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Ask Matt: How Can I Get a Free Education in Taiwan?

Dear Matt,

I’ve heard that some people are getting free post secondary educations in Taiwan. Is this true?  If so, are the classes taught in English or Mandarin? And how can I apply?

 

Thanks,
Jay

Hi Jay,

It is true that many foreigners are studying at Universities for free in Taiwan right now. Free education for foreign students is widely available in Taiwan right now because Taiwanese universities are trying to improve their international images, and thus want more international students. So, to attract more international students both the federal government, and individual universities, are offering scholarships, and they are not very hard to get.

There are three main kinds of scholarships:

Federal
The federal government offers three types of scholarships for normal post-secondary studies.  They pay a monthly stipend sufficient to allow a student to live comfortably in Taiwan. They include:

MOFA Scholarship: For undergraduate or postgraduate degrees. Only open to students from countries that have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan (I think this means that they recognize Taiwan as a country). Includes one initial year of Mandarin study if the degree being pursued is taught in Mandarin.

MOE Scholarship: This is the same as the MOFA scholarship, except for students from countries that do not have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

NSC Scholarship: This is the same as the MOE scholarship, except that it’s limited only to postgraduate studies.

University

Most universities in Taiwan offer scholarships to international students. These scholarships usually basically amount to free tuition. This varies from university to university.

Chinese

The federal government offers a scholarship called the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship. It offers a monthly stipend sufficient to allow a student to live comfortably in Taiwan while they study Mandarin at a University.

Which Scholarship is for Me?

Of the above scholarships, the university scholarships are the easiest to get. I’ve never actually heard of anyone being turned down for one. The federal scholarships are more competitive because they are worth more money.  The Huayu Enrichment Scholarship is probably the most competitive because it’s the only one that allows a student to focus only on studying Mandarin for an extended period.

What Classes Can I Take?

Some classes are offered in English and some in Mandarin. Often there is a mixture of the two because, although the teachers and students are mostly Mandarin speakers, the best textbooks and journal articles are all written in English.  English assignments are almost always accepted, even in classis taught in Mandarin.  Because of these two factors, it is often possible for English speakers to take courses that are taught all in Mandarin.

Many schools offer an International MBA program that is taught only in English. These programs are popular among foreign students. English literature courses are also usually taught in English.  Beyond this, though, you will have to check with individual departments for language requirements.

How Do I Apply?

For more information about how to apply for these scholarships, check out these articles that I wrote for TransitionsAbroad.com about getting a free education in Taiwan. Although they’re a couple of years old, the information still appears to be fairly accurate:

Get Your B.A., M.A. or Ph.D. for (almost) Free in Taiwan

Study Mandarin for (almost) Free in Taiwan

I hope this helps.

Best,
Matt

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13 Responses to Ask Matt: How Can I Get a Free Education in Taiwan?

  1. airi October 20, 2011 at 4:19 am #

    Hi Matt,

    Do you know how competitive the Hanyu Enrichment Scholarship is, or how many awardees there are?

    Thanks for your help!

  2. Tyler Muse at Lingo Live November 18, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Sounds like an incredible deal. I wish other countries would catch on to this. The best way to learn a new language is to immerse yourself in the culture and among the people. Thanks Matt!

  3. Michell Loh February 5, 2014 at 1:13 am #

    Dear Matt,

    My son wish to study in Taiwan Uni but his exam result got failed in Mandarin. Do you think they can accept him and would they give scholarship to him? What is your recommendation for multimedia / game design Degree? Thank you

    Michell

  4. DANYAL KHAN March 23, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    HI………. SIR MATT FIRST HOW ARE YOU.I HOPE YOU ARE FINE.SIR MATT..SIR I WANT TO TAKE AN INFORMATION ABOUT STUDY IN TAIWAN.I WNAT TO LEARN CHINIES REALY SO NICE LANGUAGE ND I WANT TO COMPLETE MY B.COM IN TAIWAN SO I REALY WANT TO COME IN TAIWAN ND WANT TO GET STUDY HERE THERE SO MAY I KNW SIR MATT THAT HOW CAN I APPLY FOR STUDY IN TAIWAN.I M SO EXCITED TO COME ND GETTING EDUCATION THERE SOOOOO I THNK ITS POSSIBLE ND SUITABLE FOR ME ND IT WILL BE AGREAT CHANCE FR ME IF I COME IN TAIWAN ND GET EDUCATION ND SIR MATT M WAITNG FR YOUR REPLY TO M SIR.THNKSS

    • Matt Gibson March 24, 2014 at 11:59 am #

      Hi Danyal,

      I think you just need to start applying to Universities in Taiwan and then ask each University how to apply for scholarships.

      Cheers,

  5. shaan January 4, 2015 at 9:52 am #

    Hi , Matt ! Could you please tell, how useful an M.B.A course from Taiwan would be ,specially in other countries ( for example in India ) ?

  6. jaan lama July 12, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    Hi sir,
    i am planning to go in Taiwan for study. i am from a middle class family so i need part time job. i have license of english teacher and experience too. What are the chances to get job??

  7. Matt Gibson July 19, 2015 at 10:15 pm #

    Hi Jaan,

    Last time I was there (which was several years ago), in order to become an English teacher you needed to have a passport from one of 5 or 6 English-speaking countries, such as Canada, USA, South Africa, etc.

    I knew a few people who did not have one of those passports who were still able to find jobs, but it was much more difficult for them.

    I hope this helps!

  8. omar jallow June 20, 2016 at 6:38 am #

    dear sir
    i am looking for free scholarship in tiawan to studies architectural design I need your help to get in tiawan gor studies.

  9. Lexy July 31, 2016 at 2:59 am #

    Hi Matt,
    Is there a posibility that i can study an online course from a Taiwan university and also probably qualify for their scholarship.

  10. Shilpa March 8, 2017 at 9:33 am #

    Hi lexy
    Can I know how can we do online courses from Taiwan university n what r u the courses available for bachelor of technology in the stream of computer science n engineering.

  11. Moumita September 27, 2017 at 6:53 am #

    Dear Sir…
    I am Moumita from kolkata,india. I have completed my bachelors degree course with zoology honours in 2011..After that I have done my LL.B. in 2016. Am I eligible for any scholarship to study MBA in taiwan without English proficiency test?If yes.. in which university it is available?Please suggest me.
    Thanking You.

  12. Dip October 18, 2017 at 6:42 pm #

    Sir ,
    I want to get a diploma course on Mandarin in TAiwan .i have done my mba so i need to take a scholarship and even i love to explore Mandarin as well even i m language learner .tell me the procedure to get scholarship and tuition free and complete a short diploma on Mandarin

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