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  • Locations: Fulong Beach, Taiwan; Nantou, Taiwan; Taipei, Taiwan; Yilan, Taiwan
  • Program Terms: Maymester
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Sponsor: University of Georgia
Partner Institution: National Taiwan Sport University Type of Instruction: Independent Study
Classes With: UGA Students Language Program: No
Language of Instruction: Chinese, English Taught By: Host Professor(s)
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: No College/School: Education
Academic Area: Athletic Training, Kinesiology Minimum number of credit hours: 4
Maximum number of credit hours: 4 Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0 or above
Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Program Description:


UGA- Education- Study Abroad in Athletic Training: Taiwan Maymester

The University of Georgia Athletic Training Education Program in association with the National Taiwan Sport University (NTSU) is offering a study abroad experience specifically designed for athletic training students. The program is available to undergraduate and graduate students in athletic training or pre-physical therapy/exercise science and will provide the student with classroom knowledge and clinical experiences. The academic program will focus on traditional Asian therapies to include acupressure massage, pain relief techniques, acupuncture, rehabilitation techniques and cranial therapy. The clinical program will provide athletic training observation and hands-on experience with National Taiwan Sport University (NTSU) intercollegiate teams and as well as physician and health care professionals associated with NTSU. The program is limited to 20 students.

Program Location

 As the top sport university in Taiwan, National Taiwan Sport University (NTSU) was founded in 1987 on 64-hectares multiple purpose sports complex located in Kweishan, Taoyuan (northern Taiwan). The college’s mission has been set to fully utilize the education, training, competitions, recreation, and promotional functions of the planned facilities in the campus. The goal of the institute has always aimed at placing an equal amount of emphases on both academics and skills.  Campus facilities: Major sport facilities include multipurpose gymnasium (the first and only college campus dome in Taiwan, providing 16 sport facilities and 15,000 seats), indoor and outdoor swimming pools (1 standard competition pool, 1 diving pool, 1 training pool, and a children's pool), indoor and outdoor tennis courts, outdoor basketball and volleyball courts, tae kwan do hall, archery field (7,925 square meters, 25 lanes), fitness center (fitness assessment, weight training, cardiopulmonary function enhancement, and dancing room), sport training room, indoor badminton gymnasium, multipurpose stadium, rock climbing site (14.5 meter high, the most challenging rock surface in Taiwan), table tennis gymnasium, outdoor adventure education field, and baseball field.

Contact Information
Bud Cooper, EdD, ATC, CSCS - Program Director
Dr. Bud Cooper
Ramsey Center
330 River Road
Phone: 706-542-6463
Michael Huang, PED, ATC, Professor of AT - NTSU
B.S. Miller Hall Room 210
Phone: 706-713-2674

Academic Program

The academic program will focus on the theories and techniques used in traditional Chinese medicine. Specific topics will include:
  • Injury epidemiology and injury characteristics for Taiwanese sports
  • Biomechanics of movement and related stress and strains that cause injury
  • Traditional Chinese medicine therapy used to reduce inflammation
  • Learn various joint mobilization, tissue release and manual therapy techniques used in Taiwan
  • Treatment of injuries through acupressure therapy and massage
  • The use of acupuncture and herbal medicine used to treat injuries and illnesses
  • Learn the theory and use of cranial therapy techniques for the treatment of illnesses
  • Laws and regulations used in different countries related to the practice of athletic training

Program Itinerary

May 16 -Arrival at 8:00PM
May 17 -Class 1
-Schedule overview 
-Campus orientation
 -Welcome reception
May 18 cultural event-Yingge culture tour (Yingge Ceramics Museum, Pottery DIY and Yinnge old ally strolling)
May 19 -over night trip - cultural event
May 20 -over night trip - cultural event
May 21 -Class 2, clinical rotation, yoga
May 22 -Class 3, clinical rotation, night market
May 23 -Class 4, clinical rotation, Wushu
May 24 -Swimming Activity
May 25 -Taipei City Tour (National Palace Museum, Hot Springs)
May 26 -Taipei City Tour (Chang Kei-shek Memorial, night markets)
May 27 -Class 5, clinical rotation, yoga
May 28 -Class 6, clinical rotation, wushu
May 29 -Class 7, clinical rotation, baseball game
May 30 - AT Connection
May 31 -Class 8
-Softball game
-Night market
June 1 -Over night Trip - Kenting, snorkling, beach
June 2 -Over night Trip
June 3 -Graduation ceremony
-Taipei city tour
June 4 -Final Exam, clinical rotation, Farewell Dinner


Two-person rooms with a private bath will be provided for all students.  All cultural events that require overnight accommodations will be handled through local hotels. 

The campus is located in the city of Kweishan, Taoyuan County, about 10 kilometers south of Taipei. Driving from the center of Taipei will take around 35 minutes via freeway.

All meals are included in this study abroad experience.  Meals will be traditional Taiwanese dishes.  The majority of the meals will have seafood as the main course.  There will not be any American fare options for students.  Students who are vegetarian or have food allergies must identify their restrictions and accommodations will be made.

Program Costs

 Study Abroad Overall Cost: approximately $4,800 - 5,200
  • The overall cost includes the Program Fee, tuition and all fees and international airfare.
Program Fee:
  • This portion of the overall cost includes housing and meals at NTSU, all meals and lodging, transportation to/from cultural events, fees for day trips and international airfare from a US departure city (students are responsible to arrange for flights to/from departure city).
  • Tuition/fees for 4 credit hours of coursework: ~ $1,400 – 1,500. Below is a breakdown of the credit hour costs and fees.
    • Tuition – 4 semester hours (tuition & fees)
    • Undergraduate Courses – KINS 4000 and 4150 = approximately $1,400
    • Graduate Courses – KINS 6000 and 6150 = approximately $1,500
  • All students will pay an institutional fee of $250 that is required by The University of Georgia. Out-of-state students pay in-state tuition plus an additional $250. In-state residents may use HOPE Scholarship funds if available. There are not any student scholarships or financial assistance programs available. (Please see the Bursar’s Office Division “Student Sites: Tuition and Fee Schedule”).  
  • All projected costs are subject to exchange rates that are set in March 2018. Fluctuations in exchange rates may result in a slightly higher or lower fee structure.

Program Ratings:
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Program Reviews:
Maymester 2017 Participant
Absolutely loved this experience! I'm a very visual learner so it was a wonderful experience to get hands on practice with real Asian doctors in the world of TCM.

The relationships I made in these short three weeks with both the NTSU students, Dr. Cooper and the others on the trip with UGA were sacred and I wouldn't change a thing. These friendships are truly going to last a life time. I am already talking to NTSU students everyday via Facebook. This was truly an experience that cannot be topped and I would go back in a heart beat.
     — Erin McGovern, Maymester 2016
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This program is currently not accepting applications.