Living in Taiwan

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Transportation

The railway network along the coastline is another economic option for traveling around Taiwan. There are four classes of passenger seats: Tze-chiang, Chu-kuang, Fu-hsing and economy Traveling by train is recommended on public holidays because it can avoid the hustle and bustle of the long distance highway bus service. Advanced ticket reservations are recommended.

Daily Goods

Taiwan is well-known as one of the countries with an cheaper cost and high quality of living. The following is a few examples of goods. The cost of all things may vary depending on the area you’ll be living in. ※Exchange of major currencies can be done at banks handling foreign currency exchange.

Service

International students with an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) who have resided in Taiwan for 4 months must enroll in the National Health Insurance (NHI) program at a local administrative office. Before they are eligible for the NHI program, students can purchase their own insurance or participate in a temporary health insurance program offered by the international students’ office at their educational institution.

Jobs Opportunities

International students who have attended school in Taiwan for two semesters or a language program for one year, and who have an excellent academic record, can work in Taiwan when one of the following applies.

Accommodations

On-campus undergraduate dormitories are divided based on gender and are open to students all year-round. Typically, four to six students share a room. Usually, pets are not allowed. University students usually wear something casual to class. Coin operated Laundromats can be found inside dormitory buildings.

Living Cost

The Taiwan currency is the NTD. The 4 denominations of bills are NTD 2,000, NTD 1,000, NTD 500 and NTD 100 while the 6 denominations of coins are NTD 50, NTD 10, NTD 5, and NTD 1. Cash payment is common in Taiwan though many shops do accept credit cards. Checks are not normally used in Taiwan for payment of everyday expenses. In addition to your tuition fees, your accommodation costs will be your biggest financial burden.

(Information and photo above provided by the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan, FICHET)

Please check FICHET web site for more detail information: www.studyintaiwan.org

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