National Taiwan University
International Chinese Language Program (ICLP)
- Establish year
- Taipei city
- Feature course
- Regular course, Teacher training
The International Chinese Language Program (ICLP), the world’s premier institution for the instruction of both modern and classical Chinese, was established in 1962 to cater to the needs of Stanford University students for Chinese Language Studies. Since then, it has offered intensive language training to over 4,000 students from more than 20 countries.
ICLP's earliest history begins in 1961, with Stanford University's planning of a Mandarin training center on the campus of National Taiwan University in Taipei. The original program was designed to meet the stringent research and educational needs of Stanford University students. In 1963, the Inter-University Board was created and the official name became the "Inter-University Program," commonly referred to as the "Stanford Center." Owing to the quality of the teachers and materials, as well as the intensity of instruction, this program quickly became the world's premier center for the intensive study of Mandarin Chinese, training many of the world's current diplomats, academics, and business leaders.
In 1997, NTU assumed full administration of the program, and the official name was changed to the "International Chinese Language Program," or ICLP, at National Taiwan University. The International Chinese Language Program remains in the same building where it was founded more than half a century ago, and maintains the traditions of small classes and intensive instruction that have made it the standard against which other Mandarin training programs are measured. Proud of our past, and looking towards the future, the ICLP staff and teachers warmly welcome students of all backgrounds to join us in the study of Chinese language and culture.