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Ministry of Education (MOE) Taiwan Scholarship Program 2022

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The Ministry of Education (abbreviated below to “MOE”) has formulated the Taiwan Scholarship Program Directions (also known as the “Taiwan Scholarship Program Guidelines”) to encourage outstanding international students (with the exception of students from the Mainland Area, Hong Kong, and Macau) to undertake degree studies in Taiwan to familiarize themselves with the academic environment in Taiwan and promote communication, understanding, and friendship between Taiwan and the international community.

Benefits

The MOE Taiwan Scholarship Program provides the following for each outstanding international student scholarship recipient who comes to Taiwan to undertake a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctorate:

  1. Tuition and miscellaneous expenses (i.e. the course-credit fees, and miscellaneous basic study-related fees): The MOE will pay up to NTD 40,000/₱74064.98 each semester for each recipient’s approved tuition and miscellaneous expenses. If these exceed a total amount of NTD40,000/₱74064.98, the remaining amount must be paid to the university/college by the student. The “miscellaneous expenses” do not include any of the following: administration fees, thesis supervision fees, insurance premiums, accommodation, or internet access. These are all the responsibility of the scholarship recipient.
  2. Living allowance: The MOE provides each recipients undertaking university undergraduate studies a monthly stipend of NTD15,000/₱27774.37; it provides each recipient undertaking a master’s degree or doctorate studies a monthly stipend of NTD20,000/₱37032.49.

A university/college may give scholarship recipients a discount for tuition and/or miscellaneous expenses. The university/college must submit details of which of its departments/institutes are offering scholarship recipients discounts on fees for the following academic year, and a copy of the fee standards to the MOE by the prescribed date each year, and it must also provide a copy of these to any other unit designated by the MOE.

Scholarship Duration and Time Limits

  1. The maximum period a Taiwan Scholarship may be held is: four years for undergraduate programs, two years for master’s degree programs, and four years for doctorate programs. The maximum total period that any one person may hold a Taiwan Scholarship is five years.
  2. The Taiwan Scholarship year begins on September 1 and ends on August 31 of the following year. Recipients must arrive in Taiwan and register at their university/college at the scheduled time. It is not permitted to defer taking up a Taiwan Scholarship until the following year. A student who is unable to arrive in Taiwan and register at their university/college at the scheduled time will be considered to have forfeited their scholarship eligibility, unless the student has notified the university/college and the MOE beforehand and been given permission for a delayed arrival and registration.
  3. Living allowance payments begin from the month when the recipient actually begins attending the university/college, and they end when the maximum scholarship period for their degree level expires, or when the recipient graduates, withdraws from their studies, is suspended or expelled, or has their Taiwan Scholarship revoked.

Eligibility

  1. Applicants must be a foreign national with a secondary school graduation diploma or a post-secondary degree(s), and an excellent academic record, and be of good moral character.
  2. A person in any of the following categories is ineligible to apply:
    • An R.O.C. national or an overseas Chinese student.
    • A person who already has and is continuing to maintain student status at any university/college in Taiwan or who has already registered to begin studies at such a university/college. This restriction does not apply to a student who will be graduating after completing a degree that year. They may apply for a Taiwan Scholarship to pursue a higher degree.
    • A person who has already studied in Taiwan for a degree at the same level as the one in which they currently intend to enroll.
    • An exchange student or dual/joint degree student who has been admitted to a university/college in Taiwan in accordance with an academic cooperation agreement between that university/college and an overseas university/college.
    • A person who has already been a Taiwan Scholarship recipient for a total of five years.
    • A person who has ever previously had their Taiwan Scholarship or MOE Huayu Enrichment Scholarship revoked.
    • A person who has received any other scholarship or subsidy from any Taiwan Government institution (organization) or any education institution in Taiwan, apart from any subsidies provided for a Taiwan Scholarship recipient by their university/college to cover the outstanding amount if the total amount of their tuition and other fees exceeds the scholarship limit.
  3. Applicants must apply directly to the university/college for admission within the application deadline. Each university/college sets its own application deadline.

Requirements

Applicants must submit the following documents within the period specified by the local Taiwan Representative Office for their country to that Office [*Note: in these Directions the term “Taiwan Representative Office” refers to the Embassy or Representative Office responsible for a particular country or region where the applicant lives. It will sometimes be located in another nearby country. Please see website for contact details of all Taiwan Representative Offices]:

  1. A Taiwan Scholarship Application Form (the form for applicants from each country or region is available from their local Taiwan Representative Office)
  2. A photocopy of the applicant’s passport or other documentary evidence of nationality.
  3. A photocopy of their highest academic award and of the associated academic transcripts. Applications must be in compliance with the provisions of Subparagraph 2 of Paragraph 1 of Article 7 of the MOE Regulations Regarding International Students Undertaking Studies in Taiwan. Documents in a language other than Chinese or English must be translated into Chinese or English and the translated documents must be authenticated.
  4. (iv) Photocopies of documentary evidence that the applicant has already applied to a university/college in Taiwan (for example, photocopies of the application fee remittance, the application form, and a notice or email from the university/college acknowledging receipt of the application.)
  5. (v) A photocopy of a language proficiency certificate. Each Taiwan Representative Office must oversee this requirement in accordance with the following provisions:
    1. For applications to undertake a program not completely taught in English:
      • If the Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) is organized and held by the local Taiwan Representative Office in the applicant’s country or region: a copy of the test results or a certificate at Level 3 or above must be submitted. Results or certificates from any other Chinese proficiency test will not be accepted. If, however, an applicant is unable to take the TOCFL test because of geographical factors and the local Taiwan Representative Office has reviewed their circumstances and approves, then their case may be treated as if their Taiwan Representative Office does not organize TOCFL testing.
      • If TOCFL testing is not organized by the local Taiwan Representative Office: An applicant who has not submitted a copy of the test results or certificate at Level 3 or above must take the TOCFL test at Level 3 or above at their own expense by the end of the first semester after they arrive in Taiwan and submit their test results or certificate to their university/college. If the applicant transfers to a different university/college after the first semester, their starting semester in the new university/college is still regarded as their second semester since arriving in Taiwan. The applicant is not permitted to claim the initial semester in the new university/college as the “first semester” referred to in this requirement.
    2. If the applicant wants to undertake a program completely taught in English, their local Taiwan Representative Office may decide whether the applicant is permitted to not submit TOCFL test results or a TOCFL certificate and may instead require them to submit TOEFL test scores that meet a standard that it sets or a certificate for some other English proficiency exam that is recognized by the government of the country where they are located, or a an English language program graduation diploma (applicants who are citizens of a country where English is an official language are not subject to this requirement). The degree program completely taught in English that an applicant is applying to undertake must have been accredited by the MOE. If the English-language degree program has not been accredited by the MOE, then the applicant must obtain a document formally issued by the university/college (not a subsidiary department or unit) that the applicant wants to attend certifying that the degree program in question is fully taught in English.
  6. Two reference letters – from a principal, a college or university president, professors, and/or supervisors –personally signed, and placed in sealed envelopes.
  7. Any additional documents specified by the particular local Taiwan Representative Office.

The number of Taiwan Scholarships offered by the MOE each year depends on the MOE’s annual budget allocations for the coming year and on the results achieved by each local Taiwan Representative Office that year. By December 31 each year, the MOE will inform each local Representative Office how many Taiwan Scholarships it can award for each degree level for the following academic year.

Application and Selection Process

  1. The MOE has delegated the specification of the particular application procedures and selection requirements, in accordance with the Selection Directions set out below, to the local Taiwan Representative Offices. Each local Taiwan Representative Office may handle Taiwan Scholarship application and selection related activities in conjunction with local government agencies, universities and colleges, and educational and cultural institutions, or it may directly handle applications itself. Information about the Taiwan Scholarship applications (including details of the selection criteria, number of scholarships available, the procedure, and the time schedule) must be made publicly available in the country or region that each local Taiwan Representative Office looks after in both Chinese and the local language(s) by January 31 each year.
  2. After making the information referred in the previous sub-paragraph publicly available, each local Taiwan Representative Office must submit both hard copies and electronic copies of the details provided in Chinese and in the local language(s) to the unit designated by the MOE for archiving.
  3. In principle, the application period is from February 1 to March 31 each year. The actual application period for each local Taiwan Representative Office will be detailed in its publicly available information.
  4. Each applicant must lodge their application at the local Taiwan Representative Office in their country of citizenship or at the Taiwan Representative Office in that area of the world that is responsible for looking after matters concerning citizens of the applicant’s country.

Selection Procedure Guidelines

  1. The local Taiwan Representative Office must take into account whether a scholarship recipient would contribute to Taiwan’s national development, as a professional contributing to their own country and to Taiwan, and assist in the growth of Taiwan’s business and industry, economy, and education.
  2. Scholarship recipients wanting to do a bachelor’s degree must have an average GPA of at least 3.0, those wanting to do a master’s degree must have an average GPA of at least 3.5 or above during their studies so far (where 4.5 is the highest score). If a different grade method is used in the applicant’s country, the local Taiwan Representative Office will use these figures as the basis for its calculations or take the results indicative of excellence by universities and colleges in that country/region to select outstanding students.
  3. Interviews must be conducted in person or by video conferencing, so as to interact with the applicants and better judge their demeanor and moral character.
  4. Preference must be given to applicants with a TOCFL certificate at intermediate or higher level. People applying to go to Taiwan to undertake a program completely taught in English must submit their TOEFL test scores or submit a certificate that they have passed another English language proficiency exam recognized by the government in that country at the intermediate level or documentary evidence that they scored at least 75% in such an exam.
  5. The application form must be fully completed and the application form and other documents will not be returned.

Selection Notifications

  1. The Taiwan Representative Offices will review the applications and conduct interviews and then select the successful candidates and place some candidates on a waiting list. In principle, each successful candidates and the university/college the candidate has applied to attend must be notified about the selection decision by May 31 each year.
  2. Successful candidates must submit a photocopy of their letter of admission to their local Taiwan Representative Office by June 30 each year to confirm that they satisfy the eligibility requirements; if a candidate does not submit this letter within the specified time period, the candidate must submit a written explanation of the reason to their local Taiwan Representative Office which will review the circumstances. A person who is not admitted into a university/college will lose their eligibility to receive a Taiwan Scholarship. A person who fails to submit documents within the specified time period will be considered to have forfeited their eligibility to receive a Taiwan Scholarship, and the local Taiwan Representative Office will offer the forfeited scholarship to the candidate highest on the waiting list. The list of recipients must be finalized no later than July 31 each year.
  3. Taiwan Representative Offices must issue each Taiwan Scholarship recipient with a certificate stating that they have been awarded a Taiwan Scholarship (using the format shown at Appendix I) by July 31 each year, and inform them of the duration of their award, based on the type of degree they will be undertaking specified in the letter of admission received from the university/college. The scholarship recipients’ basic details must also be accurately recorded on the on-line Taiwan Scholarship Information Platform.

A Taiwan Scholarship recipient who has completed their degree program within the prescribed may then apply for a Taiwan Scholarship to undertake a higher degree at the next level. Such applications must be submitted by February 28 each year and in accordance with the provisions of Article 5, the new application and all the required documents must be submitted to the local Taiwan Representative Office that awarded their first Taiwan Scholarship. This will be treated as a completely new application and be subject to the same selection process. They are not permitted to apply for a second Taiwan Scholarship to do another degree at the same level or another degree at a lower degree level. A scholarship recipient is not permitted to hold a Taiwan Scholarship longer than the maximum total period of five years, which would be in breach of Article IV, Paragraph (ii), Subparagraph 5.

Other Important Provisions will be viewed HERE

The application is from February 1 to April 30, 2022.

REFERENCE/S:MOE Taiwan Scholarship Program

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