Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Dragon 100

Dragon 100 Young Chinese Leaders Forum
龍匯100華人青年領袖論壇
Official Site : Alumni Site : 2011 Application Guidelines : Nomination Form : Factsheet
Organizer: The Dragon Foundation

Official Program Objective: "The DRAGON 100 programme was established in 2002 as a platform for sharing views, generating synergy and providing stimulus for young Chinese with potential to work together enthusiastically with shared commitment to improve the societies to which they belong.

Programme Foci:
- The Programme will be held in conjunction with the Dragon Series of The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. Our 100 delegates will go to Taiwan for a 6-day tour together with other 400 participants from the Dragon Series programme.
- All participants will join part of the “30 Hour Famine”* activity organized by World Vision Taiwan and perform in Mega Dragon Dance together.
- All delegates will take part in community service at Ma-Jia Farm in Pingtung County, Southern part of Taiwan.
- Delegates will also visit to major historical and cultural development projects interest; attend seminars and discussions with academics, university students and young professionals.
- Cultural and social activities will also be arranged."

Program Eligibility: "Apart from having Chinese ethnicity, candidates must be aged between 18 and 35 and must be nominated by universities or other educational institutions, organizations and/or corporations."

Number of Participants: "100 (including ethnic Chinese youth leaders from HKSAR, Mainland China, Taiwan, Macau, other Southeast Asia countries & elsewhere in the world)"

Program Duration: July 24 August 1, 2011. Hong Kong (3 days) and Taiwan (6 days).

Cost: 700 HKD for HK residents. Non-HK residents pay no fees, but they must get themselves to and from Hong Kong on their own.

Admission Difficulty: Likely competitive. An official nomination from some type of official body is required to attend.

Repeat Participants? Probably unlikely.

Application Deadline: May 7, 2011.

The Low-Down: Unlike the other programs on this list, to participate in Dragon 100 you need to be nominated by some type of "official" organization, such as a university institution or corporation. The average age of participants is reportedly slightly older than that of "average" university undergrads, but the application (nomination) form seems to be designed for a high-school or early-university student level, and may be somewhat difficult to fill-out for those who have already entered the workforce. That said, the 2011 program is being held in both Hong Kong and Taiwan, which are both fun to visit, and with the absence of any competing programs (namely CSP), Dragon 100 seems positioned to take the reign as the preeminent, broad-audienced, free program for "elite" young Chinese adults based out of Hong Kong.

Related Links:
Link : 2005 Opening Speech
Link : 2007 Alumnus Report
Link : 2007 Commemorative Video
Link : 2007 Alumnus Commentary
Link : 2008 Alumnus Report PDF
Link : 2010 Commemorative Video

Fulbright Program

Fulbright Program

Official Site
Organizer: Institute of International Education
Wikipedia: Here. Facebook: Here.

Official Program Objective: "The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences."

Program Eligibility: American citizens who are recent university graduates, graduate students, or young professionals. Note: Dual US-Taiwanese citizens are NOT eligible to hold the award in Taiwan.

Number of Participants: 10

Program Duration: 10 months beginning in September.

Cost: Living costs and a research subsidy.

Admission Difficulty: Highly competitive

Repeat Participants? An ETA alumnus may apply for a study award, provided two years have elapsed since their participation.

The Low-Down: Described as the "US Rhodes Scholarship", this one-year funded exchange program is the most prestigious award on this site. Outside of Taiwan, the award may be held at over 100 countries worldwide, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Viet Nam. The Fulbright Foundation also funds the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA), which allows grantees to spend a year teaching English in the Taiwanese elementary school system as a teaching assistant. If you're interested in spending a year teaching English to kids, you may want to look into this.

Related Links:
Link : 2009 ETA Participant Blog
Link : 2010 ETA Participant Blog
Link : 2012 Calvin College ETA Participant Article

GIS Taiwan

Global Initiatives Symposium in Taiwan
全球集思論壇

Official Site
Organizer: GIS Host Team, National Taiwan University
Wikipedia: Here. Facebook: Here.

Official Program Objective: "Standing on the basis of Taiwan, GIS seeks to gather present and potential future leaders of the world to share their forward looking, concrete and innovative ideas and awareness on both regional and global scale. Further, through discussing feasible and effective approaches to the challenges and trends the global community faces, we wish to see actions being taken in a sure footed manner."

Program Eligibility: "Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students, and must not be born prior to 1978."

Number of Participants: 300

Program Duration: July 14-18, 2014.

Cost: There is a cost but participants are encouraged to apply for financial assistance.

Admission Difficulty: Unknown.

Repeat Participants? Unknown.

Application Deadline: An essay must be submitted by April 21, 2014. The registration deadline is May 31, 2014.

The Low-Down: The program is held at National Taiwan University, the most prestigious university in Taiwan.

(this page last verified: March 5, 2014)

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific Summer Analyst Internship

Official Site
Organizer: The Goldman Sachs Group

Official Program Objective: "A Goldman Sachs internship gives you a unique opportunity to learn about the finance industry by working side by side with the experts. Our interns don’t learn by watching, they learn by getting involved in real projects."

Program Eligibility: "While your discipline or major are not important, we do look for people with an outstanding record of academic achievement and an interest in the financial markets."

Number of Participants: Unknown.

Program Duration: Unknown

Cost: Unknown. Presumably a stipend will be given.

Admission Difficulty: Presumably competitive.

Repeat Participants? Unknown.

Application Deadline: January 1, 2012.

The Low-Down: This is the Asian summer analyst program for Goldman Sachs, the multinational investment banking firm. It is now past the deadline to apply for 2012 - hopefully I'll be able to provide timely details for 2013.

Greenheart Travel

Greenheart Travel English Teaching Programs

Official Site: Taiwan & Fujian China
Organizer: Center for Cultural Interchange
Facebook: Here.

Official Program Objective: "Greenheart Travel's volunteer abroad programs offer you the opportunity to expand your personal growth, experience true cultural immersion and impact communities in need. Whether you teach schoolchildren in India, plant trees in Costa Rica or volunteer with the disabled in Argentina, you will come away with unforgettable memories."

Program Eligibility: Varies according to the destination country. In general, applicants must:
- be native English speakers
- have a BA/BS
- be between the ages of 20 and 55
- meet certain citizenship requirements.

Number of Participants: Unknown.

Program Duration: 1 year (52 weeks) beginning in September.

Cost: None. Accommodations, a salary, and a travel stipend are provided.

Admission Difficulty: Unknown.

Repeat Participants? Unknown.

The Low-Down: Korea and Thailand are also available as destinations among Asian countries.

Related Links:
Link : Greenheart YouTube Channel

IIE Passport China

Institute of International Education IIEPassport Study Abroad in China

Official Site : Official Search : Michelle Obama Press Release
Organizer: Institute of International Education
Wikipedia: Here. Facebook: Here.



Official Program Objective:
"- Promoting closer educational relations between the people of the United States and those of other countries.
- Strengthening and linking institutions of higher learning globally.
- Rescuing threatened scholars and advancing academic freedom.
- Building leadership skills and enhancing the capacity of individuals and organizations to address local and global challenges."


Program Eligibility: Varies depending on the program sought.

Number of Participants: Varies depending on the program sought.

Program Duration: Varies depending on the program sought.

Cost: Varies depending on the program sought.

Admission Difficulty: Varies depending on the program sought.

Repeat Participants? Unknown.

Application Deadline: Varies depending on the program sought.

The Low Down: The Institute of International Education is a US-based nonprofit organization that creates programs of study for students, educators and professionals. I include this link because it describes a publication of theirs, the "IIEPassport Study Abroad in China", which details over 350 study-in-China programs available for American citizens. In a speech given by Michelle Obama on January 19, 2011 (linked above), she announces plans for the US to have over 100 000 Americans studying in China in four years. The IIE database itself includes over 9500 programs worldwide. If you're American and you're interested in studying in China, it would seem that visiting this site is well worth your time.

IMUSE

Initiating Mutual Understanding through Student Exchange

Official Site: English & Chinese
Organizer: IMUSE, an NPO run by Harvard, Tsinghua, & Peking University students
Wikipedia: Here. Facebook: Here.

Official Program Objective: "Initiating Mutual Understanding through Student Exchange (IMUSE) aims to foster mutual curiosity, respect, and understanding between people in China and the United States by providing top college and graduate students from these regions an intimate forum for discussion and deep personal reflection about the key issues affecting China and their own regions today."

Program Eligibility: "All students in an American postsecondary school (including two- and four-year colleges, graduate schools, and vocational, technical, and trade schools) are eligible to apply; overseas American citizens in non-American postsecondary institutions are also eligible. Students need not be American citizens to apply."

Number of Participants: It varies depending on the activity, but the main summer program appears to involve 30 participants.

Program Duration: Several activities exist, but the main one appears to be a two week program in Beijing in August. Mainland Chinese students also participate in activities in the United States.

Cost: "Students will stay the two weeks in a hotel and have all necessary living expenses paid for, including accommodations, food, ground transportation, and $500 toward transportation to and from Beijing."

Admission Difficulty: Presumably difficult. The website references a competition for 15 positions that had 600 applicants.

Repeat Participants? Unknown.

The Low-Down: From the official website, "During the fellowship, Chinese and American delegates will participate alongside one another in a variety of activities designed to be both academically and personally enriching. Delegates will participate in panel discussion events with a student audience, where they will discuss the pertinent issues facing Chinese-American relations today. They will interact with and learn from distinguished guest speakers, which in past IMUSE events have included distinguished academics and celebrities from both America and China. As IMUSE is strongly committed to improving the quality of life for individuals in both countries, the fellowship will include a short period of public service within an underprivileged community. Other activities and workshops will cover a variety of topics from politics to pop culture to food. All events will be carried out in English, and no knowledge of Chinese is necessary."

Related Links:
Link : 2009 Oikono Photoalbum

ITRI Internship

ITRI Internship Program

Official Site : 2012 Info
Organizer: Industrial Technology Research Institute
Facebook: 2010, 2011.

Official Program Objective: (from ITRI's HR Director)
"1) Get useful work out of the interns: we have lots of technical and/or international-related projects to which our interns can contribute;
2) Establish/build ITRI’s reputation among university students, to develop a talent pool for long-term recruiting purposes;
3) Establish/build ITRI's links to overseas universities and research institutes;
4) Bring in new ideas and perspectives in order to encourage innovation;
5) Part of overall internationalization efforts: allow ITRI managers and staff to get used to working with international talent, improve organizational English and international knowledge and skills, etc."


Program Eligibility: "This program is open to graduate and undergraduate students currently enrolled at accredited 4-year colleges and universities. Candidates must hold a valid passport from a country other than Taiwan (ROC)."

Number of Participants: 25-30

Program Duration: "Each summer ITRI hosts 25-30 international students for 10-week internships. ITRI also offers a limited number of longer internships of 4-6 months during Spring and Fall. Interns should be available to work one of the following periods:
Summer Period 1: May 8 to July 17, 2012
Summer Period 2: June 19 to August 24, 2012
For longer internships (4-6 months), dates are flexible depending on student and department needs."


Cost: None, but participants must cover their own travel expenses. A monthly stipend is given (amounts are before taxes): Undergraduates 30 000 NT, Master's students 32 000 NT, PhD students 35 000 NT. Expect to break-even, or come out slightly ahead in terms of finances. Free on-site accommodation at ITRI campus is also provided.

Admission Difficulty: Highly selective. 2010 saw 200 applications for 18 internship positions. As well, 3-5 positions are typically filled in partnership with TTT.
"Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis - we encourage interested students to apply as soon as you can. Application for most positions will close around the end of February and we hope to inform all decisions by the end of March. We will remove positions as they are filled, so if a position is posted that means application is still open."

Repeat Participants? Yes. There are typically 1 to 2 repeat participants each summer.

The Low-Down: (from ITRI's HR Director) "In general I would say that our interns are expected to work hard and act professionally, but we don't put heavy pressure on them - usually they are self-motivated and put plenty of pressure on themselves. In my experience each summer the interns bond as a group and have plenty of fun, breaking into subgroups and exploring all over Taiwan in their off time. We also have a fair amount of diversity among our interns, with about half being overseas/'2nd-generation' Taiwanese and the other half being 'first-timers' to Taiwan, coming from Russia, India, France, New Zealand, US/Canada and other countries; roughly 80% are undergrads, the rest MS and PhD students."

Related Links:
Link : 2006-07 Intern Feedback
Link : 2008 Intern Feedback
Link : 2009 Asianz Article
Link : 2009 Intern Feedback
Link : 2010 Intern Feedback

IYCST

International Youth Culture and Study Tour to the Republic of China
年國際青年台灣研習營


Official Site
Organizer: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Application Form : Guidelines

Official Program Objective: "This twelve-day tour, based on the theme Discovering Taiwan, aims to provide youth in Europe, Africa and Latin America with an opportunity to better understand Taiwan in terms of history, culture, ecology, environmental protection, technology, medical treatment, public health and cross-strait relations, among others. It also facilitates cultural exchange between the youth of Europe, Africa, Latin America and Taiwan."

Program Eligibility: "Applicants should be between 20 and 40 years old, unless otherwise approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), and hold positions as either government officials, assistants to members of parliament, research assistants to think tanks, young leaders in political parties or leaders of civil societies from countries in Europe, Africa or Latin America. Applicants should be recommended by ROC embassies or representative offices."

Program Duration:
Group 1: July 5 to July 16, 2010
Group 2: August 16 to August 27, 2010

Cost: "MOFA will cover all itinerary-related costs, including board and lodging, as well as transportation in Taiwan."

Selection: "ROC embassies or representative offices in Europe, Africa and Latin America, will submit a list of nominees according to the allocated quotas, along with a waitlist, to MOFA. Should a nominee withdraw, the vacancy will be filled from the waitlist of the corresponding embassy or representative office. However, MOFA reserves the right to a final decision, irrespective of the allocated quotas, for any vacancies that arise less than two months prior to the beginning of the tour (i.e. after May 5, 2010)."

Repeat Participants? Unknown.

Related Links:
Link : 2009 The Point Article

Japan Work Holiday

Japan Working Holiday Programmes

Official Site
Organizer: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Facebook: Here.

Official Program Objective: "Since the Working Holiday programme is intended to promote greater mutual understanding, the applicant's primary aim should be to holiday in Japan. The programme is not designed for persons who mainly intend to work or study in Japan (for which purposes the appropriate visa should be sought)."

Program Eligibility: "The applicant:
- must be a citizen/national of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland or Denmark currently residing in his or her country of citizenship, or must be a resident of Taiwan or Hong Kong.
- must intend primarily to holiday in Japan for a specific length of time.
- must be between 18 and 30 years of age.
- must possess a valid passport and a return ticket or sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket.
- must possess reasonable funds for living expenses, including medical expenses, during the period of the initial stay in Japan. For a single person, the minimum is US$2000, for a married couple, US$3000 or equivalent amount of the national currency.
- must be in good health and not have a criminal record."


Number of Participants: Unknown.

Program Duration: "An initial stay of up to six months is granted for Australia, New Zealand and Canada (one year for the Republic of Korea, France, Germany, U.K., Ireland and Denmark. France, U.K., Ireland, Taiwan and Hong Kong cannot be extended.) This may be extended up to another six months by the immigration authorities. Details are available from the Immigration Bureau."

Cost/Salary: Unknown.

Admission Difficulty: Unknown.

Repeat Participants? No. "Working Holiday visas will be issued only to persons who have never obtained one before."

The Low-Down: This program is available for citizens of Australia, Canada, South Korea, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Detailed information for applicants from each region is available at the official website.

JET Programme

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme

Official Site
Organizer: Council of Local Authorities for International Relations
Wikipedia: Here. Facebook: Here.

Official Program Objective: "The JET Programme is a government-sponsored, large-scale international exchange programme. JET began in with the purpose of increasing mutual understanding between the people of Japan and the people of other nations. It aims to promote internationalisation in Japan’s local communities by helping to improve foreign language education and developing international exchange at the community level"

Program Eligibility: A long list of criteria is listed on the site. At the minimum, you need a Bachelor's degree. The list is found here.

Number of Participants: Unknown.

Program Duration: One year, with the potential to renew up to 5 years.

Cost: None. Participants receive 3.6 million yen/year in pay.

Admission Difficulty: Unknown.

Repeat Participants? Yes, but one cannot accumulate more than 5 years as a JET participant.

The Low-Down: This is one of the largest, most formally-established teach-English-in-Asia programs in the world.

Related Links:
Link : JET Forum

Love Boat Study Tour

Expatriate Youth Summer Formosa Study Tour To Taiwan
海外華裔青年暑期福爾摩莎營


2010 Application
Previous name: Overseas Compatriot Youth Formosa Study Tour to Taiwan
Organizer: Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission
Wikipedia: Here. Facebook: Here.

Official Program Objective: "To provide an educational program for expatriate youth that improves their competency in spoken and written Chinese language, enhances their knowledge of Chinese and Taiwanese cultures, and deepens their understanding of the establishment and development of Taiwan, the Republic of China."

Program Eligibility: "Youths aged 16 to 27 (as shown on passport), in good academic standing and health, eager to learn Chinese language and cultures, adaptable to boarding life during the program, currently residing outside of Taiwan, and of Chinese or Taiwanese descent are eligible to apply. Age requirement for each camp is as follows:
a. Camp #1: youths aged 16-18
b. Camp #2: youths aged 19-27"


Program Duration:
a. Camp #1: 4 weeks in July
b. Camp #2: 4 weeks in July to August

Cost: 20 000 NT.

Admission Difficulty: It is believed the program endeavors to allow all applicants to eventually attend, if not in a given year, then in the following year. Geographic residence and participation by siblings will affect one's standing in the "queue" to participate.

Repeat Participants? No, but past participants have been known to return as coordinators.

The Low-Down: Established in 1967, this program is the longest running and historically best-known of all summer programs for overseas Chinese/Taiwanese youths occurring in Taiwan. For a long time, it was the only such program available, and at its peak, it hosted over a thousand participants every year. It has its place in the collective North American-Asian conscience, and can rightfully be considered a rite of passage for those who grew up overseas. Presently, likely due to the existence of other programs "competing" for the same participants, this program is smaller in scale compared to before. It still remains probably the best program to attend for those who have never been to Taiwan and are seeking a good first-time introductory visit. Although designed as a half-study, half-tour program, it is known for participants to occasionally treat the program as a "full" vacation, and hence the acquisition of the moniker, the "Love Boat". The program is also likely the best choice for those with limited or no Chinese ability.

Related Links:
Link : 2008 Old Participant Report
Link : 2008 New York Times Article
Link : 2009 Flickr Photoalbum
Link : 2009 Associated Content Article
Link : 2011 8Asians Article

Microsoft Internship

Microsoft Research Asia-Pacific Internship Program

Official Site
Organizer: Microsoft Corporation
Facebook: Here.

Official Program Objective: "Microsoft Research Asia’s internship program, aptly named Stars of Tomorrow, has welcomed more than 3,000 students from countries worldwide. Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA), which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2008, excels in establishing an academic environment for top researchers. Interns who show exceptional promise in the research community are provided with an open research environment where fundamental data is collected and quality output is delivered."

Program Eligibility: "To be eligible for internships, applicants must have the following qualifications:
- Currently be pursuing a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree
- Major in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, physics, or a related field
- Have solid computer programming and research capabilities
- Have strong written and verbal English skills"


Number of Participants: The website states they've had over 3000 interns since 1998.

Program Duration: At least 3 months.

Cost: "We will provide a competitive package that includes a monthly subsidy, meal allowance, and housing allowance.."

Admission Difficulty: Presumably difficult.

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted year-round.

Repeat Participants? Unknown.

The Low-Down: This program is primarily held in Beijing, but outside of China, regional collaborations exist with Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Australia.

Monbukagakusho

Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship Program

Official Site
Organizer: The Japanese Government
Wikipedia: Here. Facebook: Here.

Official Program Objective: "To date, some 79,000 students from approximately 160 countries and regions around the world have studied in Japan under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship program established in 1954. As of May 1, 2009, there were 10,168 foreign students studying in Japan as Japanese government scholarship students."

Program Eligibility: "Those wishing to apply for a scholarship should meet one of the criteria listed below:
1. Recommended by a Japanese embassy or consulate general (Embassy Recommendation).
2. Recommended by the Japanese university which will accept you (University Recommendation).
3. Selected by the Japanese university in which you are currently enrolled if you are a privately-financed student already studying in Japan (Domestic Selection)."

Program Duration: Varies according to the scholarship acquired.

Cost: None. Stipends vary according to the scholarship acquired.

Admission Difficulty: Unknown.

Repeat Participants? Unknown.

The Low-Down: This appears to be a good opportunity for international students at all levels (undergarduate, graduate, post-graduate) interested in studying in Japan, be it for research, language, culture, or other disciplines (e.g. engineering, finance, agriculture, etc.).

Mon Sheong Discover

Mon Sheong Foundation Discover Program

Official Site
Organizer: The Mon Sheong Foundation
Facebook: Here.

Official Program Objective: (from a DiSCOVER organizer)
"DiSCOVER is a six month youth development program, targeting individuals 18-30. Organized by volunteers of the Mon Sheong Foundation (a Canadian charity), we focus on teaching youth aged 18-30 the ideals of volunteerism and fundamentals of leadership, while exploring Chinese culture. We offer classes, workshops and seminars throughout spring of 2013 on personal and professional development.
The program culminates in a a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit China on a highly-subsidized 15-day trip. For $1,800, the selected applicants are provided with full flight, meals and accommodations to see and experience China first-hand, including sites like the Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City and more in a guided cultural excursion."

Program Eligibility: "Talented youth with a Chinese background, aged 18-30."

Number of Participants: Unknown.

Program Duration: The DiSCOVER program occurs in Canada and runs from March to July. The Trip to China is from July 17 - 31.

Cost: "The cost of just the DiSCOVER youth programming is $150. The cost to participate in the cultural excursion is $1,800, which includes flight, accommodations and meals, as well as the six month programming."

Admission Difficulty: Unknown, but candidates for the Trip to China are competitively selected from the Discover program.

Repeat Participants? "Past participants of the cultural excursion typically do not enroll the subsequent years for the trip, but they can enroll in the programming portion only for further development."

Application Deadline: January 18, 2013.

The Low-Down: The organizer, the Mon Sheong Foundation, is a long-running charity based in Toronto, Canada that serves the Chinese community in the region. The DiSCOVER program is geared at leadership training and language/culture learning for Chinese youths, and it culminates for selected participants in a summer Trip to China. I would assume you would have to reside in the GTA in order to benefit/participate in the major elements of the program. From the DiSCOVER organizer:
"Formerly known as "Trip-to-China", we decided to focus more on the overall development of the youth this year and hence we rebranded the program to DiSCOVER. Why DiSCOVER? It's meant to reflect the opportunity to discover not just China, but also to discover more about yourself, your heritage, volunteerism, and much more. While we accept all applicants from 18-30, the past participants have generally been 19-24 years old. For more information, visit our website at http://discover.monsheong.org, where we also have an FAQ."

Related Photos:

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Morgan Stanley SAIB

Morgan Stanley Summer Analyst in Investment Banking - Asia Pacific

Official Site
Organizer: Morgan Stanley

Official Program Objective: "Our Summer Analyst program runs for ten weeks, and is designed to provide a realistic view of investment banking by having Summer Analysts assume the functions of full-time Analysts. You are typically assigned to a specific group where you will work on a variety of transactions. Along the way, you will obtain a strong foundation in the basic skills of financial analysis and deal execution. You will be expected to start learning how to market the firm's products and services effectively."

Program Eligibility: "We are looking for high-caliber undergraduate degree students in their penultimate year or masters students expecting to graduate in December 2009 or July 2010 who possess both oral and written fluency in English, a keen interest in finance and investment banking, along with initiative, enthusiasm, motivation and a strong work ethic. Fluency in Mandarin or Korean would be beneficial."

Number of Participants: Unknown.

Program Duration: 10 weeks, beginning in June.

Cost: Unknown.

Admission Difficulty: Presumably competitive.

Repeat Participants? Unknown.

The Low Down: The program locations include Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, and Australia.

Update: The "Official Site" URL that was previously linked became inactive sometime at the end of 2011. The curent link (above) is the official "Summer Analyst Program" page, but the "Asia Pacific" program may not be presently active.

NSERC Japan Taiwan

NSERC Summer Programs in Japan or Taiwan

Official Site
Organizer: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Official Program Objective: "The Summer Programs in Japan or Taiwan provide graduate students in science and engineering with a hands-on research experience and an introduction to a different culture, language, and university research system."

Program Eligibility: "At the time of application, you must:
- be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
- be enrolled in a graduate program in the natural sciences or engineering at a Canadian institution; and
- have received advance acceptance from a potential host researcher in Japan or Taiwan."


Program Duration: "Awards are held for approximately eight weeks, from June to August. Exact start dates vary each year; successful candidates will be informed of the final program schedule."

Cost: None. A scholarship of $3,000 CDN plus travel and living expenses for eight weeks, is given.

Admission Difficulty: "An NSERC Selection Committee will evaluate the applications according to the following criteria:
- Academic excellence
- Research ability or potential
- Communication, interpersonal, and leadership abilities
- Linkage between the proposed research in Japan or Taiwan and your current studies, as well as future research and career goals

For the Taiwan program, approximately eight awards are available.

For the Japan program, top-ranked applications will move forward to a joint competition including applicants from NSERC, CIHR, and SSHRC. A total of approximately 15 awards (divided between NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR) is available for all Canadian applicants to the Japan program."


Repeat Participants? Unknown.

The Low-Down: The application deadline for study-in-Taiwan applicants has been known to be extended in the past. This suggests the competition for positions is less intense for study in Taiwan compared to study in Japan.

NSF EAPSI

National Science Foundation
East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes


Official Site
Organizer: National Science Foundation
Facebook: Here.

Official Program Overview: "The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) goals are to introduce U.S. graduate students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. Selected students participate in research experiences at host laboratories in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan."

Program Eligibility: "As of the deadline date of the application year, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
- Enrolled in a research-oriented master's or Ph.D. degree program (including joint degree programs);
- Students enrolled in joint Bachelor/Master's programs must have graduated from the undergraduate degree (if the student's institution considers them in graduate status, that student is eligible);
- Enrolled at a U.S. institution in the United States; and
- Pursuing studies in fields of science and engineering research and education supported by the National Science Foundation (see Section X in solicitation for details)."


Program Duration: "All institutes, except Japan, last approximately 8 weeks from June to August. Japan lasts approximately 10 weeks from June to August."

Cost: "Awardees will receive the following:
- $ 5,000 stipend.
- International round-trip airfare to the host location.
- Support for attending a pre-departure orientation in the Washington, D.C. area. Awardees will be reimbursed for the costs of attending the event.
- Abroad living expenses by foreign co-sponsoring organizations, and an orientation to the science environment and culture(s) of each location."


Admission Difficulty: Unknown.

Repeat Participants? Yes. "Previous EAPSI awardees may apply, but only to a new host location (Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan)."

NTNU Shida

National Taiwan Normal University Mandarin Training Center
國立台灣師範大學國語教學中心


Official Site
a.k.a.: "Shida", "NTNU", "師大"
Wikipedia: Here. Facebook: Here.

Official Program Objective: "The Mandarin Training Center was founded in 1956 and is a government-recognized center for teaching Chinese as a foreign language and an extension program of the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). Since that time, it has grown to become the largest and best known institution in the Republic of China dedicated to the teaching of Chinese culture and Chinese as a second language. All levels of standard and Classical Chinese as well as Chinese culture are taught here."

Program Eligibility: Applicants should be high school graduates.

Program Duration: One may attend the "Summer Quarter", which is 8 weeks of classes between July and August.

Cost: 13 600 NT (regular). 19 200 NT (intensive).

Admission Difficulty: Satisfaction of all the admissions requirements (fees, VISA eligibility) should be sufficient for admission.

Repeat Participants? Yes.

The Low-Down: Not a summer "program" per se, NTNU is a popular summer destination for individuals who want to spend their summer in Taiwan in an organized fashion. Though many institutions offer Chinese-language programs, Shida is considered the gold standard by which all programs are compared. More than that, attending the school is generally viewed as a rite of passage for those who study Chinese in Taiwan for any duration, due to the large number of Chinese-language students that have passed through its doors. Your specific experience will vary depending on your classmates, your teacher(s), your living arrangements, and your desire for activities, but in general most students appear to have a memorable time regardless of their circumstances. This school tends to attract outgoing and personable individuals and you will meet many people from around the world with similar interests. Out of all the programs listed here, this program will allow you to improve your Chinese language ability the most.

Related Links:
Link : 2008 New York Times Article
Link : 2008 Forumosa Thread
Link : 2009 Former Student Report
Link : 2009 Guide for Newbies
Link : 2009 Video (Russian News)

NTNU Summer Camp

NTNU Mandarin Summer Camp
師大華語夏令營


Official Site
Organizer: National Taiwan Normal University Mandarin Training Center
Facebook: Here.

Target Students:
- Aged 8-11 and 12-15.
- Interested in Mandarin Chinese.

Number of Participants: Unknown.

Program Duration: (Monday to Friday 9:00 - 3:00)
Session 1: June 18 - July 13, 2012
Session 2: July 16 - August 10, 2012

Cost: 43 500 NT per session.

Admission Difficulty: Presumably not competitive.

Repeat Participants? Probably yes.

Application Period: Earlybird registration deadline is February 29, 2012.

The Low-Down: This is a day-time program in the heart of Taipei for elementary and middle-school kids. Mandarin classes, culture classes (kung-fu, Taiwan cuisine, paper cutting, etc.), and field trips compose the daily activities. NTNU's MTC is the most popular and established destination for Chinese language learning in Taiwan.

Related Links:
Link : 2007 China Post Article

NTU ICLP

National Taiwan University International Chinese Language Program
國立台灣大學國際華語研習所


Official Site : 2011-2012 Information
Organizer: National Taiwan University Office of International Affairs
Wikipedia: Here.

Official Program Objective: "The International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University (ICLP) provides an eight-week summer program of intensive study in intermediate and advanced Chinese for selected undergraduate, graduate, or unaffiliated students.

The goal of the program is to provide students with intensive oral-aural language instruction, and to further reading ability in general materials and, as appropriate, in various disciplines or professional fields."


Program Eligibility:
"(1) degree candidates at an accredited university or college or plan to pursue Chinese-related studies,
(2) show a potential in a Chinese-related field of study
(3) commited to a career in which the use of Chinese is crucial."


Number of Participants: Unknown.

Program Duration: 8 weeks in the summer months.

Cost: 3300 USD.

Admission Difficulty: Unknown.

Repeat Participants? Unknown, but probably yes.

Related Links:
Link : 2007 ICLP Participant Blog

NTU SIPCC

National Taiwan University Summer Intensive Program for Chinese & Culture

Official Site
Organizer: National Taiwan University Office of International Affairs

Program Description: "The Exploring Taiwan @ NTU program combines the world renowned International Chinese Language Program (ICLP) with an NTU's extensive Exploring Taiwan courses. Students will gain a unique insight into the Chinese Language as well as a deeper understanding of Taiwan's cultural, historical and social heritage. Exploring Taiwan courses are conducted in English."

Who Should Apply: "International students (including overseas Chinese) currently studying in domestic and international institutions, as well as enrolled exchange students at NTU."

Number of Participants: Maximum of 50.

Program Duration: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-5:00, in the month of July.

Cost: 3000 USD.

Admission Difficulty: Unknown, but possession of the minimum qualifications (i.e. you are a university student) likely will be enough for admission.

Repeat Participants? Probably yes.

The Low-Down: NTU is the most prestigious university in Taiwan. This program appears to be a summer-school type of program where assignments and evaluations are involved. The courses count toward university credits.

NTU SPLRC

National Taiwan University Summer Program for Laboratory Research and Culture

Official Site
Organizer: National Taiwan University Office of International Affairs

Program Description: "The Summer Program for Laboratory Research and Culture provides students with the opportunity and the resources to engage in laboratory reserach at some of NTU's modern, well-equipped laboratories. Departmental labs available include: College of Science, Electrical Enginnering & Computer Science, Engineering, Bio-Resources and Agriculture, Life Science and Public Health. This research without borders concept, coupled with Exploring Taiwan courses, allows students a broad and well-rounded summer experience. English is the preferred medium of communication and research language."

Who Should Apply: "International students (including overseas Chinese) in Junior year and above, including Masters and PhD candidates currently studying in domestic and international institutions, as well as Mainland Chinese students from partner schools."

Number of Participants: Unknown.

Program Duration: July 1 - August 11.

Cost: 3000 USD.

Admission Difficulty: Unknown.

Repeat Participants? Probably yes.

The Low-Down: NTU is the most prestigious university in Taiwan. This program appears to include attendance in university credit courses.

OCAC LSP "Tug Boat"

OCAC Language Study Program for Expatriate Youth
海外華裔青年語文研習班


2010 Application
a.k.a.: "Tug Boat"
Organizer: Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission

Official Program Objective: "To provide an educational program for expatriate youth that improves their competency in spoken and written Chinese language, enhances their knowledge of Chinese and Taiwanese cultures, and deepens their understanding of the establishment and development of Taiwan, the Republic of China."

Program Eligibility: "Youths aged 14 to 24 (as shown on passport), in good academic standing and health, eager to learn Chinese language, adaptable to boarding life during the study program, currently residing outside of Taiwan, and of Chinese/Taiwanese descent are eligible to apply."

Program Duration: The program seems to run every 2 months throughout the year (Jan-Feb, Mar-Apr, May-Jun, July-Aug, Sep-Oct, Nov-Dec). Some of these programs are specifically targeted for certain countries.
"During the 4-week or 6-week study program, Chinese language courses are arranged from Monday to Friday, as well as Taiwanese language and culture studies. In the evenings, each student may select to spend the time in leisure activities, internet courses or self-study. Art activities and cultural tours are arranged on Saturdays and Sundays."

Cost: 33 000 NT (4 weeks), or 42 000 NT (6 weeks)

Admission Difficulty: Unknown, but probably similar to how Love Boat enrollees are selected. The program likely endeavors to allow all applicants to eventually attend, if not in a given session, then in a following session. Geographic residence and participation by siblings may possibly affect one's standing in the "queue" to participate.

Repeat Participants? "Students may apply for continued study".

The Low-Down: "OCAC Language Study Program" describes any number of programs run by the OCAC at various times throughout the year for any number of target countries. The overall trend/organization of the programs is described above. Any of these programs often come to be known as the "Tug Boat", as a smaller-sibling reference to the more well-known "Love Boat". Compared to LB, Tug Boat has less of a "party atmosphere" reputation and has a greater emphasis on language (Mandarin) learning. There is also likely to be a great spread in age of attendees, as teenagers as young as 14 are allowed to attend. Information on this program is piecemeal, but the application itself appears standardized. The links below describe several of the programs that have been run in the past.

Related Links:
Link : 2003 Australian group program description
Link : 2004 Singapore and Australian group program descriptions
Link : 2009 Participant Blog
Link : 2010 Philippines group Facebook page

OCYPS

Overseas Compatriot Young Professionals Seminar
海外華裔專業青年研習會


Organizer: Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission

Program Eligibility: 35 and under.

Number of Participants: Approximately 40.

Program Duration: About 6 days (a Sunday to Friday) in late April.

Cost: None. Air travel will also be partially reimbursed.

Admission Difficulty: Selective, but the degree varies. Participants are nominated by their local TECOs to participate. Approximately one to three applicants per regional TECO are admitted. Selectivity depends on the method of selection by each TECO, which may either be by open competition, or direct solicitation to attend. Participants are chosen by their involvement in their local Taiwanese expatriate community and their career promise.

Repeat Participants? Rare.

The Low-Down: For those with an interest in understanding Taiwan's progress, development, and challenges, this is a very rewarding program to attend. The week is composed of lectures from industry leaders covering topics related to Taiwan's current economic, cultural, and political climates. A particular asset to the program is the participants themselves, who average age about 27 years in age, and make up a very mature, but (due to the selection for those who are involved and accomplished) distinguished and outgoing crowd. Memorable on many levels, OCYPS is motivating, intellectually stimulating, and fun.

OYHPP

Overseas Young Health Professionals Program
海外醫藥專業青年訪問團
Organizer: Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission
Facebook: 2007, 2009.

Official Program Objective:
"1. to enhance understanding of national public health policy, interior affairs, and development of politics and economy in Taiwan;
2. to establish connections with outstanding health professionals and assist Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization."

Program Eligibility: "Ethnic Chinese, under 40 years old, physicians, residents/trainees, and students in medical schools and health professionals (optometrists, nutritionists, nurses, mental health counselors, chiropractors, etc.)."

Number of Participants: 30-60.

Program Duration: About 6 days (a Sunday to Friday) in late March.

Cost: None. Air travel will also be partially reimbursed.

Admission Difficulty: Probably similar to OCYPS, but directed towards those in the health and wellness industry (either clinical or research). A representative geographic distribution of candidates will likely be sought. History of participation in one's local Taiwanese expatriate community is also likely preferred.

Repeat Participants? Unknown, but probably unlikely.

The Low-Down: First run in 2007, this program is one of the first "special focus" seminars to be held bi-annually by the OCAC. Similar to OCYPS in structure, it differs in that it specifically seeks those in the overseas health care community to participate, with a desire for them to learn about and assist with Taiwan's involvement in the international health care community. Up until 2009, the goal was to help attendees understand the significance of the Taiwan lobby to enter the World Health Assembly (WHA). Now that this task has been achieved, the seminar's focus in the future will likely be on Taiwan's lobby for admission to the World Health Organization (WHO). Average age of the participants is roughly 30. One challenge for attendees, is that those who are invited to attend are likely to be fully employed, and will have to take time off work in order to attend (may be difficult for say, ER docs). The week will be composed of discussions and intellectually stimulating lectures during the day, and participant-led activities at night (Room 18 anyone?). A benefit of attending the seminar is access to a strong network of talented individuals with similar-interests.

Princeton in Asia

Princeton in Asia 

Official Site : 2011-2012 Application
Organizer: Princeton-in-Asia, an NPO affiliated with Princeton University
Wikipedia: Here. Facebook: Here.

Official Program Objective: “To promote good will and understanding and to facilitate in every way the free interchange of the best ideals in the civilizations of both East and West.”

Program Eligibility: The basic requirements are a Bachelor's Degree and an interview. For English teaching positions, some TEFL qualifications may be required. For non-teaching positions, some local language ability and/or relevant work experience may be required.

Number of Participants: ~150.

Program Duration: One year.

Cost: None. "A local salary and housing wil be provided (but) a position with PiA generally is not a money-making venture".

Admission Difficulty: Competitive. Applicant numbers vary from year to year, but there have consistently been three or more strong candidates per opening.

Repeat Participants? Unknown.

The Low-Down: You don't have to attend Princeton to be a participant in PiA. "Princeton-in-Asia (PiA) provides transformative, service-oriented experiences for talented graduates and serves the needs of Asia as determined by our Asian partners. Over the last century, the organization has achieved this goal by providing talented young people with various opportunities to live and work in Asia. In 2007, PiA placed 125 fellows in seventeen countries, including Cambodia, China, Timor-Leste, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Laos, Mongolia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Currently the program offers 85 teaching fellowships with 40 additional fellowships in the fields of journalism, international development, and business."

Related Links:
Link : 2009 NBC News Feature

RDEC Internship

Research, Development, and Evaluation Commission Internship Program

Official Site : 2012 Information
Organizer: Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, Executive Yuan

Official Program Objective: "The Research, Development and Evaluation Commission is announcing its 2010 Summer Internship Program. This year's designated internship program includes e-governance, government services re-engineering, performance management, program evaluation, international exchange of government publications, international friendly-living environment."

Program Eligibility: "The RDEC may accept foreign-nationality interns who meet the following requirements and conditions:
(a) Applicant is enrolled in a graduate school degree program at the time of application and during the internship.
(b) Applicant is fluent in English."


Number of Participants: Unknown.

Program Duration: Roughly July 1 - August 31.

Cost: "According to Article 1(a) of the Internship Agreement, the RDEC will not pay the intern for the internship. All expenses incurred during the internship period will be borne by the intern or his/her sponsoring government or institution or school."

Admission Difficulty: Unknown.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2012.

Repeat Participants? Unknown.

Rotary Ambassador

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship

Official Site
Organizer: The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
Wikipedia: Here. Facebook: Here.

Official Program Objective: "The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors academic year scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country."

Eligibility Criteria: "Applicants must have completed at least two years of university or college course work, or must have a secondary school education and have been employed in a recognized vocation for at least two years when the scholarship begins. All applicants must be citizens of a country in which there is a Rotary club. Applicants must initially apply through a Rotary club located in the area of their legal or permanent residence, or place of fulltime study or employment. Persons with disabilities and members of Rotaract clubs are eligible and encouraged to apply."

Program Duration: One academic year.

Cost: None. You receive a grant of 27 000 USD (or local currency equivalent).

Admission Difficulty: Presumably difficult.

Repeat Participants? Unknown.

The Low-Down: Anyone with a local Rotary Club chapter that participates in the Ambassador program is eligible to apply for this award, and it appears you don't actually have to be a Rotarian (a member of Rotary) to apply for the award. There are over 33 000 Rotary Club chapters worldwide. Although not specific to Asia, the award can be held in Asia (I have personally met an American who was a Rotary Ambassador studying in Hong Kong). Country-specific information pertaining to Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan can be found here.

Related Links:
Link : 2009 Rotary Ambassador in Taiwan Blog
Link : 2011 Rotary Ambassador in Singapore Blog

Ship for World Youth

Ship for World Youth

Official Site : Alumni Page : Guidelines
Organizer: Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
Wikipedia: Here. Facebook: Here. Twitter: Here.

Official Program Objective: "The purpose of the Ship for World Youth program is to broaden the global view of the Japanese youths, to promote mutual understanding and friendship between Japanese and foreign youths as well as to cultivate the spirit of international cooperation and the competence to practice it, and furthermore to foster the youths with capability of showing leadership in various area of international society."

Program Eligibility: International participants have to be citizens of one of the 12 countries selected for participation in the year they apply. Participants must speak English well, and be between the age of 18 and 30.

Program Duration: From early January to early March for approximately 42 days.

Cost: None. "The program is fully sponsored by the Cabinet Office of the Japanese Government."

Admission Difficulty: Presumably competitive.

Repeat Participants? Unknown, but probably not.

The Low-Down: This annual program sounds almost too good to be true, but it apparently is, as it will be occurring for the 24th time in the year 2012. Basically, about 11 youth are selected from each of 12 countries (for a total of about ~140 international participants) to join another ~140 Japanese youth for a 42-day all-expense-paid cruise. The 6-week itinerary is composed of workshops, seminars, discussions and probably lots of fun, all aboard the boat. Port of calls include various countries, and include visits with VIPs, such as the Crown Prince of Japan, and the Prime Minister. The 2012 program (SWY24) invites citizens from the following countries to participate (the list of participating countries changes every year): Kingdom of Bahrain, Federative Republic of Brazil, Canada, Arab Republic of Egypt, Republic of India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Peru, Russia, Spain, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Republic of Turkey, and Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. I am told your chances for being selected are better if you have some type of interest/association with Japan. Dozens of groups and pages related to this program are all over Facebook (have a look). This definitely seems like a great program for those lucky enough to attend it.

Singapore Work

Singapore Working Holiday Programme

Official Site
Organizer: Ministry of Manpower in Singapore
Facebook: Here.

Official Program Objective: "Introduced by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore , the Work Holiday Programme attracts university students and recent graduates of between 17 and 30 years of age, to a rewarding experience living and working in vibrant Singapore for six months."

Program Eligibility: "University undergraduates and graduates aged between 17 and 30 years old may apply for the Work Holiday Pass to work in Singapore for up to six months. Applicants must be resident and full-time students of the university. Students who have gained admission to the university but have not commenced their studies may also apply. The Work Holiday Programme (WHP) is applicable to students from these countries/territories:
- Australia
- France
- Germany
- Hong Kong
- Japan
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- United States."


Number of Participants: Unknown.

Program Duration: Up to six months.

Cost/Salary: Unknown.

Admission Difficulty: Unknown.

Repeat Participants? Unknown.

The Low-Down: This site is an online portal to finding internships in Singapore. Employers that accept working holiday visitors include those in banking/finance/accounting (Barclays Capital, BDO Raffles, Deloitte & Touche LLP, DBS, Ernst and Young LLP, Foo Kon Tan Grant Thornton, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited HSBC, KPMG, LTC, Macquarie Capital, Ng Lee and Associates, OCBC Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers), engineering (Flextronics, Infineon, REC, Sindicatum, UMC, WorleyParsons), tourism/hospitality (Carlton Hotel, Fairmont Group, Grand Copthorne Waterfront, Mandarin Orchard Singapore, Traders Hotel Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, Suntec Singapore), and other sectors (Indochine Group, RE and S Pte Ltd., Spa Esprit Group Pte Ltd., Globibo).

SPT Italy

Summer Program in Taiwan for Italian Graduate Students

Official Site : 2010 Application
Organizer: National Science Council

Official Program Objective: "In order to promote a further collaboration with Italian Education and Research authorities, the National Science Council of Taiwan (NSC) intends to provide 5 Italian graduate students - PhD or Master students in science and social sciences and humanities - of first-hand research experience in Taiwan, an introduction to its science and technology policy infrastructure, and orientation to the culture and language.

The goals of the program are to introduce students to Taiwanese scientific and technological development in the context of a research laboratory, and to initiate personal relationships that will better enable them to collaborate with foreign counterparts in the future."


Program Eligibility:
"- This program is only reserved for Italian students.
- The students must be Master level or Ph.D level enrolled in an Italian university.
- Priority will be given to candidates having made contact with Taiwanese hosts."


Number of Participants: 5

Program Duration: 8 weeks, from June 28th to August 20th, 2010.

Cost: "NSC takes in charge Italian students living allowance, organizes visits and researches as well as Chinese language training during the orientation session. Students will receive a living allowance of 50,000 Taiwanese dollars for 2 months, of which 20% of taxes will be deducted.".

Admission Difficulty: Unknown.

Repeat Participants? Unknown.

SPT Spain

Summer Program in Taiwan for Spanish Graduate Students

Official Site : 2010 Application
Organizer: National Science Council

Official Program Objective: "In order to promote a further collaboration with Spanish Education and Research authorities, the National Science Council of Taiwan (NSC) intends to provide 10 Spanish graduate students - PhD or Master students in science and social sciences and humanities - of first-hand research experience in Taiwan, an introduction to its science and technology policy infrastructure, and orientation to the culture and language.

The goals of the program are to introduce students to Taiwanese scientific and technological development in the context of a research laboratory, and to initiate personal relationships that will better enable them to collaborate with foreign counterparts in the future."


Program Eligibility: "The candidate must:
- be of Spanish nationality
- be enrolled as a Master or PhD student in a Spanish university
Priority will be given to candidates having made contact with Taiwanese hosts."


Number of Participants: 10

Program Duration: 8 weeks, from June 28th to August 20th, 2010.

Cost: "NSC takes in charge Spanish students living allowance, organizes visits and researches as well as Chinese language training during the orientation session. Students will receive a living allowance of 50,000 Taiwanese dollars for 2 months, of which 20% of taxes will be deducted."

Admission Difficulty: Unknown.

Repeat Participants? Unknown.

Strait Talk

Straight Talk

Official Site
Organizer: Students from Brown, UC Berkeley, and Hong Kong
Wikipedia: Here. Facebook: Here.

Official Program Objective: "Strait Talk is a non-partisan dialogue program that seeks to transform international conflict by connecting young people from both sides of the Taiwan Strait and the United States and empowering them to strive for peace.

Strait Talk is resolving the Taiwan Strait conflict in three steps:
- Identifying outstanding young people from the three communities
- Transforming them into active peacemakers through a dialogue experience
- Propelling them and their ideas to positions of influence through a high-level, inter- communal network."


Program Eligibility: Participants are selected from China, Taiwan, and the U.S. "Applicants must be at least 18 year-old, still pursuing or already obtained a college degree."

Program Duration: About 1 week.

Cost: "The actual program events throughout the week are free. Delegates traveling from Asia will receive a subsidy for transportation costs. Certain meals during the week will also be included throughout the week."

Admission Difficulty: Unknown.

Application Deadline: Varies depending on the scheduling of the program.

Repeat Participants? Unknown.

The Low-Down: This program started at Brown University in 2005 and has expanded to include UC Berkeley (in 2009) and Hong Kong (in 2011). The program is run at least annually and its timing seems to be evolving. The last seminar was held at Brown in October 2012. The next program is at UC Berkeley in April 2013.

Related Links:
Link : 2009 AsianWeek Article

TACL

Summer Political Internship Program

Official Site
Organizer: Taiwanese American Citizens League

Official Program Objective: "The Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL) Summer Political Internship Program, established in 1992, places college students in the offices of state and federal elected officials. Interns work to promote Taiwanese culture, heritage and identity while gaining a greater understanding of the American political system through active, hands-on involvement."

Program Eligibility: "Current or recently graduated college students."

Program Duration: "The 9-week program will begin on Friday, June 11, 2010 and end on Saturday, August 14, 2010. Orientation/opening ceremony will be held on June 11 and the awards/closing ceremony will be held the weekend of August 14, 2010."

Cost: "Each participant is responsible for his or her own transportation during the program. Participants will not receive compensation from the participating offices. Stipend from TACL will be issued dependent upon success of completion of the internship."

Admission Difficulty: Unknown.

Repeat Participants? Unknown.

The Low-Down: This program is held in the United States for individuals interested in getting involved in Taiwanese-American political affairs.
"Interns gain valuable, working knowledge through assignments in political offices located throughout the Greater Los Angeles area, Orange County, and Washington DC. In addition to working in their offices, interns visit top legislators in an intense lobbying trip, attend community events, participate in leadership development workshops, and various other activities."

Related Links:
Link : 2007 Participant Report PDF