Study Abroad Scholarship: TUSA 2017


The Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program is an Ambassador program that launched in 2005. This unique program is designed for students to represent their state, as well as the United States, while acting as ambassadors to Taiwan.  Please share the information below with any of your students who would be interested in applying for a scholarship studying Mandarin and culture in Taiwan.


  • Ideal applicants are American citizens who hold neither a Taiwan passport nor claim Taiwanese or Chinese heritage
  • Full-time student at a U.S. college of university
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from college professors
  • All levels of Chinese (Mandarin) proficiency are acceptable; there is no requirement of prior language experience

Program Details

  • Intensive Chinese Language Classes: Classes will be divided into four categories depending on your Chinese language proficiency test.
    • Daily small group classes, 2 hours per day
    • One-on-one or one-on-two tutorial classes, 1 hour per day
    • Oral-training or professional Chinese classes
    • Teaching will use Hanyu pinyin romanization and traditional characters
  • Electives in Cultural Courses and Activities: Calligraphy, Chinese Painting, Tai Chi, Tea Ceremony, Stamp Engraving, Taiwanese Language, Chinese Cuisine, and Seminars on cultural relevant topics
  • Cultural and Language Exchange: One-on-one language exchange with volunteer students at National Cheng Kung university
  • Cultural Excursions: Visiting National Palace Museum, Indigenous and Hakka Culture experience, and other cultural sites
  • Local Weekend Host Families and Volunteer in Local Schools: Students will be given additional opportunities to further immerse themselves in Taiwanese society

To apply, you may use the online application no later than February 15, 2017 for an early admission decision and by March 31, 2017 for final consideration.

See What the TUSA Experience is About

Watch the film from the 2016 program for information on how your students can benefit from TUSA.
watch video >> 

Application Guidelines
View the eligibility requirements, academic requirements, and program details.
read guidelines »

Online Application for TUSA 2017
Applications are due by February 15 for early admission and March 31 for final consideration.
apply now »


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