The International Master’s Program of Applied Economics and Social Development (IMES)


The IMES program at NCCU represents the very first fully English-taught program in studies of applied economics in Taiwan and enables its students to accurately analyze public policy and social development by means of economic reasoning and statistical methods. Quite similar to other International Master’s Programs at NCCU, IMES offers a number of different disciplinary tracks, namely: Social Security and Welfare, Economic Analysis and Policy Evaluation, and Environment and Resources. While courses such as applied microeconomics and applied macroeconomics; for example, are required for every IMES student.

During your course of study and due to the breadth and flexibility of classes, you are free to focus on aspects such as non-profit organizations, health or environmental economics, or even international finance and trade policies. Your options also range from highly technically-oriented classes in statistics or urban economics to courses with a more political science focus.


Another characteristic of IMES are the various cultural backgrounds present among the program’s student body and the open directive. That is to say, IMES’s directive board is easily approachable and truly open about its students’ suggestions. Thus, allowing you to shape your program in a way that it really facilitates your personal academic needs.

If you are interested in the IMES Program, please click here for further information.


Where to shop in Taipei (malls & night market)

Taiwan is well known for the exciting night markets dotted around the city. But the sheer number of amazing shopping spots can make it challenging to determine exactly where to go for shopping. We have sourced out some of the greatest places that we think you should go in order to find the best shopping spots in Taipei. Read on to learn more!

1. Taipei 101

A Taipei landmark and tourist attraction that is also one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers. It dominates the skyline and also provides shoppers with a convenient place to shop to their hearts’ content.

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Inside are many of the world’s top luxury brands, such as Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. For eating, the food courts downstairs have some excellent grub on offer, and the Starbucks on the 35th floor offers some amazing views of the city below.

How to get to 101 Taipei from NCCU:   Take bus Green 1, Brown 18

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NCCU I-House

NCCU I-House Entrance

I-House is a housing center that caters to international students and visiting scholars. It is located in a very convenient area near NCCU. There is a total of 65 single suites, 30 double suites, conference facilities, and a café on the ground floor. Each room comes equipped with high-speed fiber internet and a telephone line, providing convenient communication for all residents.

At I-House, you get to enjoy a wide variety of recreational facilities and social events. In addition to this, it is run by a hotel-management team that offers 24-hour front-desk service.

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I-House Contact Info

Address: No.17, Ln.112, Sec. 2, Xiuming Rd., Wenshan Dist., Taipei
Tel: 886-2-29368869    Fax: 886-2-29367769

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Cinema in Taipei

Cinema is a popular leisure activity in Taiwan, and there are many movie theaters in Taipei showing recent, international movies. Most films are shown in their original language with Chinese subtitles, and in some cases with English subtitles as well. Children’s films, however, are generally dubbed into Chinese.

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Some of the main cinemas in Taipei can be found below. Tickets can be booked through the websites of the individual cinemas (Most of the cinema website in Chinese).

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National Health Insurance (NHI)


Taiwan’s National Health Insurance (NHI) program makes medical care accessible and affordable for everyone — even international students! If you’re a foreign student staying for 6 months or longer, you will be required to join the NHI program after 6 months of continuous residence in Taiwan. The NHI fee is included in your tuition fee every semester and costs 4,494 NTD. If you’re a freshman, you can buy NCCU group insurance instead. It costs 3,000 NTD.

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Transportation from Songshan Airport to NCCU

Songshan airport is conveniently located within Taipei City, so it’s pretty easy to get to NCCU from here. You can take a cab or the MRT.

By Taxi

  • A one-way trip to NCCU costs around NTD 300.
  • If the cab driver doesn’t understand English, you can show him or her a note saying: “Sir/Madam, please take me to National Chengchi University. Thank you!” written in Chinese as shown below:

    sījī xīansheng/xiǎojiě, qǐng nín dài wǒ dào zhèngzhì dàxué, xièxie.

    校址:11605 台北市文山區指南路二段 64 號 (School Address in Chinese)
    總機電話:02-29393091 (School Telephone Number)

  •  Once you get to NCCU, you can also ask the NCCU security guard for directions to your dorm. Here’s how you say “My dorm number is_____, can you please tell me where my dorm is located?”.

    我的宿舍是_____號, 可以請你告訴我在那裡嗎?
    wǒ de sùshè shì _____hào, kěyǐ qǐng nǐ gàosu wǒ zài nǎli ma


  • From MRT Songshan Airport station, get off at MRT Taipei Zoo station (last stop on the Wenhu/Brown Line).
  • Take Exit 1, and take the bus to NCCU. You can take any of these buses: 236 / 237 / 611 / 282 / 295 / BR3 / BR6 / BR18 / 1503

Arriving at Taoyuan Airport? See this post about how to get to NCCU from Taoyuan Airport.