Taiwan is a country popular amongst students who want to study abroad. It is a country filled with culture, history, food, nature, and great outdoor activities. In this quick guide, you will get the most important information about the things you need to know to ease your decision in studying in Taiwan.
A quick intro to Taiwan
Taiwan, a country located on the southeastern coast of Asia. This country has a lot of beautiful mountains and the climate is very tropical with both rainy and dry weathers. It was first discovered in the 16th century by the Portuguese when they sailed their ship to Asia. They referred to Taiwan as Ilha Formosa, which means ‘’the beautiful island’’.
Taiwan used to be part of the Republic of China, but in 1949 they split from the mainland. Around the year 2000, Taiwan became one of Asia’s economic ‘’Tigers’’. Their economic structure developed from a labour industry to a high – tech industry. China is their main trading partner, and the United States and Japan are on the second and third place.
Why study in Taiwan?
International students find it usually easy to live in Taiwan. With the diverse culture and rich history, the country welcomes international students with open arms.
One of the reasons why students prefer to study in Taiwan is because there is always ‘green mother nature’ around the corner. While some areas are known for the impressive mountains for hiking trips, other areas are known for the forests, sandy beaches, lagoons and architectural history.
In terms of their higher education, the low tuition fees in universities and colleges in Taiwan are also big pull-factors for students. Due to new government policies, it is now possible to receive high-qualitative study programmes in Taiwan for a more affordable price.
It is also good to know that the Ministry of Education of Taiwan has launched programmes for higher education, providing ease in application, as well as studies for foreign students to study in Taiwan. The country also has scholarships available even to international students.
Besides the low tuition fee, the country is also cheap in itself. The cost of living is quite reasonable and, depending on your lifestyle, you can also get to travel to different countries in Asia cheap since they are so nearby. A great way to start exploring the world!
Top universities in Taiwan
The best universities from Taiwan are mostly in the Taipei area. The National Taiwan University, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei Medical University, National Taiwan Normal University are all based in Taipei or nearby this city.
Top universities cannot only be found in Taipei but across the country as well. In Hsinchu City, you will find great science and technology institutions. Two universities in this city are ranked among the world’s top 200 universities – National Tsing Hua University and National Chiao Tung University. There are more or less 163 universities, colleges and junior colleges in Taiwan.
The following 10 universities are among the world’s top 500:
How to apply to study in Taiwan
The illustration below shows the general process. You may contact us for specific steps to your desired university.
General entry requirements
A. Language requirements
International students whose native language is not English will need evidence for their English proficiency. For the TOEFL a minimum score of 500 is required and a minimum IELTS score of 5.5. It is highly recommended to contact the universities of consideration to ask about their requirements. For the Master’s degree programmes, students need to meet a minimum knowledge requirement in English and a second foreign language.
B. Visa requirements
The visa application requirements for international students who are to study full time in either PhD, Master’s program, Bachelor’s program, or Diploma/Certificate are as the following:
- Two colour passport-size photos
- Photocopy of the passport, it needs to be valid for at least six months
- Original and a photocopy of the health certificate
- Original and a photocopy of the admission permit of enrollment and registration
- Original and photocopy of highest education diploma
- Proof of financial support
All the original documentation will be returned after the review
Taiwan’s higher education system has become quite popular and it receives great recognition. The tuition fees, however, are very reasonable. Isn’t that great news? Getting good quality education, that is not expensive at all.
|Study Level||Tuition fee in USD (per year)|
|Bachelor's Degree||1,650 - 2,500|
|Master's Degree||1,600 - 2,550|