National Taiwan University

National Taiwan University, located in Taipei, is the leading university in Taiwan. It was founded in 1928, during the Japanese colonial era, under the name of Taihoku Imperial University. In 1945 , administration of the school passed over to the government of the Republic of China, who renamed it National Taiwan University.

Academic Programming

Academic sessions are led by prominent leaders in the public sector as well as experts on food security and public health in Taiwan.

Cultural Activities

Activities in years past have included visits to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, hikes up Elephant Mountain for city views, tours of Yongkang Street, volunteer work with the elderly, and company workshops with sponsors.

Social Events

Social events include tasting food at a Taiwanese night market, eating lunch at Taipei 101, sightseeing at Tamsui, and visiting Daan Park.

I went to Taipei through HCAP as a freshman, and it was definitely one of the highlights of the year! We visited a tea house on a mountain where we learned the proper tea tasting techniques, enjoyed some delicious soup dumplings at the Michelin Star awarded restaurant, Din Tai Fung, and tried out Taiwanese street food at Jiufen, a beautiful mountain village that inspired the Oscar-winning movie Spirited Away. I definitely had some of the most delicious food of my life in Taiwan! In addition to exploring Taiwanese the culture and cuisine, we also learned about the history of Taiwan at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial and the National Palace Museum, and at our opening ceremony, we even had a chance to meet one of Taiwan’s ex-presidents! All the Taipei delegates made so much effort to show us all parts of Taipei, from organizing a bike tour through the rural parts of the city to hosting a yacht party at sea to taking us up Elephant Mountain to see the night view of the city. I met some very close friends on this trip, and I’m still in touch with them even after two years! HCAP is definitely one of the best experiences of my time at Harvard!
Debbie Chan, Harvard '20
Taipei, March 2017