Pre-Arrival Guidebook (2020 Spring Semester)
The Office of International Affairs has compiled a guidebook for information to help you as you prepare to embark on your journey to Taiwan. Please click on the photo to the right to access the AY2019/2020 Pre-Arrival Guidebook which includes essential information on topics including dormitory, finance, course selection, etc. To download an electronic version, please click here.
VISA & ARC
Before you come to Taiwan, you should apply for a Resident or Visitor Visa from the Taiwan Diplomatic Mission in your residence country with the acceptance letter (both Chinese and English) and the admission letter (only in Chinese) issued by NTU. Look up the Taiwan Diplomatic Mission in your residence country by visiting the Ministry of Foreign Affair's website: www.mofa.gov.tw/en >> Embassies & Missions.
Please note that if you fail to obtain proper visa issued by a Taiwan Diplomatic Mission, your exchange student identity will be canceled.
If you are a Mainland China Passport holder, you will need to enter Taiwan with an Entry Permit (入臺證). According to regulations of the National Immigration Agency, the OIA will help you with the application for an Entry Permit. Find out more in the Guide for Mainland China Passport Holders.
If you will be staying in Taiwan for one academic year, you may be able to obtain an ARC.
Once you have registered at NTU, you can apply for a Resident Visa at the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs if you entered Taiwan on a Visitor Visa.
Within 15 days of receiving a Resident Visa, you must apply for an ARC at the National Immigration Agency in Taipei. You may also request a Re-entry Permit (多重入國許可) when you apply for an ARC.
ARC for exchange students may be valid for one year and cannot be extended.
Insurance and Health Exam Requirement
You must purchase your own insurance in your home country before traveling to Taiwan.
Please provide proof of insurance in Chinese or English valid for your entire exchange period for the following:
- Accident insurance worth a minimum of TWD 1,000,000 (approx. USD 34,000)
- Medical insurance worth a minimum of TWD 1,000,000 (approx. USD 34,000)
If you hold an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) and have met the six-month minimum residency requirement, you can choose to join the National Health Insurance (NHI) with limited coverage.
To meet NTU and government requirements, all new students must complete a health exam conducted by a qualified doctor, and complete all parts listed on the NTU Incoming Exchange/Visiting Students Health Exam Form & Form C (2pages in total). You are suggested to complete the health exam in your home country：Print out the health exam forms and bring them to be completed by a qualified doctor.
The hard copy of NTU Health Exam Form & Form C (all items must be checked) should be submitted on the registration day (date to be confirmed), or you are not able to get your own NTU student ID card.
If you have a Visitor Visa and need to change to a Resident Visa, you have to take the health exam for the Resident Visa Application at a Ministry-designated hospital, which does not include the NTU Hospital. You are suggested to bring both NTU Health Exam forms and the medical form for residence application to a designated hospital and ask them to fill out the results on both forms.
NTU Student Volunteer
To help you prepare for and be familiar with NTU student life, the OIA will assign an NTU student volunteer to you. You should receive a welcome email from your student volunteer before the semester starts. Please reply directly to his/her email. If you haven't heard from your student volunteer by then, please contact your NTU exchange student coordinator.