Admission

Application to SCST Program

The Program admits students to the fall semester only. Application can be submitted through the on-line application system: http://db1x.sinica.edu.tw/tigp/, or by post to:
        Admissions Office, Taiwan International Graduate Program, Academia Sinica
        No. 128, Sec.2, Academia Road, Nankang, Taipei 11529, Taiwan
We strongly suggest online application.

The submitted application materials will not be returned to applicants under any circumstances. The deadline for all applications will be on March 31 every year. The following criteria will be the basis on which an applicant's qualification for admission is evaluated:

  1. Formal undergraduate and graduate academic records or transcripts
  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores in General Test
  3. English proficiency
  4. Applicants whose first or native language is not English are required to submit one of following English proficiency test report (the listed scores are strongly recommended):

    TOEFL IELTS GEPT
    Internet-based TOEFL(TOEFL-iBT) 79 5.5 High-intermediate level
    Computer-based 213
    Paper-based 550

    Applicants who have completed a degree program in an English speaking country, or who graduated from university where English is the primary language of instruction, maybe be exempted from the test of English proficiency with an official certification issued by the Office of Registrar.

  5. Three letters of recommendation
    Each letter comments on the applicant’s personal character, and qualifications for independent study, including intellectual ability, research potential, and scientific motivation.  One of the letters should be provided by the applicant’s advisor

  6. Statement of purpose (plan for graduate study) in English.
  7. Specifically, we would like to see following items/questions being addressed.

    1. What area/topics do you want to study and research?
    2. Why do you want to study and research in this area/topics?
    3. How can SCST program help you pursue this research area/topics?

Tuition Fees Notice

Tuition fee is approximately NTD 58,000 (basic fee credits + fee about US$ 1,800) per academic year.

Tuition fees are subject to change

Student Status and Degree Conferral Policy

Based on the Regulations of the Ministry of Education in Taiwan, students will officially register with our partner universities, National Chiao Tung University, depending on the particular program. Upon completion of our program, each student will be conferred a Ph.D. degree by the partner university and a certificate jointly signed by the President of Academia Sinica and the Director of TIGP.

Cost of Study

The payment of tuition fees (basic fee + credits fee, about NT$55,000/USD$1,700 per semester) for international students should be made on Student Registration Day. Partial subsidies for the tuition fees will later be provided (by Academia Sinica) to all international students.

Fellowship Support and Stipends

Fellowship will be granted for applicants who receive admission. The stipend levels are about NT$34,000/month (~USD1133/month) for the first year. Additionally, the support will be extended to two more years for those students who perform well academically. The academic performance of each student will be reviewed by the Academic Committee every year. The Committee may decide to reduce the students’ stipend level if his or her performance is less satisfactory. In subsequent years, the financial support will be provided by the student’s thesis advisor with his/her research grant. The amount of the support will be under the discretion of the advisor.

Medical Insurance

Six months after the student receives the Taiwan ID (ARC), the student will be qualified for Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Program.  The students are expected to pay the same premium as all the Taiwan citizens and will be entitled to the same medical coverage.

Living and Housing Costs

Options include on-campus housing and off-campus housing. On-campus self-catering student dormitory providing single study bedrooms is available to TIGP students at reasonable costs (for details, please visit our website ). Off-campus private housing is generally more expensive. Rents for off-campus apartments range from NT$ 5,000 – 15,000 per month.

Meals are available on campus at the Activity Center Cafeteria, the Cafe, the Chinese Restaurant, and the Western Restaurant at modest costs. Various types of local cuisines are also available at off-campus cafeterias and restaurants within walking distance and at affordable costs.