UW Study Abroad: Design in Taiwan: Sustainable Innovation through Craft and Technology


Meichun Liu

Program Description

Renowned for its semiconductor industry and the birthplace of bubble tea, Taiwan beckons with more than just its technological prowess and delectable cuisine. Taipei, the capital city, earned the title of World Design Capital in 2016. Tainan, Taiwan’s oldest city, preserves the essence of Chinese culture in its temples, ancient streets, artisan studios, and tea houses.

Design in Taiwan is hosted at Shih Chien University in Taipei and National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, both housing globally acclaimed design programs. The study abroad program, welcoming pre-majors and students from any discipline, spans three weeks in Taiwan. Participants can fulfill Arts and Humanities (A&H) and Diversity (DIV) general education requirements while delving into a 5-credit program centered on sustainable innovations through design, craft, and technology. Topics covered include sustainable design practices, con­temporary craft designs, and technological product innovations, provid­ing a comprehensive understanding of Taiwan’s design culture. It incor­porates field trips to a pottery town, bamboo craft center, museums, design studios, and hands-on experiences like tea ceremonies and indigo-dyeing. Also, collaborative design projects with local students offer a unique opportunity to engage with the community.

Embark on this transformative journey and immerse yourself in Chinese culture, where the art of traditional Chinese characters is meticulously preserved. Join us in savoring the delicious delights of bubble tea!

Academic Content

This program offers one course with 5 credits:

  • ART 497: Study Abroad-Studio Individual Projects (5 Credits) A&H, DIV

Find the application page from UW Study Abroad here.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2024

Information Session: Thursday, January 25 @ 4pm, on Zoom –