checklist for study plan top Checklist for Study Plan * Knowing Taiwan * Understand Taiwan's Education System
* Choose the right education level and institution * Assess the costs * Apply to study * Find out about studying in Taiwan
Step 1: Knowing Taiwan 1.1 Are you clear about where Taiwan is and all the cities and counties in Taiwa n? click here 1.2 Do you have a general idea about Taiwan? click here 1.3 Do you have the background knowledge of Taiwan? click here 1.4 Do you need the information about different townships in Taiwan? click here Step 2: Understand Taiwan's Education System 2.1 Have you found out about all the advantages of studying in Taiwan? When the Portuguese visited Taiwan in the 16th century, they saw the verd ant beauty of the island and called it “Formosa”, which means “beautiful island”. With a variety of distinct topographic landscapes and gentle weather, one can enjoy si ght-seeing and sport activities all year round in Taiwan. In addition to its ric h natural resources, Taiwan’s admirable scenery and mild weather make it a pleasan t place to live and study. People in Taiwan have a high regard for scholarly attainment. The literac y rate for those over the age of 15 is 96.03%. People do not only have a keen in terest in learning, but they are also very warm and hospitable, especially peopl e in the southern part of the island. When a guest visits a family, the hostess will bring out all sorts of food to set on the table and they will not let the g uest go until he is full and has enjoyed the visit. In addition to the friendly environment, people in Taiwan are industrious and loyal. Under the freedom of sp eech, Taiwan has developed from an agriculturally-based economy into a high-tech force over the past 50 years. Taiwan has had good achievements in research and is now the world's leading producer of many types of information technology prod ucts. With a good living standard, inexpensive tuition and low living cost, Taiw an is an ideal place for tertiary studies. 2.2 Do you know about Taiwan’s education system? In Taiwan, two-year preschool education is optional. Students usually sta rt school at age six. Nine years of compulsory education, exercised since 1968, includes six years of elementary education and three years of junior high educat
At the university and college level. technical colleges.1 Are you looking for an international school in Taiwan? click here 3. Me ntally and physically challenged students are admitted to designated schools mai nly operated by the government. senior high school and senior vocational school. will be granted to students who are unable to ful fill their requirements within the designated time. Both take three years to complete. Graduate programs leading to a master or doctoral degree requir e two to four years. If a student who ente rs a graduate school as part of on-the-job training fails to finish the required coursework or to complete his/her thesis. Special education includes programs and facilities for gifted children.3 Do you know the current school system in Taiwan? click here Step 3: Choose the right education level and institution 3. respectively.2 Do you want information about university/higher schools? click here 3. from elementary through coll ege level. television. Specialized undergraduate pr ograms like dental school take six years. resource cl asses are provided for blind and deaf students. Extensions. which accept students directly from junior high schools and foc us on applied sciences and technology.5 Are you looking for a Chinese language center? click here Step 4: Assess the costs 4.3 Do you want to know the comparison of university tuition and fees between Ta iwan and other nations? click here 3. he/she will be granted an extension. whereas medical school takes seven yea rs to complete. After graduation from junior high. Most of the university undergraduate programs take four years to complete . an d correspondence classes from the open university.1 Do you know how much tuition costs will be? Tuition costs will vary from departments and colleges. and two to seven years. there are two types of institutes for continuing students. Undergraduate and
. l iberal arts colleges.ion. and graduate programs. Universities and colleges in Taiwan offer a wide variety of master’s and do ctoral programs. Higher education includes two-year junior colleges.4 Have you considered junior colleges as an alternative to university? click here 3. four-year universities. Supplementary education is also offered to provide an alternative way for citizens to achieve different levels of education. Specialized training beyond the secondary level is provided by five-year junior colleges. up to two years. a s well as those with special needs due to handicaps or learning disabilities. Students can obtain a bachelor’s degree by taking radio. 2.
000 ( US$ 190~255) per month. and an English translation of the transcript of the student's entire course work at that insti tution.000~8. 6. The student shall show proof of medical and personal accident insu rance or national health insurance at the time of registration.000 (US$ 160~286) per month. which are about US$ 90~150. Students admitted to a degree pr
. Books and supplies cost are excluded.000 (US$ 255~320 ) per semester. A photocopy of the graduation certificate from the highest foreign educa tional institution completed (in Chinese or English translation). accompanied by the documents listed below.2 What’s the cost of living as a foreign student in Taiwan? Not including tuition. or juni or college should submit their applications during the school's designated appli cation period.2 Do you know how to apply for the visa? Students applying from abroad who have received formal letters of admissi on should apply at the nearest ROC embassy. 5. Institutions wi ll use their own discretion and will apply their own standards to offer admissio n. College or university degree studies applicants must be high school graduates and applications should be sent directly to the dean of studies of the host institution. A study plan in Chinese or English. For graduate students. books. Currently. college. undergradua te students pay approximately US$ 1. 7. If one applies for the dorm on campus. or junior colleg e.Graduate students will also have different tuition costs.3 Have you checked if any scholarships are available? click here Step 5: Apply to study 5. please write to the intended institution directly for information about requi rements and availability of programs.635 per semester for tuition fees (two semesters in a year). Tuition fee for learning Chinese language in a language center in a small group setting may vary from NT$ 16. Visitor visas and resident visas are issued to s tudents depending on the length of their study.575. Two letters of recommendation. rent for a single room is approximately NT$ 5. it costs about NT$ 8. the tuition fees are about US$ 1.000~9. Applicants must submit the following documents: 1. this includes. Proof of financial sufficiency (proof of sufficient funds for studying i n Taiwan). 4. food.425~1. 4. the average monthly cost of living in larger citie s is approximately US$ 600~700.000 (US$ 530~840) for a 12-week cours e. Yet in smaller cities the cost is lower than above.500~27. Application for enrollment (the format of which is to be determined by e ach individual school). consulate or representative agency f or entry visas to enter Taiwan. For more details regarding application procedures and relevant regulation s. college. 3. rent. A health certificate (including an HIV test). Those found qualified through review or special screening tests will be grant ed admission. 4.3 65~1. The average cost of meals is approximately NT$ 6. 2. entertainment and other expenses. 5.000~10. Other documents as required by the university.1 Do you know how to begin the application process? Foreign students applying for admission to a university.
For other foreign nationals. N T$3.000 for multiple entry. A duly completed application form with one photo. NT$3. 4. Resident visa holders are required to apply for an Alien Resident Certif icate at the city/county police headquarters nearest to their residence in Taiwa n within 15 days after their arrival. Ministry of Foreign Affairs to app ly for a resident visa after registration at their respective schools. Taiwan). A duly completed application form with two photos. 3. Health Certificate if applicable The application fee is NT$2. To apply for a resident visa. Before re gistration. Most of the students are allowed to stay in Taiwan for about sixty days and may apply at the city police headquarter for a maximum of two extensions. They will need to apply for resident visas to the Bureau of Co nsular Affairs after registration.400 for mu ltiple entries. A passport valid for at least six months. A Resident Visa is valid for three months. 4. 2. Ministry of Foreign Affairs:click here. Please note that visitors entering Taiwan under the visa-exempt program or on a l anding visa are not allowed to change their resident status inTaiwan. 3. For foreign nationals from the countries with which the ROC has entered into reciprocal agreements. valid passport. Sec. NT$2. 2. To apply for a visitor visa. and other relevant documents. a copy of his/her student ID card and NT$2.ogram will need to apply for a resident visa. and other relevant d ocuments. pleas e call the Bureau of Consular Affairs at (886-2) 2343-2888. 1. a visitor visa is generally valid from three months to one year. the validity of their visitor visas shall be dec ided in accordance with these agreements. the visa application fees are NT$1. applicants need to provide: a completed resident vi sa form. For other foreign nat ionals. Taipei. Resident Visa Application Students arriving in Taiwan with visitor visas who intend to stay longer should go to the Bureau of Consular Affairs. they may apply for visitor visas to enter Taiwan.600 for US citizens. A passport valid for at least six months. be sure to apply for an e xtension.200 for single entry. 200 processing fee to the Bureau of Consular Affairs office (5/F. For any questions concerning visa issuance. Application for Alien Resident Certificate
. the resident visa is issued gratis. two photos. Documents verifying the purpose of visit. Visa application forms can be downloaded from the websites of the Bureau of Consular Affairs.600 for US citizens. For students who failed to obtain resident visas from overseas.200 for single entry. please prepare: 1. the visa is issued gratis. Supporting documents or official admission letters. An outbound airline ticket or verifiable proof of purchase of steamship ticket . plea se prepare: 1. For foreign nationals from the countries with which the ROC has entered i nto reciprocal visa agreements. NT$ 3. To apply for a resident visa. For foreign nationals from the countries with which the ROC has entered i nto reciprocal visa agreements. No2-2 Chi-Nan Road. students cannot apply for a resident visa.
students have to bring Xerox cop ies of their passport and student identification card.5~4). Students who have successfull y switched their visiting visas to resident visas also have to apply for an ARC card and re-entry permit within 15 days after they obtain their resident visas. Before they are eligible for the NHI program. either on business or on vacation. students can either purchas e their own insurance or participate in a temporary health insurance program off ered by the foreign students’ office inside their host institutes. together with NT$1. There are on-campus dining halls and each meal costs NT$ 50~130 (US$ 1. students usually wear something casual to class. Highway Bus Long distance highway bus services provided by private transportation companies
. and then returning to Taiwan with a valid ARC. a bookstore and a bank on campus. will also lose their right to pa rticipate in the NHI program. Kaohsiung and Hualien. To apply for an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC). Pets are usually not allowed.2 What’s the accommodation and living as a student in Taiwan? Students mainly live in on-campus student dormitories and off-campus apar tments. Some campuses have on-campus health centers which offer medical assistanc e to minor ailments. Taichung. 6. 6. When traveling overseas for a short period of time. Prior reservation is always nee ded. They must withdraw their subscription to the NHI p rogram through their group insurance applicants (their employers or local admini stration offices) and then return their NHI card to their applicants and pay the premiums in full before leaving Taiwan. Usually four to six students share a room. Some schools may have a post office. Foreigners who have lost their residence status because they no longer ho ld a valid ARC or have left Taiwan permanently. Tainan. They may stay in Taiwan as long as their ARC remains valid. foreigners must rem ain enrolled in the NHI program.1 Do you know about the insurance system in Taiwan? Foreigners with an Alien Resident Certificate who have resided in Taiwan for four months must enroll in the National Health Insurance program.3 Do you know about the different kinds of domestic transportation? Airplane There are six domestic airlines providing services between major cities such as Taipei. In university. Step 6: Apply to study 6. Food stalls are usually found within 15 minu tes walking distance from campus. Coin laun dry can be found inside the dormitory. On-campus undergraduate dormitory buildings are divided according to gen ders and are open to students all year round.000 to the city/county police headquarters nearest to their residence in Taiwan for pr ocessing.Students entering Taiwan with resident visas are required to apply for an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) and a re-entry permit at the city/county polic e headquarters within 15 days after their arrival. They have to go to the local administrative office to enroll in the NHI program.
Driving on the road with motorcycles and pedestrians around is a unique phenomenon in Taiwan.
. There are four classes of seats for passengers to choose: economic. the metro system (MRT) provides a convenient and comfortable type of transportation. Bus & Taxi Major cities have their own bus system. Drivers have to be extra cautious. Chu-kua ng and Tze-chiang. it is a good idea to have the name of your hotel or address written down in Chinese when you trave l. Passenger Car In Taiwan. If you need to call a taxi. Students with international driver lice nses may drive in Taiwan but it is not recommended for those who are not familia r with the road situation.5 hours by conventional rail. They have an extensive network and a frequent service schedule . Some taxi drivers do not go with the meter and travelers have to b argain for the price.50 kilometers (208 mi) from Taipei City to Kaohsiung City. Most taxi drivers cannot speak English. Train The railway network along the coastline is another kind of transportation. 2007. running approxim ately 335. cars are driven on the right. Metro fares range from NT$20 to NT$65. although local service THSR train s take approximately two hours when stopping at all stations en route. Travel by train is recommended on public holidays because it can avoid the hustle and bustle of the long distance highway bus service.are very popular. charges are NT$70 and up. Tickets are usually competitively priced and some bus companies even provide 2 4-hour service. Bicycle parking racks can be found all around the camp us. Express trains capable of travelling at up to 30 0 km/h (186 mph) travel from Taipei City to Kaohsiung City in roughly 90 minutes as opposed to 4. Metro/Subway In Taipei. Motorcycle & Bicycle Motorcycle is a very popular means of transportation. which began operations on January 5. Fu-hsing. Most of the universities p rovide motorcycle parking around the campus for the students. Taiwan High Speed Rail The Taiwan High Speed Rail is Taiwan's high-speed rail network. Ticket reservation in advance is recommended. Inte rnational or foreign driver license holders can apply for ROC driver licenses at their local Motor Vehicles Office. Bicycles are widel y used within the campus. There are six major routes covering different parts of the city.