Semiconductor Talent Incubation Program Taiwan - STIPT

The Semiconductor Talent Incubation Program Taiwan – STIPT is a joint initiative of the Free State of Saxony, the Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden)  and TSMC, which is a global leader in the semiconductor sector. The program offers a six-month stay in Taiwan, combining a study period at a Taiwanese partner university along with a two-months internship at TSMC in Taichung both in the semiconductor field.

STIPT aims to provide students from Saxon universities with the opportunity to gain unique insights into the state-of-the-art research and production in the semiconductor sector, by combining a stay at a leading Taiwanese university and TSMC.

Within the program’s cooperation of Dresden University of Technology with Taiwanese universities, National Taiwan University (NTU) will be the partner in 2024. Additional Taiwanese universities will join in 2025.

The stay abraod is financially supported by the Free State of Saxony and can be recognized based on agreements between TU Dresden, the Taiwanese universities and TSMC.

A project committee supports the implementation of STIPT. Members of this committee in 2024 are: SMWK representative, TSMC representative, Chief Officer Technology Transfer and Internationalization of TU Dresden, Head of International Office of TU Dresden.

Thematic orientation / Course program

Thematic orientation / Course program
The University course program consists of teaching modules with a major relevance to the semiconductor industry and will start online between February 19th, 2024 to the end of the month. As of March 1st, 2024, the course program will continue in presence in Taiwan. Thus, the program intents to reconcile the Taiwan start of spring semester on February 14th and the German exam period, which usually lasts until the end of February.
Participants may arrive in Taiwan on two possible dates: either February 15th, 2024 or March 1st, 2024, depending on their individual situation.

In 2024 the University course program will be offered by National Taiwan University:

Modul Device/Integration

Modul Tool/Equipment Engineering

Modul Intelligent Manufacturing

Optionally and if of interest, a Mandarin course (6 ECTS) can be taken in the evening, twice a week for three hours each time.

After completion of the course program at NTU on June 10th, 2024, the students will proceed with the two-month internship between June 17th till August 9th, 2024) at TSMC in their Newcomer Training Center & Fab at TSMC in Taichung.

Schedule of application, selection and preparation of the stay abroad 2024

Timetable of application, selection and implementation of the stay abroad 2024

Application Process:

16.10.2023 – 05.11.2023 Application period
06.11.2023 – 27.11.2023 Selection process
30.11.2023 Announcement of application results
11.12.2023 – 26.01.2024 Introduction into the Chinese language (Mandarin) (Group 1, Mr. Wei WANG, Group 2, Ms. Xiangxue SUN)
13.01./20.01. oder 27.012024 Intercultural training (Dr. Storm)

 Stay abroad 2024:

15.02.2024 1st  arrival date
19.02.2024 – 29.02.2024 Online courses (=mandatory)
These courses can be joined from Germany or already in Taiwan.
If you cannot guarantee your partaking in these online modules during your examination period, you’ll need to be excluded from participation in the STIPT program. All selected candidates will, therefore, receive a survey in January 2024.
January/ February 2024 Enrollment at NTU (more information to be provided)
01.03.2024 2nd arrival date
04.03.2024 – 07.06.2024 Classroom courses at NTU
10.06.2024 latest check out from NTU Dormitory
17.06.2024 – 09.08.2024 Internship at TSMC

Who may apply?

STIPT targets to students from the participating Saxon universities enrolled in the following majors:

  • From third year of a BA program on,
  • Any semester of MA program or
  • From the fourth semester of a diploma study

if studying full-time.

The program focusses on natural sciences and engineering in the following fields:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Microelectronics
  • Nanoelectronics
  • Materials science
  • Computer science
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics

Number of participants for 2024: max. 30 students.

How to apply?

All application material shall be submitted to LEONARDO OFFICE SAXONY using the “Mobility Online” application platform.

The following documents will be needed:

  • Application form
  • Curriculum vitae in English (upload)
  • Letter of motivation (1-2 pages) in English (upload)
  • Proof of academic achievements/transcript of records of current studies (upload)
  • Master students in their first semester must submit their Bachelor’s degree certificate (upload)
  • Proof of English language skills level B2 according to CEFR (= Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) not older than two years (Upload)

Feel free to consult LEONARDO OFFICE SAXONY.

Additionally you can submit

  • Internship certificates or references from undergraduate as well as graduage assistant periods if proving experience in the field of semiconductor industry
  • Language skills in Mandarin

Selection process and criteria 2024

The selection of students will be completed by November 30th, 2023.

The selection process will be structured in the following way to assess the group of applicants:

  • Pre-selection of students carried out jointly by the LEONARDO OFFICE SACHSEN and the International Office of the TU Dresden
  • Confirmation or adjustment of participants’ and reserve candidates’ list by NTU or TSMC as host institutions
  • Approval of the list of participants and reserve candidates by the project committee.

The selection criteria are the following:

  • Completeness of the application documents
  • Enrollment at an eligible Saxon university, in the specified fields of study, degrees and semesters
  • English language level B2 (according to the European Framework of Reference)
  • Averaage achievement of at least 2.3 (without failures in the previous course of study that could jeopardize successful completion of studies)
  • Comprehensible motivation for particpation in the program and the specialized education in the field of semiconductor industry
  • Participation in the programs’ intercultural preparation prior to departure to Taiwan

If the number of applicants exceeds the maximum number of participants, the following criteria will be applied:

  • higher academic year/semester,
  • intensive focus on the subject of this program to be found in the students’ previous studies,
  • higher performance in the previous studies,
  • better language skills in English,
  • previous internship experience related to the semiconductor industry

Academic recognition and financial support

Academic Recognition:
In total, up to 18 ECTS credits can be awarded through the course program at the Taiwanese university. The internship at TSMC is a mandatory part of the program and can be completed with 4 ECTS credits. The determinations of how to complete the course program for the purpose of obtaining ECTS credits is the responsibility of the faculties of the selected students.

Financial support:
In addition to the respective tuition and program fees of the participating Taiwanese universities, the selected students will receive the following financial support through STIPT for their stay abroad:

  • 700 € per month as a grant for living allowance and
  • 1,500 € as a grant for travel expenses

The grant for living allowance will be calculated on a daily basis. The first installment will be 90% of the total grant amount (upon submission of the visa) and 10% (after reviewing the completeness of the final documents).

Intercultural and language training

Intercultural Training:
More information about the program’s intercultural training will be available shortly.

Language Training:
The Mandarin language courses offered by the home universities can be used to prepare for the stay abroad in Taiwan.

Grant agreement, accommodation, insurance and visa

The selected students will receive an Agreement by LEONARDO OFFICE SAXONY before the start of their travel. This agreement claryfies the chosen academic contents of the course of study and the internship, all rights and obligations of the contracting parties, the insurance regulations as well as the financial support via STIPT.

Accommodation in Taiwan will be pre-arranged by Taiwan partner universities. The cost of accommodation is to be paid by the students themselves. The programs’ living allowance can be used for that.
Accommodation needs to be changed once:

  • While studying at NTU, the participants will live in a dormitory of the host university.
  • Throughout the internship period at TSMC, the participants will be accommodated in a dormitory in Taichung.

Note for 2024: Although the arrival to Taiwan may not be possible until March 01, 2024, the rental fee for the dormitory has to be paid already from February 14, 2024.

Participants will benefit from their host universities’ health insurance. This insurance includes not only their time of study, but also leisure time during the entire time of their stay in Taiwan and the internship period at TSMC. Excluded is a possible touristic stay following the program.
Participants of this program should take out their own personal insurance to cover the risks inherent to their journey and stay (accidant and liability insurance). Additional insurance may be adviseable.

The visa process is going to be prepared and initiated by the host university in Taiwan in cooperation with the student. A proof of the participation in the program and the financial funding will be issued by the LEONARDO OFFICE SAXONY to support this whole process.

Data protection information for the application and the selection phase

By applying to the STIPT program, you voluntarily provide us with your personal data. The data collection associated with the application can be objected to until the start of the mobility abroad. In this case participation in the STIPT program is not possible anymore.

The collected data will be processed by LEONARDO-OFFICE SAXONY exclusively for the purpose of the implementation of the project and mobility.
In the course of a mobility process, the following parties will be granted access to the necessary data:

  • International Office of the TU Dresden
  • Universities in Taiwan
  • TSMC
  • Members of the committee of the STIPT program
  • Saxon State Ministry for Science and Art (SMWK)
  • Department 1 of the TU Dresden (Finances and Procurement)

Data will not be passed on to third parties outside the partners mentioned here, or only after obtaining your written consent.
If you are not nominated (directly after the selection process or as a reserve candidate), your data will be deleted after five months latest.
The personal data of the participating students will be kept for a maximum of 10 years after the completion of the project in accordance with the law for audit purposes, i.e. to prove the legitimate use of the funding, after which it will be deleted.

Your data is stored secured from unauthorized access on the server of the service provider Mobility Online (SOP) and at the TU Dresden’s server at the Center for Information Services and High Performance Computing. Apart from this, there is no exchange of personal data.

Otherwise, the privacy policy in the imprint of the TU Dresden website applies.

Complaint procedure

As an applicant or participant of STIPT, you can complain to report shortcomings in the application process or in the preparation, implementation or evaluation of the STIPT stay abroad. In the clarification process, the respective persons/ institutions concerned will be engaged to resolve the matter.

Contact person:
Ms. Katharina Gabel-Stransky,
If the problem is not solved in a satisfactory manner, you may contact the TU Dresden Rectorate.

Contact person:
Prof. Dr. Ronald Tetzlaff
Chief Officer Technology Transfer and Internationalization

Obligatory information

Please inform LEONARDO OFFICE SAXONY about the following information needed for the implementation of the project and your stay abroad (including the evaluation):

  • Proof of visa/ work permit before starting the internship (via “Mobility Online”),
  • Change of the emergency contact person’s details (via “Mobility Online”),
  • Change of home and study address,
  • written information in case of problems that may compromise the successful stay abroad in Taiwan in both phases (course program and internship) or lead to an early termination of the relevant project phase (illness, family emergencies, objective events in the home or host country).

Final documents

The information on the closing documents will be available shortly here.