International Students Application-Departmental Requirements

Graduate Institute of Ethnomusicology
Enrollment Semesters2020 Fall
2021 Spring
2021 Fall
2022 Spring
  • Research and Heritage
  • Multimedia Applications
Language of InstructionProgram taught in Chinese
Admission Evaluation
  • Document Review
  • Weighted Score:
    Document Review: 100%
Required Qualification
Language Proficiency
  • Chinese Language Proficiency (Provide one of the following Chinese certificates):
    Test of Chinese as Foreign Language, TOCFL Level - 4
    or any other Chinese Proficiency Certificate with a score equivalent to above items
    Not required for applicants whose native language is Chinese (self-statement needed).
    Not required for applicants whose previous degree is taught in Chinese (proof required).

  • English Language Proficiency: Not Required
Application Documents
  • Signed application form
    ※Please print out, sign the application forms, scan and upload it to the system.
  • Two-inch passport photo
  • Receipt or proof of application fee or a U.S. dollar wire transfer
  • Passport/Identification and R.O.C. Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) for those holding one
    ※If the applicant is of foreign nationality as specified in Article 2 under the MOE Regulations Regarding International Students Undertaking Studies in Taiwan and possesses (or has possessed) nationality status from the Republic of China (R.O.C.), additional proof is required, such as entry and departure records for the past 6 years, a declaration form stating that they do not hold a R.O.C. household registration, Certificate of Nationality Renouncement of Republic of China or other proof of documents.
  • An official financial statement
    ※a minimum of NTD 100,000 (or USD 3,000) is required. Please select one of the following ways of submission:
    (1)An official financial statement issued within the past three months from a financial institution.
    (2)If the financial statement provided is not under the name of the applicant, please submit (a) the sponsor’s financial statement (b) a financial guarantee from the sponsor
    (3)The proof showing the applicant have been awarded full scholarship.
  • Diploma of the highest academic degree
  • One translated copy of the applicant’s highest diploma in English or Chinese
  • One translated copy of the applicant’s complete transcripts (for ALL years of study) in English or Chinese
  • ※Eligible applicants who graduate at the same year as the admission to National Taiwan Normal University must submit transcripts for each academic semester and the ‘Deposition of Admission Documents for National Taiwan Normal University International Applicants’, and are not required to submit the diploma during application. The diploma and transcripts for each academic semester must be submitted upon registration (Diplomas or degree certificates from China are required to have the documents notarized by relevant authorities.); otherwise, the applicants admitted to NTNU will have their admission revoked.

    ※Applicants applying with diplomas or degree certificates from China are required to have the documents notarized by relevant authorities. If authentication cannot be completed by the application deadline, please submit degree certificate, complete transcript and a signed Deposition of Admission Documents.

    ※Admitted students must submit the original ones for review to the Office of International Affairs on the day of enrollment.

    ※NTNU holds the right to request applicants to have their degree certificate or diploma authenticated by the ROC diplomatic missions should NTNU find any problem in the applicants’ documents.

Departmental Requirements
  • Language proficiency certificate: Please refer to the "Language proficiency".
  • One recommendation letter(s)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Audio-visual file
  • Portfolio
  • Research proposal
  • Any document that might be supportive
  • Admitted students are not allowed to defer admission until the next academic year.
Department Information
IntroductionFounded in August 2002, the Graduate Institute of Ethnomusicology (GIEM) at the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) is a major academic institution for the education, research, and preservation of musical traditions and cultures in Taiwan. Formerly named the Graduate Institute of Musicology, GIEM’s research and teaching activities date back to the 1980s when professor Hsu Tsang-Houei (1929-2001), a pioneer ethnomusicologist in Taiwan, led students to conduct research of Taiwan’s traditional music across the country. Today, GIEM keeps the mission of academic research. Also, it is committed to cultivating students’ performance artistry of traditional music and their abilities to put theory into practice. The Institute comprises of two study programs; the Study Division of Research and Preservation, which trains skilled researchers and musicians, and the Study Division of Multimedia Applications, which trains music professionals specializing in using media technology to facilitate knowledge production and dissemination. Our faculty, including members who joined the program recently, has diversified research interests, including music cultures in East and Southeast Asia, Europe, and regions of Austronesian languages. In addition, we have also collaborated with international colleagues in developing the best practice for digital archiving.
Features of CurriculumInterdisciplinary studies are a hallmark of the Graduate Institute of Ethnomusicology. Students in each area of concentration are required to take a minimum of 15 credits for required courses and 20 elective credits.
a. Required Courses: Introduction of ethnomusicology, Theory and Practice in Musical Communication, Introduction to philosophy of music, Musical Fieldwork, Music Archives and Research Methods.
b. Required Area-specific Courses: Study of the Comparison between Chinese and Western Music, Mode of Traditional Music, Theory and Practice in Musical Multi-media, History of Sound Recording
c. Elective Courses: Research and Heritage, Multimedia Applications, Performance and Practice.

[Feature of the Curriculum]
a. The Subdivision of Research trains students to conduct original research. It emphasizes on the collection and analysis of archival and field data. Interdisciplinary inquiries and methods are crucial part of the program training, expanding students’ thinking limits and enriching their professional vision.
b. Multimedia Applications They are required to put theory into practice, using music and media technology to engage in various kinds of projects and activities in relation to the production and dissemination of information that benefits the sustainability of music traditions and cultural diversity.
Career ProspectsAcademic interactions with various agencies, including NTNU Musicology and others, guest speakers from Taiwan, and guests speakers from universities and music-related institutions worldwide are offered. Research foci range from Taiwan’s traditional music to the music and culture in East Asia, Europe and the regions of Austronesian languages. Specifically, students are offered opportunities to participate in projects in relation to the digital arching, audiovisual recordings, and multimedia production of various kinds of music. The high-standard audiovisual equipment and facilities that the Institute owns make the Institute owns make the Institute one of the most resourceful educational institutes to learn music technology and media production in Taiwan. In recent years, the Institute has constantly engaged in various kinds of industry-university cooperation, and the professionalism of our graduates has been highly recognized by organizations, companies, and agencies in music and cultural industry.
Contact InformationMs Pi-Ying Feng / 886-2-7749-5446 /