The following information relates to the application process of foreign applicants. For information relevant to application requirements for Taiwanese (R.O.C) nationals and overseas Chinese students (僑生), please refer to the department’s Chinese website.
Applications for the department’s graduate and undergraduate programs in Religious Studies (宗教學碩士) are open to lay people and monastics alike. International students are not required to take an entrance examination. The selection process for international applicants will be based on the submitted application alone. Applicants should maintain at least grade B or 75% in their average academic performance as well as in major courses. Furthermore, applicants must be able to understand, speak, read, and write Mandarin Chinese.* If possible, prospective students are highly encouraged to come and visit the Institute beforehand to meet the students and faculty as well as get a sense of the unique campus environment on Dharma Drum Mountain. International applicants may attend the information meeting (新生招募說明會) held every year in January to meet with faculty and students. For information on the next meeting, please refer to the following document:
International applicants must hold an equivalent of a bachelor’s degree from institutions of recognized standing by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Application for admission should be received by the department between the 1st of February and the 15th of April each year. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed. For a detailed account of the admission guidelines, the list of required documents and application forms, please refer to the following document:
Application for admission should be received every year from the 1st of February and the 15th of April. Applications received after the deadline will be processed in the next school year. For a detailed account of the admission guidelines, the list of required documents and application forms, please refer to the following documents:
Due to regulatory restrictions on the number of foreign students allowed to enroll in the department’s programs, the doctoral program is not currently open to international applicants.
*remark: Regarding Chinese language proficiency, oral comprehension and expression are most important as Chinese is both the language of instruction and the main language of communication between students. Comparatively, written expression is less crucial as most professors will accept papers in English and one’s thesis can also be written in English. Beyond the need for decent reading comprehension skills for the regular email exchanges with students, faculty and the administration, the importance of reading comprehension will depend on the amount of Chinese scholarship one intends to use in one’s personal research, as most classes will typically make extensive use of Western scholarship written in English. On the same token, the Institute’s Library & Information Center houses a vast collection of literature related to Buddhist studies in both Western languages and Chinese. For information on learning Chinese in Taiwan, please refer to this page.