Spotlight on Taiwan

Spotlight on Taiwan

A guide to custom programs in Taiwan

Formally under Chinese rule (and from 1895 to 1945, under Japanese), Taiwan is a country with a delicate relationship to China and the rest of the world. As such, it is recognized diplomatically by only 22 countries in the world; the United States is not one of them, though maintaining strong, unofficial ties is a goal of the U.S. State Department. Situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Taiwan has a tropical climate and is seismically active. The central and western parts of the country are extremely mountainous, causing most of the population to live in the east.

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Customize Your Program

Designing Your Custom Program

We believe this kind of learning experience demands a unique travel itinerary, and that’s why we specialize in customized travel programs. Whether its J-term, spring break, May-mester, etc., our program development team, alongside our Global Academic Team, will consult with you to translate your curriculum into a one-of-a-kind learning experience that will deliver the educational outcome you’re looking for. From selecting your destination to identifying interactive experiences that bring your classroom to life, our thematic approach ensures that your goals drive every decision we make together.

A Personal Partner

Once your program is developed, you’ll work directly with an account manager who will be your champion, working directly with our large team of logistical experts, curriculum specialists, and on-the-ground partners. Our loyal clients see their account managers as an integral part of their own university teams, ensuring that your program is uniquely yours each and every year.

Meet our VP of Program Development

JeDSC_7280nnifer Fisher leads a team of WorldStrides’ program development specialists, working directly with new university clients to globalize their curriculum with short-term faculty-led cultural immersion experiences. Jen brings a passion for customized curriculum solutions to this role after more than 20 years working with institutions of higher learning.

To begin customizing your program, give us a call at 1-800-422-2368.

Topics to Explore

In Taiwan, you might choose to explore some of the following topics:


Given its geopolitical and economic closeness with China, Taiwan occupies a unique space in the global economy, successfully navigating diplomatic isolation and a delicate relationship with the mainland. Explore the opportunities and challenges Taiwan faces as a powerhouse democracy situated right off the coast of an economic giant, while maintaining its global status as a capitalist champion.


Taiwan depends on imports for nearly 98% of total energy consumption. Although strategically located adjacent to major ocean transportation channels, including the Taiwan Strait, the security concern for dependence remains. Study how business leaders have adapted to accommodate a lack of domestic natural resources, while still remaining competitive internationally.

Economic Trends

As one of the most densely populated territories in the world, successful Taiwanese businesses must balance the exorbitant cost of real estate, with a rapidly aging population. Consider the long-term implications of a high national savings rate, and the financial burden on the next generation from a low population replacement rate.




Spotlight on Taiwan

Destination Overview

Spotlight on Taiwan

Despite its diplomatic difficulties, Taiwan has grown tremendously as one of Asia’s “Tiger Economies” along with Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong. It is a major exporter of electronics and other high-tech products, and has strong machinery and petrochemical industries. The island, which floats in the South China Sea just over 100 miles from mainland China, has the fifth-largest foreign reserves in the world and runs a trade surplus, mostly from its surplus with China.

The vast terrain of Taroko National Park is one of Taiwan’s most famous destinations, and is filled with waterfalls, rock tunnels and trails overlooking crystal blue waters. Taroko’s establishment as a national park in 1986 signified the advancement of the environmental protection movement in Taiwan.

As it navigates its precarious political and economic position, Taiwan continues to exhibit strength. This tiny island is one to watch.