I have successfully gained entry to the International Master's in Taiwan Studies at National Chengchi University (NCCU; 國立政治大學). I will start studying there in September. I was also awarded the Taiwan Scholarship to support my studies.
FiLi has been admitted to a Ph.D. program and is making a choice between two universities. While I don't have to make a similar decision I agree with some of fiLi's concerns, especially the lack of good information about the courses. I was also a little frustrated by the university's poor response to various enquiries by e-mail and phone during the application process.
When I tell most Taiwanese people that I will study Taiwanese Studies they ask if I mean Taiwanese Literature. I then explain that Taiwan Studies is mainly related to social sciences which NCCU is well regarded for. There is also Taiwan Studies program at Chang Jung University (長榮大學) in Tainan.
My personal interest is in environmental issues. I completed a Graduate Diploma of Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania several years ago. I liked the interdisciplinary nature of the course and I think the course at NCCU offers a similar interdisciplinary approach.
A Taiwanese friend who is studying for a Ph.D. told me she thinks the only subjects it is worthwhile for a foreigner to study in a Taiwanese university are Chinese literature and Taiwan Studies. I hope I have made a good choice. I will write a more about the field of Taiwan Studies and NCCU at a later date.