1.Medical Insurance
 According to Article 21 of "MOE Regulations Regarding International Students Undertaking Studies in Taiwan", "When registering with their intended institutions, new international students must attach medical and injury insurance policies, which they purchased in foreign countries, covering a valid period of no less than 4 months strarting from the day when they entered Taiwan. Returning international students must attach policies regarding Taiwan national health insurance and other pertinent coverage plans. The foregoing insurance policies purchased in foreign countries must be authenticated by a Taiwan overseas representative office."

※After studying for 4 consecutive months at CUST, and you intend to continue studying for more than 3 months in Taiwan, you may apply to change a Visitor Visa to a Resident Visa. Aliens who had a Resident Visa for more than 4 months must take their Alien Resident Certificate and apply for National Health Insurance at the local District Office. Otherwise, you will be fined NT$3,000~15,000 and be charged with the insurance fee from the date you are qualified for application.


2.Student Group Accident Insurance

Foreign students are required to enroll in the Student Group Accident Insurance. A three month policy costs NT$950.

※Students who have National Health Insurance can decide whether to enroll in Group Insurance or not.

1.Applying for a Visitor Visa

Once you get the certificate of admission from the Language Center of CUST, you can apply for a Visitor Visa at the nearest ROC Embassy, consulate or representative agency in your country.

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2.Changing a Visitor Visa to a Resident Visa

Aliens who have already studied Chinese for 4 months and enroll for at least 3 more months, if they meet the other conditions to qualify for a residence visa, may submit their applicationat least 1 week earlier before the end of the legal stay of their visitor visato the Bureau of Consular Affairs or one of the branch offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taichung , Kaohsiung or Hualien for converting to a residence visa. 7 working days are required for processing the application for a resident visa.

3. Leaving Taiwan

Aliens should leave Taiwan on or before the date the visa expires. If you overstay, you must pay a fine and leave Taiwan within a designated time. If your visa has reached the maximum of 180 days and you have not obtained a Resident Visa, it is required that you leave Taiwan on or before the date the visa expires.

4. For the most Up-to-Date News regarding Visas
Please note that the above-mentioned information is for your reference. The updated news is posted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you have any questions related to your visa, please contact:

the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs:http://www.boca.gov.tw/

National Immigration Agency:http://www.immigration.gov.tw/


Housing Expenses

1. Dormitory:

All international students will be provided with on-campus dormitory-style housing.

Dormitory Fee : Deposit US$50
Price per term:
Male (2 beds): US$450
Female (4 beds): US$ 400

2. Rental Information:

Room for shared or studio-Off campus(per month): around US$150~$300

The information is offered by TSUEI MA MA Foundation: http://www.tmm.org.tw/English/index.html

If an emergency happens, please call the School Safety Center. The Center is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  Subway (MRT)
  • Most places within the city center are within about a 20-minute walk of an MRT station.
  • Easy Card: Adult Easy Cards sell for US$ 17, of which US$ 3.5 is a deposit

    - a 20% discount on MRT fares
    - Transfer discount: Passengers who are using an Adult EasyCard to transfer from metro to bus or vice versa within one hour will receive a US$ 0.3 discount.
    (Source: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/taiwan/taipei/transport/getting-around )

  • Metro Taipei: http://english.trtc.com.tw/MP_122032.html




  • Taxis are metered and charge by distance and waiting time
  • Base fare is US$ 2.4

Taipei has a four-season, monsoon-influenced, humid subtropical climate. Summers are very hot, humid, and accompanied by occasional heavy rainstorms and typhoons, while winters are short and mild. Due to Taiwan's location in the Pacific Ocean, it is affected by the Pacific typhoon season, which occurs between June and October.


(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taipei )

★Living Expenses in Taipei (per month)
  • Food: US$ 200 ~ 300
  • Transportation: US$ 35
  • Entertainment: US$ 200
  • Cell phone: US$ 15 ~ 100
★Related Websites
★Emergency Phone Numbers
  • 110: Police
  • 119: Fire department
    (You can call the 24-hour hotline 0800-024-111 for assistance if you have difficulty communicating with 110 or 119.)



No.245, Sec. 3, Academia Rd., Nangang Dist., Taipei City 115, Taiwan (R.O.C.)