A good number of international students are choosing to study on cheapest tuition in Taiwan, popularly known as‘Asian Tiger’. Renowned for its world-leading tech industry, but equally offering strong academic programs across the full subject spectrum.
Given the proximity to Hsinchu Science Park – Taiwan’s answer to the US’s Silicon Valley-makes universities in Taiwan such as National Tsing Hua University and National Cheng Kung University fantastic places to study for anyone who is keen in high-tech.
But while Taiwan’s tech sector is undoubtedly impressive, the country offers, and its popularity as a study abroad destination is growing across a wide range of subject areas. Statistically, data from government statistics from 2011 showed that 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 studying in Taiwan
Tuition fees typically vary across university and by subject, with private institutions typically charging slightly more, and courses such as medicine at the higher end of the fee range. To provide context, 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 relatively higher, at NTD 142,600 (US$4,700). There are two semesters per year for students studying here.
The university also advises students to budget up to NTD 113,000 (US$3,700) per semester to cover living costs on top of your tuition fees, including accommodation, food, health insurance and course supplies.
Applications and visas for Taiwan
Applications to universities in Taiwan are made directly to the institution, either through an online system or by sending completed documents in the post. Students may be asked to provide 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.
Typically, applications are processed at the start of the calendar year,usually up to early March. Note that all applications for the government-run Taiwan Scholarship Program must be submitted between the start of February and the end of March.
Once accepted onto a course, international students will be required to apply for a student visa and, after gaining entry into Taiwan, a resident visa. Students who intend to work part-time are encouraged to apply for a work permit; this allows them to take on employment of up to 16 hours per week during term-time.
Why study in Taiwan?
The Taiwan government wants to attract more international students, and has outlined an ambitious target of admitting 150,000 international students by 2020. In order to try to achieve this, several universities in Taiwan are increasing the number of degree programs taught partly or entirely in English, and the government is equally awarding a number of scholarships for international students. Many of Taiwan’s top universities also offer their own international scholarships.
According to a government survey of international students, there are several other top reasons to study on cheap tuition in Taiwan include the high quality of the location’s academic resources, the rich cultural environment and future job prospects.