Before you arrive

Invitation letter, Work permit, Visa and ARC

Work permit

A work permit for foreign professionals is the first document to obtain before coming. Once a work contract is signed with NTU, you will receive the work permit from the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) through the University. With this work permit, you can apply for a visa at the Taiwan representative office in your country.

Invitation letter

Visiting scholars (i.e. with no contract) do not have a work permit. Nonetheless, they need an invitation letter from their NTU host. Using the invitation letter, they can apply for a visa, if a visa is necessary.

Visa and ARC

You may need to apply for a visa, so that your stay will be possible without having to leave and reenter Taiwan. Note that certain countries’ citizens (with passports valid for at least 6 months) may not need to apply for a visa if their stay doesn’t exceed 30 days.

Staying for no more than 180 days

If you plan to stay in Taiwan for less than 180 days, you should apply for a Visitor Visa. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months. You can visit the website of the Taiwan embassy or mission in your country, to check how to apply and what application documents are needed.

Staying for more than 180 days

If you plan to stay in Taiwan for more than 180 days, you should apply for a Resident Visa. You will be permitted to enter Taiwan with your Resident Visa, but to remain in Taiwan you must apply for an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) within 15 days following your entry.

The NTU ID

Please contact your college or department to apply for an NTU ID.

The ID will give you access to your department building, NTU libraries and gym. It will also serve as an EasyCard, making you save on MRT and bus trips.

Card-making may take 5~10 working days. We encourage you to apply for the NTU ID early so that you can use it as soon as you arrive.

Accomodation

NTU provides accommodation on campus for full-time faculty members and visiting scholars, with limited availability. Your host department can assist you in finding accommodation best suited to your needs.

Visiting scholars staying for more than one month

There are several accommodation options for visiting scholars :

Your host department shall be responsible for applying the following accomodation options. However, NTU can not guarantee a space for your application.

Visiting Scholars Dormitory

NTU’s Visiting Scholars Dormitory 客座學人宿舍 (Wenzhou Street) is suitable for visiting scholars coming for a few months. The accommodation fee is charged per month.

Due to limited number of rooms of the visiting scholars dormitory, please ask your host department to apply it for you as early as possible if you prefer this option.

Visiting Scholars
Dorm Note
Wenzhou Street 溫州街 As part of our continued commitment to enhance our property and service, please be advised that the dormitory will be under renovation starting March 24, 2021 and is temporarily unavailable.

To apply, please ask your host department to assist you or contact the Office of General Affair’s Faculty & Staff Housing Division directly. (Tel:+886 (0)2 3366 4664)

Hsiu Chi House

Located next to the main campus, the Hsiu Chi House 修齊會館 is operated by Prince Housing and Development Cooperation. It welcomes both long and short-term stays.

Monthly rates for long-term stay
Room Bed Rate
Standard Single Room 1 single bed TWD 18,000+10%
Superior Suite Double Bed TWD 21,000+10%
Superior Double Room Twin Bed TWD 24,000+10%
Deluxe Suite Double Bed TWD 27,000+10%
Hsiu Chi Suite Double Bed TWD 30,000+10%

* Please refer to Hsiu Chi House for the latest rates.

To apply, please ask your host department to assit you, or contact the Hsiu Chi House (Tel:+886 (0)2 2363-1066 ext 40199) directly.

Just Sleep, Taipei NTU

JustSleep, Taipei NTU 捷絲旅臺大尊賢館 is located right on the edge of the main campus and offers discounts for NTU scholars. It welcomes both long and short-term stays.

* Please note that JustSleep, Taipei NTU is temporarily closed until the end of June, 2021. 

* Please refer to JustSleep, Taipei NTU for the latest rates.

To apply, please ask your host department to assit you, or contact JustSleep, Taipei NTU (Tel:+886 (0)2 7735-5008 ext 8381/0989-8326632363) directly.

Lake Hotel

Lake Hotel 帝景飯店 is located next to Bitan in Xindian District, New Taipei City and offers discounts for NTU scholars.

Monthly rate: TWD 30,000~TWD 42,000

* Please refer to Lake Hotel for the latest rates.

To apply, please ask your host department to assit you, or contact Lake Hotel (Tel:+886 (0)2 8212-1100) directly.

Visiting scholars staying for less than one month

There are several accommodation options for visiting scholars who are only staying for a few days.

Hsiu Chi House

The Hsiu Chi House 修齊會館 also provides accommodation charged per day.

Daily rates for short-term stay
Room Bed Special discount for NTU
Standard Single Room 1 single bed TWD 1,200+10%
Superior Suite Double Bed TWD 1,400+10%
Superior Double Room Twin Bed TWD 1,600+10%
Deluxe Suite Double Bed TWD 1,800+10%
Hsiu Chi Suite Double Bed TWD 2,000+10%

* Please refer to Hsiu Chi House for the latest rates

To apply, please ask your host department to assit you, or contact the Hsiu Chi House (Tel:+886 (0)2 2363 1066 ext 40199) directly.

Just Sleep, Taipei NTU

JustSleep, Taipei NTU 捷絲旅臺大尊賢館 also provides accommodation charged per day.

JustSleep
Room Bed
Superior King 1 king bed
Hollywood Twin 1 king bed or 2 single beds
Family Twin 2 queen beds
Deluxe Suite 1 king bed and 1 sofa bed
Executive Suite 1 king bed and 1 day bed

* Please refer to JustSleep, Taipei NTU for the latest rates (Tel:+886 (0)2 7735-5008 ext 8381/0989-8326632363)

Other hotels

For other off-campus hotels, NTU visiting scholars may receive an NTU discount at Howard International House (opposite the NTU Sports Center), The Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei (15min by taxi), and The Corner House near Da’an Forest Park and Zhongxiao Xinsheng MRT station (10min by bus).

Howard International House
Room Rate Special discount for NTU
Single TWD 2,700 TWD 1,900
Twin TWD 4,700 TWD 3,400

* Please refer to Howard International House for the latest rates. (Tel:+886 (0)2 7712-2323)

The Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei
Room Rate Special discount for NTU
Superior King TWD 9,500 TWD 4,200
Deluxe Single TWD 10,000 TWD 4,500
Junior Suite TWD 15,000 TWD 5,400
Deluxe Suite TWD 16,000 TWD 5,700

* Please refer to The Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei for the latest rates (Tel:+886 (0)2 0800-0110 ext 68)

The Corner House
Room Rate Special discount for NTU
Superior TWD 5,500 TWD 3,000
Business TWD 5,500 TWD 3,300
Deluxe Suite TWD 6,500 TWD 3,600
Executive Suite TWD 8,500 TWD 5,100
Residence Suite TWD 10,000 TWD 6,000

* Please refer to The Corner House for the latest rates (Tel:+886 (0)2 2704-5888)

In addition to the housing options above, NTU has an agreement with the Tsue Ma Ma Foundation , a major locator in town, to provide housing information and services to international scholars. (Tel:+886 (0)2 2365-8140)

The information provided here is subject to change. For the latest rates, services, or facilities of the accommodations, please visit their websites.

Health Insurance

What health insurance do I pick?

You have an ARC

The National Health Insurance (NHI) is Taiwan’s official medical insurance operated by the Bureau of National Health Insurance in the Executive Yuan’s Department of Health. Taiwan residents must register for the NHI. Scholars who hold an ARC must enroll in the National Health Insurance (NHI).

You don’t have an ARC

You need an ARC to be eligible for the NHI. Without an ARC, you may want to enroll in other insurance programs. Your host department can assist you in enrolling in the program of your choice. Good to know: insurance agencies offer discounts to NTU faculty and staff:

Ding-Hou Insurance

Tel:+886 (0)2 2457-0735 or +886 (0)932-385292
Fax:+886 (0)2 2785-1962
Email: life999@ms34.hinet.net

How to apply for the NHI

If you're an NTU full-time faculty, please bring your application form and work contract to the NTU Personnel Department’s Section 4. They will assist in your application.

If you're a visiting scholar who stays over 180 days, please bring your application form and Resident/Entry and Exit Permit to the local administrative office where your household is registered to enroll in the program.

To receive your NHI Card, simply send your application form and legal ID to local NHI offices via mail or file your application at the nearest NHI office.

If your NHI Card is lost, bring your ARC to the nearest NHI office to apply for a replacement card. A processing fee may be charged.

For detailed information on National Health Insurance (NHI), visit the website of National Health Insurance Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare.

Family’s Support

If you have family members accompanying you to Taiwan, you need to send their visa application together with yours. Your family, while having no formal proof of employment, will still be able to apply for a visa, for they are travelling with you.
Children’s education
Child care services and schools close to NTU may suit your children’s needs.
Child care, preschool
The Taipei Child Care Resource Center can help you find licensed nurses or nursery schools.
Kindergarten
NTU Kindergarten is an on-campus kindergarten where faculty’s children can receive care and education. Register at the beginning of June for enrollment in autumn. (Tel: +886 (0)2 3366-4428)
Local elementary schools
If your children can communicate in Chinese, the following elementary schools are close to the NTU campus and provide standard education:
Long An Elementary School 龍安國小
Tel:+886 (0)2 2363-2077
Gong Guan Elementary School 公館國小
Tel:+886 (0)2 2735-1734
International schools
There are several international schools in Taipei which offer education in English, French, German or Japanese.
International school Language Location ( from NTU ) Contact Ramarks
Taipei American School English

Shilin District, 30min by car, 50min by public transportation

Tel : +866 (0)2 2873 9900
www.tas.edu.tw
K – 12
Taipei European School English French German Shilin District, 60min by car, 90min by public transportation Tel : +886 (0)2 8145 9007
www.taipeieuropeanschool.com
K – 12
Taipei Japanese School Japanese Shilin District, 30min by car, 50min by public transportation Tel : +886 (0)2 2872 3801
www.taipeijs.org
1 – 9
Dominican International School English Zhongshan District, 30min by car, 50min by MRT Tel : +886 (0)2 2533 8451
www.dishs.tp.edu.tw
K – 12
Grace Christian Academy English Nangang District, 30min by car, 50min by public transportation Tel : +886 (0)2 2785 7233
www.gcataipei.com
K – 12
Morrison Christian Academy English 600m from NTU Main Gate, 10-15min by foot Tel : +886 (0)2 2365 9691
www.mca.org.tw
K – 9

Airport to city

Most international flights land at Taoyuan International Airport (TPE). The journey from Taoyuan International Airport to central Taipei is about 40 kilometers.

From Option Route Time Fare (estimate)
Taipei Songshan Airport (TSA) Taxi rank is located outside the Arrivals Lobby 20min TWD 250
   Take MRT Wenshan-Neihu Line (文湖線) to Technology Building station (科技大樓站), and then take a taxi 30min TWD 120
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) Taxis operating by shifts are located at the west side of Terminal 1's and 2's Arrivals Lobby 1h TWD 1,300
Take Airport MRT to Beimen Station (北門站), and then take Songshan-Xindian MRT Line (松山新店線)  to Gongguan Station (公館站)  50min TWD 180
   Take bus (Kuo-kuang Line 1819 or CitiAir Bus 1961) directed to Taipei Main Station (臺北車站), and then take a taxi 1h30 TWD 350
   Take bus (Kuo-kuang Line 1819 or CitiAir Bus 1961) directed to Taipei Main Station (臺北車站), and transfer to MRT Xindian Line (新店線), get off at Gongguan Station (公館站) 1h30 TWD 220

Would you like to be assisted at the airport ?

If you are coming to NTU as Visiting Scholar, the Office of International Affairs may be able to arrange for a Student Ambassador to meet you at the airport, depending on availability. Please apply at least 10 working days before your departure. You can apply by filling out the Visiting Scholar Application Form and send it to intlscholar@ntu.edu.tw. A confirmation email will be sent to you shortly after that.


Last update : 2021 / 03 / 30