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Why Taiwan?

Taiwan's society is known throughout the world for its sincere hospitality and diverse cultural cuisine. Whether you are a visitor or a resident, your cultural epicure experience will be filled with memories of a society that strives to offer you, the very best. There are many advantages to learn about Taiwan's culture and the arts, such as glove puppetry, Taiwanese opera, theatre and dance.

1. English Friendly Environment

Taiwan is working hard to create a friendly international and English speaking environment for our international friends... The government has put forth strong efforts for the promotion of English within Taiwan's society. Government offices and public affairs offices have created English and Chinese websites in order to assist individuals to access information and services, in a more efficient and convenient manner.

2. High Quality Educational Opportunities

The Ministry of Education recognizes that learning is an on-going process. Within the last few years, it has launched a number of challenging and innovative programs for its institutions of higher education. Among them are policies for raising Taiwan's international academic competitiveness and for providing more opportunities for foreign students to study in Taiwan.

There are many advantages for selecting Taiwan as a place to further your education. Taiwan's strong reputation in the field of technological education attracts students from developing countries for the study of bio-tech, semi-conductor technology, business, forestry, agriculture, animal husbandry, chemistry, to name a few.

The Ministry of Education recently established "The Taiwan Scholarship Program" in order to encourage promising students from foreign countries to pursue their language, undergraduate and graduate studies in Taiwan, along with enhancing the focus for educational and academic exchange and cooperation.

3. Low Tuition Costs

Taiwan's universities are able to offer more affordable tuition rates, as compared to other international universities because of innovative government policies. Foreign students will not have to pay high "foreign out of country tuition fees", as required by many other international universities and colleges.

4. Internationalization of Technological Universities

Rapid and innovative technological changes are occurring simultaneously all over the world. Taiwan's technological universities and institutions have earned respect for Taiwan and its developments, within the international community. Research areas include bio-informatics, information security, open source and artificial intelligence, e-learning and digital content, web services and mobile computing to name a few.

5. Economic Progress

Taiwan's economic prowess has gained it respect throughout the world. Rapidly, moving up the economic ladder from an agriculture-based society to an export-oriented manufacturing society and then to a service-based economy. Today, Taiwan is recognized as a major world high-tech supplier.

6. A Democratic and Safe Environment

A thriving and democratic society is entitled to a safe living environment. Taiwan's strong infra-structure allows its citizens this basic right, along with the right of free speech. In recent years, Taiwan's residents and international students have witnessed many dramatic political reforms. These reforms are continuing to pave the way for Taiwan's competitiveness internationally.

7. Taiwan's Friendly People & Cultural Diversity.

Taiwan is known throughout the world as being a friendly society.
Many of its inhabitants are early descendants of Chinese immigrants, from such provinces as Fujian and Guangdong Provinces. Recently, there has been a strong and growing interest in the Taiwan's native or aboriginal peoples. Many efforts are underway to help preserve their culture and its traditions.

Taiwan's development can be attributed to its rich heritage of diverse populations. Immigrants from Holland, Spain, Portugal, Japan and more recently, from Mainland China have all played a role in Taiwan's development. While learning about Taiwan and its cultural traditions, these immigrants also give to Taiwan, examples from their respective customs and traditions.

8. Geographic Beauty

The Portuguese called Taiwan, "Formosa, the beautiful island", when they resided on Taiwan during the 16th century. Taiwan's forested mountains cover two-thirds of its total land mass and the remaining area consists of hilly country, plateaus, highlands, coastal plains and basins. The Central Mountain Range stretches from north to south, along the entire island, thus forming a natural line of demarcation for rivers on Taiwan's eastern and western sides of the island.

9. And more to come when you explore the many mysteries of Taiwan..

Scholarships

Taiwan government makes some financial support to international students.

a) Taiwan Scholarship :

All applications must be submitted to a designated Taiwan overseas mission, in the country of the applicants citizenship, before the end of March of each year.

b) General Scholarship

The General Scholarship which is sponsored by Ministry of Education is awarded to international students. International students can apply for the General Scholarship in the beginning of every semester.

c) Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Program

All applications must be submitted to a designated Taiwan overseas mission, in the country of the applicants citizenship, before the end of March of each year.

d) The Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP)of Academia Sinica

e) MediaTek International Student Fellowship

The Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP)of Academia Sinica, Taiwan provides full fellowship support for all full-matriculated students for 3 years. The stipend levels are about US$950 (NTD$32,000) per month. For further information please visit the TIGP website at http://www.tigp.sinica.edu.tw

The MediaTek Foundation has established the MediaTek International Student Fellowship in order to encourage outstanding international graduate students to study and undertake research in Taiwan, thereby promoting international academic exchange. Please refer to www.mtk.com.tw for more information.


Entry and Exit Information

Entry and Exit for Visitor Visa

Foreign nationals may obtain R.O.C. tourist visas if they hold foreign passports or travel documents valid for more than six months. Visa requirements include: one completed application form, incoming and outgoing airl ticket, one passport photo; documents verifying the purpose of their visit, and other relevant documents. The Visitor Visa Application Form can be downloaded from the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The completed form should be submitted to Republic of China overseas mission of? for visa issuance.

1.Documents required for entry:

(1)A valid visitor visa,

(2)A passport valid for at least six months,

(3)A confirmed return air ticket or an air ticket and a visa for the next destination, and a confirmed seat reservation for his/her departure.

2.Foreign visitor aliens should depart before their visa's expiration date. If they have to continue their visit in the ROC, they must apply to a local police bureau within 15 days, before the allowed period of stay expires.

3.The exit procedure for overstayed visitors:

(1)Foreign residents who have overstayed less than 30 days in the ROC shall pay a fine, at the local police bureau or the inspection section at? airports/seaports in accordance with The Detective Procedure and Fine Standard of the Penalty Case of the Immigration Law before they will be allowed to leave the country.

(2)Foreign residents who have overstayed more than 31 days in the ROC shall pay a fine at the local police bureau, before they will be allowed to leave the country.


Entry and Exit for Foreign Residents

Foreign residents who exit the ROC are required to show their passports and Alien Resident Certificates to the Customs. Foreign residents who wish to re-enter after their departure are required to apply for a re-entry permit from the authorities before they leave the ROC and show it to the Customs officials when they re-enter.

Entry and Exit for Permanent? Foreign Residents

Permanent foreign Residents who exit the ROC are required to show their passports and Alien Permanent Resident Certificates to Customs, the same when they reenter the ROC. (Permanent foreign Residents shall be exempt from applying the reentry permit.)

Immigration Office National Police Agency

Why Learn Mandarin in Taiwan?

(1) Traditional Characters

One important reason for coming to Taiwan is to study Mandarin. Traditional characters are one part of Chinese tradition and have been best preserved in Taiwan.

History

Mandarin is one of the ancient written languages in the world.Also, it is the only language that still uses ancient characters on a daily basis. At least one fifth of the world population use these characters daily. The most frequently adopted typeface in daily life is regular script, which is called Li Shu, which originated from the Han Dynasty, around the 1st Christian century. In The Three Kingdoms Period, (Wei, Jin, Southern and Northern Dynasties) regular script evolved. It was simply structured, easy to learn and easy to identify.

Components

Chinese characters are mainly composed by "graph", "sound" and "meaning". Chinese characters are originated from painting, which have an innate advantage that is you could guess the meaning of 80% characters!| from their shapes. Chinese characters have a three-thousand year history, They are profound and lively in daily life. They are also artistic productions with unique style. Learning Chinese in Taiwan, you will experience the beauty of Chinese characters. Compared with the original Mandarin, Mandarin language in Taiwan, has been developed more vibrant and more abundant in expressiveness, which perfectly reveals the progress of social civilization in Taiwan. By focusing on standardized form of Chinese characters (traditional Chinese), learning Mandarin in Taiwan makes truly experiencing the cultural beauty possible. Therefore, studying in Taiwan, international students can not only acquire standard Mandarin, but also obtain the knowledge of the traditional culture, coupled with formal Chinese characters-This makes Taiwan the idea venue to study Mandarin.

Many people believe that traditional characters are "Taiwan's greatest legacy to the world," and they are proud of being able to study the "correct" form of these characters. Every radical component of each traditional character can be broken down and analyzed.

Traditional characters represent the tradition. Chinese culture still present in the mainstream of Chinese language education. This is especially true for those students who want to conduct serious research within in the broader aspects of traditional Chinese culture, including literature, history, and philosophy. In these cases, only when students become well versed in learning orthodox Chinese characters, which have been handed down through the ages will they truly be able to enter and understand Chinese writing?

(2) Chinese Proficiency Test (CPT)

The Chinese Proficiency Test (CPT) was developed by three groups that are National Taiwan Normal University Center for Chinese Language and Culture Studies (CCLC, NTNU), Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign/Second Language, and Research Center for Psychological and Educational Testing. Its first test was held in December 2003, in Taiwan. This test takes place twice a year, in June and December.? The test sites are located in the north, middle, and southern parts of Taiwan. Beginning last year, the CPT became available worldwide. The CPT was designed to examine foreigners' ability in listening and reading. The examination questions are divided into three different levels--basic, intermediate, and advanced. A seven-ranked result will be given out in accordance with the examinee's grades. Eligible candidates will be offered a certificate with rank 1-7. The CPT certificate is issued and administrated by the Association of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (ATCSL) and CCLC, NTNU. For more information please refer to
http://mtc.ntnu.edu.tw or e-mail
cpt@deps.ntnu.edu.tw.

Living Information

The media environment in Taiwan is extremely competitive. Newspapers are all privately-owned and reflect a wide range of viewpoints. Cable stations have been well-established. Taiwan's radio stations provide a diverse genres of listening within the last 10 years.


The Taipei Times
The China Post
The Taiwan News
News in English (Formosa Television)
Da-Ai Television
ESPN and Star Sports
The International Community Radio Taipei
Radio Taiwan International

Food

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Although Chinese food can be eaten in international cities throughout the world, only in Taiwan, you can? enjoy original and traditional Chinese cuisine. Of course, you can taste Taiwanese-style delicacies, such as pearl milk tea meatballs, and lots more. You also can purchase these delicacies at the street vendors or in the night markets.

The Grand Hotel
Dining Guide
Taipei Dining (Taiwan Fun)
Taichung Dining (Taiwan Fun)
Tainan & Chiayi Dining(Taiwan Fun)
Kaohsiung & Pingtung Dining (Taiwan Fun)

Shopping

Taiwan is a shoppers' heaven. You can buy the latest fashion items not only in malls and department stores, but also from street vendors. At local night markets, you can also find a wide array of things to buy.

Taipei 101
Taiwan Ho! Shopping Guide
Marimari.Com
Travel in Taiwan (TiT)
Taipei Shopping (Taiwan Fun)
Taichung Shopping (Taiwan Fun)
Tainan & Chiayi Shopping (Taiwan Fun)
Kaohsiung & Pingtung Shopping (Taiwan Fun)

Health Care

The quality of Taiwan's health care has improved significantly. Taiwan's Foreign residents can also participate in Taiwan's health care. Foreigners in Taiwan are also able to enjoy these high quality medical services. For the medical concerns, please consult the websites:

Bureau of National Health Insurance
National Taiwan University Hospital
Tri-Service General Hospital
Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
Taichung Veterans General Hospital
Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital

Others

e-Yellow Page
Currency Rate

Travel Information

National Parks

National Parks

Kenting National Park
Kenting National Park is located in the southern tip of Taiwan, which is totally in the tropical zone.

Taroko National Park
Taroko National Park is located in the northeastern part of Taiwan, and is famous for the canyon.

Yushan National Park
Yushan National Park is located in the heart of Taiwan. And there is?the highest peak in Yushan mountain range in Taiwan.

Shei-pa National Park
Shei-pa National Park is located in the central Taiwan, and conserves the resource of high mountain ecology, geology, topography.

Yangmingshan National Park
Yangmingshan National Park is situated in the north Taiwan, and is famous for volcanic geology, such as hot springs.

Kinmen National Park
Kinmen National Park is the only park that is not on Taiwan Island, and serves as a campaign memorial park.

Taichung Metropolitan Park

Kaohsiung metropolitan Park

 

 

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Baiyang Trail in Taroko Gorge


Dahsiaoba Peak (in Shai-Pa)


Garden of Pagoda Trees(in Kinmen)


Kenting National Park in Pingtung

Museums

National Palace Museum
It collects tremendous antiques of Chinese Dynasties, including T'ang, Sung, Yuan, Ming and Ch'ing.

National Museum of History
It not only preserves the national treasures, but it also supports the international exhibitive exchanges.

National Museum of Natural Science
It is located in Taichung. It exhibits the combination of science and civilization, and promotes people to understand Science.

National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium
It introduces the ecological environment of the Seas surrounding Taiwan.

Shihsanhang Museum of Archaeology
It exhibits a lot of pottery and ironware that belonged to the prehistoric culture of the Iron Age in Taiwan.

Gold Ecological Park
It is designed to preserve its unique mineral deposit geology and mining cultures of Jinguashi.

Museum of World Religions
It is established to introduce diverse religions with the international version.

Yingge Ceramics Museum
The development goal of Yingge Ceramics Museum is to build the Spirit of Taiwan Ceramic Culture with the joint efforts of industries, the government, and the academy

National Museum of Prehistory

Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Taipei Story House

 


National Palace Museum


National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium


National Museum of History


Shihsanhang Museum of Archaeology

Theaters

Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan
In 1973, choreographer Lin Hwai-min adopted this classical name for the first contemporary dance company in any Chinese speaking community: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.

National Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center
The National Theater and the National Concert Hall have been recognized by the international arts community as the most important performing arts center in Taiwan.

 

Others

Taiwan Map
This website offer the service for looking for a specific landmark in Taiwan and locating an address.

Welcome to Taiwan(2004 Visit Taiwan Year Naru'wan)

Taiwan Region Guide (ThingsAsian)

National Parks Police Corps (NPPC)

Photos provided by R.O.C. Ministry of Transportation & Communications Tourism Bureau

 

Government

Office of the President

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The Executive Yuan

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The Executive Yuan
Ministry of Interior
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of National Defense
Ministry of Financial
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Economic Affairs
Ministry of Transportation and Communication
Government Inforamtion Office
Environmental Protection Administration
Council of Agriculture (Ministry of Agriculture)
Department of Health
Bureau of Animal and Plant Hygiene and Quarantine
The Legislative Yuan

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The Legislative Yuan
The Judicial Yuan

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The Judicial Yuan
The Supreme Court
The Examination Yuan

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The Examination Yuan
Ministry of Examination
The Control Yuan

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The Control Yuan
Ministry of Audit (National Audit Office)
Industry Association

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Taiwan External Trade Departmental Council
Science and Technology Information Center
The Importers and Exporters Association of Taipei
Others

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The E-Government Entry Point of Taiwan
National Security Bureau

Visiting Taiwan

A Quick Look for Visitors Doing Business with Taiwan
Visa & Custom Info Travel Info
Visa Application Form Download Studying in Taiwan
Bureau of Immigration Taiwan Directory
Taiwan Holidays 2006 2007 Information for Foreigners
Holidays and Festivals in Taiwan Your Super Sightseeing Guide to Taiwan
Experience Taiwan Study Tour Programs
Contact List for Spokespersons of Government Ministries Contact List for English Coordinator of Local Government Agencies
Contact List for International media in Taiwan A Photo Calendar of Beautiful Taiwan Scenery

by Ministry of Education. R. O. C (Taiwan)

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