After at least 8 years of English learning since elementary school, it will be a new experience when you come to join the English Program at Ming Chuan University (MCU). Going back to the year of 1957 when Ming Chuan University was first named Ming Chuan Women’s Business College; our founder Dr. Pao had the foresight to see that English is an extremely important skill and a subject all students have to take. That is why we have designed a four-year English program for every student. No matter how good or bad your English is, MCU’s program is ready to help you become a proficient learner of English, with not only a well-planned four-year curriculum but also professional and enthusiastic teachers, as well as textbooks that emphasize practical English in an authentic learning environment. The most important thing is how to combine these features and utilize them as you own valuable resource for learning English. Teachers can advise, and provide you with a wealth of information. Language learning is a life-long process; it is up to you to sharpen your language skills and take the plunge. To increase your awareness of MCU’s English education and know how to benefit from it, we highly recommend that you spend some time browsing the English Language Center (ELC) website. In both Chinese and English, this will give you a good picture of the way to learn from MCU’s English program efficiently. From a description of the curriculum to an introduction of ELC teachers, from information about our Learning Resources to how you can apply for credit waiver if you already have good English proficiency, the ELC website is an excellent source of information. For the Chinese section specially designed for new students, link to: http://www.mcu.edu.tw/department/app-Lang/elcenter/Tofreshmen/Tofreshmen.html Since the global economy increasingly requires English for basic interaction, not only MCU, but all institutions of higher education in Taiwan, in accordance with the Ministry of Education standards, have set up English proficiency graduation requirements. All MCU students are required to reach score 500 or higher on TOEIC or pass the first-stage of GEPT Intermediate Test (or others equivalent to the CEFR A2-B1 English Proficiency Level) before the start of their fourth year. Any third-year student who does not reach the standard is required to either complete two non-credit Practical English for Professionals courses or else provide evidence of having reached the B1 standard prior to graduation. Incorporate English learning into your daily schedule in order to reach the standard and launch a successful future for yourself! We welcome you as a new member of our family at MCU and hope you will enjoy the English environment here during the next four years and become successful in your English language endeavors.