Frequently Asked Questions
1. How is the qualification of overseas Chinese students determined?
It refers to the Chinese students who were born and have been resided continuously overseas till now, or have recently resided overseas for more than six consecutive years and stay in Taiwan for no more than 120 days per year, and who have obtained permanent or long-term resident certificates to return to Taiwan for study. However, students wish to study at the University of Medicine, Dentistry and Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine have a continuous resident permit for a period of eight years or more. The identity of overseas Chinese students shall be determined by the competent authority of overseas Chinese affairs (Taiwan- Overseas Community Affairs Council).
2. When overseas Chinese students return to Taiwan for study, why is it better for them to choose to study at the Academy of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students of the Taiwan Normal University overseas students for one year and then get distributed to various universities, which is the best arrangement for them?
- Most overseas Chinese students who come to Taiwan for study have to face the differences in the living environment, unfamiliarity with Chinese language, the gap between their overseas residing countries and Taiwan on the academic work. By first enrolling themselves at the Academy of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students and then get distributed to the university, it provides the intensive teaching and comprehensive life counselling, and overall adaptation and connection to the environment, language and curriculum to reduce the difficulty of adaptation after entering the university.
- The courses at the Academy of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students are divided into three groups according to the university departments and faculties, and the students may choose the group according to their future choice of the university. The Academy of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students arranges a wealth of aptitude exploration and counseling activities on advancing to higher education to help students understand themselves, and when choosing university departments and faculties, they will choose the appropriate one to avoid feeling regretful by wrong choices for life.
- Compared with private universities, public universities in Taiwan have better school performance and with lower tuition fees. If students can attend public universities, they can reduce the financial burden. The tuition fee of the Academy of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Student is based on that of the national university, and the University offers many scholarships and study-work opportunities. It would be very cost-effective to spend one year in the Academy of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Student in exchange for the low economic pressure of future study in the university and the improved competitiveness on learning.
- There are always over two-thirds of the students from the Academy of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students get distributed to public universities over the years, which is far better than those who apply for direct distribution to universities, and it has a better chance of distribution to popular departments and faculties. About 38% of the overseas Chinese students who returned to Taiwan for study and who graduated from colleges and universities completed the courses of the Academy of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students and then get distributed to colleges and universities. It can be seen that the performance of the Academy of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students is outstanding, and it is widely recognized by the overseas Chinese community.
3. How do I sign up for the Academy of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students?
- You need to apply through the Taiwan University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students. For details, please refer to the brochure of the website of University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students. Fill in the "National Taiwan Normal University, Academy of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students” on the choice list.
- If it is direct distribution to universities in Taiwan, you may also fill in the "Application for Re-distribution" and fax it to the University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students. for re-distribution within the prescribed time limit, and you will be able to enroll in the Academy of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students".
4. How much is the tuition fee of the Academy of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students per year?
Tuition and incidentals include tuition, miscellaneous fees, accommodation, insurance, which is about NT $ 80,000 a year. Tuition and incidental fee are paid separately for the first and second semesters. Instalment payments are not currently available, and they need to be paid in full in one installment, and cannot be paid by cheque or credit card. They can only be paid in cash.
5. If the subject of my study in Taiwan does not match my interests, may I return to my place of residence to apply for further studies in Taiwan?
The students, during their stay in Taiwan after being admitted, who voluntarily withdraw from school to return to their place of residence for some reason and who stay in Taiwan for less than one year may re-apply, but limited to once only.
6. May I re-select the "Joint Distribution" channel for distribution after I have been admitted from the application of the "Individual Application System"?
Every applicant has only one chance of admission when applying in the University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students in each academic year.
If the "Individual Application System" is adopted, the Olympia or American International Science Fair awards have been reviewed and admitted by various school or department or faculty, the students will not be admitted through the channel of "Joint Distribution".
7. How is the spring class different from the fall class?
Most of the students who are distributed to the Academy of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students by the University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students in their choice ordering go to the fall class, of which the course period is from September to June of the following year.
The spring class is only for Malaysian students, of which the course period is from February to June of the current year, which has a shorter study period.
8. Does the fall class share the quota with the spring class? Do they compete each other?
The spring and fall classes share the same quota, and get distributed to universities in the same batch, which is the rule of the University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students, and the Academy of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students cannot decide on its own. If you still have inquiries, you may directly inquire the University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students at:
No. 1, University Road, Puli Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 545 (National Chi-Nan University)
9. What is the difference between batches 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5? In the past, when did the fourth batch (students from the Academy of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students) fill out the choice list?
The University Entrance Committee will divide the overseas students who apply for admission to the universities in Taiwan into 5 batches. After each batch is distributed, the remaining quota can be reserved for the next batch.
Filling out the choice list is a period of time, and the students of the Academy of Preparatory Programs belong to the 4th batch, which lasts about two or three weeks between mid-late May and early June.
10. Is the Academy of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students open for application to students from Taiwan?
No, only overseas Chinese graduates from middle schools in Taiwan can apply.
11. After completing the courses of the Academy of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students, if the school distributed is not ideal, can I repeat the same courses?
Once admitted, the student cannot be reapply the same courses to study again. You must decide your direction before taking the final exam. If you want to repeat the same courses, you must give up taking the final exam.
12. Can I withdraw money directly from the post office in the University?
You may withdraw funds from any ATM in Taiwan that has "UnionPay" label, but students must first enable the "Overseas Withdrawal" function in order to use ATM in Taiwan.
13. Can I open an account at the post office immediately after coming to Taiwan?
No, you need your student ID, unified ID number and passport to open an account, which would take some time. About three weeks from the registration, the post office will organize to collect the applications after the school starts.
14. Do I apply for the resident certificate only after arriving in Taiwan?
- You may not enter Taiwan with a tourism visa. You must apply for the overseas Chinese student visa to enter Taiwan in accordance with the “Notice of Distribution by the University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students".
- For those who hold passports from other countries than the Republic of China, new students may enter Taiwan 15 days prior to the enrollment date, and the Immigration Agency will send staff to the University on the day of enrollment to assist in the application for alien resident certificates.
If you need to enter Taiwan in advance for special reasons, please go to each service station of the Immigration Agency to apply for the resident certificate within 15 days of entry so to avoid a fine of NT2,000 ~ 10,000.
15. How do I get to the Academy of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students from Taoyuan Airport? Is there a pick-up service from the airport?
If you need airport pick-up service, please contact the "University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students" in Taiwan; contact number: + 886-2-23272637, report of freshmen groups, and the University Entrance Committee will arrange the special vehicle for pick-up.
※ Only groups of 5 or more people may register for airport pick-up. Please contact your local delegated unit to register first.
For the individual report, we suggest that:
- Take the Airport MRT and get off at Linkou Station (A8), then transfer to bus 936 to reach the gate of the University (National Taiwan Normal University-Linkou Campus) or take a taxi to report directly at the dormitory.
- The taxi fare taken directly from Taoyuan International Airport to the campus is about NT$ 800 and it takes about 40 minutes.