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Taiwan


1 Master’s Degree Program: National Chengchi University Award in International Communication Studies

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
September Start
Grant Length
12 Months
Award Type
Special Study/Research
Fulbright Graduate Degree Grants
  • Yes
CLEA Availability
  • Yes
Award Profile

Awards are available to pursue a full-time Master’s degree in International Communication Studies (IMICS) at National Chengchi University (NCCU). The program is taught in English.

NCCU is a leading university in Taiwan, especially in the fields of humanities, social sciences, management, politics, and international affairs, and provides a top international environment to foreign students. NCCU has also been selected as an “Aim for the Top University Project” sponsored school of the Ministry of Education and ranks high in the QS World Universities rankings.

The International Master’s Program in International Communication Studies (IMICS) focuses on cross-cultural communication studies with an additional emphasis on the Asia-Pacific area. The program aims at promoting both the quality and the content of current international communications research, and at cultivating future leaders and professionals in the field of international communications.

With the help of reputable faculty members from the three well-established communication departments (Journalism, Advertising, and Radio & Television) at NCCU, IMICS offers an extensive range of elective courses designed not only to introduce students to the theories and skills required to write a research dissertation but to conduct in-depth discussions on various communication-related subjects such as media and marketing, political communication, globalization and international relations. IMICS students are expected to be knowledgeable, well-trained experts who are able to adapt to the rapid change and global interdependence that characterizes the 21st Century, and make an impact on a global level both in academia and in industry.

The award is co-sponsored by the National Chengchi University.

Grant Length
12 Months
Grant Period
September Start

The grant is initially awarded for 12 months; renewal for the second year is dependent upon the grantee’s academic success with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale.

Grants begin in September, 2024, prior to the FSE Welcome Reception (usually the Friday after Labor Day).

Orientation
In-Country Orientation

The post-arrival orientation is usually held the Friday after Labor Day.

Candidate Profile

Candidates must have received a Bachelor's degree prior to enrollment and intend to pursue a two-year Master’s degree. Strong academic credentials in their area of specialization are expected. A good capacity for studying and living in a cross-cultural setting is necessary. Grantees cannot be accompanied by dependents.

Eligibility
Dual citizens of this country are NOT eligible
Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
9 Months
  • Candidates currently residing in Taiwan (or those who will be living there during the 2023-2024 academic year) will not be considered.
  • A candidate who has lived outside the United States for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application will be ineligible.
  • Individuals with dual U.S.-Taiwan citizenship or permanent residency are not eligible.
Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Special Application Instructions

Applicants must select “NCCU Int’l Communication Studies (Masters)” in the Award Name field of the application.

Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required

A working knowledge of Mandarin or Taiwanese is useful, but not required. Mandarin study in Taiwan is highly encouraged.

Critical Language Enhancement Award

The Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) provides an opportunity for Fulbright U.S. Student Program grantees to receive intensive language study in addition to their research/study grants. The award provides tuition reimbursement for grantees to pursue language training in the host countries. Application for CLEA is made in conjunction with the Fulbright U.S. Student application. However, being awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student grant does not guarantee receipt of CLEA since review of each award is conducted separately and is contingent upon several factors. In Taiwan, only degree-seeking students pursuing Master's studies taught in English will be eligible for CLEA. For additional information and requirements on the award, please see Critical Language Enhancement Award details.

Acceptable Language: Mandarin

Prior Language Study: Prior language study is not required.

Dates and Timing: 16 weeks, beginning from the first semester; the start date of CLEA is the same as the start date of the Master’s degree program award in the fall semester. CLEA recipients will be expected to arrive in the first week of September to begin intensive language with private tutoring arranged by the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan). CLEA languages classes will take place through an exclusive, close partnership with FSE-approved language tutors. All instructors are well-trained in TECL pedagogy, and they offer all levels of language instruction from beginner to advanced.

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research:
No
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Yes
Affiliation
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Letter of acceptance required prior to grant start

No letter of affiliation is required upon application. Candidates must be accepted by both the Fulbright Commission in Taiwan and the university program.

APPLICANTS MUST ALSO BE ACCEPTED BY THE UNIVERSITY. A separate application to the university is required. Applicants not only have to apply to the Fulbright award, but also MUST be accepted by the university. Please look up and respect the program application deadline for the university program.

Once a Fulbright Finalist gains admission to the master’s degree program, a copy of the admission letter must be provided to the Commission.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition covered in grant benefits

The grant provides recipients with full tuition support at National Chengchi University, housing in a student dormitory, round-trip airfare, a monthly living allowance, and national health insurance as long as the candidate maintains satisfactory academic standards. Tuition waivers for the number of credits required for graduation are granted to graduate students. Students may enroll for additional credits, but they will be responsible for the added tuition and fees. Please visit the Fulbright Taiwan website for more financial information.

Housing Arrangements

The Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan) will book the grantees in a hotel for first four nights close to the office. The grantees are offered a one-time-only settling-in allowance and a stipend.

The host institution will offer grantees a student dormitory at their university in a two-person dorm room.

Dependents
Dependent financial support is NOT available
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Additional Online Resources
Education in Taiwan: https://www.taiwan.gov.tw/content_9.php
Learn Chinese in Taiwan: https://lmit.edu.tw/lc
List of Universities and Colleges in Taiwan: https://english.moe.gov.tw/cp-21-14441-4EC5E-1.html