1 Master’s Degree Program Award: Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages Award in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
Grant Length12 Months
Fulbright Graduate Degree Grants
Awards are available to pursue a full-time master’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages (WZU). The program is taught in Mandarin.
Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages was founded by the sisters of the Roman Union of the Order of St. Ursula in 1966. Education in WZU is founded on the Christian concept of faith in the uniqueness of the individual. Curricula are designed to foster the growth of this uniqueness and the development of the whole person. With Chinese language and culture as the foundation, the University seeks through foreign language education to provide an understanding of multi-culturalism and an international perspective.
WZU offers a diversity of courses and teaching practice programs with an excellent faculty and research environment. The program features:
- Advanced theory and practice in Chinese language teaching
- Advanced Chinese linguistics
- Compilation of Chinese teaching materials and digital distance learning courses, with the advantages provided by WZU’s well-equipped multimedia teaching platforms and foreign language teaching resource center
- Connotations and applications of Chinese culture
- Multiple courses in foreign languages with the advantages in a university of languages
The Fulbright student could be trained as an English TA in local schools to have more interaction with local teachers for deeper cultural understanding. WZU will arrange the Fulbright student to be a TA (or intern teacher) in the Department of Applied Chinese or the Chinese Language Center of WZU.
The award is co-sponsored by Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages.
The grant is initially awarded for 12 months; renewal for the second and third 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 Thursday and Friday after Labor Day).
The post-arrival orientation will be held on the Thursday and Friday after Labor Day.
Candidates must have received a Bachelor's degree prior to enrollment and intend to pursue a three-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.
˙ 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
Special Application Instructions
Applicants must select “Master’s Degree Program Award: Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages Award in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language” in the Award Name field of the application.
Foreign Language Proficiency
The applicant's Chinese proficiency is required of CEFR B1 or its equivalent. Advanced Mandarin study in Taiwan in the first year is required. CEFR B2 is expected at the beginning of the second year.
Fulbright Proposal Types
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 must also 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.
The grant provides recipients with full tuition support at Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, 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.
The Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan) will book the grantees in a hotel for the first four nights close to the office. The grantees are offered a one-time-only settling-in allowance.
The host institution will offer grantees a student dormitory at the university in a four-person dorm room.
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Additional Online Resources
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