Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Introduction to Taiwan Language Scholarship


Ministry of Education
Huayu Enrichment Scholarship

Provided by
Ministry of Education
Republic of China (Taiwan)

I. Purpose
To encourage international students and individuals to undertake Mandarin study in Taiwan, the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China (Taiwan) established in 2005, the program “Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship.” While providing study opportunities for Mandarin language and Taiwan’s culture at university- or college-affiliated Mandarin training centers, this program also aims to:
a. Contribute to a better command of the Mandarin language, and hence a greater understanding and appreciation of Taiwan’s culture.
b. Promote friendship between Taiwan and countries around the world.
c. Explore opportunities to increase exchange with international education institutions.

II. Value
A stipend of NT$25,000 (approximately US$790) is to be offered to a recipient by month.

IIII. Duration
The following are four options for a recipient to choose from, regarding the award periods:
 One year
 Nine months
 Six months
 Three months

A recipient is also to be allowed to select an award period of two months, if his/her intended
Mandarin training center offers a session for a term of two months.
Annual award periods are from September 1st through August 31st. If recipients fail to
arrive in Taiwan to study during this period, their award status will be cancelled and cannot be extended for another year. If recipients begin their studies after the study term/quarter starts, their award period will become effective from the month they arrive in Taiwan to matriculate at their individual Mandarin training centers. Whether beginning in September or later, the award period ends in August.
In terms of the actual award period for this Mandarin study program, it will begin from the
month that recipients arrive in Taiwan to matriculate at their intended Mandarin training centers.
All awards will end the month their specified award period is completed. However, if recipients
drop out, are expelled from their institutions, or their scholarships are revoked, whichever comes
first, the award will be terminated.

IV. Eligibility
An applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

a. Possess prior excellent academic performance and be of good moral character.
b. Does not hold the Republic of China (Taiwan) nationality.
c. Does not have the status of an overseas Chinese student.
d. Is not a current student either at a Mandarin training center, or at a university/college in Taiwan.
e. Is not an exchange student in accordance with a cooperation agreement between an international university/college and an educational institute in Taiwan, at the time of receiving a HES scholarship.
f. Has not previously received an award either under this scholarship program or the Scholarship Program of Taiwan.
g. Is not a current recipient of a scholarship or subsidy being offered by any one of government or educational institutions in Taiwan.

Those who are financially self-supporting while undertaking their degree or Mandarin studies
in Taiwan may be eligible to apply for HES awards, upon completion of their current programs of

V. Application and Selection Process
For application receipt, review and selection, applicants must send their completed
documents to the Taiwan representative office, closest to their home countries’ permanent
residence. In principle, the application period is from February 1st through March 31st of each
year, unless individual Taiwan’s representative offices specify otherwise. For application
guidelines and forms, scholarship quotas, as well as information about the selection process and
outcome announcement, applicants may directly contact the relevant representative offices at the
end of January.
A complete application includes the following materials:

a. A completed application form.
b. Photocopy of passport or other nationality certificates.
c. Photocopy of the highest-level diploma and a complete grade transcript.

d. Supporting admission application material (e.g. photocopy of application form).
e. Additional documents, if any, to be specified by individual representative offices.

VI. Suspension and Revocation
(I) Suspension
a. Attendance Records:
With the exception of a serious illness or accident, if a recipient is absent from his/her
required Language sessions for 12 or more hours within a single month, stipends for the
following month will be suspended.
b. Academic Performance:
Beginning from the second study term/quarter in Taiwan, if a recipient’s academic average
for a study term/quarter is less than 80 out of 100, stipends for one month will be suspended in the following term/quarter.
(II) Revocation:
A recipient may be permanently disqualified from receiving a HES scholarship and the remaining stipends will be cancelled, if one of the following situations arises:

a. Failure to submit at the time of matriculation for each study term/quarter, an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) with the reason “Study,” on the deadlines as specified by his/her Mandarin training center.
b. Failure to achieve an academic average of 80 or above out of 100 for two single consecutive terms/quarters of study, beginning from the second term/quarter after studying in Taiwan.
c. Absence from exams as a result of missing a score for a study term/quarter, with the exception of a serious illness or accident.
d. Dropping out or being expelled from school.
e. In receipt of another scholarship or subsidy, offered by one of Taiwan’s government or educational institutions.

VII. Transfer
After studying for a term/quarter at a Mandarin training center in Taiwan, a recipient with an award period of one year may be allowed to transfer once during the course of his/her study, only if the pertinent educational institutions approve this request. Recipients who carry an award period of less than one year may not apply for a transfer.

VIII. Scholarship Granting
In principle, stipends are granted before the 5th day of each month, through the Mandarin
training centers which the recipients attend, and by a method as specified by the individual institutions.
It is mandatory that recipients, who carry an award period of six or more months, participate in the National Health Insurance Plan and purchase the policies of the Student Accident Insurance during the period of their residence and study in Taiwan. The recipients’ educational institutions will deduct fees for these insurance plans from the recipients’ stipends, before the processing of the fund granting to them.


Bryce said...

This sounds like a great opportunity and program to study in Taiwan. I wish I could do it!

Here's a great Mandarin site that you might find interesting:

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Jacob said...