Program Descriptions

(updated on 08-15-13)

A. Sponsors and Administration

The Summer Study in Taiwan and Hong Kong involves a collaborative effort of faculty of Valdosta State University, Dalton State College, and the University of South Florida. The study has also received endorsement from the USG Asia Council of the University System of Georgia. The program is housed at the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, Valdosta State University. Program operations will be administered by the program director at Valdosta State University. Program deposits and expenses will be managed through an agency account with the assistance provided by the Financial Office and the Center for International Programs at Valdosta State University.  The hosting universities will be the National Chengchi University in Taipei located in northern Taiwan, and the WuFeng Technology University in the south region of Taiwan.

B. Course Registrations and Credit Hours

It is expected that students will register for the courses at their home campuses.  If a student is not registered with the VSU, the program director will provide syllabus and course equivalency information to the non-VSU student’s international office for course registrations on his/her campus.  If participating students are from schools that don’t establish course equivalencies for the program, they will register as transient students at VSU.  Students can earn up to a total of 6 hours of credit from the study. 

The program will offer the following courses taught at undergraduate or graduate levels. These courses and numbers are subject to change based on program needs.

Undergraduate Students

  • CRJU 4010 Comparative Justice Systems
  • CRJU 4700 Special Topic: Social Institutions and Public Order 
  • or INTL 3500- Study Abroad/ INTL 3170- Topics in International Studies

Graduate Students

  • CRJU 7010 Advanced Comparative Justice
  • CRJU 7700 Special Topic: Social Institutions and Public Order 
  • or MFTH 7990 Class, Gender & Ethnic Issues, MFTH 7990 Families & Society

Students may register for courses with symbols such as INTL, SOCI, and ANTH sponsored by the department. Students will need to meet with your academic advisor and the Taiwan-Hong Kong program faculty in charge to discuss creations and registrations of these courses.  

C. Class Structure Pre-departure and on-site orientations

Pre-departure orientations will be organized to help students in preparing the international travels.  In addition, social, political, and cultural backgrounds about Taiwan and Hong Kong will be discussed during orientations.  Upon arrival at the host university in Taiwan, an on-site orientation about the campus and surrounding areas will be provided to students.  Taiwanese students will be solicited as local guides to assist American students.  Discussion forums with students and faculty of the host university will also be arranged to exchange views on Taiwanese and American systems. 

D. Course instructions

Formats of the instruction will include field trip classes, discussion forums, written projects, and excursions. Agency orientations and field trips will be provided mainly on weekdays, excursions will be conducted in weekends. Course requirements will be comparable with those commonly required in regular classes on campus of USG institution. The instructional formats will meet the minimum number of class contact hours specified by the USG study abroad guidelines. 

E. Field Trips and Cultural Enrichments

Field trips in Taiwan and Hong Kong will be arranged during weekdays when visiting organizations are able to host our group.  Visits will include national and local agencies and their professional activities will be observed.  The field trips related to criminal justice will include:

  1. Police departments in the metropolitan areas, observe police operations
  2. Court and district attorney office, observation of prosecution rooms and trials
  3. National Immigration Agency, visit to airport inspection section
  4. Penal institutions for adults and adjudicated juveniles
  5. Criminal Investigation Bureau with visits to advanced labs
  6. Maritime police, possible riding along with police on vessel

The above trips will be conducted in Taiwan. In Hong Kong, a visit to a criminal justice agency will be arranged.  

In addition to criminal justice field trips, other activities may include visits to governmental/ social service units, natural trail, museum, and other cultural attractions.  These visits will be closed to Taipei’s Metro Rapid Transit (MRT) transportation system.  They include:

  1. Discover Center of Taipei at Taipei City Hall: See what Taipei City has to offer
  2. Eslite Book Store: Asia’s biggest book store, opened 24/7
  3. Danshuei/Guandu areas: excursions in Redwood reservation, tour bus to Spanish Fort San Domingo, Fisher Wharf, The Old Street, walking in wildlife reservation areas
  4. Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall or Da-An Forest Park: Unique Sports/Exercise Culture in Taiwan
  5. Dr. Sun Yet –Sen Memorial Hall: Unique color guards exchanges, gallery and multimedia
  6. Night Market: Shih-Lin (2,000 + food vendors) & Zau-He Street Night Market
  7. Wu-Fen Pu: 4,000 + clothing wholesale/knock-off stores
  8. Affiliated Universities in Taiwan  (May be modified for program needs)

The National Chengchi University (NCCU) in northern Taiwan will help host the study.  NCCU is established in 1927, and is nationally known for its humanities and social sciences disciplines.  The University currently houses 9 colleges (including liberal arts, science, social sciences, law, commerce, foreign languages & literature, communication, international affairs and education), 33 departments, and 48 graduate institutes with 32 programs offering doctoral degrees. The University is consisted of more than 15,000 students, 600 full-time faculty members and 40 research fellows.

WuFeng University (WFU) located in the south region of Taiwan is a partnership institution with Valdosta State University.  WFU is one of the most prominent technology universities in Taiwan, and well known for its educational focus on safety.  The University is located in Chiayi county which is 130 miles south of Taipei. WFU is composed of sixteen undergraduate departments and three graduate schools and divided into three colleges: Colleges of Safety Engineering, Humanities and Social Science, and Business Management.  The current student number is around 6,600 with nearly 300 full-time faculty members.  Further information of WFU is available at http://www.wfu.edu.tw.

The National Central Police University (CPU) will be visited for its premium status in criminal justice education domestically and internationally. CPU is the institution of the highest learning for police administration and criminal justice sciences in Taiwan. The University offers undergraduate studies leading to bachelor degrees in law, police administration, forensic science, crime preventions, foreign affairs, information management, etc.  Graduate degrees are awarded in ten MS/MA programs, and three doctoral programs with forensic science, police policy, and crime prevention. The University is consisted of more than 2,000 students and 150 faculty members. CPU is located about 20 miles in the southwest of Taipei, the capital city.  Please visit http://www.cpu.edu.tw for additional information.

G. Travel Arrangements

  1. Departure and Arrival: International travel will be on a major airline whose ticket reservations can be made by a reputable travel agent.  The study group will depart from Atlanta, arrive in Taipei, and stay in Taiwan for about 16 days during which students will complete course requirements at the host institutions.  After Taiwan, students will fly to Hong Kong in the morning, and stay there for three days. Students can stay longer in Hong Kong by themselves if they choose so.  The extended stay will be on students' own expenses.
  2. Accommodations: In Taiwan, students lodgings will be arranged by the host institution staff or a reputable travel agent. The accommodation may include double, triple or quadruple occupancy rooms (2-4 single beds per room) equipped with air-conditioning units, desks, closets, lighting fixtures, and full bath (shower and toilet).  The university residence usually includes local telephone connection, subscribed online access, and laundry facilities with washers and driers. Faculty will share room with other faculty/ students of a single sex. I vacant rooms are available, a faculty can opt to live in a room by him or herself, this faculty will pay the single supplement fee directly to the travel agent.  During the stay in Hong Kong, a hotel will be arranged with accommodations similar to those in Taiwan. 
  3. Meals: Daily breakfasts, lunches, dinners are on students’ own. Restaurants, cafeterias, or convenient stores are located very closely to the dormitory building in walking distance.  Students can budget about $US20 per day in both Taiwan and Hong Kong. The program will cover the two farewell dinners scheduled on the itinerary.
  4. Transportations: Local transportations for field trips indicated on the program itinerary are covered by the program. Admissions to the scheduled tours are also paid by the program.
  5. Visa Exemption/Application: Students and faculty traveling to Taiwan and Hong Kong do not require visa when staying 30 days or shorter. Students who plan to stay longer than 90 days are required to apply for visitor visa from the ROC’s consulate office in Atlanta.  The U.S. government has consulate office in Taipei and Hong Kong for emergency services such as lost of passport.

H. Countries and Cities to be Visited

  1. Taiwan is economically a fast growing nation with a living standard compatible with Japan. The country was once under Dutch occupation (1622-1652) and Japanese rule (1895-1943), with a nickname "Formosa" given by the earlier Portuguese settlers for its beauty.  Taiwan is a democratic nation officially known as the Republic of China (ROC). The Chinese Communist took over the Mainland China in 1949 and established the People’s Republic of China.  The Nationalist Party (Kuomingtang) relocates the central government of the ROC to Taipei, Taiwan since then.  The Taiwanese system is a mixture of the West and East, and its cultures are broad and deep waiting for students to explore. You can visit Wikitravel at http://wikitravel.org/en/Taiwan to find out more about the country.
  2. Taipei is Taiwan’s capital city, located on the northern region of the Island and is close to the coast. Taipei is a dynamic, highly developed metropolitan area whose population is more than 10 millions. The city is full of cultural and artistic activities and events, hundreds of regional cuisines, variety of entertainments, and night lives. World renowned places include the National Palace Museum famous for its largest collection of ancient Chinese artifacts; Taipei 101 building the world’s second tallest skyscraper in the “Taipei Manhattan” district.  Guides and information for city attractions are available at http://www.taipeitravel.net/en/.
  3. Hong Kong has a population about 7 millions with an area of 426 square miles.  The area is highly crowded by its population and limited living space. Hong Kong is a major financial capital and business hub in the Southeast Asia. It is well known for its economic freedom because of its free trades, low taxation, simple business regulation, flexible labor markets and many others. Hong Kong was ruled by the British government between 1842 and 1997, then returned to China. Hong Kong is thus well known for its identity as a place where east meets west.  These inter-cultural impacts are reflected on many social and cultural systems in Hong Kong. To learn where and what you can visit for sightseeing, please visit http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/attractions/sightseeing-guide.html.