Study In Taiwan - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Taiwan as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Taiwan as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Taiwan

Why study in Taiwan

Cost of studying in Taiwan

Universities in Taiwan for international students

Cost of living in Taiwan for international students

How to get a visa to study in Taiwan

How to apply and study in Taiwan

Tuition fees to study in Taiwan

Applying to study in Taiwan

Applications to universities in Taiwan are made directly to the institution, either through an online system or by sending completed documents in the post. Students may be asked to provide photocopies of academic qualifications and study records, letters of recommendation, proof of language proficiency, proof of sufficient funding (or scholarship award), and an application fee. Some courses may require students to sit an entry exam.

Applications are processed at the start of the calendar year, up to early March. Applications for the government-run Taiwan Scholarship Program must be submitted between the start of February and end of March.

Once accepted onto a course, international students will need to apply for a student visa and, after entering the country, a resident visa. Students who want to work part-time must also apply for a work permit; this allows them to take on employment of up to 16 hours per week during term-time.

Applying to universities in Taiwan


Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


Cost of studying in Taiwan for international students.


The cost of studying in Taiwan actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Taiwan have different tuition fees.



Normally with the likes of other countries tuition fees vary by university and by course, with private universities tuition fee more than other, and subjects such as medicine also higher than others.


 The average tuition fee to study in Taiwan for international students is about US$1,900-2,500 per semester for US$1,750-2,125 per semester for most graduate programs.


 There are two semesters per year as like most other countries. To study comfortably in Taiwan,you need about $1,000 which will cover your accommodation and other expenses.


Cost of living in Taiwan according to expatistan


Housing            [Edit]

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area

41,836 NT$

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area

23,823 NT$

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat

2,264 NT$

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area

18,304 NT$

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area

10,367 NT$

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio

1,576 NT$

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)

669 NT$

            40” flat screen TV

14,991 NT$

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)

2,865 NT$

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)

159 NT$

            Hourly rate for cleaning help

258 NT$

Clothes [Edit]

            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)

2,284 NT$

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)

1,230 NT$

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)

2,714 NT$

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes

3,177 NT$

Transportation  [Edit]

            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new

1,011,980 NT$

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas

26 NT$

            Monthly ticket public transport

1,125 NT$

            Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles)

241 NT$

Personal Care   [Edit]

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)

197 NT$

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)

162 NT$

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)

195 NT$

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)

144 NT$

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)

111 NT$

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)

148 NT$

            4 rolls of toilet paper

58 NT$

            Tube of toothpaste

82 NT$

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city

536 NT$

Entertainment    [Edit]

            Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub

758 NT$

            2 tickets to the movies

595 NT$

            2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)

2,953 NT$

            Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert

1,114 NT$

            1 cocktail drink in downtown club

303 NT$

            Cappuccino in expat area of the city

87 NT$

            1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)

67 NT$

            iPad Air 2, 64GB

19,157 NT$

            1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)

6 NT$

            1 month of gym membership in business district

2,575 NT$


Visa to study in Taiwan


As an international student, you will require a visa to study in Taiwan. Below are the requirements and process of getting a Taiwan visa.


What documents will be required?

Those who meet the above requirements can apply online at the National Immigration Agency of the R.O.C. for an "Authorization Certificate" before coming to Taiwan. After completion, the printed-out Certificate can be used by the foreign visitor to board the aeroplane and is required for inspection at immigration in Taiwan. During the immigration inspection, foreign visitors of these nationalities who cannot show a valid visa or a permanent resident certificate issued by one of the aforementioned countries will not be admitted into the R.O.C. (If a single-entry visa issued by any of the said countries has already expired, it is invalid for these purposes.)

           A passport with validity of at least six months upon entry.

           Visa-exempt entry only applies to foreign visitors holding formal passports (i.e. ordinary, official/service and diplomatic passports), not including those holding emergency, temporary, other informal passports or travel documents.

           Japanese passport holders with their passports valid for more than 3 months are eligible for visa-exempt entry.

           A confirmed return air/sea ticket or an air/sea ticket and a visa for the next destination, and a confirmed seat reservation for departure.

           Not prohibited by the local authorities to enter the R.O.C.

Duration of stay

1. The duration of stay starts from the next day of arrival and is not extendable. Foreign visitors must depart by the end of the said duration.

2. Foreign visitors entering the R.O.C. through visa-exemption may only apply for converting to visitor visas within their legal stay at the Bureau of Consular Affairs or branch offices of MOFA in case of: severe acute diseases, natural disasters or other force majeure reasons, which hold them back from leaving the R.O.C.

3. British passport holders who enter Taiwan for non-employment or non-residency purposes are ineligible for an extension. Applicants must apply for an extension within 30 days prior to the expiration of their current 90-day free-visa entry. For application information, please refer to "Notice for British Passport Holders Who Enter Taiwan Visa-Free and Apply for an Extension of Stay."

Time required to issue a Visa:

One. However, some visa applications may be subject to delay. Applicants who have paid rush handling fees may collect their visas on the same day.

How long is the Visa valid for?

Single-entry: up to three month: Multiple-entry (business purposes only): six months from date of issue. A visa is not required by travellers continuing their journey by the same or connecting aircraft on the same day, provided holding confirmed onward tickets and the necessary travel documentation and provided not departing from the transit lounge.

Other information:

Note:If you’re an Australian or New Zealander aged 18 to 30, you may obtain a working holiday visa, which enables you to undertake short-term, part-time work in Taiwan for one year.

Who requires a visa?

The nationals of the following countries are eligible for the visa exemption program, which permits a duration of stay up to 90 days: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K. , U.S.A., and Vatican City State.

The nationals of the following countries are eligible for the visa exemption program, which permits a duration of stay up to 30 days: Australia, Malaysia, Singapore.

There is also a visa exemption program for nationals of India, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia who have never been employed in Taiwan and who also possess a valid visa or permanent resident certificate issued by one of the authorities of the following countries: the U.K., the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Schengen Convention countries, Australia or New Zealand. Such nationals are eligible a visa exemption for a duration of stay up to 30 days after having completed the procedures.


List and ranking of all the universities in Taiwan


This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Taiwan. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Taiwan and their ranking



Rank    University         Location

1          National Taiwan University

Taipei City

2          National Chiao Tung University

Hsinchu City

3          National Cheng Kung University


4          National Tsing Hua University

Hsinchu City

5          National Chengchi University

Taipei City

6          National Taiwan Normal University

Taipei City

7          National Central University

Jhongli City

8          Tamkang University

Tamsui Township

9          National Sun Yat-Sen University


10        Fu Jen Catholic University

Sinjhuang City

11        Ming Chuan University

Taipei City ...

12        National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Taipei City

13        Chinese Culture University

Taipei City

14        National Chung Hsing University


15        National Chung Cheng University

Chiayi City

16        Tunghai University


17        Chung Yuan Christian University

Chung Li

18        National Taiwan Ocean University

Keelung City

19        Feng Chia University


20        Providence University


21        National Taipei University of Technology

Taipei City

22        Taipei Medical University

Taipei City

23        Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology


24        National Yang Ming University

Taipei City

25        Soochow University

Taipei City

26        National Dong Hwa University


27        National Formosa University


28        Yuan Ze University


29        National Chi Nan University

Nantou City

30        Chaoyang University of Technology


31        I-Shou University

Dashu Township

32        National Yunlin University of Science and Technology

Douliou City

33        National Taipei University

Taipei City

34        National Chiayi University

Chiayi City

35        China Medical University


36        Taipei National University of the Arts

Taipei City

37        Chung Hua University

Hsinchu City

38        Kaohsiung Medical University


39        Shih Hsin University

Taipei City

40        Chang Gung University


41        National Changhua University of Education

Changhua City

42        National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology


43        National Kaohsiung Normal University


44        Shu-Te University

Kaohsiung ...

45        National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences


46        Kun Shan University


47        National University of Tainan


48        Asia University, Taiwan


49        National Taitung University


50        Tzu Chi University

Hualien City

51        National Pingtung University of Science and Technology

Pingtung City

52        National University of Kaohsiung


53        Shih Chien University

Taipei City

54        Da-Yeh University


55        National Taichung University of Education


56        Aletheia University

Taipei City

57        National Taiwan University of Arts

Banqiao City

58        Nanhua University

Chiayi City

59        National Taipei University of Education

Taipei City

60        Tatung University

Taipei City

61        Lunghwa University of Science and Technology


62        Cheng Shiu University


63        Yu Da University


64        Hungkuang University


65        National Hsinchu University of Education

Hsinchu City

66        Chang Jung Christian University


67        National Ilan University

Ilan City

68        Chung Shan Medical University


69        National United University

Miaoli City

70        University of Taipei

Taipei City

71        Hsuan Chuang University

Hsinchu City

72        National Pingtung University

Pingtung City

73        Fo Guang University


74        Minghsin University of Science and Technology


75        National Chin-Yi University of Technology

Taiping City

76        Fooyin University


77        Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science


78        China University of Technology

Taipei City

79        Takming University of Science and Technology

Taipei City

80        Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology


81        Huafan University


82        Tainan University of Technology


83        Chien Hsin University of Science and Technology

Jhongli City

84        Kainan University


85        Kao Yuan University


86        Ling Tung University


87        Tainan National University of the Arts


88        Tajen University

Pingtung City

89        National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences

Taipei City

90        Chienkuo Technology University

Changhua City

91        St. John's University

Taipei City

92        Yuanpei University

Hsinchu City

93        Vanung University

Chung Li

94        National Taichung University of Science and Technology

Taichung ...

95        National Kaohsiung Marine University


96        Tatung Institute of Commerce and Technology

Chiayi City

97        MingDao University


98        Jinwen University of Science and Technology

Taipei City

99        National Penghu University


100      Tungnan University


101      Far East University


102      China University of Science and Technology

Taipei City

103      Ming Chi University of Technology

New Taipei City

104      National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sport

Taichung ...

105      National Quemoy University


106      Chung Hwa University of Medical Technology


107      Taiwan Shoufu University


108      National Taiwan Sport University


109      University of Kang Ning


110      Ching Kuo Institute of Management and Health

Keelung City

111       CTBC Financial Management College



Courses you can study at universities in Taiwan


Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


Items to pack while going to study in Taiwan


In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card


           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes


           Hand sanitizer


           Health insurance card


           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer


           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





           Bobby pins


           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties



           Nail clipper




           Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)


           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive



           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable


           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine



           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


           Language dictionary


           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in Taiwan or any other study abroad destination


1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.


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