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What are the things to know for oversease Chinese students studying in Taiwan?

  • Source:National Immigration Agency, Ministry of the Interior
  • Date:2013/10/2
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I. Notices for Overseas Chinese Students
The Ministry of Education has established the “Regulations regarding study and counseling Assistance for Overseas Chinese Students in Taiwan” for the posting of schools, application approval, privileges, counseling, graduation and other relative issues for overseas Chinese students in Taiwan.
The term "overseas Chinese students" refers to students of Chinese descent who were born and have continuously resided in a foreign country till the time of return to Taiwan for education; or have resided in a foreign country for more than 6 consecutive years and have obtained a foreign permanent residence certificate. The consecutive years of residence in a foreign country must be a minimum of 8 years for those who wish to receive education in the department of medicine, dentistry, or Chinese medicine at Taiwan universities. The Overseas Community Affairs Council is responsible for the verification of overseas students identity.
Overseas Chinese students who fail to reside in Taiwan for more than 1 year and wishes to drop out from school and return to his/her original country of residence may apply to study again in Taiwan again but this can only be done once.
During his/her stay in Taiwan, the overseas Chinese student may not alter his/her status unless stated otherwise by other laws and regulations.
II. Scholarships
1. The Overseas Chinese Affairs Council provides scholarships for overseas Chinese students with remarkable academic performance and good conduct and accepts donations for financial aid for overseas Chinese students:
Overseas Chinese students in their sophomore or higher year in university may apply for the Overseas Chinese Affairs Council Scholarship for Overseas Chinese Students with remarkable academic performance and good conduct. Those in their sophomore or higher year in university or second or higher year in graduate school may apply for financial aids from the funds donated to the Overseas Chinese Affairs Council for that purpose.
2. The Outstanding Overseas Chinese Student Scholarship, the Elite Overseas Chinese Student Scholarship, the Grant for Overseas Chinese Students in Financial Need, and the Outstanding Overseas Chinese Student Scholarship for Graduate Students are all offered by the Ministry of Education:
Overseas Chinese students who meet the requirements for the scholarship from the Ministry of Education for overseas Chinese students with outstanding academic performance in Taiwan may apply for the Elite Overseas Chinese Student Scholarship or the Outstanding Overseas Chinese Student Scholarship from the Ministry of Education. Those studying in a senior high school or higher education institution and who requires financial assistance may apply for the Ministry of Education's Grant for Overseas Chinese Students in Financial Need from the school. Those in a graduate school with more than 5 overseas Chinese students may apply for the Outstanding Overseas Chinese Student Scholarship for Graduate Students provided by the school with subsidies from the Ministry of Education.
3. Various scholarships are available in each school. Overseas Chinese students may apply for these scholarships from their schools.
III. Part-time campus employment quota
The Overseas Chinese Affairs Council has established funds for the subsidy of part-time overseas Chinese student employees in the campus. Part-time campus employment opportunities are available for overseas Chinese students studying in a senior high school or higher education institution in Taiwan pursuant to the Regulations Regarding Study and Counseling Assistance for Overseas Chinese Students in Taiwan and those in need of financial assistance will be given priority. Overseas Chinese students may apply from the school they are attending.
IV. Medical Insurance and National Health Insurance for Overseas Chinese Students
To ensure overseas Chinese students have access to medical and healthcare in Taiwan, it is compulsory for new students who are not eligible for the National Health Insurance plan to join the overseas Chinese student medical insurance for six months prior to the school enrollment. The Overseas Chinese Affairs Council will subsidize for half of the premium. Medical consultation slips are available at the counseling office for overseas Chinese students in each school. The student must join the National Health Insurance plan according to laws and regulations upon obtaining his/her alien resident certificate and have resided in Taiwan for six consecutive months or exited Taiwan once for fewer than 30 days with the actual period of stay amounting to six months. The Overseas Chinese Affairs Council shall subsidize for half of the monthly premium and the overseas Chinese student shall pay the other half.
V. Medical and Emergency Assistance for Overseas Chinese Students
If overseas Chinese students studying in Taiwan has financial burden due to medical expenditure, discontinuation of financial support due to mishaps in the family, or major financial loss dude to natural disasters, can apply for subsidy from the Overseas Chinese Affairs Council through their schools. h their school for subsidization. For those passing away while undertaking studies in Taiwan, their families may also take the same procedure.
VI. Tutoring for Overseas Chinese Students in Basic Academic Subjects
To enhance overseas Chinese students' Chinese language proficiency and basic learning skills, each school may apply for funding for tutorial classes conducted during winter or summer vacations from the Ministry of Education.
VII. Off campus part-time employment permission for Overseas Chinese Students
According to the Employment Services Act, overseas Chinese students are not allowed to work for more than 16 hours at off campus employments except during summer and winter vacations. Overseas Chinese students who wish to partake in off campus employments must apply for a working permit from the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training, Council of Labor Affairs, Executive Yuan. Overseas Chinese students should prioritize their academic activities and must avoid working in appropriate places and places with safety considerations.
VIII. Military service of overseas Chinese student
Overseas Chinese students legible for national military service who were previously registered in the household registry must follow the military service duty acts accordingly; starting from the 1st of January of the year they turn 19.
IX. Residence
All overseas Chinese students arriving in Taiwan for education must apply for residency. Those with a ROC passport or ROC entry permit, and previously have household registry in Taiwan, must register with the local household registration office. Those without ROC household registry must apply for a residence permit. Those with only foreign passport must apply for an alien residency certificate and apply for an alien resident certificate.
X. Entry and Exit
Entry and exit of overseas Chinese students can be applied from the National Immigration Agency, Ministry of the Internal affairs via the attended school.
XI. Annual Activities for Overseas Chinese Students
1. The Overseas Chinese Affairs Council will organize a spring festival ancestral worship banquet and large socializing event annually. Please contact the Overseas Chinese Student Counseling office in the respective schools for details.
2. The Ministry of Education provides subsidy for each school to organize counseling services, academic workshops and celebration of traditional festivals for overseas Chinese students.
XII. Alumni Liaison
Overseas Chinese students are encouraged to register with a Taiwan alumni liaison association in their country of residence after graduation.
XIII. Relative Websites
1. Overseas Chinese Affairs Council
2. Department of International and Cross-strait Education, Ministry of Education
3. University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students
The ROC Overseas Community Affairs Council is responsible for applications, application procedures, verification of identity and relative benefits of compatriot students studying in Taiwan. Please visit the OCAC website for more details: Chinese website, English website
Address: 3,15-17F., No.5, Xuzhou Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 10055, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Telephone: 02-2327-2600

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  • Updated: 2013/10/2 20:27:00