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International Students


Changing Your Visa Status:Visitor Visa ⇒ Resident Visa (Remark:FS)

  • (If you were issued a Resident Visa in your home country, you can skip directly to 2) Let’s assume you entered Taiwan on a Visitor Visa. To make this change, go to the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA). Applicants who enter the R.O.C. (Taiwan) on a Visitor Visa which qualifies the applicants for Resident Visa application for the purpose of undertaking studies must apply for a Resident Visa 7 work days before the duration of stay expires.
Required Documents and Fees:
  1. Application form
  2. Passport, valid for at least 6 months (original and photocopy)
  3. TKU Letter of Admission (original and photocopy) or Student ID card (original and photocopy, stamped by TKU Registration Section) or regisrtarion proof from TKU
  4. Health certificate issued in the last three months: If you take the medical tests before coming to Taiwan, the certificate must be stamped and verified by a Taipei Representative Office in your home country; or, if in Taiwan, you must take the medical examination at a designated hospital
  5. Two 2-inch color photos with white background taken in the last 6 months
  6. Application fee: NT $3,000 (NT $5,600 for holders of American passports)
  7. Processing time: 7-10 working days
Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) Taipei Headquarters
  1. Address: 3~5 Fl., 2-2 Chi-Nan Rd., Sec. 1, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
  2. Ph : (02) 2343-2888

Resident Visa ⇒ Alien Resident Certificate (ARC)

Description Remember, you need to make this change at the National Immigration Agency within 15 days of receiving your Resident Visa!
Required Documents and Fees:
  1. ARC Application form
  2. One 2-inch, half-length color photo with white background, the applicant must not be wearing a hat.
  3. Passport and visa (original and photocopy)
  4. Student ID card or Proof of Enrollment certificate (original and photocopy)
  5. Application fee: NT $1,000 (one year)
  6. Processing time: 10 working days
National Immigration Agency
The National Immigration Agency has service centers set up all around Taiwan. If you live in New Taipei City (this includes Tamsui residents), you must change your visa status from Resident Visa to ARC at the New Taipei City Service Center. If you live in Taipei City, the change must be made at the Taipei City Service Center. If, however, you live at the TKU Lanyang Campus, Yilan, you must go to the Yilan County Service Center.
New Taipei City Service Center
  1. Address: No.135, Min-An St, Jung-He Dist, New Taipei City
  2. Ph: (02) 8228-2090
Taipei City Service Center
  1. Address: No.15, Guangzhou St., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City
  2. Ph: (02) 2388 3929
Yilan County Service Center
  1. Address: 4F., No.16, Ln. 160, Sec. 3, Chunjing Rd., Luodong Township, Yilan County
  2. Ph: (03) 9575448

Extending Your Alien Resident Certificate

Required Documents and Fees:
  1. Application form
  2. Passport and ARC (original and photocopy)
  3. Student ID card (original and photocopy)
  4. Application fee: NT $1,000 (one year)
  5. Processing time: 10 working days
  1. Please make sure to apply for the visa extension at least two weeks before your ARC expires. Late applicants will be subject to heavy fines and may have to leave Taiwan to apply for a new visa.

Student Insurance

  1. Student insurance costs NT $180 per semester. This cost comes as part of their miscellaneous fees.
  2. Once covered under the plan, you may receive compensation if you are hospitalized, use outpatient services, or undergo an operation in the event of illness or accidental injury. Compensation must be claimed within two years of the accident or illness. To claim compensation, go to the TKU Guidance Section, on the 4th floor of the College of Business and Management Building (B402).

International student medical insurance (Cathay Life Insruance Company)

  1. Following article 22 of’ International Students Undertaking Studies in Taiwan’. At the time of registration a new international student shall present proof of a medical and injury insurance policy which is valid for at least 6 months from the date the student enters Taiwan. The current students shall present written proof that they have joined Taiwan’s the National Health Insurance Plan. The abovementioned written proof of insurance issued in foreign country shall be verified by the ‘Overseas Agencies’.
  2. If you are failing to provide these documents, you will must be required to join the International student medical insurance provided by TKU University. This insurance is provided by Cathay Life Insurance Company (Contract of Insurance). The six months fee is NTD3,000.(This fee will be included with tuition payment.)

*Claims information:
For the same symptoms, the insurance company covers only one visit per day. The maximum coverage per visit is TWD 1,000.
Insurance covers accidents or sickness occurring in the Taiwan area. Accidents or sickness requiring specialized medical care or have occurred before the insurance policy was taken out will not be covered.

  1. The hospital or Clinics is join with National Health Insurance
  2. All the fee you need to pay by yourself first. Remember to take all receipt and apply the medical certificate.
  3. Hand in all Required documents for applying claims to International and Mainland Student Guidance Section (T1001-Tamsui campus, CL501-Lanyang campus):
※ The money will take around 4 weeks to transfer to your bank account by Insurance company.

National Health Insurance (NHI)

The international student who, after entering Taiwan and gaining an ARC, has stayed in Taiwan for six consecutive months, or exited Taiwan once for less than 30 days, within the period of stay amounting to six months, after deducting the number of days that he or she has been away from Taiwan, may apply for NHI through the university or the local district office. NHI monthly premiums amounts to NT $826.

Foreign students with relatives who qualify as an insured person under the NHI program can enroll in NHI as dependents. (e.g.: With parents living outside Taiwan but grandparents living in Taiwan, the student may enroll as a dependent of the grandparents.)

The National Health Insurance Program is mandatory; anyone who qualifies for the Program must enroll. Any qualified person who doesn’t enroll is subject to a fine of NT$3,000 to NT$15,000. In addition, this person is required to pay the full premiums starting from the date he or she should have been enrolled. No benefits will be offered before the premiums are paid in full. If fined, a notice of penalty violation will be delivered in writing and the fine must be paid on time. If the fines imposed remain unpaid, after a given period of time the case will be referred to the courts for compulsory enforcement

(Bureau of National Health Insurance:

*Applying for NHI through the university Notice

  1. Applying for Coverage
    1. First time to applying NHI students, please hand in those documents to International and Mainland Student Guidance Section (T1001-Tamsui campus, CL501-Lanyang campus).
    2. If you want to transfer to Tamkang University, please hand in the transfer report from your original department to International and Mainland Student Guidance Section.
    3. If you join NHI through the university, you will pay six months NHI fee to university every semester. It will be NTD 4,956 via your tuition fee.
  2. Canceling Coverage
    If you graduate, defer studies, discontinue studies, or are suspended from studying at TKU, please go to the International Office to cancel your NHI coverage, and receive refund for payment of NHI premiums
  3. Transfer Coverage
    If you graduate and work in Taiwan or transfer to other university, please do the NHI transfer at International and Mainland Student Guidance Section.
  4. What To Do if You Lose Your Card
    If you lose your NHI card, you can apply for a new one at any post office branch or at the Bureau of National Health Insurance for a fee of NT $200.
  5. Medical Services
    After successfully applying for coverage under NHI, you will receive a NHI card. This card can be used at the vast majority of hospitals and medical clinics around Taiwan to receive a significant discount on the price of medical fees.
Course Selection & Tuition

Course Selection

  1. Opening Hours
  2. Please check the course that your department selected for you before doing course selection.
    Use Student ID number and password to log in.(The password is the last six digits of your ARC or student number.)
  3. Course Selection Website
    *Use Student ID number and password to log in. (The password is the last six digits of your ARC or student number.)
  4. Course Catalogs:
    1. The undergraduate students need to the Admission Requirements, Fees, Registration/Enrollment/Examination and More’to check ‘Core Curriculum Information for Freshman’first.
    2. If you do not know how to use it, you can refer to Instructional Manuel of Course Enquiry / Selection’.
  5. You will get your course table on orientation day(each department).
  6. Connect:Curriculum Section, E-Mail: atcx


  1. Tuition costs:Please refer to the website.
  2. How to pay:Registration on the day will receive billing in Registration office. The deadline for tuition payment is September 7th, 2018. You can pay tuition by
    1. credit card (Whether local credit)
    2. ATM transfer
    3. at the post-office, Chinatrust Bank.
    (Options 1 & 2 are restricted to bank cards and credit cards from Taiwanese banks)
    *After the payment deadline, please bring the billing to a school’s Cashier section paying with cash (Tamsui campus B304/ Lanyang campus CL318).
  3. Remittance from abroad:
    You will need to wire a total amount of USD 2,500 in advance if you are paying your tuition by non- Taiwanese currency. All costs including processing fees will be deducted from your deposit. You will be refunded if your deposit exceeds your tuition six weeks after the end of add/drop period.
    1. The transfer fee will be deducted from your deposit. (Please select “OUR” in Type of transfer fee column on Outward Remittance Application Form of your bank.)
    2. In the “Beneficiary’s Account No.” column, please enter your student ID number (14 digits) after 95898.
    3. Please reserve your receipt of remittance application well for future inquiry.
    4. ATM transfer or partial payment is NOT accepted.
    Beneficiary’s Name Tamkang University
    Beneficiary’s Address No.151, Yingzhuan Rd.,Tamsui Dist., New Taipei City 25137,Taiwan (R.O.C.)
    Beneficiary’s Banker Name CTBC Bank Co., Ltd./ Tun Nan Branch
    Beneficiary’s Banker Address No.68, Sec.2, Tunhua South Rd., Taipei City 106, Taiwan, R.O.C.
    Beneficiary’s Account No. 95898 X X X X X X X X X (14 digits)
    ("X" means to Fill in student ID number)
    Payment Amount USD 2,500.00
  4. Contact Office:
    1. About the tuition fee:Office of Finance /
    2. About pay the way:Cashier's Section /
Orientation & Medical checkup
Date September 5 (Wed.) To be determined to be determined
Time Tamsui campus:
9 AM~3:30PM
7:30 AM 7:30 AM
College All Liberal Arts、Education、Engineering、Foreign Languages and Literatures、International Studies Science、Business & Management、Global Entrepreneurial Development
Participant All international students Undergraduate graduate、PHD Undergraduate graduate、PHD
Organizers International and Mainland Guidance Section Office of Student Affairs
Place *Tamsui campus->Student Activity Center:9~11AM
(Foreigner students) Ching-sheng Memorial Hall (T212 Room):11AM to 2:30PM
Damshui Campus Track and Field Ground
* Raining day:Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium 7 Floor
Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium 7 Floor Damshui Campus Track and Field Ground
*Raining day:Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium 7 Floor
Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium 7 Floor
  1. Offer Lunch
  2. Tamsui campus Chinese Language class placement will be started at 3PM.(T505) (estimated)
Undergraduate students: If you do not know the place, you can come to Ching-sheng Memorial Hall at 7AM. We will help you to go to rendezvous.
*We will leave Ching-sheng Memorial Hall at 7:15AM. Please arrive it on time!
Graduate and PHD students:If you do not know the place, you can come to T1001 room to ask.

Medical checkup

Following the school health law Article VIII and Article IX students need to check specific diseases or health checks.
Please choose one of them to do the medical check up:
  1. Doing medical checkup by yourself:
    If you already do the medical checkup when you apply for visa, please hand in that report‘ITEMS REQUIRED FOR HEALTH CERTIFICATE (Type B)’copy one to Health Service Clinic.(Tamsui campus, 1st floor, Maritime Museum, M111 room/ Lanyang Campus, CL312 room ).
  2. Group medical checkup at school:
    1. Date:(Tamshui Campus) to be determined
      (Lanyang Campus) to be determined
    2. Place:Tamsui campus, Sung-tao Hall food Court (Z building B1)
      Lanyang Campus, Shao-mo Memorial Activity Center
    3. Fee:about NT600, pay in exam date
    4. Each department check schedule:
      Date To be determined To be determined
      Time 8:00 AM~11:00AM 8:30AM~4:00PM 8:30AM~4:00PM
      Participant Undergraduate
      College College of Global Development Science、Business & Management、Global Entrepreneurial Development Liberal Arts、Education、Engineering、Foreign Languages and Literatures Studies
      Place Lanyang Campus, Shao-mo Memorial Activity Center Tamsui campus, Sung-tao Hall food Court (Z building B1)
Group Airport Pickup
Group Airport Pickup
  • Airport group pickup service and online application, please click here.
Course Introduction
  1. Chinese Courses
  2. Courses instructed in English
**MOE Regulations Regarding International Students Undertaking Studies in Taiwan
Taiwan Act advocacy
  • Remind you all. If you get a part-time job in Taiwan, remember to apply for the work permit.
    It is illegal to work in Taiwan without the work permit.
    Please refer to “Employment Service Act”.
  • If you want to apply for work permit, please come to T1001 or CL501 room.
  • You can’t drive a car and ride the motorcycle after you drink alcohol. That is illegal to drive or ride after drinking alcohol in Taiwan.
    Please refer to “Criminal Code of the Republic of China (Chapter 11 Offenses Against Public Safety, Article 185-3)”.
  • At last, Remind you all. Don’t transport, selling, having, using Cannabis etc. in Taiwan. That is illegal. Please refer to “Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act”.
  1. Employment Service Act
  2. Criminal Code of the Republic of China (Chapter 11 Offenses Against Public Safety, Article 185-3)
  3. Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act
Assistance with life in Taiwan  
Leave Application
  1. Log into Tamkang’s Leave Application System and follow the instructions accordingly.
  2. Special cases where the absentee cannot predict, the absent note including explanations, certified documents must be handed in within 3 days. The absent note must be signed by the professor. If the professor is on leave, then the note will be signed by the department or supervisor and approved by the associate dean of student affairs, otherwise compensatory leave is not allowed.
Accident Treatments What to do when fire, earthquake, traffic accidents occur and emergency treatment cards
Work Permit If you are working while studying, please remember to apply for a work permit. It is illegal for foreign students to work in Taiwan without a work permit. Work Permit
Opening a bank account
  1. Required documents for opening a bank account:
    • (1)Student ID card(a copy of the front and back)
    • (2)Residence Permit(a copy of the front and back)
    • (3)Stamp(This can be acquired on the 3rd floor of the Business building by the glasses store)
      (Lanyang campus students please go to Jiaoxi post office to acquire a stamp)
  2. Bank related information
    • International Students that want to open a bank account need to have a passport, residence permit and need to be over the age of 20 in order to apply:Bank of Taiwan-