The higher education institutions in Chinese Taipei are under the Mistry of Education. Research at the universities is project-based and funded by the Ministry of Science & Technology. In the last 20 years, the higher education landscape in Chinese Taipei has been greatly expanded. There are now 158 tertiary education institutions, offering many English-language study programmes.
The study system is divided into bachelor's programmes (four years - no B.A.-thesis required), master's programmes (one to four years) and PhD programmes (three to four years). The academic year is divided into winter and summer semesters.
In this section, we highlight the overall performance of Chinese Taipei's universities on the institutional level per U-Multirank dimension. The table below shows the national breakdown of Chinese Taipei's universities and how they stand across the spectrum of above average (receiving a score of ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good)), versus below average (receiving a score of ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak)).
In doing so, U-Multirank offers a clear picture of the country’s strengths and areas for improvement. It becomes apparent that in general Chinese Taipei's HEIs perform particularly well in knowledge transfer as well as in research. The results of teaching refer to graduation rates and completion time.
Tuition fees vary greatly and must be enquired about individually at the respective universities, whereby tuition fees at state universities are less expensive. On average, tuition fees range from US$1,500 to US$1,800 per bachelor's semester and from US$1,600 to US$2,000 per master’s semester.
To be able to study at Chinese Taipei universities, a university entrance certificate (i.e., the highest national school-leaving certificate) is required. The application must be addressed to the ‘Dean of Studies’ of the respective university. A Chinese language certificate is not required for foreign degree seeking students taking international courses, however if you wish to still learn the local language, classes can be taken at the respective university's language centre.
No matter the reason, paying high tuition fees can be a source of stress for many. However, there are many options for financing your studies, including the use of scholarships. There are various scholarship opportunities available for international students looking to study in Chinese Taipei. Depending on your country of origin and the level of studies, there are different options for funding. To explore what scholarship options are available, check this scholarship database.
If you want to spend more than 30 days in Chinese Taipei, you need a ‘Victor Visa’. If you want to stay longer than six months in the country, you will need a ‘Resident Visa’ and if you want to stay even longer in Chinese Taipei, you will need an ‘Alien Resident Certificate’. The length of stay is therefore decisive for the type of visa that needs to be applied for.
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