1 Master’s Degree Program Awards: National Taiwan Normal University Award in Translation and Interpretation
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 Translation and Interpretation (TCSL) at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). The program is taught in Mandarin and English.
The Graduate Institute of Translation and Interpretation at National Taiwan Normal University is commonly regarded as one of the finest programs of its kind in the world. Each year roughly twenty students are admitted into the MA program. Admission is competitive with an acceptance rate of roughly 9%. To be considered for admission, students must demonstrate a strong command of both English and Mandarin Chinese. International students are encouraged to apply.
The MA program has two distinct and separate tracks, with two fairly distinct emphases: the Conference Interpretation track, with a focus on the spoken word, and the Translation and Interpretation track, whose focus is on the written word. Students in the Conference Interpretation track are expected to complete courses in consecutive interpretation (Chinese to English; English to Chinese), simultaneous interpretation, and the like. Students in the Translation and Interpretation track enroll in courses that enhance their ability to produce written translations in a variety of disciplines (business and legal documents, literary translations, subtitle translations, and so on). Courses offered in recent years include Translation Exercises: Chinese to English, History of Translation, Translation Theory, and Translating the New Testament.
Interested students must indicate which of the two programs they are applying to. It is possible to apply to both programs, but even students who are admitted to both can enroll in just one of the two. More information can be found on the departmental website.
Fulbright students are expected to fulfill Teaching Assistant duties while studying for their degree. Internship opportunities are available.
Attending GITI is a rich and rewarding experience. Students find that their knowledge of both Chinese and English is enhanced. Friendships are formed that last for a lifetime. New and unexpected career opportunities open up. Since GITI is located in Taiwan, American students studying at the program will also gain a unique and invaluable perspective on the enormous complexities surrounding US-Taiwan-China relations.
The award is co-sponsored by the National Taiwan Normal University.
The grant is initially awarded for 12 months; renewal for the second year are 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).
The post-arrival orientation will be held the Thursday and Friday after Labor Day.
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.
- 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 “NTNU Translation” in the Award Name field of the application.
Foreign Language Proficiency
The applicant's Chinese proficiency is required of CEFR B2 or its equivalent.
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.
YOU 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 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 National Taiwan Normal 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.
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 two-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