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Study in Taiwan

Known for its world-leading high tech industry, Taiwan is an emerging destination for international students. If the technology field is not for you, there are plenty of other subject areas available for study. The Taiwan government has made it a priority to attract more international students, so you will be welcomed by the Taiwanese universities.

Why study in Taiwan

Taiwan can offer you a high quality education in a wonderful environment. On top of that, the Ministry of Education has set the target of reaching 150,000 international students by 2020. To help towards achieving this, higher education institutions are offering more courses in English, and there are more scholarships for international students. They have also made the application process simpler, meaning that the higher education system is more accessible to everyone.

There are 10 of Taiwan’s universities in the 2023 QS World University Rankings top 500. The highest ranked is National Taiwan University (NTU), which is in 77th place. The next highest ranked is National Tsing Hua University, which is in 177th place. The high ranking of Taiwan’s universities mean that graduates have internationally recognised degrees and are poised for their dream careers.

About Taiwan

Officially the Republic of China, Taiwan is a state located in the East Asia. It has a population of more than 23.5 million and is the most populous state and largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations. Formerly known as Formosa, the island of Taiwan was inhabited by Aborigines before the Dutch and Spanish colonies opened the island to mass Han immigration in the 17th century. Taiwan’s workforce is highly skilled and among the most highly educated in the world, and has one of the highest percentages of its citizens holding a higher education degree.

An beautiful island nation, Taiwan is neighboured by China, Japan and the Philippines. There is a contrast between the terrain in the east to the west. The eastern portion is covered by mountain ranges, and the western portion that is covered by Chianan Plains. The majority of the population also reside in the west of the country. The culture of the Taiwan is a mixture of several sources, including Japan, traditional Confucianist beliefs and Western values.

Costs of studying and living in Taiwan

Taiwan uses the New Taiwan Dollar (TWD) as its currency.

Tuition fees in Taiwan will depend on what course you take, and your institution of choice. If you choose to study at a private institution, you will be charged more than a public institution. Subjects such as medicine will also cost more. On average, international students should expect to pay between TWD 50,000 and TWD 65,000 per semester. If you wish to study a programme such as an MBA, you should expect to pay around TWD 150,000 per semester. There are two semesters per academic year.

Student visas

If you wish to study in Taiwan as an international student, you will need a visa. The application process can be viewed as complex, but there will be plenty of assistance if you require it. Once you have been accepted by an institution, you will need to apply for a student visa. Then once you have entered Taiwan, you will need to apply for a resident visa. If you do need more assistance for this process, you institution will be able to help.


The official language of Taiwan is Taiwanese Mandarin. There are also two recognised national languages; Formosan languages and Hakka.

Courses in Taiwan are offered in either Mandarin or English. No matter which language you choose to study, you will have to provide evidence of proficiency if it is a non-native language. If you do not meet the required standards of teaching, you may be able to take a language preparation course to help you improve.

Even if you are studying in English, you should make an effort to learn as much Taiwanese Mandarin as possible. Communicating with locals and other students will be a perfect way to practice. Having an extra language is a skill that looks fantastic on your CV/resume, and can increase your chances of employment!

Student cities in Taiwan


Officially known as Taipei City, Taipei is the capital city of Taiwan. It is located on the northern tip of the island and is home to over 2.6 million people. The city is the political, economical, educational and cultural centre of Taiwan and is a global city. Taipei is part of a high tech industrial area, and is connected to the rest of the island by a large and developed network of railways, high speed rail and highways. You will find many museums in the city, all displaying artefacts from the long history of Taiwan.

Located in Taipei you will find the campuses of 24 higher education institutions. One of these is the National Taiwan University (NTU). NTU was founded in 1928, when the island was under Japanese rule, and was originally called the Taihoku Imperial University. It was then renamed in 1945, after World War II. It consists of 11 colleges, 54 departments and 107 graduate institutes. Also located in Taipei there are universities that offer courses in specialised areas, such as business, education and technology, among others.

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More information about studying in Taiwan

Capital City Taipei City
Currency TWD, New Taiwan Dollar
Language(s) Standard Chinese
Universities on StudyLink 2 universities
Major Student Cities Hsinchu, Taichung, Kaohsiung

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