International College of I-Shou University
The International College of I-Shou University (ISU-IC) is a business college in Taiwan that offers globally relevant courses through its four departments: International Business Administration, International Finance, Tourism and Hospitality, and Entertainment Management. To maintain the relevance and topicality of the curricula, the college participates in constant screening of international experts and evaluation through global best-practices. It also consults industry advisory panels comprised of prominent business leaders in Taiwan and other countries.
ISU-IC uses language immersion to educate its students. The immersion technique is an approach to foreign language instruction in which the curricular activities of a discipline are conducted in a foreign language—in our case, English. This means that the new language becomes the medium of instruction as well as the object of instruction. Students who work within an immersion environment acquire the necessary language skills to comprehend and communicate their particular areas of study according to curriculum requirements. They use the same modern learning methods as those used in the best non-immersion universities. ISU-IC’s immersion program is distinctive because English is the medium through which 90 percent of the academic content is taught in the first year. After students’ first year, 100 percent of their instruction is in English. This is referred to as “total immersion.”
As a part of the total immersion process, ISU-IC students are encouraged to live in the IC dormitory for their first year. The dormitory is a specially designed facility that provides audio-visual language aids in each of its rooms, as well as evening tutors who assist students in reviewing what they have learned during the day’s classes. In addition, the use of any language other than English is discouraged within the IC dormitory.