The small island of Taiwan contains a rich and diverse cultural heritage as well as a wide array of customs and practises. While people from Taiwan maintain customs and traditions throughout their daily life they are also very accommodating of western practises and are often keen to explore western cultures.
General information on being a student in Taiwan can be found at Study in Taiwan.
Info Taiwan is a comprehensive guide to living in Taiwan.
Study in Taiwan is a Taiwan Ministry of Education website focusing on information related to all aspects of studying in Taiwan.
Information for Foreigners in Taiwan is an official website offering practical information.
In Taiwan, higher education is offered at junior colleges, colleges, universities, and graduate programs. As a result of reforms to the education system, the number of tertiary institutions has grown considerably over the past ten years, with particular growth in private, graduate, and vocational institutions.
Preparatory language opportunities
Study in Taiwan provides information about Chinese language study in Taiwan.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia maintains a list of Mandarin Chinese Learning Centers in Taiwan.
Studying in English
A number of Taiwanese Higher Education institutions are in the process of expanding the availability of English-taught programs at their campuses. Whilst undergraduate subjects in English are becoming increasingly more common, attention tends to be more towards post-graduate curriculum with a number of prominent universities promoting full English MBA and EMBA programs.
Students should contact the university directly for further information on English-taught programs.
For a comprehensive list of Taiwanese Universities, Colleges and Junior Colleges, please visit the Ministry of Education website.
For a comprehensive list of Taiwanese Technical Colleges, please visit the Ministry of Education website.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia is the best place to seek up-to-date about work rights for students.
The cost of living in Taiwan’s capital Taipei is generally higher than other Taiwanese cities; however the majority of study and employment opportunities are also based in Taipei. Smaller cities such as Hualien and Taichung are also foreign student friendly and can offer students a more in-depth cultural experience as well as being more cost effective. Accommodation costs may be reduced in regional areas.
The National Taiwan Normal University website provides a guide on tuition and living expenses.
Individual Institutions should be contacted directly regarding tuition costs.
Foreign students can open bank accounts with their passports and Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) cards. Individuals who want to open an account without an ARC card need to get a universal identification number at the local police office.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels. Receipts are given when currency is exchanged, and must be presented in order to exchange unused NT dollars before departure.
Major credit cards are accepted and traveller’s cheques may be cashed at foreign-exchange banks, some tourist-oriented businesses, and most international tourist hotels.
Most telecom and utility bills (water, gas, internet, and electricity) can be paid via ATM transfer or at banks, post offices, and convenience stores such as 7-11, Family Mart, Niko Mart and HI-Life.
Scholarships and support
A number of scholarship programs are available to foreign students wishing to study in Taiwan. Specific government department scholarship initiatives include:
- Ministry of Education Scholarship
- National Science Council Scholarship
- Ministry of Economic Affairs Scholarship
- Mandarin Language Enrichment Scholarship
*The application period for Government scholarships usually runs from February 1 to March 31 each year.
A number of individual institutions also offer a range of scholarships and financial aid options for international students. Students should regularly visit the university website or contact the university’s international office for further information. Further government scholarship information is available through the Ministry of Education.
Visas and insurance
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia is the best place to seek up-to-date information about visas.
Healthcare and insurance
International students residing in Taiwan for more than four months and with an ARC card are eligible for health coverage under the National Health Insurance (NHI) Scheme. ARC holders are required to enrol in the scheme through to the local administrative office.
The NHI scheme provides the public with comprehensive medical care in all parts of Taiwan. Coverage includes clinic and hospital payments extending to physician diagnosis, examination, laboratory testing, surgical-operations, prescriptions, medicines, materials, treatments, nursing care, rehabilitation and hospital stays.
Students undertaking health care through the NHI scheme are usually required to pay a small registration fee each time they receive treatment.
Accommodation and transport
Most on-campus housing will be dormitory-style. Depending on the campus, dorm rooms may house up to six people with shared facilities.