Program Mission

The International Program of Austronesian Studies (IPAS) is a multi-disciplinary study program designed to give students a broad foundational overview of issues and problems that are important to the great diversity of Austronesian people across the Pacific and of their relationships with each other and with other peoples – both indigenous and non-indigenous – living in the Pacific and the wider world.

You will learn about languages, material and intellectual cultures, the environment, law and policy making, as they are relevant to Austronesian peoples. This program is aimed at anybody who is interested in Austronesian cultures and cultures of the Pacific Area. We do welcome Indigenous students from Taiwan, Island South-East Asia or a Pacific nation, but also local and international students or professionals with a particular interest or involvement in Austronesian cultures.

The program will provide a broad knowledge base to people that plan to be involved in leadership, policy making, cultural decision making, and social or economic planning in Indigenous cultures across Island Southeast Asia and the Pacific. It is meant as a complement to an academic major, and will allow students to more successfully apply their academic or professional knowledge to Austronesian peoples and cultures.

Program Features

  • IPAS is a multi-disciplinary program taught by local and international specialists in Austronesian and Pacific studies that are at the forefront of their respective fields, and have practical experience across the Pacific region and Southeast Asia.
  • IPAS is a collaboration between National Chengchi University, the University of California at Los Angeles (USA), the University of Central Lancashire (UK), the University of Melbourne, and the University of New England (Australia).
  • IPAS is a certified credits program offered at MA level. It admits MA students and 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students. Its main language of instruction is English.
  • It contains of multiple elective courses, and one compulsory course in which students will have to opportunity to apply what they have learned through fieldwork or an internship in an Austronesian community in Taiwan or abroad.
  • IPAS admits up to 20 students each academic year. Students must complete at least 15 credits to receive a certificate of completion. Courses are offered on a yearly basis.

Application procedure


The program is open to all domestic and international graduate students, and to undergraduate students in their third and fourth year at National Chengchi University and at any university belonging to the the University System of Taiwan (National Central University, National Tsing Hua University, and National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University). Individual courses may admit students at all academic levels under certain conditions.

[Application deadline]

Wednesday 15 September 2021, 5:00 pm


Please fill out an application form and send a digitally or physically signed copy with requested supporting materials to the following email address with the email subject: Application IPAS 2021. You should receive a confirmation of your application within three days. If this does not happen, please contact the program secretary by email or phone.
Download application form

[Announcement of Admission]

Admission results will be published on ICI website

[Course Selection]

  • For detailed course information, please check the NCCU Course Selection System or the Courses Search System. You can access the same information by downloading the NCCU app.
    • Select ‘Credited Programs’ > ‘International Program of Austronesian Studies’ to view list of courses offered this semester.
    • Only students officially to the program can accrue course credits. Students who complete the required credits for this course before graduation may apply for a certificate of completion.


  • Program regulations (TBA)Special regulations related to the corona virus pandemic (TBA)
  • In case of discrepancy between translations, the Mandarin version takes legal precedence.

Course list

Course nameCreditsTermTypeDept.
The Anthropology of the Asia Pacific31E DICI
The Languages of the Pacific: History, Linguistics, Sociology, and Politics31E HGrad. Inst. Linguistics
Literature and Literacy in the Austronesian Region31*E OICI
Fieldwork of Ethnology: Studies on Philippines Culture and Geography32E OEthnology
Archaeology of Taiwan and the Southeast  Asian Maritime Worlds32E

D or H

Comparative Indigenous Law32E DICI
Ethnobotany of the Asia-Pacific32E OEthnology
Austronesian Studies Capstone Project32C OICI


† Types: E: Elective, C: Compulsory, D: Distance teaching, H: Hybrid teaching, O: Offline teaching

* This is an intensive course, which will be offered from November till December. An orientation session will be held at the beginning of the semester.

Credits Acquisition

  • Credits compulsory courses: 3
  • Credits elective courses: 21
  • Minimal credits required for completion: 15
  • Students can apply for a credit waiver if they have already completed a course in the course list at another department or university.