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Welcome to Taiwan Congratulations on choosing Taiwan as your study destination! When you arrive, you will take advantage of Taiwan’s world-class education system. You are going to experience a unique kind of education promoting a learning style that discovers opportunities, encourages creative, innovative and develops independence in Taiwan. We will help you build valuable skills to give you academic, personal and professional advantages. This guide you are holding contains all the basic information you will need to help you settle into life as a student here. Weather your stay with us is for a few months or a few years, we would like you to feel right at home with us. At the same time, we are a very cosmopolitan country, which means that you will have the opportunity to meet people from many different cultures, taste food from around the world, and celebrate some of the richest cultural festivals from the east and west. We wish you every success with your studies and hope you enjoy your time in Taiwan!

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Table of Contents Introduction

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Why Study in Taiwan

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How to Apply

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Scholarships

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Living in Taiwan

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1.1 About Taiwan 1.2 The Education System 1.3 The Elite StudyInTaiwan Program Office (ESIT) 1.4 The ESIT Consortium Universities 2.1 International Education in Taiwan 2.2 The ESIT International Graduate Programs 2.3 Research Strengths of Taiwan’s Higher Education 2.4 International Students in Taiwan 3.1 Applying for a Degree Program 3.2 The Application Process 3.3 International Graduate Programs 4.1 Taiwan Scholarship 4.2 The ESIT Southern Sunshine Scholarship (SSS) 4.3 Scholarship Opportunities from ESIT Consortium Universities 4.4 The TIGP Scholarship

5.1 Accommodations 5.2 Services 5.3 Living Cost 5.4 Transportation 5.5 Employment 6.1 Getting Proper Visa 6.2 Before Your Arrival

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Introduction ▪ About Taiwan ▪ The Education System

▪ The Elite StudyInTaiwan Program Office (ESIT) ▪ The ESIT Consortium Universities

1.1 About Taiwan • The Country

Separated from the Asian continent by the 120 kilometers wide Taiwan Strait, the main island of the group is 394 kilometers long and 144 kilometers wide. To the northeast are the main islands of Japan and the East China Sea, and the southern end of the Ryukyu Islands of Japan is directly to the east; the Philippines lie to its south across the Bashi Channel. The mountainous island spans the Tropic of Cancer and is covered by tropical and subtropical vegetation.

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Taiwan, also known as Formosa (from Portuguese: Ilha Formosa, "Beautiful Island"), is an island situated in East Asia in the Western Pacific Ocean and located off the southeastern coast of mainland China. Taiwan comprises most of the territory controlled by the Republic of China (ROC) since 1949. "Taiwan" is also the commonly used alternative name both domestically and internationally to refer to the Republic of China. The capital city of ROC is Taipei.


• Climate

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Taiwan generally enjoys an oceanic and subtropical monsoon climate. The entire island experiences hot, humid weather from June through September. The temperature during the cool, mild winters averages 18˚C / 64˚F, and the average temperature rises to 31˚C / 88˚F Taiwan’s annual weather patterns are strongly influenced by the East Asian monsoonal flow. The winter monsoon lasts from October to late March and brings steady rain to northeastern Taiwan, while the central and southern parts of the island experience mostly sunny winters. Many of Taiwan’s 4 offshore islands are buffeted by powerful winds during this time. The summer monsoon begins with the “plum rain” season (so named as it coincides with the plum season) in May and June and usually ends in late September. During this period, the south experiences high levels of precipitation while the north remains comparatively dry. Natural hazards such as typhoons from May to September and earthquakes are common in the region.

• Languages The written language intelligible to speakers of all Sinitic tongues is Chinese, the only pictograph-based writing system still in use on a large scale. While mainland China chose to adopt “simplified” characters in a bid to ameliorate widespread illiteracy, in the ROC, “traditional” written characters are still employed. Though the official spoken language of the ROC is Mandarin Chinese, large segments of the population speak Holo or Hakka.

• Exchange rate The exchange rate for Taiwan is about 32 NT dollars per 1 US dollar. It generally fluctuates in the 31-34 range. You can find the exact daily rate for any currency from the Bank of Taiwan website at: http://www.bot.com.tw/english/ Pages/default.aspx


Although Taiwan is located in the subtropics, in winter, cold fronts from Siberia often drive temperatures to below 10 degrees Celsius and high mountains even receive snow. In summer, however, due to the influence of the subtropical Pacific high-pressure system, temperatures frequently rise to 35 degrees Celsius and above. The island’s mercurial weather patterns are further complicated by the Central Mountains. Taiwan experiences relatively frequent seismic activity due to its location on the circum-Pacific seismic belt and at the junction of the Manila and Ryukyu trenches along the west side of the Philippine Sea plate (PSP). Geologists have identified a total of 42 active faults on

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the island. According to the Central Weather Bureau, from 1994 to 2011, about 22,000 earthquakes occurred annually in the Taiwan area, of which around 1,000 were felt by people each year. In central and western Taiwan, earthquakes are less frequent, of a smaller scale and with shallower focal depths. There was one exception to this, however, on September 21, 1999, when a major earthquake occurred near Jiji Township in Nantou County, about 150 kilometers south of Taipei, registering 7.3 on the Richter scale. It was the largest seismic event to affect Taiwan in the 20th century.

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• Special Weathers of Taiwan and Earthquakes


1.2 The Education System In terms of higher education, there are 163 higher education institutions in Taiwan with different emphases in academic research, teaching, and technical education. Among them, there are 116 universities (46 public) and 47 colleges (8 public) with 96 focusing on vocational training. For general education system, the educational structure comprises of schooling stages at different levels with a total of roughly 22 years of formal study. Generally, the entire process includes 2 years of preschool education, 6 years of primary school, 3 years of junior high school, 3 years of senior high school, 4 years of college or university (7 years for medical school), 2-4 years of master's degree program, and 4-7 years of doctoral degree program.

• Compulsory Education The Ministr y of Education (MOE) has implemented a nine-year compulsor y 6 including 6 years of primary education education and 3 years of junior high school education. After junior high school, students may apply for or take entrance examinations to attend high school or vocational high school. Introduction

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• Senior High and Senior Vocational Education There are two types of institution above j u n i o r h i g h s c h o o l l ev e l . T h e s e a r e senior high school and vocational high school, both of which take three years to complete. Vocational high schools offer courses in areas such as agriculture, industr y, business, maritime studies, marine products, medicine, nursing, home economics, drama and art.

• Junior College Education Junior colleges fall into two categories: the five-year junior college and the two-year junior college, each having a different set of admission requirements. Five-year junior colleges admit junior high school graduates and offer five-year courses of study. Twoyear junior colleges admit vocational high school graduates and offer two-year courses of study.

• Undergraduate Education University undergraduate programs require four years of study; however, students who are unable to fulfill their requirements within the designated time may be granted extension of up to two years. Specialized undergraduate programs such as dentistry or medicine require six to seven years, including an internship period of one year.

• Graduate Education Graduate programs leading to a master's or doctoral degree require one to four years and two to seven years, respectively. However, students who enter graduate school as part of their on-job training can be granted an extension if they fail to finish the required courses or to complete their thesis or dissertation on time.


1.3 The Elite StudyInTaiwan Program Office (ESIT) The Elite StudyInTaiwan Project is sponsored by the Ministry of Education to provide services and create opportunities for higher education collaboration between Taiwan and the greater international community. The ESIT Program Office acts as a platform for academic exchange and coordinated services for international talent mobility and cultivation. One of the tasks the ESIT Program Office is charged with is to serve as a bridge for the international students who want to take advantage of the quality higher education system in Taiwan.

International Collaborations

The Vietnam Elite StudyInTaiwan (VEST) agreement between the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) of Vietnam and the Ministry of Education (MOE) of Taiwan was signed in September 2008 in Hanoi. This project aims to bring 500 college teaching staff to Taiwan to pursue their doctoral degrees within 12 years.

• Cooperation with Mekong 1000 Project The specific target of the Mekong 1000 project is to train 1,000 young staff overseas at master’s and doctoral levels from 2006 to 2013 to fulfill the human resource needs for the regional development of the Mekong Delta. The cooperation agreement was signed in March 2008 and ESIT acts as the coordination partner of Mekong 1000 project in Taiwan. The Mekong 1000 project is hosted by Can Tho University.

• Cooperation with Project ECV 1000 (Eastern-Central Vietnam) In December 2009, ESIT signed an agreement with the Eastern-Central Vietnam (ECV) 1000 project to facilitate the training of the 1,000 government staff in the eastern and central region (northern of HCMC) of Vietnam. Project ECV 1000 is hosted by the Vietnam National University at Ho Chi Min City.

• Cooperation with Danang City and University of Danang In March 2010, ESIT signed an agreement with the Danang City government and the University of Danang to offer higher education o p p o r t u n i t i e s to t h e g ove r n m e n t a n d university staff in the region at master’s and doctoral levels to fulfill the human resource needs of the Danang region. The project is

hosted by the University of Danang.

• Cooperation with Singapore government ESIT has facilitated the candidates of the Singapore government scholarship program to come to Taiwan to pursue degrees. The candidates will serve as government officials after completing their education in Taiwan.

• Beasiswa Pemerintah Aceh Scholarship Project The Government of Aceh and the Ministry of Education Taiwan, represented by ESIT program of fice, signed the cooperation memorandum in 2010 to work jointly in rebuilding the government and professional human resources of the Province of Aceh, where countless of their finest talents were lost in the devastated tsunami in 2004. The ESIT office assists the government of Aceh Province with funds and student affairs management for publicly funded students selected to study in Taiwan.

• Indonesia-Taiwan DIKTI 3+1 Scholarship Project In May of 2011 the Taiwan and Indonesian Ministries of education held a bilateral summit to discuss the future academic cooperation a n d ex c h a n g e t h a t w o u l d t a ke p l a c e between Taiwan and Indonesia. The TaiwanIndonesia Higher Education Cooperation Memorandum was signed in 2012 which details the Indonesian Ministry of Education’s plan to promote and encourage Indonesian university lecturers to pursue PhD's, as well as its hope to also send students to Taiwan annually to both study Master and Doctorate Degrees. Starting from 2012, there will be 100 students annually who pursue higher education on the DIKTI 3+1 scholarship.

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Prospect Starting from year 2010, ESIT will expand its service to the human resource development projects and educational institutions in Southeast Asia and South Asia. With the support from the Ministry of Education and the participation of the ESIT Consortium universities, ESIT anticipates to continue to contribute to the international talent mobility and cultivation in Asia and around the globe.

1.4 The ESIT Consortium Universities In order to coordinate the international education efforts for increased synergy among the universities in Taiwan, the ESIT has formed the ESIT Consortium consisting of 78 partner universities in Taiwan to offer more than 250 high quality English-instructed academic programs. The ESIT Consortium universities create sound international learning programs and environment to benefit both international students and domestic students. The ESIT Consortium universities offer high quality academic programs along with research projects, scholarships opportunities, and cultural activities. 8

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Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology National Cheng Kung University Lunghwa University of science and technology Tungnan University University of Kang Ning Hwa Hsia Institute of Technology I-Shou University National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism National Chi Nan University National Formosa University Providence University Oriental Institute of Technology National Chiayi University Chang Gung University National Yunlin University of Science and Technology Tainan University of Technology National University of Tainan Vanung University Minghsin University of Science and Technology Chang Gung University of Science and Technology National Dong Hwa University National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences Mingdoa University National Central University National Taipei University of Technology China University of Technology National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Science Chinese Culture University China Medical University Chaoyang University of Technology Taipei Municipal University of Education Kun Shan University Fooyin University National Kaohsiung Normal University Tatung University Da-Yeh University National Ilan University National Penghu University of Science and Technology Tainan National University of the Arts

Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science Ming Chuan University Nanhua University Soochow University National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology Tamkang University Overseas Chinese University National Taichung University of Science and Technology Chung Shan Medical University Taipei Medical University Asia University Tunghai University National Chengchi University National Quemoy University National Pingtung University of Science and Technology National University of Kaohsiung National Taipei University National University of Tainan National Changhua University of Education National Taiwan University of Science and Technology Fu Jen Catholic University National Kaohsiung Marine University National Chung Cheng University National Chiao Tung University National Taiwan University National Taipei College of Business Southern Taiwan University Kaosiung Medical University National Sun Yat-sen University National Yang Ming University National Taiwan Sport University National Taiwan Ocean University Shu-Te University National Tsing Hua University Chung Yuan Christian University Shih Chien University National Taichung University of Education Yuan Ze University Far East University


▪ International Education in Taiwan ▪ Research Strengths of Taiwan’s Higher Education ▪ The ESIT International Graduate Programs ▪ International Students in Taiwan

In addition to information technology products, Taiwan's higher education has also been highly developed: there are 163 higher education institutions in Taiwan with different emphases in academic research, teaching, and technical education. Taiwan's society is known for its people's sincere hospitality. It's safe, rich in culture, and universities are strong in research and committed in teaching. Therefore, Taiwan is a great place for pursuing studies in higher education.

•World Quality Education, “Taiwan Price”

From 2004 to 2010, Taiwan's SCI and SSCI publication number has grown from around 20 th to 15th worldwide. The WEF (The World Economy Forum) Global Competitiveness Repor t has also highly ranked Taiwan's higher education and training sector. With the world quality and competitiveness, however, the cost of education and living in Taiwan is very reasonable and affordable.

• Gateway of Asia Pacific Taiwan is the central point of the Asian Pacific rim and the gateway to East Asia and especially to the greater China region. Taiwan is highly accessible from Asia Pacific countries and the transpor tation industry reached out to the whole world. This makes Taiwan a great place to start your advanced study and career.

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•Rich Culture & Friendly People

Multicultural development has been a major characteristic of Taiwan society, and is a focal point for regional culture and global business events.

•Highly Developed Industries

Taiwan has been known for the manufacturing of information technology products. Specifically, Taiwan is an internationalized place with vigorous industry and business operations competing with the best brains in the whole world on a daily basis.

•English-Friendly Environment

Taiwan is working hard to create a friendly international and English speaking environment for our international friends. Government offices and public affairs offices have created English and Chinese websites in order to assist individuals to access information and services, in a more efficient and convenient manner.

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2.1 International Education in Taiwan The number of international students in Taiwan has increased with the internationalization efforts of the higher education institutions from 7,844 students in 2003 to 24,539 in 2012, mainly studying in language, business & administration and enginerring. The international students are from 163 countries around the world with about 63% from Asia. The top 5 source countries are Japan (5,163), Vietnam (6,963), Indonesia(3,230), Republic of Korea(3,346), Malaysia(4,247). Most international students study in the area of Language (51.17%) and Business & Management (29.76%) although many do take their study in Engineering (34.96%).

2.2 The ESIT International Graduate Programs

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Currently, there are more than 250 Englishinstructed master’s and doctoral international graduate programs in 16 fields offered by the 33 ESIT Consortium universities. These fields include Agriculture, Architecture & Design, Arts, Education, Law, Humanities, Communications, Business & Management, Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Sciences, Social Science, Life Science, Earth Science, and Medicine & Health, and Sports & Health.

2.3 Research Strengths of Taiwan’s Higher Education Along with Taiwan's global leadership in information technology and electronics industries, the high quality of the higher education system makes Taiwan and ideal plans for students considering advance their education. According to the 2010 statistics by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), the number of research publication of Taiwan is ranked 17th in SCI (Science Citation Index) and 15th in SSCI (Social Science Citation Index). Taiwan is ranked 9 th in EI (Engineering Index), the largest engineering database. In The Global Competitiveness Report 2010-2011 by WEF (The World Economic Forum), Taiwan’s higher education and training is the 11th among the 139 countries ranked. In the Global Information Technology Report 2010-2011 by WEF (The World Economic Forum), Taiwan is the 6th among the 138 countries ranked. This reveals the high R&D capacity of Taiwan’s universities and the technology infrastructure of the society.


2.4 International Students in Taiwan Asia Rico Tedyono from Indonesia

Master Student of Chemical Engineering National Cheng Kung University

do I choose NCKU? The motivating factors for my decision are threefold: the university’s prestige, diversity and modern facilities. NCKU is one of the very few universities in Taiwan which can boast of having a truly multi-cultural student population. One of the main differences between NCKU and other university is its emphasis on hands-on experience. Almost all our core subjects consist of lab work. I feel that the most important thing about lab work is that it lets us have a feel of what we have learned and enables us to see the whole picture. Sometimes, I find myself collecting bits and pieces of a jigsaw puzzle during lectures and the lab work is the frame where I piece everything together. Real applications often involve a blend of a variety of technologies, and knowing the options and limitations help a great deal. The vigorous nature of the course teaches me to pick up new skills quickly and to work within a tight schedule. Without hesitation, I rate the graduate program and in particular Chemical Engineering at NCKU as an excellent academic experience. I have no regrets choosing the graduate NCKU Chemical Engineering Dept as my first choice to pursue my PhD and I would put it as my first choice again.

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was born and grew up in Hochiminh city which is one of the biggest cities Manlinh Truong in Vietnam. Because of the economic from Vietnam development rapidly, there are lack Master Business Administration of many people who are good at Chung Yuan Christian University business administration. That is the reason why I decide to study business administration in Taiwan. Due to the help of the Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU), I have the chance to enter here and major in mater degree. Before I came here, I felt a little worry because I did not know how to adapt the live in Taiwan; however, after coming to CYCU, teachers and people in Taiwan are very kind. They also treat foreign students very well and always give the helping hand for us. Hence, I am very happy to learn in the CYCU and also thank the people in here. In addition to the things I mentioned above, CYCU always provides us with good studying conditions and help us to held lots of activities in order to cultivate the friendship between foreigners coming from Vietnam. For example: Organizing students coming from Vietnam in CYCU into a club and holding the activity to gather all Vietnam students in 2009 in Taiwan, etc. On behalf of all Vietnamese students, I would like to say our thankfulness to CYCU and we wish all international students - who have been studying in Taiwan – have good health, happiness and get high achievements in study.

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Asia Hello, my name is Hariyanto Gunawan.

I am from Indonesia. Since I came to Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU), I like this campus. CYCU is great school and the best private Master Business Administration Chung Yuan Christian University University in Taiwan. Many faculties and depar tments are of fered for International students cover undergraduate or graduate programs. I am also impressed by the quality of professors here, majority are graduated from abroad and have years of industry experience. Besides that I also can learn Chinese here, school offers Chinese courses to International student. It is very useful for me when I go outside and communicate to others people.

Hariyanto Gunawan from Indonesia

Why Study in Taiwan

The Office of International Affairs here work very professional, they always help and support us. When we need something or get difficulty, we know where to find someone whom we could ask and everybody was always friendly and help us whenever we needed assistance. They also arrange many activities for International Student and make our life here colourful, life and not boring.

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I like campus life, the research atmosphere, activities and the people. They are friendly and kindness, here we all are like a huge community and family and everything is so close. The campus environment is so nice, many restaurant, cafe and night market are here and open until 3AM, these make us very convenient. Many International students here from many other countries and we can know different people, different perspectives, opinions, habits, point of view and etc. I really enjoy live and spent my time here. I can get good knowledge, problem solving skill, critical thinking abilities and culture sensitivity through academic and activity experience, so make us complete. CYCU is best private university in Taiwan and I recommend you guys to come and study here at CYCU and enjoy your life as well as I enjoying now.

Hoang Vuong Pham from Vietnam

Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering Dayeh University

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Pham is a PhD student at Depar tment of Mechanical and Automation Engineering. Because one of his friends also studies at DYU, he received some entrance information from him and decided to apply for a PH.D degree at the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering. The reason for Pham to make a decision to study at DYU is the well qualification of professors and he also can find a suitable research topic here. Besides, Pham likes the study environment in Taiwan. He was attracted by the Taiwanese culture and the traditional personality of Taiwanese. On the other hand, he feels the traffic system in Taiwan is really convenient.


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When we study at MUST, we live in the school dormitory. The teachers and students here help us too get familiar with the life in Taiwan and in Minghshin. Our professors are very enthusiastic and always use good methods to teach us. The University Library is also very modern and very useful for us to enrich our knowledge. Everyday, because Minghshin has a grand sport field; After class, we play many kinds of sports such as football, basketball, badminton, go swimming, etc.. So we are very happy and feel comfortable when we are studying at MUST.

Europe Piero Costa from Italy

Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language National Taiwan Normal University

I believe that everybody has a place where he or she is meant

to live. Well, that place for me is definitely Taiwan. Since I came to this island, the sun shone on me. NTNU’s teachers, students, courses and activities are great and fulfil my highest expectations. NTNU community made me feel at home, thousands of kilometres far away from home. Studying at NTNU is a wonderful experience that I strongly recommend to anybody who wants to pursue a high class education. By Piero Costa, National Taiwan Normal University

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name is Tran Huu The. I am a foreigner student in Precision Mechatronic Institute of Minghshin Institute of Precision University of science and Technology Mechatronic Engineering (MUST). After 3 months living in Minghsin University of Science Taiwan. My friends and I have a lot of and Technology memories we never forget. The people here are very friendly; they are willing to felp us as we need it. We also visit a lot of famous destinations during the weekend. When I have a chance to visit Night Market around the school, I am really impressed. There is a “sea” of people; we can find our various things from foods to accessories and the other stuffs. At night market, I can enjoy many kinds of traditional foods and play a lot of traditional games.

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America Nisean Castillo from Belize

Department of Computer Science & Information Engineerimg National Chiao Tung University

Living in Taiwan for the past two and a half years has been

quite an enriching experience. As a recipient of the Taiwan Scholarship program, I spent my first year living in Taipei City, where I studied Mandarin Chinese. I am now pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Information Engineering at National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) in Hsinchu City. Upon entering this university I was astonished by the warm and generous environment, which makes foreign students feel more at ease. We often hold many different activities to fortify the bond between local and foreign students, at the same time learning about each other’s culture.

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I’m quite sure that many students considering coming to Taiwan to further their studies have wondered about the food. Well, as a foreigner to the country, I thought of this as well. However, the food turned out to be pretty good. I have developed a passion for many Taiwanese dishes and I enjoy trying new ones whenever I have the chance. For the foreigner who needs more time to adjust, there are many restaurants and franchises that serve western dishes. This, therefore, creates a variety of dishes to choose from. In conclusion I can clearly state that the warm and welcoming atmosphere along with the generosity of the Taiwanese people have made universities here in Taiwan a conducive environment to successful study. My stay here as a student will surely be a time period that I will remember, and I therefore strongly recommend Taiwan as a place of study for anyone interested in furthering his/her education. So come and share the experience! I’m confident that it is going to be one of your most memorable experiences.

Africa Mary Mendy from Gambia Master of Agricultual Economics National Taiwan University

Mary Mendy majored in Sociology and Economics. She is a top-level

researcher in Gambia. Mendy is married and has a daughter, and said she hope to devote her knowledge of agricultural economics to Gambia’s development. Mendy said that she enjoys studying at NTU and hopes to finish her study by getting a Ph.D. at NTU.


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How to Apply ▪ Applying for a Degree Program ▪ The Application Process ▪ International Graduate Programs

3.1 Apply for a Degree Program In order to provide information service and to ease the process of application for international candidates, ESIT has built an online application system to provide access to the 250+ Englishinstructed programs from the ESIT Consortium universities and the ESIT online application system. To apply for a degree program from the ESIT Consortium universities, please visit our online application system (http://www.esit.org.tw) to start your application. You will need to prepare a list of application materials so that the Consortium universities may review your qualification for admission and scholarship.

International students who wish to take advantage of the convenience ESIT online application will go through the general procedure below: 1. Program Information Viewing the listed Englishinstructed programs offered by the ESIT Consortium universities. (http://www.esit.org.tw/pro_view. php) 2. Online Application Visiting http://www.esit.org.tw to register and apply for a program of study. 3. Reaching the Consortium Online application materials will be transmitted to the applying Consortium universities.

4. Review & Admission

The ESIT Consortium universities review candidate qualifications for admission and scholarship decisions while ESIT provides consultation and information to facilitate the process.

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ESIT forward application materials to ESIT Consortium universities of applicant’s choice ESIT Consortium universities review

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ESIT Consortium universities send the admittance letter to applicant Applicant decide on program when admitted by multiple programs Applicant confirm YES

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3.3 International Graduate Programs There are 163 Universities and Colleges in Taiwan. We have listed 179 English-instructed master’s and doctoral international graduate programs in 16 fields from the 78 ESIT Consortium universities, including: Agriculture (7), Architecture and Design (4), Arts (3), Education (6), Humanities (8), Communications (4), Business and Information Management (41), Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (21), Engineering (27), Sciences (8), Social Science (6), Life Science (4), Earth Science (8), Sports and Recreation (5) and Medicine and Health (27).

Field

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Department of Tropical Agriculture and International Corporation (Ph.D.Program) Department of Tropical Agriculture and International Corporation (Master Program) Department of Tropical Agriculture and International Corporation (Bachelor Program)

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International Master Program in Food Science

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Biotechnology Entomology Agricultural Economics-International Program Master Program in Applied Arts and Design Architecture And Urban Design International Graduate Program in Creative and Sustainable Architecture Studies (CSAS)

Architecture and Design

Department of Architecture Graduate Institute of Ethnomusicology Arts

Industrial and Commercial Design The Department of Ethnomusicology International Master of Business Administration Master of Business Administration in Business Administration Health Industry Management

Master Program in Banking and Finance Master's Program in Tourism Management International Program for Business & Management Master's Program in International Trade Business and Master's Program in International MBA Information Ph.D. Program in Business Management IMBA Program International Master's Program in Business Administration International MBA Program (IMBA) Announcement International Business and Management Program International Trading and Management Program International Finance Program Graduate School of Business Administration

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University

National Pingtung U. of Science and Technology National Pingtung U. of Science and Technology National Pingtung U. of Science and Technology National Pingtung U. of Science and Technology National Taiwan U. National Taiwan U. National Taiwan U. Shu-Te U. Chinese Culture U. National Taipei U. of Technology National Taiwan U. of Science and Technology Tainan National U. of the Arts National Taiwan U. of Science and Technology Nanhua U. National U. of Kaohsiung Asia U. Central Taiwan U. of Science and Technology Chinese Culture U. Chinese Culture U. Chung Yuan Christian U. Feng Chia U. Feng Chia U Feng Chia U. I-Shou U. Kun Shan U. Lunghwa U. of Science and Technology Ming Chuan U. Ming Chuan U. Ming Chuan U. Ming Chuan U.

Degree Doctoral Master's Bachelor Master's Doctoral Master's/Doctoral Master's Master's Master's Master's/Doctoral Master's Master's Master's Bachelor/ Master's Master's Master's Master's Master's Master's Master's Master's Master's Doctoral Master's Master's Master's Bachelor Bachelor Bachelor Master's


Program Institute of Management

The Department of Finance and Institute of Financial Management Department of Cultural & Creative Enterprise Management International Master of Science in Business Program (IMSB) International MBA Global MBA Global Master Program of Tourism and Management Department of Finance Department of Accounting Department of Business Administration Department of International Business Department of Information Management Master of Business Administration Program in Business and International Business Information International Master Program in Business Management Administration (IMBA) Global MBA Department of Industrial Management Department of Business Administration MBA Program Department of Information Management Graduate Institute of Finance Graduate International Programs - MBA, MS Master Program in Information Management Master Program in Finance Master Program in Business Administration Global Business Program(GBP) Master Program in Department of Journalism Journalism and Mass Communication Program Communicat- International Program in International Communication ions Studies Department of Tourism, Recreation and Leisure Studies Ph.D Program in Department of Electrical Engineering Department of Communication Engineering Department of Electrical Engineering Master Program in Information Engineering and Computer Computer Science Science and Ph.D. Program in Information Engineering and Electrical Computer Science Engineering Ph.D Program in Department of Electrical Engineering, Division of Compute Science and Information Engineering International Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)

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Minghsin U. of Science and Technology

Degree Master's

Nanhua U.

Bachelor/Master's

Nanhua U.

Bachelor/Master's

National Central U.

Master's

National Chengchi U. National Chiao Tung U. National Chiayi U. National Dong Hwa U. National Dong Hwa U. National Dong Hwa U. National Dong Hwa U. National Dong Hwa U.

Master's Master's Master's Master's/Doctoral Doctoral Master's/Doctoral Master's/Doctoral Doctoral

National Sun Yat-Sen U.

Master's

National Taipei U. of Technology National Taiwan U. National Taiwan U. of Science and Technology National Taiwan U. of Science and Technology National Taiwan U. of Science and Technology National Taiwan U. of Science and Technology National Taiwan U. of Science and Technology Providence U. Shu-Te U. Shu-Te U. Shu-Te U. Soochow U. Chinese Culture U. Ming Chuan U.

Master's Master's Master's Master's Master's Master's Master's Master's Master's Master's Master's Master's Master's Bachelor

National Chengchi U.

Master's

National Dong Hwa U.

Doctoral

Chang Gung U. Tatung U. Tatung U.

Doctoral Master's/Doctoral Master's/Doctoral

Feng Chia U.

Master's

Feng Chia U.

Doctoral

Chang Gung U.

Doctoral

National Taipei U. of Technology

Master's/Doctoral

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Field

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International Graduate Program in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Applied Computing Program Electrical Engineering Computer Science (EECS)-International Graduate Program Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering Graduate Institute of Automation and Control Graduate Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering

Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Department of Electrical Engineering

How to Apply

Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering Computer Science and Information Engineering Institute of Electro-Optical and Materials Science Graduate Institute of Electrical Engineering Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Geosciences - Geology Division and Applied Geology Division Department of Environmental Engineering and Science

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National Taipei U. of Technology Ming Chuan U. National Chiao Tung U. National Taiwan U. of Science and Technology National Taiwan U. of Science and Technology National Taiwan U. of Science and Technology National Taiwan U. of Science and Technology National Taiwan U. of Science and Technology National Taiwan U. National Formosa U. National Taipei U. National Taipei U.

Degree Master's/Doctoral Bachelor Master's/Doctoral Master's/Doctoral Master's/Doctoral Master's/Doctoral Master's/Doctoral Master's/Doctoral Master's/Doctoral Master's Master's Master's

National Taipei U.

Master's

National Dong Hwa U.

Master's/Doctoral

National Dong Hwa U.

Master's/Doctoral

National Taiwan U.

Master's

Chia Nan U. of Pharmacy Master's and Science Chia Nan U. of Pharmacy Institute of Hot-Spring Industry Master's and Science Chia Nan U. of Pharmacy Institute of Industrial Safety and Disaster Prevention Master's and Science Institute of Marine Biodiversity and Evolutionary National Dong Hwa U. Master's Biology Institute of Marine Biotechnology National Dong Hwa U Master's Department of Ethnic Relations and Cultures National Dong Hwa U. Doctoral National Taiwan U. of Graduate Institute of Digital Learning & Education Master's Science and Technology Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Program Chung Yuan Christian U. Master's Applied Linguistics and Language Studies Program Chung Yuan Christian U. Master's The Graduate Institute of Educational Measurement National Taichung U. Master's/Doctoral and Statistics Department of Curriculum Design and Human National Dong Hwa U. Master's/Doctoral Potential Development Department of English National Dong Hwa U. Master's/Doctoral Department of Materials Science and Engineering National Dong Hwa U. Doctoral National Pingtung U. of International Master Program in Civil Engineering Master's Science and Technology Master Program in Aerospace and System Feng Chia U. Master's Engineering International Master's Program in Mechanical Kun Shan U. Master's Engineering Biomedical Engineering Program Chung Yuan Christian U. Master's/Doctoral

Earth Sciences

Education

Engineering

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Nanotechnology Program Industrial and Systems Engineering Program Environmental Engineering Program Microelectronic Engineering & Applications Program Chemical Engineering and Materials Program Optomechatronics Program International Graduate Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Institute of Materials Science and Engineering

University

Chung Yuan Christian U. Chung Yuan Christian U. Chung Yuan Christian U Chung Yuan Christian U. Chung Yuan Christian U. Chung Yuan Christian U. National Taipei U. of Technology National Taiwan U. of Science and Technology National Taiwan U. of Department of Mechanical Engineering Science and Technology National Taiwan U. of Department of Chemical Engineering Technology National Taiwan U. of Graduate Institute of Applied Science and Technology Science and Technology Engineering Civil Engineering - Structural Engineering Division National Taiwan U. Chemical Engineering National Taiwan U. Industrial Engineering National Taiwan U. Applied Mechanics National Taiwan U. Institute of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical National Formosa U. Engineering Master Program in Chemical Engineering Feng Chia U. Ph.D. Program in Chemical Engineering Feng Chia U. International Bachelor Program in Mechanical Kun Shan U. Engineering Minghsin U. of Science Institute of Precision Mechatronic Engineering and Technology Department of Electrical Engineering National Dong Hwa U. National Taiwan U. of Graduate Institute of Biomedical Engineering Science and Technology Department of Economics National Dong Hwa U. Taipei Municipal U. of Department of English Instruction Education MA Program in Brand and Fashion Management Fu Jen Catholic U. National Taiwan U. of Department of Applied Foreign Languages Humanities Science and Technology International Affairs and Diplomacy Program Ming Chuan U. Master of Science in Psychology Asia U. Department of Taiwan and Regional Studies National Dong Hwa U. Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology National Dong Hwa U. Biotechnology Program Chung Yuan Christian U. Plant Biology National Taiwan U. Life Sciences Chia Nan U. of Pharmacy Department of Biotechnology and Science Department of Life Science National Dong Hwa U. Ph.D Program in Graduate Institute of Clinical Medical Sciences, Division of Medical Imaging and Chang Gung U. Radiological Sciences Medicine and Master Program in the School of Medical Laboratory Taipei Medical U. Health Science and Biotechnology Master Program in Injury Prevention and Control Taipei Medical U. Master Program in Global Health and Development Taipei Medical U.

Degree

Master's Master's/Doctoral Master's/Doctoral Master's/Doctoral Master's/Doctoral Master's/Doctoral Master's/Doctoral Master's Master's Master's Master's Master's Master's/Doctoral Master's/Doctoral Master's/Doctoral Master's/Doctoral Master's Doctoral Bachelor Master's Doctoral Master's Doctoral Master's Bachelor/ Master's Master's Bachelor Master's Master's Master's Master's Doctoral Master's Doctoral Doctoral Master's Master's Master's

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Program

Ph.D. Program in Graduate Institute of Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering Master and PhD Program in Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences Graduate Institute of Natural Healing Sciences Master Program in Graduate Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Science Master Program in Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Sciences Ph.D Program in Graduate Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Division of Biotechnology Master and Ph.D. program in Graduate Institute of Clinical Medicine Master Program in Graduate Institute of Nursing Master's Program, School of Pharmacy & Ph.D. Program, School of Pharmacy Master Program in School of Public Health Mater Programme in Graduate Institute of Pharmacognosy Medicine and Ph.D. Program in School of Public Health Health International Health Program

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Degree

Taipei Medical U.

Doctoral

Taipei Medical U.

Master's/Doctoral

Nanhua U.

Master's

Chang Gung U.

Master's

Chang Gung U.

Master's

Chang Gung U.

Doctoral

Taipei Medical U.

Master's/Doctoral

Taipei Medical U.

Master's

Taipei Medical U.

Master's/Doctoral

Taipei Medical U..

Master's

Taipei Medical U.

Master's

Taipei Medical U. National Yang-Ming U.

Doctoral Master's/Doctoral Bachelor/ Master's/Doctoral Doctoral

Physical Therapy

National Taiwan U.

Occupational Medicine and Industrial Hygiene

National Taiwan U. Central Taiwan U. of Science and Technology

Master Of Science In Nursing (MSN)

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University

Graduate Institute of Acupuncture ScienceInternational Master Program Master of Science in Biotechnology Department of Health and Nutrition Institute of Cosmetic Science International MBA Program in School of Health Care Administration Master Program in Graduate Institute of Biomedical Informatics Master Programme in Graduate Institute of Humanities in Medicine Physics Astrophysics Applied Physics

China Medical U.

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Master's

Asia U. Master's Chia Nan U. of Pharmacy Master's and Science Chia Nan U. of Pharmacy Master's and Science Taipei Medical U.

Master's

Taipei Medical U.

Master's

Taipei Medical U.

Master's

National Taiwan U. National Taiwan U. National Taiwan U. National Changhua U. Doctoral Degree in Department of Physics Education National Changhua U. Doctoral and master degree of Institute of Photonics Education Department of Applied Mathematics National Dong Hwa U. Department of Chemistry National Dong Hwa U. Department of Physics National Dong Hwa U.

Sciences

Master's

Doctoral Master's/Doctoral Doctoral

Doctoral Doctoral Doctoral Doctoral Doctoral


Social Sciences

Sports and Recreation

Program

International Program on Urban Governance Graduate Institute of European Studies Department of Applied Sociology The M.A. Program Department of International and China Studies, The M.A. Program of Public Policy Studies Graduate School of International Affairs Department of International and China Studies, The M.A. Program of Asia-Pacific Studies Travel and Tourism Program Department of Recreation and Leisure Industry Management Graduate Institute of International Sport Affairs Graduate Institute of Physical Education Institute of Recreation Industry Management

University

Degree

Nanhua U.

Master's

Ming Chuan U.

Master's

Nanhua U.

Master's

Ming Chuan U.

Bachelor

National Taipei U. Nanhua U. Nanhua U.

Master's Master's Master's

National Taiwan Sport U. Master's National Taiwan Sport U. Master's National Taiwan Sport U. Master's/Doctoral Chia Nan U. of Pharmacy Master's and Science

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Scholarships ▪ Scholarship Opportunities from ESIT ▪ Taiwan Scholarship ▪ The ESIT Southern Sunshine Scholarship (SSS) Consortium Universities ▪ The TIGP Scholarship

Various government agencies and then many ESIT Consortium universities offer scholarships to international students. The major scholarship programs are as follows:

4.1 Taiwan Scholarship Starting from 2004, four government agencies of Taiwan, the Ministry of Education (MOE), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), and National Science Council of the Executive Yuan (NSC), jointly established the Taiwan Scholarship Program to encourage outstanding international students to undertake degree programs in Taiwan.

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● MOE Scholarship ♦Recipients from countries other than those specified in the MOFA Scholarship. ♦Undergraduate and/or postgraduate programs. R.O.C.'s overseas offices can also designate a predegree Mandarin Language Enrichment Program (LEP) to recipients to improve their language abilities. ♦Amount of Scholarships: A monthly stipend o f N T $ 15 , 0 0 0 ( a p p rox i m a te l y U S $ 5 0 0 ) fo r undergraduate or LEP study, and NT$20,000 for a postgraduate degree program.

● MOFA Scholarship ♦Recipients from countries that have diplomatic relations with the R.O.C. (Taiwan) or countries specified as being diplomatically favorable by MOFA. ♦Undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree programs. Embassies of the R.O.C. can also award a pre-degree Mandarin Language Enrichment Program (LEP) scholarship to recipients to improve their language abilities. ♦Amount of Scholarships : One economyclass, direct-route roundtrip international airfare ticket, plus a monthly stipend of NT$30,000 (approximately US$930).

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● MOEA Scholarship ♦Recipients from countries other than those specified in the MOFA Scholarship. ♦Postgraduate programs only. ♦Amount of Scholarships: A monthly stipend of NT$30, 000.

● NSC Scholarship ♦Recipients from countries other than those specified in the MOFA Scholarship. ♦Graduate Programs in science and technology (physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, medicine and agriculture science, to name a few) ♦Amount of Scholarships: A monthly stipend of NT$30, 000.


4.2 International Graduate Programs The Southern Sunshine Scholarship (SSS) program is a joint initiative by the ESIT Program Office and the participating ESIT Consortium universities, which is designed for the candidates from Southeast and South Asia region who are interested in coming to Taiwan to pursue their advanced degrees. The Consortium universities provide English-instructed programs of study in various disciplines and tuition-waiver or up scholarships to qualified candidates.

The ESIT Consortium universities provide many scholarship opportunities and high quality English-instructed programs to international students. Further information about the scholarship opportunities are available at the ESIT website at http://www.esit.org.tw.

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4.4 The TIGP Scholarship (Taiwan International Graduate Program) The Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP) of Academia Sinica provides full fellowship support for all full-matriculated students for 3 years. The stipend levels are about US$950 (NTD$32,000) per month. For further information please visit the TIGP website at http://www.tigp.sinica.edu.tw

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▪ Accommodations ▪ Services ▪ Living Cost

▪ Transportation ▪ Employment

5.1 Accommodations On-campus

Off-campus

• Dormitories are single-sex • Usually 2 to 6 students share a room • Pets are not allowed • • • •

Housing costs usually range between NT$4,000-9,000 per month. Rent varies according to location. Rent does not include cost for utilities and amenities. Rental information can be found on the Internet or by visiting a local real estate agency. The real estate agents may take a service charge.

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Insurance

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With the development in social economy and the implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI), Taiwan's medical standard and the quality of healthcare have been upgraded significantly. Foreigners in Taiwan are also able to enjoy these high quality medical services. Foreigners with an Alien Resident Certificate who have resided in Taiwan for four months must enroll in the National Health Insurance program. They have to go to the local administrative office to enroll in the NHI program. Before they are eligible for the NHI program, students can either purchase their own insurance or participate in a temporary health insurance program offered by the foreign student office inside their host institutes. When traveling overseas for a short period of time, either on business or on vacation, and then returning to Taiwan with a valid ARC, foreigners must remain enrolled in the NHI program.

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Most banks offer foreign currency exchange and banking services in NT dollar. Foreign students can open bank accounts with their passports and ARC cards. Individual who wants to open an account without an ARC card needs to get a universal identification number at the local police office.

Postage Chunghwa Post, the postal service of Taiwan, provides international and domestic mail services to the public. There are over a thousand branches disturbed all over the island, providing regular and express postal service. International students can apply for a postal box at the nearest branch. Students who receive Taiwan Scholarship need to open an account at a post office of Chunghwa Post. In addition, most convenience stores serve as pick up locations for international and domestic express service.


5.3 Living Cost As the standard of living in Taiwan improves, the cost of living also rises on the island. But it is lower than many Asian countries. However, most imported goods and many types of services in Taiwan are expensive. If you can 'go local' and eat at food stalls and noodle stands, your food cost should not exceed NT$300 a day. On the other hand, you can spend a lot more if you decide to go to fancy restaurants.Many universities provide international students inexpensive or free dormitory as part of scholarship offer. For food and other expenditures, the cost could range from NT$ 6,000 to 12,000 per month depending on the area of residence.

5.4 Transportation There are six domestic airlines providing services between major cities such as Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Hualien. Prior reservations are always required.

By Train • Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) If you would like to save time, THSR is another choice. While traveling from Taipei to Kaohsiung takes 5 hours by train and 6 hours by car, the THSR takes only 1.5 hours. Advanced reservations are recommended.

B y M oto rc yc l e / S c o ote r & Bicycle Motorcycles and scooters are very popular means of transportation. Most universities provide motorcycle/ scooter parking around campus for students. Bicycles are widely used within campuses. Bicycle racks can be found throughout campuses.

By Bus & Taxi

Each major city has its own bus system. • Train Fares are inexpensive and service is The railway network along the coastline is another frequent. Taxi fares start at NTD 70 (USD economic option for traveling around Taiwan. There 2.1) and increase with the time and are four classes of passenger seats: Tze-chiang, Chudistance traveled. It is a good idea to have kuang, Fu-hsing and Economy. Traveling by train is the name of your hotel or address written recommended on public holidays because it can in Chinese when you travel by taxi. avoid the hustle and bustle of the long distance highway bus service. Advanced ticket reservations are By Passenger Car recommended. In Taiwan, cars are driven on the right. • Metro/Subway Students with international driver licenses In Taipei and Kaohsiung, the metro system (MRT) may drive in Taiwan. However, driving is not provides convenient and comfortable transportation. recommended for those who are unfamiliar There are eight major routes in Taipei and two major with the unique road and traffic conditions routes in Kaohsiung, covering different parts of the in Taiwan. Traffic is heavy and car drivers two cities. Metro fares range from NTD20-60 (USD must watch out for slow-moving pedestrians 0.6-1.8). and bicyclists, fast-moving motorcycles and scooters, as well as other cars, buses and By Highway Bus trucks. Drivers have to be extra cautious. Long distance highway bus services provided International or foreign driver license holders by private transportation companies are very can apply for ROC driver licenses at the local popular. They have an extensive network and a Motor Vehicles Office. frequent service schedule. Tickets are usually competitively priced and some bus companies even provide 24 hour service.

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5.5 Employment Foreign students who have studied in school for two semesters or a language programmer for one year, with an excellent scholastic record, can work in Taiwan when one of the following circumstances applies: 1. Events of a serious nature have affected their financial ability to support themselves or continue their education, and the student can provide evidence of such circumstances. 2. An academic research institution at the student's school requires a foreign student to provide assistance in its work. 3. The student needs to take part in an off - campus internship related to his or her field of study. For foreign students with proficiency in a special language, the Ministry of Education may, on a caseby-case basis, give its approval for such students, following their enrollment, to take employment as instructors at language institutes affiliated with universities, colleges, or junior colleges, or at language institutes affiliated with foreign cultural and educational organizations in Taiwan.

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Foreign students who want to work in Taiwan must hold a valid work permit. With the exception of summer and winter vacations, students with work permit may work a maximum of 16 hours per week while the work permit is valid. The maximum duration of a work permit for foreign students, overseas Chinese students, and ethnic Chinese students is 6 months. A new work permit shall be applied after expiration. Students can apply for work permits at the Council of Labor Affairs, or each school office of students can apply collectively for work permits at the Council of Labor Affairs by mail. Application forms can be downloaded from the BEVT. The standard process usually takes 5 working days to issue a work permit. For other questions concerning work permit, please visit the BEVT website. • Employment Service Center, Taipei City Bureau Of Labor Affairs • Department of Labor, Taipei City Government • Taichung Region Employment Service Center (TRESC) To obtain information on work permits, please visit the Office of Student Affairs at your school or the Council of Labor Affairs: http://www.cla.gov.tw. It usually takes five working days to issue a work permit. Application forms can be downloaded from the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training at: http://www.evta.gov.tw/

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▪ Getting Proper Visa ▪ Before Your Arrival

6.1 Getting Proper Visa Before you leave your home country to come to Taiwan, you will need to apply for a visa at your local Taiwanese Consulate. You will be required to take the following with you to apply for your visa: • Acceptance documents • Valid passport • 2 passport sized photographs • An application processing fee - varies country to country • A statement showing that you have enough funds

• You should bring some formal wear as well as traditional clothing from your culture for special occasions.

We suggest you first call your local Taiwanese Consulate and inform them that you intend going to Taiwan to study and ask them which documents are required for applying for a visa. You should apply for a residence visa although sometimes a tourist visa is issued for first entry to Taiwan.

6.2 Before Your Arrival Once your confirmation of enrolment comes through and you’ve secured your student visa, it’s time to start thinking of some of the practicalities of travelling to Taiwan. • It’s worth packing a few mementos from home that will give you some comfort when you’re missing your friends and family, but keep in mind that most airlines have a checked baggage restriction of about 20kg (about 44lb). • The type of clothing you should bring with you depends on the part of the country you will be living in, and the time of year you arrive. The Taiwanese fall coincides with the first academic semester in September, which is when most international students arrive. This means that you can probably get by with jeans, t-shirts

and light jackets. If you arrive in time for the second academic semester by mid-February, you’ll need to pack some warm sweaters, long-sleeved t-shirts and a coat to cope with winter weather.

• You can bring your MP3 player along for the journey, and mobile phone and other electronic equipment, but make sure to get power adaptors suitable for use in Taiwan so you can charge it. • Lots of international students bring some pre-packaged food from home in their luggage. • You should also try to find a place for photocopies of all your important documents: passport, visa, flight tickets, insurance documents, credit cards, ATM cards and your admission letter. • Make sure you also leave copies of all these documents with someone at home in case you lose the original copies.

• You also should bring enough Taiwan currency in cash for your first few days. Without carrying large amount of cash with you, credit cards are accepted at major hotels, resort, shops and restaurants. It is probably best, in terms of convenience and getting the best rates, to change money at the airport on arrival.

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Useful information

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Intro about Taiwan