CAIS 8th Grade 2023 Taiwan Program

Pre-Departure To-Do List

Chinese Language & Cultural Immersion in Taiwan  |  April 3 to April 26, 2023

Program Snapshot

  • Start Date and Location: Monday, April 3, 2023 at San Francisco International Airport
  • End Date and Location: Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at San Francisco International Airport
  • Destinations: Taipei 臺北, Tainan 台南, Nantou 南投, and Taoyuan 桃園
  • Primary Trip Location: Tainan 台南
  • Program Itinerary: Shared by CAIS program directors prior to the trip

Yongle Market, Tainan

Pre-Departure To-Do List

1. (Parents & students) Review Your Program Packet

Please carefully review the CAIS 8th Grade Program Packet, which includes information you received at the CAIS Information Night in October, as well as updated information regarding Covid-19 and security protocols, chaperone teams, a preliminary packing list, and other useful information. We will continue to update this document in the months ahead.

2. (Students) Complete Your CLI Enrollment Form

Please complete your Enrollment Form by Friday, December 9, 2022. Be sure to enter information exactly as it appears (or will appear) in your passport and select "CAIS 8th Grade 2023 Taiwan Program".

Enrollment Form
3. (Parents & Students) Complete Homestay Introduction Form

This is the information your host family will receive about you! It will also be used by CAIS and CLI to help pair families.

There are sections of this form for both students and parents. It should take 15-20 minutes of your time. Families will be notified of final placements approximately two weeks prior to departure. 

Homestay Introduction Form
4. (Parents) Complete CAIS Program Agreement

Please complete your CAIS Program Agreement by Friday, December 9, 2022.

CAIS Program Agreement

Please submit your Taiwan program payment to CAIS by Friday, December 9, 2022.

CAIS Taiwan Program Payment
6. (Parents & Students) Complete CLI’s Covid-19 Health Declaration Form

In order to enter various destinations throughout our travels, we may be required to provide information regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status. In certain cases, for example at some hotels, restaurants, and organizations, proof of vaccination will be required for entry.

Please utilize CLI's COVID-19 Health Declaration Form to provide this information by Friday, December 9, 2022. 

COVID-19 Health Declaration Form
7. (Parents & Students) Upload a Scan of Your Passport

Please use CLI’s secure Passport Form to submit a scan of your passport’s main information page by Friday, December 9, 2022. 

If you do not already have a passport that will be valid for at least six months after your program end date, please visit the U.S. State Department website  for instructions on how to obtain one.

Passport Form
8. (Students) Complete CLI's Tell Us Your Story Form

We want to hear about your experience learning Chinese and your goals for the future. By Friday, December 9, 2022, please complete CLI's Tell Us Your Story questionnaire. Use Chinese to answer these questions to the best of your ability.

Tell Us Your Story
9. (Parents & Students) Share traveler INFORMATION FOR EVA AIR

If you have a certain meal preference, EVA MileageLands number, and/or a United Airlines MileagePlus number (of which EVA Air is a member airline), please utilize the following form to share this information with CLI by Friday, December 9, 2022. We'll then update your round-trip international flight reservation with this information.

Information for EVA Air

Mandarin is the official language of Taiwan, and a great selection of free Mandarin learning resources is available online.

Please take time to review and familiarize yourself with each of the resources mentioned in CLI’s online learning resources list. Remember that traditional characters are used in Taiwan!

Downtown Taipei

Additional Program Information

Included in program:

  • Comprehensive pre-departure support
  • All activities and site visits listed in your program itinerary
  • Round-trip international airfare between San Francisco and Taiwan
  • 24-hour assistance from CLI's international and local team
  • Full-time bilingual in-country Program Leaders
  • Three meals per day, including breakfast everyday
  • All relevant learning materials (text materials, reading handouts, notebooks, pens)
  • All domestic group transportation
  • All tips for drivers, local guides, restaurant attendants for group meals, etc.
  • High quality hotel and camping accommodations 
  • Homestay accommodations during homestay portion of program in Tainan

Not included in program:

  • Any items not explicitly mentioned above or listed in the program itinerary

Should any questions or concerns arise, please feel free to email your CAIS Program Director, Julie Farrell, at or your CLI Program Director, Anias Stambolis-D'Agostino, at We wish you a wonderful, safe and enriching journey abroad!

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