There are different ways to apply for admission to the university. The application procedure depends on which subject you would like to study and where you come from. Requirements and application deadlines can vary from university to university,and even from degree program to degree program.


    1. Who is an international student?

    A. An applicant must have foreign nationality and has never studied in Taiwan before as an overseas Chinese student at the time of application.

    B. An applicant has never been admitted through admission placement by the University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese studnet in the year of application.

    C. An applicant must apply in accordance with the "Regulations Regarding International Students Undertaking Studies in Taiwan" by the Ministry of Education.

    2. Eligibility Check

    If you are not sure whether you are eligible to apply as an international student, we suggest you go to school websites such as the National Taiwan Universityor National Chengchi University to check your eligibility.

    3. Academic Qualification Requirements

    • International applicants with a high school diploma are eligible to apply for undergraduate programs;
    • International applicants with a bachelor's degree are eligible to apply for master's degree programs;
    • International applicants with a master's degree are eligible to apply for a Ph.D. programs.

    You can prove your Chinese language proficiency by taking TOCFL, which is a language test. However, you do not need to Chinese if you intend to enroll in  an international degree program or English-taught program. You can also attend a language course to improve your Chinese language skills.

    1. The Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL)

    The Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) is a set of standardized language proficiency tests developed for non-native speakers of Chinese. TOCFL is divided into four sub-tests for listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

    Based on the CEFR standards, the speaking and writing test are divided into 3 Bands (A, B, and C), and each Band is further divided into 2 levels for a total of 6 levels. In the listening and reading tests, the Steering Committee for the Test Of Proficiency - Huayu (SC-TOP) developed an entrance level Novice Band for beginners. The following chart is a reference for the suitable vocabulary base you need to pass each band.



    Indicative Course Hours

    Suitable Vocabulary Base

    In Chinese-speaking areas

    In non-Chinese-speaking areas

    Band Novice

    30-120 hours

    60-240 hours


    Band A

    Level 1

    120-240 hours

    240-480 hours


    Level 2

    240-360 hours

    480-720 hours


    Band B

    Level 3

    360-480 hours

    720-960 hours


    Level 4

    480-960 hours

    960-1920 hours


    Band C

    Level 5

    960-1920 hours

    1920-3840 hours


    Level 6

    More than 1920 hours

    More than 3840 hours


    2. Learn Chinese

    You may consider studying Chinese in Taiwan before starting your studies. If that is your plan, you can chen the website of Office of Global Mandarin Education for further details regarding the Chinese courses in Taiwan.



    1. First, you need to find a study program.
    2. Applications and admissions to higher education in Taiwan is handled by each institution, and the different institutions may have different requirements and deadlines.
    3. Make sure you obtain all necessary information about requirements, documentation and deadlines for the different study programs and institutions.