Taiwan (IFMSA-Taiwan) - Taipei, National Taiwan University
No acupuncture department, We don't provide Emergency Medicine in this season, The departments available are in the link below: http://www.ntuh.gov.tw/en/default.aspx, Internal Medicine is open with students but fluent Chinese is required.
July-August, SCORE: all year around except Jan.and June
SCOPE: 2000NT/month and SCORE: 2000NT/month
SCOPE exchange should begin on Monday and end on Friday, for a total duration of four weeks.

National Taiwan University was originally Taihoku (Taipei) Imperial University, founded by the Japanese in 1928 during Japan’s colonization of Taiwan. When Taihoku University was first established, it had two colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Law, and the College of Science and Agriculture, and had a combined total of 60 students. The College of Medicine and the College of Engineering were added in 1936 and 1943 respectively.

After World War II and Taiwan's return to Chinese Sovereignty, the R.O.C. government resumed the administration of Taihoku University and reorganized and renamed it National Taiwan University on November 15, 1945. The University's story is one of expansion and the number of students reached 29,877 in 2004, including the students from the division of Continuing Education & Professional development. A new library was built in 1998, and now contains over 3,000,000 volumes of books.

NTU University Emblem

The university is widely recognized as the top ranking university in Taiwan and leads a large portion of Taiwan's Academia.

University Emblem

  • The University Motto:

"Integrity, Diligence, Patriotism and Philanthropy," the cornerstones of NTU philosophy and personal comportment;

  • The Fu Bell:

A reminder of discipline and enlightenment

  • The University Tree:

The royal palm as a symbol of growth and nurture; of broad vision and steadfast willpower.The figure of the plum blossom, the blue-and-white background and the thunder-and-cloud line pattern combine the spiritual ideals of the nation and its cultural traditions, as well as those of all members of the university community.



The hospital began its operations on June 18, 1895 when Taiwan was still a Japanese colony. The West-Site building, the red-bricked building with a hint of nostalgia next to the NTU Hospital MRT station, was completed in 1921 and houses most of the hospital’s clinics. The East-Site buildings, an array of newer beige buildings that towers over its surroundings, was completed in 1991 and contains most of the hospitals wards and intensive care units. The Jing-Fu Tunnel connects the two sites and is a gift from the heavens during rainy days and monsoon seasons. The children’s hospital, the newest of the NTU hospital buildings, was completed and started its operations at the end of 2008 and is now fully operational. Many of the pediatric wards in the East-Site buildings and clinics in the West-Site building were relocated to this new establishment.


The mission of the National Taiwan University Medical Center, including its College of Medicine and the hospital itself, is to “educate and train students, physicians, and biomedical scholars and to provide a spectrum of comprehensive knowledge, research, patient care and service of the highest quality to the population of Taiwan and beyond.” The Medical Center aims to do this by collaborating with the biotech industries and public sectors of Taiwan, and continue to train outstanding future physicians with its world-renowned basic-science and clinical faculty. Without a doubt, the hospital remains to this day the best known and most highly-renowned medical center in Taiwan.


1. NTU is one of the most historical and the most previleged universities in Taiwan, consisted of many colleges, such as Medicine, Business, Electric Egineering, Law, etc. Proudly enough, NTU ranked at the 61-70 level in Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2012.

2. NTU college of medicine is located in the center of Taiwan's capital city, Taiwan. With only 5-10 minutes walk away from the Taipei Main Station, which is the main station of Taipei MRT system, Taiwan Railway, and Taiwan High Speed Rail, transportation is easily accessed.

3. The NTU Hospital is the most historical and the most prestigious hospital in Taiwan. Despite history, advanced medical devices, research projects, and abundant academic resources are here to be found.

National Taiwan University Biochemistry Basic Science Regulation of dendritic cell development by inflammatory responses
National Taiwan University Biology (Cell,Medical,Micro,Neuro) Basic Science Role of matrix metalloprotease in autophage formation during the parkinsonism and tumorigenesis
National Taiwan University Biology (Cell,Medical,Micro,Neuro) Basic Science Role of Long Non-coding RNA in Heart Failure and Cardiac Fibrosis
National Taiwan University Neurology Basic Science Identifying brain-imaging correlates of normal vs. pathological aging in pre-clinical older adults

SCOPE: 2000NT/month

SCORE: 2000NT/month as Pocket Money


The accommodation remains unsettled now. Two possible choices for accommodation are as following:

1.NTU student dorm:The student dorms for medical students have been renovated lately, which explains its great coziness. Common rooms, laundry rooms, and gym rooms are all available.

2.Taita Jingfu alumni hostel: Right next to the Taipei main station, the alumni hostel is the ideal place to dwell in downtown Taipei.

Places to eat

There are food courts on the B1 floor of the hospital, including the West-site, the East-site, and the Children's Hospital. The food courts provide a variety of choices, ranging from fast food, vegetarian food, traditional snacks, Taiwanese, Japanes, Korean, and Western-style of food. Besides, there is a 24-hrs convenient store on the ground floor of the East-site.

As for the dining place in the college of medicine, there is a student restaurant called Apricot Garden on the second floor of the college, serving fresh cooked noodles or rice cuisine at a rather low price comparing to the food court at the hospital.

In addition to the places mentioned above, there are two cafeteria near the student dorms. The food there is in Taiwanese-style. The price is charged based on the wight of the food you take.


How to get to NTUCM from the airport

Even though our Contact Persons are specifically instructed to pick you up at the airport with a sign that has your name on it, sometimes things don’t go according to plan. In the event that you cannot find your CP, here are the instructions on how to get to the bus platforms:

  • For Terminal One: go to the southwest side of the Arrival Passenger Reception Area.
  • For Terminal Two: go to the northeast side of the Arrival Passenger Reception.

The bus fares range from 110 to 140 NT (4 to 5 USD). When you are at the bus platform, you can

  • take the BUS: there are buses going to Taipei Railway Station (Taipei Main Station).
  • take Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR): First, take HSR shuttle bus (bus fare:30 NTD(1 USD))to the HSR Taoyuan Station. Then take the HSR train to HSR Taipei station, which is the same station as the Taipei Railway Station, Taipei Main Station, and the MRT Taipei Main Station. Travelling by HSR is much faster than travelling by bus, and it costs around 130 NTD (4-5 USD).
  • take a cab:Cabs are available at the north side of Terminal One and on the south side of Terminal Two. This would be the most costy means, as fee of transportation ranges from 1000-1200NTD (35-40 USD)

Once you arrive at Taipei Main Station, here are the instructions on how to get to the hospital(both west/east sites)


  1. Go underground in the Taipei main station and find the Taipei Main Station MRT Station
  2. Take the MRT red line to NTU Hospital station, which is only 1 station away.
  3. When you arrive at NTU Hospital MRT Station, go to exit 2.
  4. When you are right outside of exit 2, the West-Site building will be to your left and the East-Site buildings will be ahead along the Changde St.

By Foot

  1. Find the M8 exit of the Taipei main station.
  2. After getting out of the M8 exit, walk along Gongyuan Rd. Remember to walk in the opposite direction to the Taipei main station. You are supposed to walk pass a convenient store called 7-eleven and a park.
  3. Turn left at Changde St. Walk along Changde St., and the west site is on the left hand side and the east site is on the end of the road.

Local Transportation


The MRT system would be the most convenient trasportation available. The NTUCM and NTUH are at the MRT NTU Hospital station, which is also near the MRT Taipei Main Station. (Please refer to the Route of Taipei MRT)

Train/Highseed Railway

If you want to go somewhere that can't be reached by MRT system, you may walk to the Taipei main station, which would only take you 5-10 minutes to walk to from the hospital, and take the trains of Taiwan railways (TRA) or of Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR). The former ones (TRA) run slower but cost less, while the latter ones are the fastest trains in Taiwan and cost more. 

The Jing Fu Tunnel

Jing Fu Tunnel is a tunnel connecting the Old (West) and New (East) Buildings of NTU Hospital, it is a good way to stay dry during rainy or stormy days that occur often in Taiwanese summers. You can refer to the 1F plan guide of the west site building and find the tunnel between 2E and 3E (it is named Jing Fu Passage in the picture.) The following is a detailed (and also lengthy) instructions of how you can find the tunnel. If you find it troubling, don't waste your time trying to memorize the route, just grab any medical students you meet in NTU hospital for direction while you're here.

Directions (from the Old building to the New Building)

Please refer to the pictures displayed for each step, or you may get lost and find yourself in Hogwarts (which like NTU medical school, incidentally, also takes 7 years to graduate)


Step 1: When you enter the Old (West) Building and are standing in the lobby foyer. Notice the pillar behind the red sign (red sign may not be there when you are there). Go straight behind that pillar and find the corridor.

Step 2: Go to the end of this corridor and turn (look) LEFT.

Step 3: Immediately turn right onto the corridor you see in Picture 3 and you’ll find the corridor. 

Step 4: Go to the sign shown hanging from the ceiling.

Step 5: The bottom of the picture shows where to enter the Jing Fu Tunnel

Step 6: Enter this tunnel.

Step 7: Go to the end of the tunnel for escalator and take it down 2 flights.

Step 8: Keep going straight at the end of the escalators down and find this tunnel in Picture 8. Go straight and find escalators going up at the end.

Step 9: At the end of the escalators keep going down the only path. Find the sign in Picture 9 and follow the arrow to the Lobby.

Step 10: When you see the Center for PET, turn right.

Step 11: Picture 11 is what you see when you turn right at the previous step. Go down the corridor on the right (where the man in black is staring to) until you reach what you see on Picture 12 on the left. Follow the man in black (and all the commotion) and you’ll reach B1 of the new building where the cafeteria is. Congratulations, you have reached the New Building!


Cultural Workshop

We would hold some interesting cultural workshops on the weekend (or on the evenings of weekdays). For example, exchange students can learn to write in Chinese calligraphy and make themselves beautiful souvenirs. Or we can make dumplings, which are a kind of traditional Taiwanese food, and savour our own products.

City Tour

  • Cultural Landscape

There are many cultural treasures and also tourist attractions in Taipei. For example, the National Palace Museum is a must see which holds so large a collection that takes decades to be displayed.

  • Savouring Gourmet

It is such a pity that exchange students would only have one month to taste all the delicacies in Taiwan. There is just way too much delicious food to savour!! We would take incoming students to night markets and other must-visit dining places to make the most of their one-month stay