Taiwan: Recipe for Success: Healthcare in Taiwan

a lady pouring tea




SUMMER 2020 ONLINE - June 1 - July 2, 2020

Program Description 

Immerse yourself in the culture of Taiwan – discover language and lifestyle in a free and democratic society. People in Taiwan are friendly, passionate, fun-loving and hardworking. While traveling along the west coast of this beautiful island, students will have opportunities to explore historic places, scenery and landmarks of Taiwan. You will learn how culture influences food intake and health care delivery in this country, which used to be called Formosa.

Places we will be visiting include:

  • Meet Taiwanese OT students at National Cheng Kung University

  • Experience a traditional tea ceremony in Yoshan Tea's Tea Culture House

  • Conduct various site visits to medical centers and clinics in the community

  • Visit the magnificent Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area and one of the largest temples in Nantou

  • And many more!

Want to learn more about why Taiwan is a great destination? Check out the following website of 100 Reasons to Visit Taiwan.


OCTH 210ITL Seminar in Occupational Therapy: International Experience (3 units)

Taiwan started its health reform in the 1980s after experiencing two decades of economic growth. Taiwan’s National Health Insurance (NHI) may be said to be a high performing health care system compared with many other health care systems around the world. 

The purpose of this course is to provide opportunities for students to gain an international perspective on the practice of occupational therapy in Taiwan, which aligns with one of our college’s missions to empower graduates to become exemplary members of a diverse and global community. In meeting course learning objectives, the itinerary is specifically designed to facilitate understanding of Taiwanese culture and universal healthcare system. Students will visit a nationwide well-known medical center, explore historical sites/museum, attend a class with Taiwanese OT students, interact with clients to practice observation and clinical reasoning skills, and learn to address global health issues.

Students will obtain ability to analyze the policy issues and societal factors, such as economic, political, cultural, and demographic factors, that influence OT practice in Taiwan. Particularly, the policy issues related to disability in the Universal Healthcare System (National Health Insurance) and Long Term Care 2.0. Students will be able to articulate how occupational therapists collaborate with inter-professional teams, clients, families, schools, and communities in the design and implementation of sustainable and culturally relevant visits. Students will be able to reflect on the impact of the international experience on their professional development.



Program Leader: Megan Chang

Associate Professor Megan Chang, Ph.D., OTR/L, earned her Ph.D. in Occupational Science, M.S. in Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and M.A. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California, and B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. She completed a clinical training program and received certification in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). Her research interests include using psychophysiological approaches to study sensory processing, emotion, and cognition as well as examining psychosocial and physiological risk factors associated with health-related behaviors and occupations in various populations. She has clinical experience in a variety of settings including her most recent work in the fields of physical dysfunction and pediatrics. She is a Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) programmer and has worked several years as a biostatistician. Inspired by her previous mentors, she is passionate about teaching future therapists not only to improve their skills but also to actively engage in research activities in order to collaboratively strengthen the knowledge base of Occupational Therapy.


Email: megan.chang@sjsu.edu


It is important to note that each program's total cost will vary depending on the location and the package it offers.  

$750 SJSU Special Session Tuition ($250 per unit)
$200 Administrative Fee 
$2,345 Program fees, lodging, class materials and class related tours approximately*
$3,295 Total Program Cost


* Airfare is not included. Most lunches, and some breakfast and dinners, are included. Students will need approximately $300-$500 for non-covered meals, free time, and souvenirs.  


"I had an incredible experience learning about the culture of Taiwan! The faculty are amazing resources and it was such a unique opportunity to explore so many different parts of a country in one short trip. I learned so much about global differences in healthcare services and was amazed by the beauty of the country and people of Taiwan! I can't wait to go back for more tofu pudding, mango shave ice, and boba!" - Aly, Summer 2019

"An amazing experience to explore universal health care and collective culture. It was so much fun and eye-opening to experience a country with delicious street fair food, strong art, history, and spiritual community, and lush landscapes." - Anjelica, Summer 2019

"This study abroad experience has helped me see healthcare from a different cultural lens. It’s a great way to learn with amazing friends." - Nenette, Summer 2019 

"The Taiwan FLP was a great opportunity to experience the life of an OT in a new country with a national health care system! We also ate our way through the country from dumplings to sticky rice to boba, all while exploring many of Taiwan's ancient and modern cities! This was truly a one in a lifetime experience!" - Elisa, Summer 2019

"This was a truly unique and enriching opportunity to develop a global perspective of OT and healthcare. Being immersed in a new culture and interacting with locals taught me way more about the lifestyle and values of Taiwanese people than any textbook could!" - April, Summer 2019

Observation of OT in Taiwan was the most humbling and inspiring experience I have ever had. From speaking with OT university students to practitioners with years of experience, from visiting university, regional, and psychiatric hospitals— all this showed me how far we’ve come as OTs and how there’s so much more that needs to be done for our profession and for our clients." - Maiko, Summer 2019

"The Taiwan FLP was an incredible learning experience! It was very enlightening to see how universal healthcare and cultural values influence the provision of occupational therapy services. From the delicious food to the beautiful landscapes, I left Taiwan with a full belly and the desire to visit again in the future!" - Megan, Summer 2019

"The program is informative and fun. We had the opportunity to interact and exchange information with the occupational therapy practitioners and students in Taiwan. We also had interesting cultural experiences and made new friends on the trip." - Thanh, Summer 2019

"Going to Taiwan was an eye-opening experience! I got to see how differences in culture and healthcare can make all the difference in the provision of occupational therapy." - Elaine, Summer 2019


Check out these additional resources for your program.

  • Itinerary