The Taiwan Scholarship Program for Thailand Students
The Taiwan Scholarship Program for Thailand Students January 25,2008
The Scholarship Program of Taiwan (SPOT) is sponsored by the government of Republic of China (Taiwan). The purpose of this program is intended to enhance academic exchange between universities in Thailand and Taiwan.
Types of Scholarships
The scholarships are jointly funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). Total number of scholarships is 11 for the 2008-2009 academic year.
(1). Undergraduate scholarships: A stipend of NT$25,000 (about US$780) per month will be provided for each Thai student who want to pursue undergraduate studies at university/college in Taiwan. (2). Master and Ph.D. scholarships: A stipend of NT$30,000 (about US$930) per month will be provided for each Thai student who want to pursue master or Ph.D. degrees in Taiwan. MOEA scholarships are only for the fields involving scientific technology (such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, medicine and agriculture etc.) NSC scholarships are only for Postgraduate programs.
Scholarship stipends will be made available to recipients on a monthly basis in care of universities. Recipients will be responsible for registration fees, tuition fee as well as their accommodation, food, round trip airplane ticket, insurance and other miscellaneous expenses.
The award period for each study program varies as follows: a. Undergraduate program: maximum 4 years. b. Master program: maximum 2 years. c. Doctoral program: maximum 3 years. d. LEP( Language Enrichment Program: maximum 1 year.
For any combination of these study programs, the length of the total award for each recipient is a maximum of five years. LEP study must be undertaken in the first year, if it is to be included in the total award period of the recipients choosing. Annual award periods are from September 1st through August 31st. If recipients fail to arrive in Taiwan to study during this period, their award status will be cancelled and cannot be extended for another year. If recipients begin studies after the semester/term/quarter starts, their award period will become effective from the month they arrive in Taiwan to matriculate at their individual universities/colleges/Mandarin training centers. Whether beginning in September or later, the LEP award period ends in August although its length may be less than the specified maximum of one year. In terms of the actual award period for one study program, it will begin from the month that recipients arrive in Taiwan to matriculate at their intended educational institutions. All awards will end the month their specified award period is completed.
However, if recipients graduate, drop out, are expelled from institutions, or their scholarships are revoked, whichever comes first, the award will be terminated.
Eligibility An applicant must meet all of the following criteria: a. Possess prior excellent academic performance and be of good moral character. b. Does not hold the Republic of China (Taiwan) nationality. c. Does not have the status of an overseas Chinese student. d. Is not currently enrolled at an educational institution in Taiwan, for the same study program that he/she intends to take for a SPOT scholarship. e. Is not an exchange student in accordance with a cooperation agreement between any university/college and an educational institute in Taiwan at the time of receiving a SPOT scholarship. f. Is not applying for a study program leading to the same-level degree as previously undertaken under the SPOT. g. Has not received SPOT scholarships for a total of 5 or more years. h. Has not previously had an award revoked either under the SPOT program or the program Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship. i. Is not a current recipient of a scholarship or subsidy being offered by any one of government or educational institutions in Taiwan.
Those who are undertaking degree programs at international universities/colleges may be eligible to apply for SPOT awards, if those degree programs are comparative with the same level of degree programs in Taiwan.
Application and Selection Process
Application: for application receipt, review and selection, applicants must send their completed documents to the Cultural Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand (TECO).
The application period is from March 1 through March 31, 2008. The application guidelines and forms can be downloaded from website: http://www.roc-taiwan.org/TH
A complete application includes the following materials:
a. A completed application form. b. Photocopy of passport or Thai ID. c. Photocopy of the highest-level diploma and a complete grade transcript. d. Supporting admission application materials (e.g. photocopy of application form and receipt).
only to a Mandarin training centre, but also to the next-stage university/college. The exact academic years that applicants would be enrolled full-time at these two institutions must be clearly specified on these documents. The study period for these two programs must not be discontinued. > e. A copy of application form of taking the Test of Proficiency-Huayu (TOP-huayu). The test will be held on April 27, 2008. Please visit http://www.chonghua.or.th for more information.
Applicant must go to website to fill in application forms. Print it and send by certified mail to: Cultural Division Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, EmpireTower 20th Fl., 195 S. Sathorn Road, Bangkok10120
An application form without requested documents is illegitimate, and will not be accepted.
Selection Procedures: Test and interview. All applicants will be required to take a test. For those who major in science, engineering, business and related fields will be required to take English and Math tests. For those who major in liberal arts, political science and related fields will have English test only. Test will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2008. Testing time will notify by mail. The venue is at DhonburiRajabhatUniversity, 172 Isaraparp Road, Dhonburi, Bangkok 10600. Tel:02-890-1801.
Upon completion of a degree program, recipients may re-apply for a SPOT Scholarship to undertake another degree program, by following the rules of the application process as specified above. Each recipients total award period cannot exceed 5 years.
Renewal To review recipients award qualifications for the next academic year, individual universities/colleges will conduct an evaluation process for the SPOT scholarship renewal by February 28th of each year.
Suspension and Revocation (I) Suspension A. Degree Programs: If a recipient fails to achieve a specified minimum academic average for a semester, stipends for one month will be suspended in the following semester. B. LEP Program: a. Attendance Records: If a recipient is absent from his/her required Language sessions for 12 or more hours within a single month, stipends for the following month will be suspended. b. Academic Performance: If a recipients academic average for a study is less than 80 out of 100, stipends for one month will be suspended in the following term/quarter. c. TOP Mandarin Proficiency Rating (http://cpt.mtc.ntnu.edu.tw/Eng/index.asp): A one-month-stipend suspensionl will be imposed if a recipient fails to submit to his/her individual Mandarin training center, a photocopy of a TOP (Test of Proficiency---Huayu) certificate with results rated at the basic level or above by July 31st, one month before his/her LEP award period is due. However, if the recipient succeeds inl this TOP test during his/her next-stage award period for a degree program, the suspended one-month stipends as stated above will be reimbursed. Revocation: A recipient may be permanently disqualified from receiving a SPOT scholarship and the remaining stipends will be cancelled, if one of the following situations arises: A. Degree Programs: a. Failure to submit at the time of matriculation for each semester, an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) with the reason Study, on the deadlines as specified by his/her university/college. b. Failure at the evaluation for annual renewal of his/her SPOT scholarship. c. Failure to submit a photocopy of an acceptable English /Chinese language proficiency certificate, if he/she transfers to a new program of study, for which the other language is to be used for instruction. d. Dropping out or being expelled from school. e. In receipt of another scholarship or subsidy, offered by one of Taiwans government or educational institutions. B. LEP Program: a. Failure to submit at the time of matriculation for each study term/quarter, an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) with the reason Study, on the deadlines as specified by his/her Mandarin training center. b. Failure to achieve an academic average of 80 or above out of 100 for two single consecutive terms/quarters of study, beginning from the second term/quarter after studying in Taiwan. c. Absence from exams as a result of missing a score for a study term/quarter, with the exception of a serious illness or accident. d. Dropping out or being expelled from school. e. In receipt of another scholarship or subsidy, offered by one of Taiwans government or educational institutions.
Scholarship Granting In principle, stipends are granted before the 5th day of each month, through the universities/colleges/Mandarin training centers which the recipients attend.
If have any questions, please call 02-6700200 Ext. 322 or 314
Note: In case of discrepancy, the Introduction To Scholarship Program of Taiwan Chinese edition, November 2007, shall prevail.
TOP is a foreign language proficiency test for non-native speakers of Chinese. Those who wish to know about their level of Chinese proficiency, or those who want to study, work or do business in Chinese speaking countries are welcome to register for the test.
TOP is administrated in four levels, For Beginners,Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced.
For the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels of TOP , each level has three sections, including listening, vocabulary and grammar, and reading . The total number of test items is 120, and the total testing time is 110 minutes.
The For Beginners level of TOP measures both listening and reading skills of non-native Chinese speakers at the beginning level. The first test was administrated in Nov. 2007. The total number of test items is 80, and the total testing time is 80 minutes.
TOP is given in multiple-choice items . Test takers get one point for each correct answer. There is no penalty deduction for the incorrect answer..............................