The UMAP Taiwan Exchange Student Scholarship Program, funded by the UMAP Taiwan National Secretariat (NS), has been established to encourage university student exchanges between UMAP member countries/territories, and to promote cultural and academic exchange between Taiwan and other countries/territories, fostering mutual understanding.
UMAP is the acronym for the “University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific”. Founded in 1991, it is a voluntary association of government and non-government representatives of the higher education (university) sector.
The general aim of UMAP is for each of the countries and territories in the Asia- Pacific region to achieve a better understanding of the cultural, economic and social systems of the other countries and territories in the region through enhanced cooperation among higher education institutions and increased mobility of university students and staff.
Course level: University student exchange
Fields of study: Any program being offered at the participating UMAP member universities/institutions.
Scholarship period: One to two semesters
Institution and country: The list of participating universities and institutions can be found here.
Sponsor: Taiwan’s Ministry of Education
Number of awards: The number of scholarships available will vary from year-to-year based on the availability of funds from the annual budget.
Scholarship inclusions: Each exchange student will receive up to 20,000 New Taiwan Dollars (NTD) per month. When the duration of the exchange program involves less than a full month, then a corresponding proportion of the amount for a full month will be paid.
Eligibility criteria for the UMAP Taiwan Exchange Student Program:
- All applicants must have successfully applied for the Exchange Program.
- The applicant must be an outbound UMAP exchange student in Taiwan or an inbound UMAP exchange student from another country/territory to Taiwan.
- The applicant cannot be an overseas Chinese student who is currently receiving any financial aid or scholarship from the Taiwan government.
- The applicant cannot be an international exchange student who is currently studying in Taiwan.
Application deadline: Exchange students may submit an application twice each academic year. The application deadline will be around the end of May and November after UMAP finished its placement (as shown in the timeline chart below).
How to apply for the UMAP Taiwan Exchange Student Program:
The following materials must be submitted when making an application:
a. Application form
b. Photocopy of the applicant’s passport AND home university student ID
c. Brief autobiography (in English)
d. Statement of purpose (in English)
e. Official transcript from their home university
f. Other documentary evidence of outstanding achievements, or certificates
All applicants must submit certified copies of all required documents to UMAP Taiwan NS by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applications will be sent to UMAP Taiwan NS for the preliminary review and all qualified applications will be submitted to the Department of International and Cross-strait Education of Ministry of Education, R.O.C. for final review. Successful award recipients will be notified of the results of their application via e-mail from UMAP Taiwan NS within a month.
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