Summer Mini-Courses in China and Taiwan


Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China
2017 ZUSM Program Dates: (tentative)


2020 dates TBA. 2019 dates: 

  • June 27-July 13, 2019
  • August 4-31
  • (exact dates finalized and coordinated with participating students)
ZUSM Language Requirement: Chinese proficiency equivalent to Chinese 500-600 is preferred (but not required if you are traveling with other students who have some fluency) 
ZUSM Eligibility: Currently enrolled PLME students, fourth year Alpert Medical School students (for rotations)
ZUSM Tuition: No charge to Brown students
ZUSM Travel Expenses: Each student is responsible for all travel expenses to/from and while attending ZUSM. The Pang Endowment provides a transportation stipend of $1,500. Contact Dean Ip for details.
ZUSM Course Description:

(BIOL 6531)Traditional Chinese Medicine 

In addition, medical students may take one month of clinical elective rotation at ZUSM. The student will require conversational level Chinese to communicate with patients to approximately the level of Chinese 500 but teaching is in English.

ZUSM Reference Material:

Guide to Brown University-Zhejiang University Exchange Program in Traditional Chinese Medicine, by Jack Crossman MD'15 (2009) updated (2015) by Elaina Wang '17 

Read 2019 Student Reflections

Read student reflections 2015

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan
NCKU Program Dates:

NCKU Exchange on hiatus for Summer 2020.

NCKU Language Requirement: English
NCKU Eligibility: Currently enrolled PLME students
NCKU Tuition: No charge to Brown students.
NCKU Housing: Provided by NCKU
NCKU Travel Expenses: Each student is responsible for all meals and other travel expenses to/from and while attending ZUSM. The Luke Charitable Trust provides a transportation stipend of $1,500. Contact Dean Ip for details. Contact Dr. James Sung ([email protected]) for details. 
NCKU Course Description: BIOL 6532-“Introduction to Chinese Medicine and Comparative Health Care Systems."
NCKU Other study options: Undergraduates interested in Community Health might find a research project through the NCKU Family Medicine/Rural Medicine department. Fluency in Chinese is preferred as most patients speak the local Taiwanese dialect. Some fees for this program. Possible support from the Luke Charitable Trust fund not to exceed $2,000 (if student participates at both ZUSM and NCKU). Contact Dean Ip for details.
Reference Material:

Read student reflections.

 NCKU summary sheet.