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Quarter Abroad Taiwan - On Site

Pharmaceutical Chemistry in Taiwan


You 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). You 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 of students.

Excursions & Activities

During your free time, you are encouraged to take trips to the surrounding towns and villages and explore the country. As part of the program, you 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

Get to Know Your Destination

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.

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.

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