NURS 180: An Exploration of a Universal Health Care System in Taiwan

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Program Dates

June 23–July 13, 2013

Program Overview

This program provides the student with the opportunity to learn about culturally competent health care while interacting with people who have different values about health. The program will include large and small group discussions, lectures, presentations, readings, and trips to health care facilities and cultural points of interest around Taiwan. Students will meet with local health professionals, volunteers, students, and community members to learn about and experience Taiwan’s health care system first-hand.

Country Facts

Visit the CIA World Factbook page on Taiwan for general information about its geography, people, government, economy, transportation, and more.

Academic Program

NURS 180, An Exploration of a Universal Health Care System in Taiwan (3 units)

This course will:

  • Expose SJSU students to the culture of Taiwan as well as its health care system, particularly the National Health Insurance. Students will be able to differentiate and compare the variations in health, cultural norms, and health care practices between people in the United States and Taiwan;
  • Allow SJSU students to practice culturally competent care by learning to work with people who have different beliefs and practices related to culture and health. The students will be able to recognize the individual, ethical, and social factors that influence the availability, accessibility, and delivery of health care services;
  • Promote and facilitate knowledge on important health care policy and issues through international collaborative efforts; and
  • Facilitate communication and knowledge exchange between SJSU students and Taiwan’s youth to expand their worldview and gain new perspectives about the future.


This course has a primary focus on issues of health care but is not limited to nursing or science students. Any student, from SJSU or other universities, is welcome to apply. Knowledge of Chinese is also not required as talks and excursions will take place in English or with English translation.

Accommodation, Safety and Visas

Students will stay in a variety of locations near program sites including hotels, bed & breakfasts, and university dormitories. Local transportation will include high-speed trains and tour buses. All program participants will be covered by mandatory travel insurance.

As a U.S. passport holder, you will be allowed to enter Taiwan without a visa for up to 30 days (no extensions permitted) as long as you have a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry into Taiwan and have a confirmed return or onward air ticket.

There is currently no US travel warning for Taiwan. For more information about safety abroad, visit the US Department of State Travel Information page for Taiwan.

Program Leader

Dr. Chia-Ling Mao, Nursing
(408) 924-3152

Estimated Costs

SJSU Special Session Tuition (3 units @ $250 each) 750
Administration Fee 200
Program Fees (lodging, meals, class materials, tours, etc.)* 2,045
Estimated Total $2,995

*Airfare is not included.


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