Over the last 10 years, a growing number of international students are choosing to study in Taiwan, an ‘Asian Tiger’ nation popularly known for its world-leading tech industry, but also for providing strong academic programs across all fields.
While Taiwan’s tech sector is undoubtedly impressive the country offers much more, and its popularity as a desired study destination is growing across a wide range of subject areas. According to government statistics from 2011, the most popular courses for international students were in business and management, followed by engineering, arts and humanities, social sciences and media. Taiwan is also a popular destination for language courses in Mandarin Chinese.
Cost of Living and Tuition
Tuition fees in Taiwan vary by university and by subject- private universities typically charge slightly higher, and courses such as medicine at the higher end of the fee range. To give you a sense, National Taiwan University’s international students tuition fees for the 2016/17 academic year are NTD 50,460-62,100 (US$1,650-2,040) per semester for undergraduates and NTD 51,280-62,360 (US$1,700-2,050) for most graduate programs. Tuition fees for the MBA program are much higher, priced at NTD 142,600 (US$4,700). There are two semesters per year.
The university says international students budget up to NTD 113,000 (US$3,700) per semester for living costs on top of their tuition fees, including accommodation, food, health insurance and course supplies.
Applications and Visas
Applications for admission to universities in Taiwan are made directly to the institution, either via an online system or by mailing using post. Students may be required to submit 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.
Completed applications submitted by the deadlines are processed at the start of the calendar year, up to early March.There are government-run Taiwan Scholarship Programs and applications 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.
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