- Population: 23,580,000
- Currency: New Taiwan dollar (TWD/NT$)
- University Students: 1,270,000
- International Students: 127,000 (10%)
- English-taught Programs: 200
Taiwan is a popular study destination for international students. The country is a small island located about 120 Km off the south east of Asia. This is a country with rich history and a very diverse culture. The country has some impressive natural areas, sandy beaches and lagoons and a lot of historic architecture. The climate in Taiwan is quite pleasant with the north enjoying mild and warm winters and some rain in the summer, while the south is warm and relatively dry.
Universities in Taiwan
There are around 160 Universities and colleges of higher education in Taiwan. Several feature in the global University rankings.
- National Chiao Tung University
- National Tsing Hua University
- National Cheng Kung University
- Tamkang University
- National Chengchi University
- National Taiwan Normal University
- National Sun Yat-Sen University
- National Central University
Business Schools in Taiwan
- The College of Commerce at National Chengchi University (CNCCU)
- The College of Management of National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU)
- The School of Business at Chang Gung University
Study in English in Taiwan
The government of Taiwan aims to attract 150,000 international students by 2020 and they are right on track for this. With currently over 125,000 international students and a growing number of English-taught programs, Universities in Taiwan are becoming more and more attractive for overseas students. According to the latest figures, there are around 210 programs taught in English at Universities in Taiwan; 50 Bachelor degrees and around 160 Master degrees.
Tuition Fees in Taiwan
Tuition fees at Universities in Taiwan are considered highly competitive. The average Bachelor degree will set you back 2,500 EUR to 3,000 EUR per year while a Master or PhD program will cost around to 2,800 EUR to 3,500 EUR per year.
Scholarships to Study in Taiwan
The government in Taiwan is keen to attract international students and a such assists with scholarships to pursue Bachelor or Master studies in Taiwan. The website StudyInTaiwan.org lists numerous scholarship opportunities. You can also check the website of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China, Taiwan. Scholarships at Universities in Taiwan con often mean you will be eligible for tuition-free education.
Costs of Living in Taiwan
Especially in Taipei, you need to expect higher than average costs of living. A one-bedroom apartment can cost around 27,000 NT$ (775 Euros) per month. For public transport, calculate around 35 Euros per month.
Internships & Company Placements in Taiwan
Finding and internship or company placement in Taiwan is considered a difficult task. Unless you know people, it can be very hard to find an internship.
Working in Taiwan
As a foreigner, you will need a work visa to get a job in Taiwan. English teaching jobs are the most popular and easiest way to work in Taiwan as there is high demand, especially for native English speakers.
Applying for a Student Visa to Study in Taiwan
International students who wish to study at University in Taiwan, will need to apply for a student visa before entering the country. For stays of 180 days or more, you must apply for a Resident visa and then upon entering the country apply for the Alien Resident Certificate and Re-entry Permit at the National Immigration Agency in Taipei.
You will need to go through a medical examination (including an HIV test) and then get your educational certificates attested by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Embassy of Taiwan in your home country. Some applicants may also be required to provide a police certificate proving a Non-Criminal Record. Other documentation that is required to apply for a student visa to study in Taiwan, includes:
- Original passport
- Colour photographs
- Duly completed visa application form
- Visa Request Letter from the applicant
- A Letter of Acceptance from a University
- Proof of enrollment
- Curriculum Vitae
- Original bank statements