Taiwan, the “Asian Tiger”, best known for its tech industry, is also quickly becoming the ultimate study destination for international students. Students are now picking Taiwan more than ever to get higher education because of its impressive development in the tech sector and because of its wide availability of programs in a number of subject areas.
The government of Taiwan is also all too keen to attract talent from across the borders. It has set the goal of enrolling 150,000 international students in its universities by 2020. To achieve this goal, the universities in Taiwan are increasing the number of programs taught entirely or partly in English. Moreover, a number of scholarship programs have been initiated to attract support the international students.
Do you need IELTS to study in Taiwan?
At the university level in Taiwan, the programs are taught in English and Mandarin. Students who have previously been taught entirely in English or whose native language is one are not required to prove their language proficiency. Other students will have to prove their language proficiency via standardized tests like IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
Cost of Living for a student in Taiwan:
The accommodation prices in Taiwan are very high. The prices of other things such as utilities and transportation are still affordable. Despite that, living in Taiwan is very expensive. A single person will need about 39,505 NTD a month to live off comfortably in Taiwan.
Working as a Student:
If an international student wants to work in Taiwan while being on a student visa, he/she has to apply for a work permit. After getting one, he/she will be able to work part-time. In order to get a work permit, the students will have to get special permission from their university which will be granted after making sure that the student will be able to study and work simultaneously and that the student absolutely needs to work.
Top Universities of Taiwan:
There are many universities in Taiwan, a number of which are highly credible in the professional community. Some of the most sought after universities are, National Cheng Kung University, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, National Chiao Tung University, National Tsing Hua University, and National Taiwan University.
Scholarships in Taiwan 2021-2022:
There are a number of reasons why Taiwan should be your next study destination. It has a rich culture, amazing universities, and promising future prospects. But, above all, the wide availability of scholarships is what makes it attractive in the international student community. Let’s see what kinds of scholarships are available there.
These scholarships at the National Tsing Hua University are being offered at the undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. levels, and the applications are open for only international students. Students from all nationalities, other than Taiwan are eligible to apply. Students also should be proficient in either Chinese or the English language.
The benefits of this scholarship include a tuition fee waiver and a monthly stipend. The doctoral students will get a monthly stipend of 20,000 to 40,000 per month. The master’s and bachelor’s level students will get 5000 NTD a month (or 60,000 NTD a year) for covering living expenses. The credit fee of the recipients will also be waived.
- National Chiao Tung University Scholarships:
The Elite Ph.D. program by the National Chiao Tung University is for those international students who have got an excellent academic record and a knack for research. The scholarship is open for all the Ph.D. programs offered at the university. It offers a tuition fee waiver and a monthly stipend. The amount of stipend is 31,500 NTD a month which is equivalent to 1,114 USD. The candidates applying should have an extensive research record and experience.
- National Cheng Kung University Scholarships:
In order to bring down the cost of tuition for international students, National Cheng Kung University is offering Distinguished International Student Scholarships. The level of studies is undergraduate and postgraduate. It is a type of an entrance award hence; the students do not have to submit a separate application for the scholarships.
At the undergraduate level, the top 20% of the recipients will get 15,000 NTD a month (or 530 USD). The top 21% to 40% of the recipients will get 10,000 NTD a month (or 354 USD) a month.
At the postgraduate level, the students will get a monthly stipend of 8,000 NTD (283 USD). On top of that, they will also get tuition fee waivers. Ph.D. applicants will receive an amount of 15,000 NTD (530 USD) a month for offsetting living costs.
- Taiwan ICDF Awards:
The International Cooperation and Development Fund (Taiwan ICDF) of Taiwan is offering scholarships to students from selected countries. The grants are open for application for students at all levels of study (bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D.). About 21 universities in Taiwan have partnered up for this scholarship program.
This scholarship is fully-funded, i.e. it covers all the educational and living costs of the recipients like tuition, housing, airfare, accommodation, healthcare, textbooks costs. For offsetting the living costs, undergraduate students will receive 12,000 NTD a month, master’s students will receive 15,000 NTD a month and the Ph.D. students will receive 17,000 NTD a month.
- Government of Taiwan Scholarships:
In order to strengthen educational and research relationships between Taiwan and the rest of the world, the government of Taiwan has launched a scholarship program for international students. This scholarship is for students from outside of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China who decide to come to Taiwan to undertake a listed higher educational program.
The scholarship will waive off the recipient’s tuition fee, credit fee, and other justified educational fees in the form of an allowance of up to 40,000 NTD a semester. If the student’s educational charges are more than that, he or she will have to pay for the rest of the charges by themselves.
The master’s and Ph.D. recipients will get a monthly stipend of 20,000 NTD while bachelor’s students will get a monthly allowance of 15,000 NTD for their living expenses. The scholarship will be awarded for a maximum of five years (that too, only to Ph.D. students).