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. Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Ho Chi Minh City drew up 2017 Taiwan Scholarship Program Directions (Vietnam-South of Da Nang and Cambodia), in accordance with the provisions of the MOE Taiwan Scholarship Program Directions. 2017 Taiwan Scholarship application information as follows:
- Scholarship Quota and Award
23 scholarships have been allocated for 2017, of which 7 will be specially allocated to designated universities to make the appointment, while rest of the 16 scholarsips will be open for all applicants, in which only the top 16 students, regardless of nationality, will be the recipients. The MOE Taiwan Scholarship Program provides for outstanding Vietnamese (South of Da Nang) and Cambodian students. Each scholarship recipient can choose to undertake a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctorate studies in Taiwan by awarding each recipient of the Taiwan scholarship the following:
- 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 each semester for each recipient’s approved tuition and miscellaneous expenses. If these exceed a total amount of NTD40,000, 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.
- Living allowance: The MOE provides each recipient undertaking university undergraduate studies a monthly stipend of NTD15,000; it provides each recipient undertaking a master’s degree or doctorate studies a monthly stipend of NTD20,000.
A university/college may give scholarship recipients a discount or 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.
*List of the universities that gives out discount are in the attached file.
- Duration of Scholarship
- The maximum period of 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.
- 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. Any student who is unable to arrive in Taiwan and register at their university/college at the scheduled time or can not obtain the Visa by 25th August, 2017, will be considered to have forfeited their scholarship eligibility.
- 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.
- Deadlines for application
From January 15, 2017 to March 31, 2017, date indicated at the postage stamp will be utilized as the cut off point.
- Applicants must be either a Vietnam (South of Da Nang) or a Cambodia national with a secondary school graduation diploma or post-secondary degree(s), with an excellent academic record, and be of good moral character.
- Those recommended by specially designated educational institutions.
- 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.
- A person who plans to be part time students in Taiwan.
- Applicants must apply directly to the university/college for admission within the application deadline. Each university/college sets its own application deadline.
- Application Documents
- Fully filled 2017 Taiwan Scholarship Application Form for Vietnamese and Cambodian Students.
- Vietnam: A photocopy of the applicant’s valid ID card or passport, and household registration, which has to be South of Da Nang or the place of work is south of Da Nang. All the documents mentioned above have to remain valid after February 1, 2019 (valid for a total of 1.5yrs.) .
Cambodia: A photocopy of the applicant’s valid passport, the passport has to remain valid after February 1, 2019 (valid for a total of 1.5yrs.) .
- A verified/authenticated 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 also be verified/authenticated in accordance to the requirements of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Ho Chi Minh City. If the applicant has not yet graduated upon application, he/she must hand in verified/authenticated graduate diploma and original diploma before 18th July, 2017. If he/she can not turn in the relevant transcript on time, he/she will not be eligible for obtaining the scholarship and for those who have been announced to be recipients, they will lose scholarship eligibility.
- 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.)
- One of the following language proficiency certificates:
- For applications to undertake a program not completely taught in English: a copy of results or certificate for the “Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language” Level 3 or above. HSK Score will not be accepted. Once becoming the recipient of the Scholarship, original Copy of the certificate will be needed to be brought to the Education Division for verification.
- For applicants plan to study in a program completely taught in English (go to http://www.studyintaiwan.org/event/sit85/index.html#/home for a complete list ), copy report of TOEFL test scores or other recognized English language proficiency exams must be submitted. TOEFL score pBT500 or IBT 60 Test Score report or IELTS 5.5, TOEIC 600 or above English test scores. Original Copy of the certificate will be needed to be brought to the Education Division for verification.
- Two reference letters – from a principal, a college or university president, professors, and/or supervisors – personally signed, and placed in sealed envelopes. Photo copies and email submissions of letters of recommendation will not be considered.
- Those who are applying for all English Program that is not on the list, will have to submit a confirmation letter written by the university (not college or department).
- Study plan (Chinese or English).
Applicants should send the required documents by certified mail or turned in personally before the deadline to：
Educational Division,Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Ho Chi Minh City
336 Nguyen Tri Phuong, St., Ward 4, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel. +84 (0)838349160 Ext. 2202-03 Fax: +84 (0)8 38349180
- Selection Criteria
- Recipients academic study goals should be consistent with Taiwan’s national development plans so as to assist in the growth of industry, economy and education.
- Recipients should achieve an undergraduate GPA of 3 or above, and a postgraduate GPA of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale). Where grade conversion calculation differs, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Ho Chi Minh City will base their conversion calculations on the aforementioned calculation guidelines to select outstanding applicants from prestigious universities/colleges.
- Language ability, recommendation letters, and study plan, grade report will also be accounted for.
- Interviews will be given to all candidates in between April and May, and must be conducted in person so as to interact with the applicants and better judge their demeanor and moral character. (The interview time will be informed via e-mail. After 3 time emailing and still not receive any reply from the applicant and/or those who fail to show up for the interview, will not be eligible for the scholarship.)
Applications must be complete in full. All incomplete applications are ineligible for consideration, and persons submitting incomplete applications will be withdrawn from the selection process without further notice.
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