Learn the Business of Fashion in Asia

Three students a year have the opportunity to study at Shih Chien University in Taipei, Taiwan during this exchange program. Explore the Asian culture while expanding your knowledge of the fashion industry.


  • Students must be at least of Junior status at the time of applying.
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA.
  • Students must be in good academic and financial standing to participate.
  • Students must apply by the deadline.





  • Fall 2017 Semester: Mid-September – mid-January

    Spring 2018 Semester: Mid-February – mid-June


    Taipei, Tiawan


The LIM College study abroad application is due October 7, 2016 for the Fall 2017 semester and March 24, 2017 for the Spring 2018 semester.

Applicants should submit the LIM College study abroad application by email to the Study Abroad Coordinator, along with their personal statement (instructions included in Application document), a copy of the photo page of their passport (if the student does not yet have a passport and therefore cannot include this piece, their application will not be penalized; however, they will be required to get a passport within three months of acceptance to the program), and a copy of their unofficial transcript (which can obtained from Sonis).

LIM College’s study abroad programs are competitive as more applications are typically received than there are spots available. The following factors are considered when the Office of Study Abroad selects candidates to participate in LIM College’s study abroad programs:

  • Personal statement/essay: Original, succinct essays with well-thought out content will be rated highly.
  • Interview with Study Abroad Coordinator: Students should be prepared to speak about why they are a good candidate for the program to which they are applying.
  • GPA: The student’s LIM College GPA is taken into consideration.
  • Demonstrated interest: Applicants can increase their chance of being selected by attending information sessions and/or setting up a time to meet one-on-one with the Study Abroad Coordinator to discuss the program they are interested in applying for. 

Students who are accepted into the program by LIM’s Office of Study Abroad will be required to submit their personal and academic information to their host school. Further information on this process will be given to accepted students.


Students can view previously offered courses at http://studentsystem.usc.edu.tw/CourseSystem_eng/EnglishTeachDLV.asp. Once admitted into the program, students will be sent more information regarding courses that will be offered during their semester abroad. All students will be required to register for four compulsory courses: Beginning Chinese, Basic Chinese, Chinese Culture and Communication, and Area Studies. Students will be required to submit the LIM College Course Proposal Form to have courses evaluated prior to attending SCU. Students must register for a minimum of the equivalent of 12 LIM credit hours per term.

Students must meet with their academic advisor to ensure their courses will fit into their graduation plan.


SCU has an International Student Dormitory that is open to LIM College exchange students. SCU does not provide household items for international students who live at the dorm; students should expect to purchase their own mattress, bedding, toiletries, etc. Students also have the option to look for and procure their own accommodation off-campus. The LIM Study Abroad Office will assist students throughout this process.

Students must book and pay for their own airfare.


All students must submit proof to the Study Abroad Office that they are covered overseas by their current health insurance provider or they must purchase supplemental study abroad health insurance. Health insurance is not the same as travel insurance.


Students will pay LIM College the regular semester tuition and fees. This does not cover airfare, housing, meals, or personal expenses, such as shopping.

Housing costs are paid directly to the housing provider, which may be SCU, a student apartment company, or a landlord.

Additional Costs to Consider (all amounts are approximations):

  • Round-trip airfare to and from Taipei - $1100
  • Rent and utilities - $600 per month
  • Food - $1500 per semester
  • Public Transportation - $40 per semester
  • Excursions - $400+ per excursion
  • Books/supplies – $400 per semester


Students will be required to have a visa to study abroad for the semester. Students should apply for a Visitor's Visa, which will allow them to stay in Taiwan for 90 days as a student. Before the end of their visa students will need to leave Taiwan and go abroad (for example, to Hong Kong) and re-enter to extend their stay. Participants must have a valid passport that expires no sooner than 6 months past the end of the exchange experience to apply for the visa and should be prepared to show that they have access to sufficient funds to cover their costs for the semester as part of the visa application process.


SCU provides airport pickup services for incoming exchange students. More information will be provided to students accepted to the program. 


All students are required to attend the LIM College Pre-Departure Orientation. Date, time and location will be made available after acceptance into the program. In addition, all students will be required to attend the SCU Orientation and to plan their travel accordingly.