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Quarter Abroad Taiwan - Travel

Pharmaceutical Chemistry in Taiwan

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Program Orientation

Pre-Departure Orientation
There will be a program-specific orientation with the instructor and/or program provider at UC Davis. This orientation addresses travel, packing, academics, health and safety, and more. It also provides you the opportunity to meet with others on your program. Prior to orientation, you will receive a Program Specific Guide that will further support program preparation.

On-Site Orientation
Soon after arrival to the program destination, you will have an on-site orientation. The on-site orientation serves to introduce you to the new environment as well as provide on-site resources and support.

Travel Arrangements

You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements to the program site. Detailed instructions for making flight arrangements are sent to enrolled students via email once the program is confirmed. Wait to purchase plane tickets until you receive this email. Instructions on how to get to the program accommodations will be included in your Program Specific Guide.

If you intend to participate in another study, intern or travel program beforehand or afterward, you are responsible obtaining the proper visa. Study Abroad can provide a verification of enrollment letter when requested.

All students should enter Taiwan as tourists.

Although students stay onsite at Academia Sinica, the coursework is taught through UC Davis, and as such, program participants will not apply for a student visa.

Participants must have a printed roundtrip flight on hand upon entry to Taiwan (or other proof that you will leave Taiwan within 90 days).

If you have a criminal record, contact the program coordinator as soon as possible as this may impact your ability to enter Taiwan under the visa-exempt program.

Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

A valid passport is required for this program.

Please refer to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) website for up-to-date information regarding visa regulations. As of January 3, 2019, students traveling on a U.S. passport are eligible for visa-exempt entry, meaning US citizens may stay in Taiwan for up to 90 days as a tourist, and will not need to apply for a visa.

Please be advised that you are only permitted to stay in Taiwan for up to 90 days. Should you wish to extend your stay for longer, you may be required to apply for a visa independently of the program.

Entry Requirements for Non-U.S. Citizens

A valid passport is required for this program. Non-U.S. citizens should check for visa and other entry requirements by contacting the consulate of their travel destination(s): Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in San Francisco.

If required, you are responsible for obtaining your own visa. Study Abroad will supply a verification of enrollment or other necessary documents for non-U.S. citizens upon request.

International students in the United States on an F-1 or J-1 visa interested in studying abroad should ensure the U.S. visa in their passport has at least 90 days validity remaining whenever they travel abroad. If the U.S. visa expires or is about to expire (even if the I-20 is current), students may be required to apply for the visa to their study abroad country in their home country.

Non-U.S. citizens unable to gain access to the study abroad country will be subject to cancellation fees as shown in the cancellation schedule. For this reason, international students are highly encouraged to research entry to their destination country well in advance, and before enrolling in the program if possible.


Participants are enrolled in GeoBlue Global Health Insurance and UC Traveler Insurance for the duration of the program and will be provided with specific coverage information. More details about coverage is available in the Study Abroad Student Handbook

LGBTQIA+ Travelers

Please be advised that you are traveling to a country where there are limited or uneven protections for LGBTQIA+ people. You are encouraged to learn more about the country and host culture prior to departure. Resources: Equaldex—LGBT Rights in TaiwanILGA World Maps, and ILGA World Database. Please contact the program coordinator for further support and resources.