipei and neighboring areas to provide an experience of living and traveling abroad, along with a brief exposure to the language, calligraphy, and customs of the country.


  • INTL4944 Dialogue of Civilizations - Regional Engagement: Chinese Culture in Taiwan
  • EECE4648 Biomedical Optics in an International Context

Host University

National Taiwan University is the prestigious flagship university of Taiwan; it is the country’s premier research institution as well as the most comprehensive. NTUs leading role in education and research is supported by a global strategy that capitalizes on sustained mobility, an expanded network of 450 partners and the creation of quality global opportunities. The University is ranked 1st in the Chinese-speaking world, 9th in all of Asia, and is 2nd in Asia–Pacific for Engineering, Technology and Computer Science (ARWU 2012).

The university has 11 colleges, with 54 departments and 103 graduate institutes, plus four university–level research centers: Population and Gender Studies Center, Center for Condensed Matter Sciences, Center for Biotechnology, and Bio-diversity Research Center. The total number of students, including those enrolled at the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, has grown to over 33,000, including over 17,000 university students and 15,000 graduate students. Now, the number of graduate students at NTU almost equals the number of university students, which indicates that NTU has successfully been transformed into a research university.

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum 2.5 GPA and in good academic standing. Additionally, students are recruited primarily from all engineering departments, and physics. Students from other departments with particular interest and experience in biomedical optics are encouraged to contact the instructor. Students must have completed at least

  • Calculus 3 (e.g. MATH2321),
  • Differential Equations and Linear Algebra (e.g. MATH2341),
  • Physics 2 (e.g. PHYS1155),
  • Two core courses in their respective majors.

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Tuition: $10,195

DOC Fee: $3,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International SOS assistance, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.




Hotel rooms near the NTU campus with double occupancy will be provided by CIEE.