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International Study of Landscapes and Health

The challenge of creating sustainable, healthy places has never been more pressing. The University of Illinois and National Taiwan University have developed a partnership to help address this challenge through the International Study of Landscapes and Health.

The University of Illinois hosts students from National Taiwan University during the fall semester, and NTU hosts a spring semester program for students from the University of Illinois. Through this study abroad experience, Illinois students learn a great deal about how landscapes impact human health and well-being. They also get to experience the thriving city of Taipei, outstanding food, and a culture that welcomes and prizes students.

At the end of the semester spent at NTU, Illinois students are able to:

  1. Speak basic Mandarin.
  2. Understand and describe basic relationships among Taiwan’s geography, landscape characteristics, and culture.
  3. Understand and apply knowledge regarding the relationships between healthy ecological functioning and human health and well-being.
  4. Create designs and policy recommendations for landscape changes in Taiwan that demonstrate an understanding of the second and third items above.

The semester includes four courses for a total of 15 credit hours:

  • Basic Mandarin (5 credits, 5 hours per week)
  • Landscape of Taiwan (3 credits, 48 hours visiting tours)
  • Healthy Ecology & Healthy People (3 credits, 3 hours per week)
  • Advanced Landscape Planning Studio (4 credits)