Student Exchange Program between the Department of Biology (Ulm University) and the College of Life Sciences (National Taiwan University, NTU)

The College of Life Sciences, National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei

The predecessor of National Taiwan University was Taihoku (Taipei) Imperial University (TIU), founded by the Japanese in 1928. The first president was Dr. Taira Shidehara. When TIU was first established, it had two colleges: the Faculty of Literature and Politics, and the Faculty of Science and Agriculture, and had a combined total of 59 students. The Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Engineering were added in 1935 and 1943 respectively. The Faculty of Science and Agriculture was also divided into two colleges in 1943: the Faculty of Science, and the Faculty of Agriculture. With its experimental farm, National Taiwan University stretches approximately 34,283 hectares across whole of Taiwan, with the Main Campus located in the heart of the nation’s capital, Taipei City. National Taiwan University has 17000 undergraduate students and 15000 graduate students. The University has 11 colleges, including Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, Bio-Resource and Agriculture, Management, Public Health, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Law, Life Science. The College of Life Science currently has 85 full time faculty members. The combined force offers the best quality academic programs in Taiwan in modern biological sciences, such as molecular biology, systematic biology, biochemical sciences, biotechnology, and ecological studies.

Financial aspects & organization of the exchange

Students from Ulm University shall be exempted from any application, admission or tuition fees at NTU. If available, students from Ulm may be offered a place within the students' residence at NTU. Students from Ulm University will carry out a research project within a laboratory of the College of Life Sciences. Below is a list of possible host laboratories at NTU. In addition, students may attend lectures (see lists below). Outgoing students should check with the Studienkommission Biologie & Biochemie (Dr. Philipp von Wrangell) before their departure whether the lectures that will be attended at NTU can be accepted as credit points within the curiculum at Ulm University. Ulm University and NTU students participating in this exchange program are welcome to apply for the so-called “Baden-Württemberg Scholarship”.


Students enrolled in the Master courses Biochemistry or Biology at Ulm University or carrying out a PhD within the Department of Biology of Ulm University

Length of the Exchange

1 semester

Number of places

3 students from Ulm University per academic year

Application deadline

Deadline is 31 January for the winter semester starting in the same year or for the summer semester the year after

Required application documents

Please download the application form here

The detailed weblink to the application form is:

We kindly ask you to send your application
to Prof. Chien-Chih Yang | e-mail: ccyang(at)
as well as
to Prof. Dr. Marcus Fändrich | e-mail: marcus.faendrich(at)

Selection process

NTU will make a selection out of all incoming applications. The selection will be based on the application form and attached documents.
Ass. Prof. Dr. Chien Chih Yang is the head of the selection committee.
Successful candidates will then undergo a formal admission procedure at the university and will be informed in spring.

Possible host laboratories at NTU

Prof. Hao-Sen Chiang
Immunology, Inflammation

Prof. Hsin-Hung David Chou
Microbiology, Evolutionary Biology, Synthetic Biology

Prof. Hsu-Liang Hsieh
Plant Molecular Biology, Phytochrome Signal Transduction, Molecular Genetics

Prof. Jer-Ming Hu
Plant Systematics, Plant Developmental Evolutionary Biology

Prof. Wei-Pang Huang
Cell Biology and Biological Imaging

Prof. Ming-Yuan Min
Pain Mechanism, Synaptic Plasticity in Thalamic Neurons, and Neuronal Control of Cardiovascular Functions

Prof. Chien-Yuen Pan
Neurobiology, Cell Biology, Cellular Electrophysiology

Prof. Chau-Ti Ting
Evolutionary Genetics, Molecular Evolution, Population Genetics

Prof. Chien-Chih Yang
Functional genomics and proteomics in plant, Membrane protein and signal transduction.

Lectures summer semester at NTU

College of Life Science:

Epigenetics, 3 Credits
Structural Biology & Bioinformatics, 3 Credits
Introduction of Biochip Technologies, 3 Credits
Seminar in Developmental Biology, 2 Credits
Seminar in Immunology and Inflammation, 2 Credits
Seminar in Adaptive Evolution, 2 Credits
Seminar in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, 2 Credits
Techniques in Neurobiology, 3 Credits
Early Developmental Embryology, 2 Credits
Introduction to R for Ecologists, 3 Credits
Vegetation Ecology, 2 Credits
Introduction to Neuroscience, 3 Credits
Metabolic Biochemistry Made Easy, 2 Credits

College of Bioresources and Agriculture:

Remote Sensing, 3 Credits
Engineering Economics, 3 Credits
River Ecology: Concepts and Applications, 3 Credits
Dynamic Modeling the Bioenvironmental Systems, 3 Credits
Special Topics of Forest Environmental Measurement, 3 Credits
Exploring Taiwan: natural environment and resources, 2 Credits
Applied Econometrics, 3 Credits
Veterinary Molecular Virology, 2 Credits
Membrane Protein Kinetics, 2 Credits
Epigenetics, 3 Credits
Stem Cell Biology, 3 Credits
Structural Biology & Bioinformatics, 3 Credits
Frontiers in Functional Non-coding Rnas, 2 Credits
Advanced Small Rna and Mechanism of Gene Silencing, 3 Credits
Frontiers in Animal Embryology and Biotechnology, 2 Credits
Special Topics in Advanced Industrial Microbiology, 3 Credits
Special Topics in Environment Microbial Engineering, 3 Credits
Production, characterization and application of biomaterials, 2 Credits

Lectures winter semester at NTU

Computer Intensive Statistics in Ecology, 3 Credits
Seminar in Developmental Biology, 2 Credits
Seminar in Immunology and Inflammation, 2 Credits
Seminar in Adaptive Evolution, 2 Credits
Molecular Evolution, 2 Credits
Intertidal Ecology: a Field Study Approach, 3 Credits
Plant-animal Interactions, 2 Credits
Numerical Methods in Community Ecology, 3 Credits
Methods of Vegetation Survey, 3 Credits
Experimental Molecular Biophysics, 3 Credits
Molecular Medicine, 3 Credits
Pharmaceutical Chemistry, 2 Credits

College of Bioresources and Agriculture:
Advanced Plant Genomics, 2 Credits
Landscape Ecological Measuring and Planning, 3 Credits
Special Topics on Ecohydrological Researches, 3 Credits
Forest Environmental Physics, 3 Credits

Exploring Taiwan: natural environment and resources, 2 Credits
Special Topics on Insect Ecology, 2 Credits
Research Methods in Ecology, 3 Credits
Molecular Mycology, 2 Credits
Special Topics in Plant Biotechnology, 3 Credits
Frontier of Plant Virology and Biotechnology, 2 Credits
Frontiers in Epigenomics, 2 Credits
Embryo Micromanipulation, 3 Credits
Genetics and Epigenetics in Germ and Stem Cells, 2 Credits
Microarray Experiment and Data Analysis, 3 Credits

General Chinese Course



National Taiwan University

Prof. Chien-Chih Yang
E-mail: ccyang(at)
Tel: +886-(0)2-3366-4445
Fax: +886-(0)2-3366-2271