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Grant will Support Study by Seven SVC Students in Taiwan this Summer

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Posted: Thursday May 30, 2013

May 30, 2013

A grant from the Taiwan Ministry of Education will underwrite the expenses of eight Saint Vincent College students who will spend the month of July in Taiwan, Republic of China, participating in a new Chinese language program at Fu Jen Catholic University.

Designed for students with little or no background in Chinese, the students will earn six credits of language that will fulfill their Saint Vincent core language requirement. The intensive language program will be complemented with a cultural component to teach them about Taiwan and Taiwanese culture. Offering an intensive Chinese language program supports the college-wide efforts in Chinese language, study abroad and international academic cooperation.

Fu Jen Language Center is one of the oldest non-degree Chinese language learning centers in Taiwan. It was founded in 1964, under the direction of the then president of Fu Jen, His Excellency Paul Cardinal Yu Pin, by the Society of the Divine Word, to address the need for the foreign missionaries to learn Chinese.

The Taiwan Ministry of Education offers funding for short-term Chinese language study for U.S. students who want to focus on learning traditional Chinese characters and Taiwan culture. Grants cover the cost of tuition, housing, excursions and books.

Saint Vincent students who will be participating in the program include Samantha Angely, a senior from Freeport majoring in biology; Anthony Bucci, a junior from Canfield, Ohio, majoring in business; Charles Fencil, a senior from Mt. Pleasant majoring in biochemistry; Marie Kunkel, a senior from Greensburg majoring in history; Alyssa McCuistion, a junior from Bethel Park majoring in biochemistry; Natalie Woodruff, a senior from Ringoes, N.J. majoring in art education; and Keerian van Dijk, a junior from Latrobe majoring in psychology.

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