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  • Admission to the Ph.D. Program

The Program admits students to the fall semester only. Application materials are available in the TIGP web site. The application deadline is March 31.

Students (either international students or students from within Taiwan) with a M.S. degree from an accredited institution will be considered for admission to the chemistry-oriented and physics-oriented programs. Those with a B.S. or M.S. degree will be considered for admission to the engineering-oriented program. Selection of program should be made at application.

The following criteria will be used to evaluate the applicant's qualifications for admission:

(1) Undergraduate and graduate academic records, or transcripts; and course content information

(2) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores in General Test is required. However, an applicant who fails to meet this requirement may submit additional criteria for committee evaluation. Subject Test is optional and one of the following subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, or Biology is strongly recommended;

**GRE substitution: If under special circumstances the test is not taken, some proof of applicant's competency might be considered. This proof should be more than just recommendation letters and transcripts, for example, documents like award record, exam scores of national or international level, scientific publications, etc. will be helpful.
The admission committee will decide whether the proof is strong enough to support the application.**

(3) English proficiency:

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):

a) TOEFL: Scores 550 on the paper-based (or 213 on the computer-based or 79-80 on the New Internet-based TOEFL (TOEFL-iBT)) or higher, taken within the past 2 years, is required (Our institution CODE & NAME are: 7142 Academia Sinica),

b) GEPT: Instead of TOEFL, applicants in Taiwan may take the General English Proficiency Test (GEPT) administered by the Language Training and Testing Center. Applicants are required to submit their High-intermediate level certificate when applying for admission,

c) IELTS (International English Language Test System): Score 5.5 or higher, taken within the past 2 years, is required.

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.

(4) Three letters of recommendation commenting on the applicant's personal character, and qualifications for independent study, including intellectual ability, research potential, and scientific motivation. One of the letter should be provided by the applicant's advisor.

(5) Plan for graduate study (statement of purpose).

The above submitted application materials will not be returned to applicants under any circumstances. The complete application materials must reach TIGP before March 31.
Please send them to:

Admissions Office
Taiwan International Graduate Program
No. 128, Sec.2, Academia Road, Nankang, Taipei 11529

Online Application: http://db1x.sinica.edu.tw/tigp/index.php

  • Student Status and Degree Conferral Policy

Based on the Regulation of the Ministry of Education in Taiwan, students will officially register with our partner universities, National Taiwan University and National Tsing Hua 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 singed 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$58,000/US$1,800 per semester, subject to change) for international students should be made before Student Registration Day. Partial subsidies for the tuition fees is 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 NT$34,000/month (about USD$1,060/month) for the first year. For the second academic year, the student's monthly stipend will be adjusted according to his/her academic and/or research performance. Advisors evaluate students' performance and suggest the stipend level every semester to the Evaluation Ad Hoc Committee. The Evaluation Ad Hoc Committee will decide the student's stipend level for the following semester referring to the suggestions of advisors and mentors. The stipend of NT$34,000/month will be given only to those students who perform up to par. For the student whose performance is less satisfactory, the Evaluation Ad Hoc Committee may reduce the student's stipend level. In subsequent years (from the third year onward), the financial support will be provided by the student's thesis advisor with his/her research grant. The amount of the support will be at the discretion of the advisor.

rules of fellowship support and stipends


  • Medical Insurance

For international students only. Six months after the student receives the Alien Resident Certificate (ARC), the student will be qualified for Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Program (NHI). 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 at http://tigp.sinica.edu.tw/Accommodation.html). 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.



 Address: Institute of Physics , Academia Sinica , No.128, Sec. 2, Academia Rd. , Taipei 115 , Taiwan