UniversityProvidence University (PU)

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Lastest release date: Feb 08, 2017

The history of Providence University can be traced back to 1921 when its founders and forerunners first paved the road. Their successors followed in their steps, all contributing greatly to what Providence has become today.

In 1920, Mother Marie Gratia Luking (1885-1964) and five Sisters of Providence came to China. In 1921, they founded Hua-Mei Girls' Elementary and High Schools in Kaifeng City, Honan Province; it was one of the first schools for girls in China. In the spring of 1929, the school was forced to close because of the political turbulence. However, the Providence Sisters, enthusiastic with regard to female education, endeavored to establish another school in spite of the critical situation. In 1932, by the effort of the Board of Trustees, "Ching-Yi Girls' High School" was instituted in Kaifeng. His Eminence Cardinal Yu Pin was the first Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, and Ms. Chi-Liang Ing was the first President of the school. In 1942, Mother Gratia and the other sisters were imprisoned; they did not regain their freedom until 1945. In 1948, the war between the Kuomintang Party and the Communist Party forced the sisters to retreat to Shanghai and afterwards to Taiwan.

In May, 1949, Mother Gratia and the Providence Sisters established a Catholic English Supplementary School in Taichung. In 1954, the school was moved to a new building on Fuhsing Road, and the enrollment was increased. In 1956, the institution was accredited by the Ministry of Education as a formal school and was renamed "Providence Junior College for Women". Right Reverend Monsignor Niu Rwo Wang was the first Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and Professor Ho Jing-An, a prominent woman educator, the first President of the school. Reverend Kung Shih Rong, Ph.D. served as the second President in 1957, and Reverend Mark Tsai, Ph.D. succeeded him as the third President in 1959.

Providence Junior College for Women continued to develop; therefore, in 1963 it was reconstituted and renamed "Providence College of Arts and Sciences for Women" with four departments: Chinese Literature, Western Languages and Literature, Business, and Mathematics. The Evening School was also established, consisting of two departments: Western Languages and Literature, and Business. In 1966, the Chemistry Department was established in the Day School. In 1971, Right Reverend Monsignor Kuo Fan, Ph.D. became President of the college. In 1972, the Department of Chinese Literature was added to the Evening School. The Department of Food and Nutrition was established in 1974. In 1981, the Information Science, and Spanish Language and Literature departments, and the Graduate School of Applied Chemistry began to enroll students. In 1984, the Graduate School of Western Language and Literature, and the Department of Youth and Child Welfare were established.

Since the college continued to expand rapidly, the Board of Trustees purchased about thirty hectares of land in the educationally reserved area of Shalu; the college then moved to the present campus in the fall of 1987. In the same year, the Tourism Department was established, and the Doctoral Program of Chemistry was launched. The undergraduate programs of International Trade, Accounting, and Business Management, originally under the Business Department, were reorganized, officially becoming respectively independent departments. In 1988, the Graduate School of Management Science, and the Graduate School of Food and Nutrition were established. With this number of Departments and Graduate Schools, Providence College was qualified to be a university. On July 1, 1989, with official approval of the Executive Yuan, Providence College formally became "Providence University for Women".

In 1990, Reverend Matthias Hsu, Ph.D. became the university President. The Spanish and the English sections of the Department of Western Languages and Literature began to operate separately as two independent departments. In 1991, the Business Department of the Evening School was reorganized into three individual departments: Business Administration, International Trade, and Accounting. In 1992, two more departments were established in the Evening School: Information Science, and Youth and Child Welfare.

In 1993, our university broke away from its tradition and began to enroll male students. "Providence University for Women" was renamed "Providence University". Since then, the number of male students has increased rapidly. In 1994, Professor Richard Chia-Tung Lee succeeded as President of the school. President Lee was innovative in school administration. Under his management, the campus became more active and open. President Lee endeavored to enrich the research and teaching quality by hiring highly professional and vigorous faculty members. To accommodate the increase of students at Providence, construction began on a new teaching building in January 1995 and completed in October 1997. Besides, two other new buildings, the first and second faculty research buildings, had been constructed as annexes to the College of Sciences and the College of Management. In 1996, the Graduate School of Chinese Literature and the Graduate School of Youth and Child Welfare were established. Later that same year the Chinese Language Education Center was established, aiming to provide interested students with best possible opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese. The evening school departments became the Second Section in 1997.

In July 1999, Dr. Michael J. K. Chen was elected the seventh President of Providence University. He emphasized international integration and advancement as well as planning and development of the university. In the same year, the Finance, and Japanese Language and Literature departments, and the Graduate School of Spanish Language and Literature as well as the Doctoral Program in Food and Nutrition Sciences began to enroll students. In 2000, the Graduate School of Ecology was established.

In August 2002, Dr. Matthew Min-Teh Yu was elected as the eighth President. In the future, Providence University plans to not only maintain sustainable self-development, but also advance the university’s prestige in academics and research, keeping in mind its ideal of being a small but prominent university. Starting from the 2003 academic year, the university will successively establish the Department of Taiwanese Literature, the Department of Law, the Department of Ecology, the Graduate Institute of Philosophy, and the Graduate Institute of Curriculum and Instruction.


Providence University is in the bucolic setting of Shalu, Taichung County. Students enjoy clean air and expansive green vistas in and around the school. And while a small town atmosphere, Shalu itself offers everything students could possibly need – from department stores to the latest in health and medical services. Plus, Taichung, Taiwan’s 4th largest city, is just 20 minutes from the school, for when you need to go out on the town.

Plus, Providence University students hail from all 4 corners of the globe. That diversity means students can learn not only in class but also from one another and make lasting friendships that will extend across the world.

Further, Providence’s focus on teaching is reflected at almost every level. For international students Providence arranges TWO local students as study partners. Even though the school’s programs for international students are all-English, Providence recognizes that an overseas campus and city can be confusing. Those study partners are there - to help students in daily life, to help navigate the campus and to be language exchange partners. Another way Providence puts students first.

Finally, there is the unique mission and background of Providence University. Similar to such leading American schools as Loyola, DePaul and Notre Dame, Providence is a Catholic university. Founded by an American congregation, the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, the school has a history stretching back some ninety years with the motto Virtus Cum Scientia – Virtue with Knowledge. This background provides a unique and familiar context for international students studying in Asia. And, like leading Catholic universities around the world, Providence is dedicated to respecting and welcoming the diverse backgrounds of every student. Perhaps most significantly, the school’s background strengthens the focus on students and teaching. As Dr. Lin noted: “As a Catholic university it is not the goal of our school to make a profit from the tuition. Every penny of tuition fee we receive from our students is invested in our people and facilities to ensure that our students get the best education we can offer.”

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Schultz Hall has 2,483 beds in total. Each bedroom is equipped with a bed, closet, desk (bookshelf), and chair. Telephone, internet, air conditioning, and heating are also provided. Public facilities include: study room, gym, TV room, water fountains, bathrooms, washing machines, tumble dryers, spin dryers, laundry drying area, mailbox area, public phones, vending machines, elevator, and public information station (for information research online).

Bosco Hall is designated as a student dormitory with 543 beds in total, spread over seven floors. Each room unit is designed to have one living room, three bedrooms, bathroom facilities, and locations to do laundry and air laundry. Each bedroom is equipped with beds, closets, desks (bookshelves), and chairs for two or three people. Telephone, internet, air conditioning, and heating are also provided. Public facilities include: water fountains, washing machines, tumble dryers, spin dryers, public phones, vending machines, elevator, common room, and gym.

Service Time: 00:00 to 24:00 (24 hours)

Curfew: Doors open at 06:00 and shut at 24:00 each day.

There is a fire alarm system and surveillance system installed at the information desk to monitor the entire building at all times.

Getting Here

By Bus:

A. From Chaoma Station
From Chaoma, take the local bus, such as Juye Bus (which goes to Dajia, Chingshuei,)or Dajiahang Bus. It takes about 20 minutes to get to Providence University.

B. From Taichung Train Station
From Taichung Train Station take Juye Bus (which goes to Dajia, Chingshuei, at Jianguo Road, get off at Providence University. It takes about 50 minutes to get to Providence University.

By Car:

A. Through National Freeway No.1

(Both Northbound and Southbound)
Drive along National Free way No.1, then, take the exit at Jhonggang Interchange (178.6km) and follow the direction to Shalu. Drive along Taiwan Boulevard (about 11 km) and you'll see Providence University on the right.

B. Through National Freeway No.3

From National Freeway No.3, take the exit at Longjing Interchange (182.8 km) and follow the direction to Taichung, turn left at the first traffic light (about 700m after exit) and follow the direction to Shalu. Turn left at Taiwan Boulevard (about 4km) and you'll see Providence University on the right.

2. Southbound
From National Freeway No.3, take the exit at Shalu Interchange (176.1 km) and follow the direction to Shalu then turn left at Taiwan Boulevard (about 2km) and you'll see Providence University on the left.

200, Sec. 7, Taiwan Boulevard, Shalu Dist., Taichung City, Taiwan 43301

Research Output

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Academic Information

Office of International Affairs

Lastest release date: Feb 08, 2017

Providence University is the direct result of eastern and western collaboration. Throughout its history of rapid growth, it has valued other cultures and welcomed students and professors from all over the world while preserving its own Taiwanese heritage. Today, the Office of International Affairs functions as a bridge between Providence and academic institutions of higher learning in other countries. It is committed to the promotion of Mandarin Chinese language and Taiwanese culture, wider and greater academic international opportunities for students and professors, and the internationalization of the campus. In its capacity as the formal representative of Providence University to the global community, the Office of International Affairs initiates, communicates, and follows up on academic international matters.


+886-4-26328001 #11570-11572











Chinese Learning Center Information

Lastest release date: Feb 08, 2017







The Chinese Language Education Center (CLEC) at Providence Catholic University (PU) was established at the direction of the previous President of the University, Dr. Chia-Tong Lee, in the winter semester of 1994. And it was accredited by the Ministry of Education (MOE) on the 15 of November of 1996. It is an affiliate institution under the immediate control of the College of Liberal Arts and belongs to the group of ten Chinese teaching institutions enjoying by the MOE recognition. CLEC is located in Shalu, the west of Taichung, and is said to have the best weather conditions on the island. Temples and old houses scattered in this small town will definitely lead you to investigate more about its history. CLEC aims to provide interested students with the best possible opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese and to study various aspects of Chinese culture. The center’s instructors are all native Mandarin speakers and most of them are able to speak English and other foreign languages. Instructors are able to offer bilingual instruction to beginners and entirely Chinese instruction to advanced students. They have all received rigorous training in Chinese and foreign languages, linguistics, literature, history and philosophy.

Promgram List

NO Class Class Size Hours Tuition


General Mandarin Course 5-8 people 165 hrs with online learning NTD 21,200 USD 731 2013-07-31 Calligraphy書法, Chinese Painting國畫, Chop Carving刻印, Martial Art武術, Making Chinese Knot中國結, and Rice Dough Figures class捏麵人


General Mandarin Course 5-8 people 165 hrs with online learning NTD 21,200 USD 731 2013-10-31


General Mandarin Course 5-8 people 165 hrs with online learning NTD 21,200 USD 731 2014-01-31


Intensive Summer Course 10-15 people 120 hrs NTD 21,150 USD 705 2013-04-30 The intensive summer program, at Providence University, aims at offering an exciting but educational short term travel and study program for international students from all over the world.
Students who participate in this 6 week program will have 54 hours of solid and practical training in Mandarin language, 9 hours of professional management lectures plus 3 visits to enterprises of Taiwan's core industries, as well as a wide range of cultural practices such as Martial Arts, dought figure making, traditional Chinese ink painting, Chinese tea making and more. There are 2-3 optional weekend trips to explore Taiwanese culture and enjoy the sunbathing on the beach in Kending National Park.


Scholarship offered by CLEC: 20-24 students are awarded scholarship every year. The total value is about NT$10,000 for one term. Scholarship offered by PU: After studying Chinese Mandarin for 3 quarters, students may apply for undergraduate degree. Those who have been granted admission to PU to study fulltime are eligible for a scholarship of tuition.


Student Residence Hall Price List 宿舍價目表

Room Type Accommodation Fee A/C Deposit (Refundable) Key Deposit (Refundable) Total Amount (NT$)
Male & Female Residence (希嘉Schultz Hall)
2-People Rooms $12,000 $500 $50 $12,550
3 or 4-People Rooms $9,000 $500 $50 $9,550
Male Residences (思高Bosco Hall)
3-People Rooms $10,000 $500 $50 $10,550

Location & Facilities

CLEC is located at Shalu, the west of Taichung, enjoying the best weather conditions on the island. CLEC aims to provide interested students with the best opportunity to learn Chinese Mandarin & to study various aspects of Chinese culture.
CLEC provides free internet access, field trips, library, computer room, gymnasium and indoor swimming pool.

Local Attractions

Central Taiwan consists of the countis of Miaoli, Taichung, Changhua and Nantou, and encompasses well-known tourist destinations as the Sun Moon Lake, Hsitou, Lishan, Bagua Scenic Area, etc. Being rich in forest and boasting Taichung in central Taiwan, enjoys moderate weather all year round, well-developed industries, cultural,exciting night life

Popular Course

CLEC offers tutorials, small group classes, & intensive courses. CLEC provides short-term intensive program in the summer & winter with Chinese language & cultural classes for foreign groups from all over the world. Calligraphy, Chinese paint

Programs for international students

Lastest release date: Oct 20, 2016

Hit Program Title Field of Study Level Language
star Graduate International Program-MBA Commerce (including Accounting), Regional Studies MA 90% ↑ in English
Experiencing Taiwan 2013, International Summer Program Short-term 90% ↑ in English

Scholarships List

Lastest release date: May 16, 2012

Alumni List