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NTGx FAQ:
Logistics

Q: How much cash should I bring with me?

A:
Due to a higher consumer price index (3 times that of Taiwan’s), the cost of living is generally higher. The program fee covers the majority of the student’s stay in Vancouver, but the students will be required to pay for their own meals, personal spendings, entertainment, and optional events. Students from previous years have prepared about $2000 CAD (The amount stated is provided as a reference only).

Application

Q: Is English a major requirement for acceptance?

A:
Though having the ability to communicate with basic English is an asset, what is more important is having the passion to follow one’s dream.

Q: Is the program done annually?

A:
Yes! The NTGx program first started in April of 2013 and as of this day, we’ve had it 6 years in a row. 2020 will be our 7-th time hosting this program. And we refresh our course contents every year.

Q: What are the dates for this year's program?

A:
The NTGx Program for 2019-2020 will be held from January 14th, 2020 to February 9th, 2020.
Though the program date is decided based on Taiwan University winter break, please double check your academic calendars.

Q: Is there a maximum number of participants that will be accepted?

A:
In order to maintain the program quality we have had in the past years, we do have a limited number of spots. This year’s limit is 24 students.
Our selection process is done through the written application and the Skype interview results. Upon completion of the interview, we will send out the acceptance decision on a rolling basis.
Hence, it is encouraged that you apply early on, as more spots get filled as the days creep by!

Q: How should I prepare for the interview?

A:
Interviews will be done via Skype. Be sure your camera and microphone are operational.

The interview consists of 2 portions:

  1. NTGx interviewers will ask some questions to the students in English. The focus of this portion is to have a conversation with the students, to get a basic understanding of the student. Don’t be afraid, just be yourself.
  2. Students in this portion will be able to ask interviewers any question they have. This can be done in either English or Chinese.

ELI Classes

Q: What are the English levels offered at ELI? Are students divided to according to their English levels?

A:
Students will be divided according to their English levels and there will be students from other countries to join the class, giving them a chance to exchange culture and practice their communication skills.

Class Location
UBC ELI is one of the NTGx program partner that is responsible for students’ lessons. UBC ELI is an experienced language teaching institute and has been involved in teaching English since 1969. It is located on campus in UBC.

Teaching Style
There are 2 teaching categories:

  1. From 9:00 to 12:30, the main content is about international citizen English course through discussion and a series of related activities on current issues global citizens. Students can practice their communication skills and learn about topics related to civil society, citizens and international sustainability.
  2. From 13:30 to 15:45, students will use the class time to select a theme on international civic issues, do research and  present their report on the last day of ELI course.

Q: How will the accommodation be arranged?

A:
Students will be arranged in groups of 2-4 per local homestay family. This also provides a chance for the students to communicate with the locals and exchange cultural values.
For accommodation details, please refer to the Accommodation Page.

Q: Are meals included in the fee/program?

A:
Meals are not included.
Students are responsible for preparing their own meals. Classes and events usually end around dinner time, therefore students will usually be able to join the NTGx team for dinner afterwards.
Students can also buy food and other necessities from nearby grocery stores or supermarkets.

Contact NTGx

Q: Is there a person of contact in Taiwan or an office situated in Taiwan?

A:
NTGx program and personnel are both mainly situated in Vancouver. Currently we only have student personnel in Taiwan for info sessions and we are improving on establishing a more formal operating system in Taiwan.

Q: How do I contact you?

A:
We’re reachable via Facebook and email.
*We will contact you via email for important updates, so please check your email regularly!

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!