Huayu Enrichment Scholarship for US Citizens from the Southwest Areas

Are you interested in studying Mandarin Chinese language or attending one of the prestigious universities or colleges in Taiwan? By applying for the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship, you shouldn’t hesitate to choose either one because you can get both at the same time!

Huayu Enrichment Scholarship
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There are many reasons why Taiwan is one of the favorite destinations for international students around the world.

Taiwan has been home to numerous world-renowned Mandarin Chinese language institutions. This is one of the reasons why thousands of international students coming to Taiwan for all levels of language study every year. Students in Taiwan can enjoy the benefits of high-quality teaching and a rich learning environment. Besides, there is much to be gained from experiencing the blend of tradition and modernity found in Taiwanese culture and society.

Taiwan is the only place in the world where traditional Chinese writing is widely taught and used. Mastery of traditional Chinese characters provides access to an enormous body of ancient Chinese literature, the key to understanding the origins of Chinese culture.

Taiwan is a democratic and liberal country; its political, economic, and societal frameworks are very similar to those of the western world. Taiwan values free speech and human rights. It is also a deeply traditional Asian country with a fascinating language and culture that are thousands of years old.

Taiwan’s universities can offer affordable tuition rates. Tuition fees for Chinese-learning students in a university-affiliated language center in a small group setting may vary from NT$23,000 to NT$11,000 (approx US$ 800 to $370, subject to exchange rate and expected to change every year) for a 12-week course. General expenses per year include books, housing, meals and transportation, insurance, entertainment, etc., and are estimated to be around NT$200,000 to NT$300,000 (equivalent to US$ 6,850 to US$10,000).

With a high standard of teaching, inexpensive tuition rates, and affordable cost of living, Taiwan is an ideal place to learn Chinese.

By applying for the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship, you can get all of them. But before that, there is some important information you need to know about this program. Look carefully at the following explanation to find out more about the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship in detail.

Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Overview

The MOE Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES), established by the Ministry of Education (MOE), is a competitively awarded international scholarship for studying the Mandarin language in Taiwan established by the Ministry of Education (MOE). The award is not limited to countries with diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

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According to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECO) in San Francisco, the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Taiwan provides the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship for foreign Mandarin/Chinese learners including beginners to study at any accredited Mandarin center at a university or college in Taiwan.

Huayu Scholars may study at any university or college-affiliated Mandarin training center. The scholarship may be awarded for a maximum of one year; although applications for shorter study periods of three, six, and nine months are accepted.

The program also aims to:

  • Help scholarship recipients acquire a better command of Mandarin Chinese, and hence a greater understanding and appreciation of Taiwan’s culture;
  • Promote friendship between people in Taiwan and in countries around the world; and
  • Generate opportunities to increase exchange with international educational institutions.

Huayu Enrichment courses will include a summer term (June and July or July and August), along with term classes, which may last 3, 6, or 9 months to a year respectively.

The following are five award periods for a recipient to choose from. However, the final award period will be decided by your Taiwan Representative Offices:

  1. Twelve months
  2. Nine months
  3. Six months
  4. Three months
  5. Two months (summer program only) in June/July or July/August of 2020

For those who are awarded 3 to 12 months, their award period is between September 1st, 2020, and August 31st, 2021. If recipients fail to undertake their study in Taiwan during this period, their award status will be canceled and cannot be deferred for the next award period.

Recipients should be matriculated for the study term/quarter at the individual Mandarin training center as specified in the award. Recipients can defer their matriculation if approved by the Mandarin training center and the MOE; in any case, the yearly award period expires on August 31st, 2021.

If recipients fail to come to Taiwan for enrollment during the above time, they will forfeit their right to retain their scholarships. Scholarship funding will become effective on the date of the recipient’s enrollment.

Scholarship funding will end on the month of the expiration of the scholarship, as soon as a recipient drops out, is expelled from a language training center, or if the scholarship is revoked, whichever comes first.

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A stipend of NT$25,000 (approximately USD835, subject to exchange rate) is to be offered to the recipient per month. Please note that no additional subsidy will be given. The benefits should be used to cover the entire cost of tuition, as well as providing for a room, board, insurance, and miscellaneous fees. Recipients are responsible for their own expenses.

Stipends will be awarded monthly based on the students’ attendance records and academic performance and are disbursed through the Mandarin training centers where the recipients attend classes, either by directly depositing into the recipient’s bank account or other methods as specified by the individual institutions.

Eligibility Requirements

A Huayu Enrichment Scholarship applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a US citizen.
  • Be above the age of 18, who processes a high school diploma or above, have excellent academic performance in his/her most recent formal educational study experience and be of good moral character and not have any criminal records.

Applicants with one of the following qualifications are ineligible to apply:

  • Have already received a Huayu Enrichment Scholarship or a Taiwan Scholarship in the past.
  • Have the status of being an “Overseas Compatriot Student” or dual national of US and R.O.C. (Taiwan) who has acquired or possessed a R.O.C. passport.
  • Is an exchange student to Taiwan following an agreement of collaboration between an international university/college and an educational institute in Taiwan, during the scholarship period.
  • Is currently registered as a student at a Mandarin Language Center or has sought a degree from a university or college in Taiwan.
  • Is simultaneously a recipient of any other scholarship or subsidy offered by other government agencies or any other educational institution in Taiwan.

How to Apply

Applicants who are US citizens and have a permanent address or are currently enrolled or have been enrolled within the past three years full-time in a university located in the following areas: Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Hawaii, Caroline Islands, Guam, Marshall Islands, Mariana Islands, and American Samoa, please send all required documents to:

Education Division

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles
3731 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 770
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Attention: Ms. Emily Shen.

For applicants, who are located outside of the above-listed areas, please contact the Taiwan Representative Office in your area or in the nearest location. Check online for the Taiwan Representative Offices’ contact information.

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The following documents are required before the application can be processed:

  1. One copy of the completed Huayu Scholarship Application form.
  2. One photocopy of US passport or other certificates of nationality.
  3. One photocopy of the highest-level diploma and an official sealed transcript.
  4. Photocopy of completed application forms for the language training centers applied to in Taiwan, or other documents which can prove applicant’s admission status. For summer 2-month program applicants, an admission acceptance letter from a language center should be enclosed in the application material package.
  5. Two recommendation letters, signed and sealed in envelopes. Photocopies and email submissions of letters of recommendation will not be considered.
  6. HES Terms of Agreement (which can be checked here).
  7. Participants of the TOCFL (Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language) held by the Education Division, TECO office, will also be considered with priority. As where and when to take TOCFL in Los Angeles, please click here for sign-up information.

Please note that scholarship applications and language center admission applications are separate. Applicants are responsible for their application to the language centers that they would like to attend. Applicants who are granted scholarships are not guaranteed admission to any language center. Applicants must make note of the different deadlines for scholarships and school admission. As for the list of certified Chinese Language Centers and how to apply for admission, please refer to the Ministry of Education website.

Closing Date

For summer 2-month program applicants, an admission acceptance letter of a certified language center should be enclosed right in the application material package, and send to the US for processing before March 31st.

For those who apply for 3 to 12 months, applicants need to submit a copy of the admission letter to TECO to secure their scholarship by no later than June 30th.

Late submission of these documents will be deemed as a waiver for accepting the scholarship. Candidates will be disqualified if they fail to pass the application review process of respective language centers.

Contact Details

If you have questions about the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship, you can send them at the following address, telephone number, fax, or email.

Education Division of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles

3731 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 770
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Tel: (213) 385 0512
Fax: (213) 385 2197

Official Website

Looking for more information or interested in applying? Visit the official website of the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship at

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