University System of Taiwan

Program Description

International Program in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies seeks to advance new forms of interdisciplinary knowledge that connect academic learning to inter-Asia as well as global problems and contexts, highlights four curricula clusters: Critical Theory and Asian Modernity, Contemporary Thought-trends and Social Movements, Gender/Sexuality Studies, Visual Culture Studies. With a pool of 60 outstanding teachers in the humanities and social sciences, IACS offers an ideal environment for students who are interested in the socio-historical-political-cultural studies of Asia in the global context.

IACS not only as a cultural and economic reality but most importantly as a historical-philosophical construct laden with multiple and conflicting forces. Students are required to choose one specialized area of interest but may take courses from the four course clusters organized by the Program; and cross-campus transportation is provided by the UST to facilitate going to courses located on different campuses.

In addition to course work, the International Program in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies offers a diverse community of scholars with passionate commitments to intellectual inquiry in the regular classroom, in scheduled special seminars, and in dozens of workshops and conferences held each year throughout the UST. International exchange agreements have already been signed by the Program with 18 other institutions of cultural studies throughout the region, thus offering further opportunities to link up with other Asian cultures and studies.


1.Trans-disciplinary, trans-cultural, trans-national cultural studiesbrbr
2.Outstanding faculty pool
3.Four research clusters
4.Facilitated by four member universities
5.Inspiring and friendly learning environment
6.Immersion in Chinese language and culture
7.Rich resources in Inter-Asia network
8.Scholarship & Financial Aid

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Arts (master in Cultural Studies) – starting in September 2013
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D in Cultural Studies) – planned for 2014

Applications for Admission

All applicants are required to submit application form along with the following documents:
1. Application Form
2. Bachelor and/or Master Degree Certification
3. Academic transcript for coursework completed beyond the high school level
4. Two letters of recommendation
5. Statement of Purpose, research project, area of concentration, and/or advisor
6. Certificate of English proficiency
The minimum requirements (or equivalent) are :
TOEFL PBT 500 / CBT 173 / iBT 73, TOEIC 650 or IELTS 5.5

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