About Us

   European Languages (EUL) Division is part of DFLL at National Taiwan University. We provide intensive language training for all NTU students. In addition, European Languages (EUL) Division encourages, supports and directs programs and research projects involving the exchange of pedagogical and scholarly information on European Languages.

Our Values

   The European Languages (EUL) Division has established a set of five core values that reflects our identity. We will rely on these five key values to guide our service and agenda:

  • Share a passion for multilingual education

  • Foster diversity, inclusion, access, and equity

  • Promote global and local impact through research and academic activities

  • Promote the study of European language among Taiwanese students

  • Cultivate relationships and professional development opportunities


   National Taiwan University traces its origin to the Taihoku (Taipei) Imperial University established in 1928 by the Japanese. After Taiwan was restored to the Chinese in 1945, the Division of Arts and Political Science of the University was divided into the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Law. In 1947, the Department of Foreign Literature was inaugurated as one of the departments of the College of Liberal Arts and renamed as the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature in 1955.

   In 1951, Ying Qianli (Ying Shih-li, 英千里) Head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, after the communist expelled all foreign missionaries in China, contacted to several of them for encouraging to come to Taiwan to teach language courses. During the second semester of the academic year 1951-1952 were taught the first European Languages courses -German, and French- and two years later, Spanish.

   In December 2010 it was established the European Languages (EUL) Division. Today, EUL Division provides courses in 13 Languages (arranged in alphabetical order): Arabic, Classical Greek, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. In addition, on the one hand, French, German, Russian and Spanish courses lead up to level B2 CEFR; and on the other hand, it’s offered minors in French, German, and Spanish.

Why to study a foreign language?

  • Studying a foreign language will improve your chances of getting a job.

  • Foreign language study enhances one’s opportunities in government, business, medicine, law, technology, military, industry, marketing, etc.

  • Foreign languages provide a competitive edge in career choices: one is able to communicate in a second language.

  • Foreign languages expand one’s view of the world, liberalize one’s experiences, and make one more flexible and tolerant.

  • Foreign languages open the door to art, music, dance, fashion, cuisine, film, philosophy, science…

  • International travel is made easier and more pleasant through knowing a foreign language.

  • Skills like problem solving, dealing with abstract concepts, listening skills and memory are increased when you study a foreign language.

  • International travel is made easier and more pleasant through knowing a foreign language.

  • Foreign language study is simply part of a very basic liberal education: to “educate” is to lead out, to lead out of confinement and narrowness and darkness.