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Study in TKU

Arriving in Taiwan

When enrolling at TKU, there are several steps that you must follow. Please read through these steps thoroughly before undertaking the enrollment process.

Step 1: Registration Section

On Sept 1, go to the TKU Registration Section on the second floor of the Administration Building, Tamsui Campus. Here, you will be asked to fill in several forms and will need to provide the following documents:

  • Passport (copy)
  • ARC (copy), if you have already been issued with one
  • One 2-inch, half-length color photo with white background taken in the last year
  • Transcript of academic grades for highest educational level achieved (to be stamped and verified by an overseas Taipei Representative Office)
  • Graduation Certificate for highest educational level achieved (this must be stamped and verified by an overseas Taipei Representative Office)

At the Registration Section, you will receive a Tuition Notice, which you will need to take to a local bank or post office to pay your tuition fees and insurance premiums for the first semester. You will also receive an Enrollment Form that must be stamped by each of the TKU departments described in this section.

Note: If you are a Taiwan Scholarship recipient, do not go to a bank or post office. Instead, take the tuition notice and a copy of your Taiwan Scholarship Award Certificate to the TKU International Office (see Step 2).

Step 2: International and Mainland Student Guidance Section

After paying your tuition fees at the local bank or post office, go to the TKU International Office on the tenth floor of Ching-sheng Memorial Hall(T1001). When you get there, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Passport (copy)
  • ARC (copy), if you have already been issued with one
  • Six 2-inch, half-length color photos with white background taken in the last year

Step 3: Office of Finance

By now, you should have already paid your first semester tuition fees and NHI premiums, and received a receipt of payment. The receipt of payment should have been issued by the local bank or post office at which you paid these fees. Now, take this receipt of payment to the Office of Finance, on the second floor of the Engineering Building (Room G401). After handing in the receipt of payment, you will receive an official stamp from the Office of Finance. Your enrollment form should now contain three official stamps from three separate offices: the Registration Section, the International Office, and the Office of Finance.

If you are a Taiwan Scholarship student, your enrollment form should also have a special seal that exempts you from payment of tuition fees and NHI insurance premiums. Show this stamp to the staff at the Office of the Comptroller. This stamp is equivalent to a receipt of payment.

Step 4: Registration Section

Now, take all your documents, including the enrollment form, back to the Registration Section. The staff there will process your enrollment and provide you with important information regarding your upcoming study. Good luck!

Getting Settled

While studying at TKU, you can choose from a variety of student housing options, both on and off campus. Alternatively, you may want to rent or share an apartment off campus.

Student Housing
  1. Sung-tao Hall

    Sung-tao Hall is an on-campus female dormitory that accommodates close to 2000 students, with four students to a room. The rooms are air-conditioned, and come with bed frames (without mattress), desks, chairs, bookshelves, lights, wardrobes, and telephone and internet. Shared amenities include pay phones, a common lounge, a study room, a coin-operated laundry, simple cooking equipment, and refrigerators. Downstairs from the dorm is a food court, which boasts a variety of restaurants, a convenience store, a hairdresser, and a beauty salon. The rent per semester is NT $10,900, which is much cheaper than the average rent for nearby apartments.

  2. Dan Jiang Hall

    The Dan Jiang Hall is an off-campus, co-ed student dormitory located about five to ten minutes (on foot) from the TKU Tamsui Campus. It is a new, 14-story building that comprises a wide range of amenities, including a gym and the latest entertainment facilities. For this reason, it is more expensive than Sung-tao Hall. The rent is NT $19,250 per semester, with an additional semesterly maintenance fee of NT $3,000. Although you are allowed to pay per semester, students who stay at Dan Jiang Hall must do so for an entire academic year, from the beginning of September to mid-July the following year. At Dan Jiang Hall, there are 3 to 4 students to each room. Rooms are air-conditioned, and include bed frames (without mattress), desks, chairs, bookshelves, lights, wardrobes, a sink, a simple bath room (with shower and toilet), and internet and telephone. The dorm is located in a bustling area with plenty of restaurants. And although more pricey than Sung-tao Hall, the rent at Dan Jiang Hall is still cheaper than the average studio apartment in Tamsui.

  3. Reitaku International House

    Reitaku International House is a modern on-campus dormitory built for international students from Reitaku University (Japan) and exchange students from Tamkang's sister universities worldwide. It also houses local Taiwanese students. Student distribution is approximately one-third Japanese students, one-third (non-Japanese) exchange students, and one third local students. Recently refurbished, the Reitaku International House features spacious rooms equipped with the latest amenities. The cost of accommodation for one semester is NT $11,400, plus an additional maintenance fee of NT $2,000.

Renting or Sharing an Apartment

Given that over half of Tamsui's population is made up of students, it goes without saying that there's plenty of student style accommodation all around Tamsui. This includes both studio apartments for one person and larger apartments to be shared. The amount of rent you'll pay will vary based on: how close you are to the Tamsui Campus or Tamsui MRT Station, the size of your apartment, how modern your apartment complex is or how recently is was renovated, the number of amenities, convenience of public transportation, the floor you live on, and whether or not it is a security building, to name just a few.

  1. Things you should know before renting:
    • In Taiwan, rent is generally paid monthly
    • Landlords require you to sign a six month or year-long rental contract, and it is important that you do so, as the contract also protects your rights as a tenant
    • Always make sure that when you sign the contract, you ask to see the landlord's National ID Card. Check that the details on the card match those on the contract
    • Before moving in, you'll be asked to pay the first month's rent plus a deposit, which is usually the equivalent of two month's rent (so, 3 months' rent in total)
    • Some landlords will ask you to pay rent per semester, not per month
    • The price of studio apartments around Tamsui ranges from around NT $4,000 to NT $10,000 per month
    • If you live in a large apartment complex, you will most likely have to pay a monthly maintenance fee of around NT $1,000
    • In many studio apartments near the university, internet and cable TV are included in the monthly rent
  2. Resources for finding accommodation:

    If you can read Chinese, refer to the following websites

    • This is a website designed for TKU students who are looking for accommodation around the university. Please click here.
    • This website displays housing options for areas all around Taiwan. You can search for apartments in Tamsui by using the drop box options. Please click here.
    • This website allows you to search for accommodation in Tamsui by selecting the appropriate options on the left hand menu panel. Please click here
    • Use the drop box options at the top to search for apartments in Tamsui. As with each of these websites, you can make a search based on your desired price range. Please click here.

    If you can't read Chinese, refer to the following websites

    • This is a website for foreigners living in Taiwan. It allows you to search for apartments, scooters, teaching opportunities, and many others. However, it does not contain many listings for apartments in Tamsui. Please click here.
    • This website lists apartments for rent around Taiwan, but focuses mainly on Taipei City. As with most English-based housing websites in Taiwan, there are very few listings for apartments in Tamsui. Please click here.

Remember that finding the perfect apartment can take a bit of time. So if you're considering renting your own apartment or sharing with friends, try to do so as early as possible so that it does not affect your studies.

Thanks to the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) system, any location around Taipei is just a swipe of a card away! In Tamsui, things are just as convenient, with various buses ready to take you wherever you need to go. This section will show you how to get from A to B while studying in Taiwan. But first things first. Here's how to get from Taoyuan International Airport to the Tamsui Campus:

Getting from the Airport to the Tamsui Campus
  1. By Taxi

    Taxis are available at the Taoyuan International Airport 24 hours a day, and there are taxi queues outside the arrival halls of both terminals. Make sure you get a taxi from the taxi stand outside, and not with a hawker standing inside the arrival hall. A typical taxi fare from Taoyuan International Airport to Tamsui is around NT $1,000 - 1,500. It takes about one hour to reach the Tamsui Campus from the airport (recommended if you are carrying heavy luggage).

  2. By MRT

    First, find the ticketing stand inside the arrival hall, and by a bus ticket to Taipei Main Station (in Chinese, this station is pronounced "Taibei Chezhan"). This should cost about NT $120 - $160 and take about 45 minutes to an hour. Once you arrive at Main Station, go downstairs and enter the 'Taipei Main Station' MRT station. Take the MRT to Tamsui, which is the final stop on the Red Line (18 stations in total). This should take about 35 minutes. Then, take an R27 or R28 bus (about 10 minutes, NT $15) or a taxi (about 5 minutes, NT $100) from the Tamsui MRT station to the TKU Tamsui Campus.

For enquiries related to the Taoyuan International Airport, Please click here.

Getting Around Taipei

The Taipei MRT is like a vast arterial system that pumps people in all directions across the sprawling city of Taipei. It allows you to easily access all the major sights and main business and residential areas around Taipei, including the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall and the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall.

To use the MRT, first locate the ticket pricing diagram near the entry gates to the MRT, and check how much it costs for your desired destination. Underneath the diagram, there should be a ticketing machine. Insert the appropriate amount of money, using either coins or an NT $100 note. You will receive a blue coin-shaped token. Place this over the sensor area of the MRT entry gates to enter. For more details, please click here.

Alternatively, you can purchase an MRT Easy Card, which you can use at MRT stations and on buses, ferries, trains, and even some taxis. You can add value to your card balance at any MRT station or convenience store in Taipei. Easy Cards cost NT $500 for students, which includes NT $400 worth of credit and a refundable NT $100 deposit. For more details, please click here.

For the most up-to-date version of the MRT Route Map, please click here.

Getting Around Tamsui

The easiest way to get around Tamsui is by catching buses. In Tamsui, there are a plethora of different shaped and numbered buses that will transport you wherever you want to go. The R27 and R28 will take you to the side entrance and back entrance of the TKU Tamsui Campus. The R26 will take you to the popular tourist destination known as Fisherman's Wharf.

To take the bus, you can either swipe your MRT Easy Card as you get on or off (this varies depending on which bus you take) or insert coins into the coin machine on the bus. If you have a student Easy Card, the bus trips generally cost NT $12. However, if you choose to insert coins, you must pay the full NT $15 bus fare. The buses operate all day, from about 6 am to midnight.

Riding a scooter is another option. However, scooters are costly to buy and maintain, and are considerably more dangerous. For this reason, we recommend the safer option of catching public transport. If you are considering purchasing a scooter, remember to always take a local Taiwanese friend with you to ensure that you are not being overcharged. Generally speaking, prices for second hand scooters range from NT $5,000 to $40,000. For information about obtaining a local driver's license, please click here.

When you first arrive in Taiwan, it is natural to want to get in touch with family and friends overseas, or to contact new friends who you've just met since arriving. For this, you'll need a cell phone. To make and receive calls, you can opt for either a prepaid phone card or an ongoing contract with a local telecommunications provider.

Prepaid Phone Card

Go to any local phone retailer and ask for a prepaid card. In Chinese, the word for prepaid card is "Yufuka". The sales assistant may then ask you which brand of prepaid card you want. The main telecom provider in Taiwan is Chunghwa Telecom ("Zhonghua Dianxin"). It offers superior reception, but is relatively expensive. Its prepaid services come under the brand name Emome. The other telecom providers include FarEasTone ("Yuanchuan") and Taiwan Mobile ("Taiwan DaGeDa"). Prepaid cards generally come in NT $300 or $500 increments. When purchasing a prepaid card, you'll need to produce two forms of ID (one from both Type 1 and Type 2):

  1. Type 1

    Passport, ARC, Diplomatic Visa, Work Visa, Resident Visa, Exit and Entry Permit (Republic of China).

  2. Type 2

    Passport, ARC, Diplomatic Visa, Work Visa, Resident Visa, Exit and Entry Permit (Republic of China), other visas, an official driver's license issued by the ROC Ministry of Transportation and Communications.

The sales assistant will then ask you to choose from a selection of prepaid cards with different phone numbers on them. After you choose the card you want, the sales assistant will register your new phone number. Your prepaid card should be activated and ready for use within a few hours of its purchase.

To recharge your prepaid card, go to any convenience store and purchase a recharge card ("Buchongka"). Dial the three digit service number displayed on the card and follow the voice prompts in English.

For information on call rates, refer to the following websites:
Chunghwa Telecom (Emome)
Taiwan Mob

Cell Phone Plans

Calls made under cell phone plans are generally much cheaper than those made using prepaid cards. To sign up for a cell phone plan, head to a cell phone retailer or (ideally) a local telecom branch (E.g. Chunghwa Telecom, FarEasTone etc.). Enquire about the different plans, compare call rates, and look to see if there are any discount offers available.

When signing up for a cell phone plan, apart from the two forms of ID outlined above, you will also need to bring a local Taiwanese friend or classmate (over the age of 20) to serve as a guarantor.

International Phone Calls

International phone cards ("Guoji Dianhuaka") can be purchased from convenience stores around Taiwan. Tell the store clerk the country you wish to call so that he / she can find the most suitable card for you. The card will come with a small pamphlet outlining call rates to various countries around the world. Call the local number displayed on the card and follow the English voice prompts.

To call overseas:

  1. Dial the international long distance code, either 009 or 002
  2. Dial the destination country code (+1 for the US, +86 for China, +61 for Aus, etc.)
  3. Enter the area code, omitting the "0" (E.g. "2" instead of "02" for Sydney, Aus)

Home Phone and Internet

In Taiwan, installing a home phone is expensive. It costs about NT $3,000 (approx. US $100). On the other hand, internet connection is relatively cheap and often comes inclusive when renting apartments near the university. Internet in Taiwan is fast and there is generally no upper limit on the amount of downloads you can make. For this reason, if you want to speak to family and friends overseas, you may want to consider downloading and using free online video call software, such as Skype.

Food in Taiwan, and especially Tamsui, is diverse and plentiful. Off-campus eating options can be found in three main areas around the TKU Tamsui Campus: Da Xue Cheng ('University City'), Da Tian Liao, and Shui Yuan St. These areas border the Tamsui Campus, and consist of numerous Taiwanese style drink shops, restaurants and stalls, where you'll find both Eastern and Western style cuisine.

There are also a variety of on-campus food shops and restaurants, the majority of which are located in the food court beneath the Sung-tao Hall. There, you'll find a vegetarian buffet, a shop selling Taiwanese style glutinous rice balls, and other local delicacies.

For more information about dining in Tamsui, please refer to the Tamsui Culinary Compass on the TKU English website.

To open a bank account in Taiwan, simply take your passport and ARC to the bank at which you wish to open an account. Don't have an ARC yet? That's okay. Head to the National Immigration Office in your local area (see Chapter 1, Visa for details) and ask for a Universal ID Number.

If, while opening a bank account, you want to apply for a bank card too – one which you can use to withdraw money at ATMs around Taiwan or overseas – you'll need to take a personal seal or 'stamp' with your name on it. You can get these custom made at any local 'stamp' shop around Tamsui. To open your account, you'll generally be required to make an initial deposit of NT $1,000.

For more information on opening bank accounts in Taiwan, refer to the following websites:
Tealit.com
esljobproject.com

Voltage for electrical plugs and outlets in Taiwan is 110 V / 60 Hz. This is compatible with the system of wattage used in Japan, America, and Canada. If you come from other countries where the electrical voltage is 220 V and you plan on bringing and using a laptop computer or other electrical appliances, you may have to purchase a voltage converter from an electrical retailer in Tamsui. The word for this in Chinese is "Dian Ya Zhuan Huan Qi".

You may also need to purchase a plug adaptor ("Cha Tou Zhuan Huan Qi"), depending on the type of plugs used in your home country. In Taiwan, the most common form of electrical plug is the type with two flat metal teeth sticking out. There are also plugs with two flat metal teeth above a cylindrical metal prong.

Still staying 'horse' ("Ma", third tone) instead of 'mother' ("Ma", first tone)? Still asking for sleep ("Shuijiao", two first tones) instead of dumplings ("Shuijiao", two third tones)? Not to worry. Tamkang will provide you with a scholarship to study Chinese and have you saying 'dumplings' in no time. You'll not only learn basic conversation, but also learn to read and write – essential for your regular university courses..

The Chinese language program at the Tamsui Campus offers courses for all levels of learners, as well as thematic courses such as Chinese Art and Cross-cultural Learning. For more details, ask the staff at the TKU Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs.

Getting to Know TKU

Chueh-sheng Memorial Library

The Chueh-sheng Memorial Library is one of the most comprehensive university libraries in Taiwan. It has wireless networks, spacious study carrels, a vast multi-media section, and a 24 hour student study area. Currently, the university library stocks more than 1 million printed books, 1.7 million electronic books, 60,000 periodical titles (including electronic journals), and 120,000 non-book items. It also offers some of the best views in Danshui.

Branch library on Lanyang Campus is located on Clement Chang Building 3rd floor CL329 and CL401room,and a 24 hour student study area at CL405 room.

Computer Laboratories

TKU has a total of 7 computer laboratories. Most of these are located in the Business Management Building and Engineering Building on the Tamsui Campus(B201、B203、B204、B206、B213、E313、E314 room). One of these labs is open 24 hours. The labs provide students with access to the latest technology and software, with which to complete university assignments and reports (M313).

Computer laboratories on Lanyang Campus are Located in Clement Chang Building 3 floor CL323 and CL324room.

Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium

Tamkang University places a strong emphasis on sports and athletic activities, and provides students with world class facilities. Many of these facilities are located within the Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium, a vast, multi-story sporting complex equipped with Taiwan's largest (Asia's second largest) retractable grandstand, as well as a comprehensive weights room, volleyball, basketball and badminton courts, professional table tennis tables, aerobics and dance studios, and martial arts training halls.

Shao-Mo Memorial Natatorium Complex

In Taiwan, very few college swimming pools rival the one on the TKU Tamsui Campus. The Shao-Mo Memorial Natatorium is a modern, stylishly designed swimming complex that conforms to the highest specifications for swimming facilities of its kind. It boasts a bright interior, a 50m swimming pool, and hosts professional swimming instructors and lifeguards.

Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center

In the year 2000, the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center was established. It is a two-story, exhibition hall that frequently hosts both local and international art displays. The center consists of several subsidiaries: the Carrie Chang Music Hall, the Research Office of Chinese Calligraphy, and the TKU Maritime Museum. Through these entities, TKU hopes to raise students' appreciation of art, music, and Chinese calligraphy, and disseminate knowledge of Taiwan's intriguing maritime past.

Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs

The Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs is divided into two departments.

  1. International and Cross-Strait Exchange Section

    It is in charge of welcoming visitors and scholars, as well as forging partnerships with overseas universities. It is also in charge of Juniors Study Abroad Program and exchange student applications.

    Tamsui Campus
    10th Floor, Ching Sheng Memorial Hall, T1006 room
    (02) 2621-5656, ext.2002, 2003
    Lanyang Campus
    Administrative Office, CL501 room
    (03) 9873-088, ext.7014
  2. International and Mainland Student Guidance Section

    It helps foreign students, Overseas Chinese students, and Mainland China students with all aspects of their life at Tamkang University. It assists students in applying for scholarships, and offers counseling services, and plans orientation events for international and exchange students.

    Tamsui Campus
    10th Floor, Ching Sheng Memorial Hall, T1001 room
    (02) 2621-5656, ext.2218, 2818, 3551, 3552, 3553
    Lanyang Campus
    Administrative Office, CL501 room
    (03) 9873-088, ext.7014
Office of Academic Affairs

As a foreign student, you'll be in frequent contact with the Office of Academic Affairs. The Office of Academic Affairs consists of four separate sections or divisions. You'll deal mostly with the "Registration Section" and "Curriculum Section".

  1. Registration Section

    Applying for transcripts, certificates, or student ID card and applying to defer or discontinue studies.

  2. Curriculum Section

    Adding or dropping courses.

Tamsui Campus
2nd Floor, Administration Building, A212 room
(02) 2621-5656, ext.2368, 2360, 2210
Lanyang Campus
Administrative Office, CL501 room
(03) 9873-088, ext.7002, 7003
Office of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs is divided into several departments. They are located in different building.

  1. Guidance Section

    Academic leave, students' group insurance, free legal advice, applying part-time job at school, and scholarships.

    Tamsui Campus
    4th Floor, Business Building, B402 room
    (02) 2621-5656, ext.2217, 2817
    Lanyang Campus
    Administrative Office, CL312 room
    (03) 9873-088, ext.7054
  2. Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section

    Students Club, Club Learning and Practicing.

    Tamsui Campus
    Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium, SG315, SG201 room
    (02) 2621-5656, ext.2220, 2224, 2226, 3362
    Lanyang Campus
    Administrative Office, CL312 room
    (03) 9873-088, ext.7004
  3. Counseling Section

    Mental health counseling.

    Tamsui Campus
    4th Floor, Business Building, B408 room
    (02) 2621-5656, ext.2221
    Lanyang Campus
    Administrative Office, CL312 room
    (03) 9873-088, ext.7015
  4. Student Housing Guidance Section

    Applying dormitory, rental information.

    Tamsui Campus
    Second Sung-tao Hall, Z2200 room
    (02) 2621-5656, ext.2395, 2396
    Tamkang Dormitory (outside school)
    No.17, Ln. 149, Sec. 1, Zhongshan N. Rd., Tamsui Dist., New Taipei City 251, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
    (02) 2626-6911, ext.0214, 0216, 0220
    Lanyang Campus
    Administrative Office, CL312 room
    (03) 9873-088, ext.7005, 7055
  5. Career Guidance Section

    Part-time job information outside school.

    Tamsui Campus
    4th Floor, Business Building, B413 room
    (02) 2621-5656, ext.2350, 2019
  6. Office of Military Education and Training

    Campus and Community Service-learning.

    Tamsui Campus
    4th Floor, Business Building, B402 room
    (02) 2621-5656, ext.2214, 2256
    Lanyang Campus
    Administrative Office, CL312 room
    (03) 9873-088, ext.7053, 7056
Office of General Affairs

The Office of General Affairs is responsible for overall campus planning and management of administrative affairs. One of its subsidiary bodies is the Cashier's Section, which foreign students commonly come in contact with paying tuition fees or getting scholarship stipend.

Tamsui Campus
3rd Floor, Business Building, B304 room
(02) 2621-5656, ext.2260
Lanyang Campus
Administrative Office, CL312 room
(03) 9873-088, ext.7007
Office of Information Services

Students with enquiries regarding student emails or on-campus internet usage should head to the Internet Management Section of the Office of Information Services. Remember to take your student ID card with you.

Tamsui Campus
1st Floor, Ching Sheng Memorial Hall , T109 room
(02) 2621-5656, ext.2628
Lanyang Campus
Administrative Office, CL312 room
(03) 9873-088, ext.7011, 7012
Office of Finance

Office of Finance offers students tuition information: tuition payment, search tuition fee and applying proof of payment.

Tamsui Campus
4th Floor, Engineering Building, G401 room
(02) 2621-5656, ext.2067
Lanyang Campus
3rd Floor, Clement Chang Building, CL311 room
(03) 9873-088, ext.7013

Studying at TKU

Program Duration
  1. In Taiwan, the duration of most bachelor degree programs is four years. There are exceptions, however. For example, degree programs offered by the TKU Department of Architecture take five years to complete.
  2. It generally takes about 1 – 4 years to complete a master's degree in Taiwan. Graduate students are required to fulfill at least 24 credits to graduate.
  3. It takes approximately 2 – 7 years to complete a PhD in Taiwan. To obtain a doctorate degree, students must accrue a total of 18 credits.
The Academic Semester

The academic year in Taiwan consists of two semesters:

  1. 1st Semester (Fall Semester) – September to January
  2. 2nd Semester (Spring Semester) – February to June

Academic Grades

The TKU grading system is outlined in the table below. At TKU, undergraduate students are required to achieve a passing grade of 60. For graduate students, the passing grade is 70.

Grade Grade Out of 100 GPA
A 80-100 4
B 70-79 3
C 60-69 2
D 50-59 1
E below 49 0
Class Times

At TKU, the duration of each class is 50 minutes, and each class counts for one credit point. Class times are denoted using a sequence of numbers. For example, Period One refers to classes held from 8:10 am to 9:00 am. The table below displays each number and its corresponding class times.

Period No. Class Time Period No. Class Time
Period 1 08:10 – 09:00 Period 8  15:10 – 16:00
Period 2 09:10 – 10:00 Period 9  16:10 – 17:00
Period 3 10:10 – 11:00 Period 10 17:10 – 18:00
Period 4 11:10 – 12:00 Period 11 18:10 – 19:00
Period 5 12:10 – 13:00 Period 12 19:10 – 20:00
Period 6 13:10 – 14:00 Period 13 20:10 – 21:00
Period 7 14:10 – 15:00 Period 14 21:10 – 22:00
Student Email

As soon as you receive your student number, you can begin to access your student email account. Your student email address will look something like this: studentno@sxx.tku.edu.tw. The 'xx' is the second and third digit in your student number. So, if your student number is "498123456", your student email will be 498123456@s98.tku.edu.tw. The password is the last six digits of your passport or student number.

To access the student email system, simply go to the website platform http://webmail.tku.edu.tw/, then enter your account number (your student number) and password (last six digits of passport or student number). The email system can be viewed in the following languages: German, English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese (simplified), and Chinese (traditional). To switch languages, simply click the appropriate icon on the home page before logging in.

Student ID Card

Foreign students studying at TKU will receive an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which allows for discounts on airfares and a range of everyday items. The details displayed on the card correspond to the information you entered when enrolling to study at TKU (see Chapter 1, Enrolling to Study at TKU, Step 2).

Undergraduate students should collect their ISICs from their (academic) department office in the first two weeks of study. You will receive notice via email or telephone informing you that your student card is ready. Graduate students' ISICs, on the other hand, should be available for collection before the commencement of the academic semester.

Course Selection
Undergraduates:

Before you arrive in Taiwan, your academic department will help you preselect courses for the first semester. Then, after you arrive, you can discuss this course selection with your department office or the TKU International Office.

To search for courses in your academic program, refer to the TKU Course Catalogue system.

To view the courses that were selected for you, visit the TKU Course Selection Website. To login, enter your student number and password (the last four digits of your ARC number). You can also use this website to add or drop courses during the "selection and drop period" of the first semester (Sept 13 – 19, see Chapter 7, Academic Calendar). However, before making any changes, please consult your department office or the TKU International Office.

Graduates or PhD Candidates:

After arriving in Taiwan, go to your department office or the TKU International Office to discuss course options for your program of study. To search for courses in your academic program, refer to the TKU Course Catalogue system.

Deferment of Study
Step 1
Download a Deferment of Study Application Form (Chinese) from the Office of Academic Affairs website.
Step 2
Get the application form stamped by each department listed on the form.
Step 3
Take the stamped form to the Registration Section, Office of Academic Affairs, along with the following documents:
  • A letter of parental consent
  • Student ID card
  • Receipt of tuition fee payment

Note: Application for deferment of study must be made no later than one week before final examinations.

Discontinuation of Study
Step 1
Download a Discontinuation of Study Application Form (Chinese) from the Office of Academic Affairs website.
Step 2
Get the application form stamped by each department listed on the form.
Step 3
Take the stamped form to the Registration Section, Office of Academic Affairs, along with the following documents:
  • A letter of parental consent
  • Student ID card
  • Receipt of tuition fee payment
  • Certificate of Discontinuation of Studies Application Form (downloadable from the Office of Academic Affairs website)

Note: The Certificate of Discontinuation of Studies will be issued after 3 working days.

Suspension of Study

Foreign students who receive failing grades in two thirds of their classes for two semesters will be suspended from study. If, for example, you take 24 credit points in one semester, and in 16 of these 24 credit points (two thirds) you receive failing grades, you will receive an academic warning. If this happens again, you will not be allowed to continue your study at TKU.

In this case, you will be asked to go through a process almost identical to that described in the above section entitled "Discontinuation of Study". The only difference is that you will not need to provide "A letter of parental consent".

Academic Leave
Step 1
Login to the online TKU Leave Request System.
Step 2
Select the type of leave you wish to request and describe the reason for your request of leave. Before taking a leave, you have to make a request online in advance and have the leave slip printed. However, a sick leave may have its leave slip printed within three days after it happens.
Step 3
Print out the completed online request for leave and take it to the TKU Guidance Section, Office of Student Affairs, on the 4th floor of the Business and Management Building (B418 room) for approval. Take with you any other related documents of proof, such as doctors' certificates, etc.
Step 4
If your request for leave is approved, you'll receive a stamp of authorization from the Guidance Section. This stamp allows you to take your requested leave without it affecting your enrollment or your grades.

Student Clubs and Organizations are important parts of Tamkang University. There are 9 categories with more than 200 Student Clubs. Sports and Athletics, Literature and Arts, Entertainment and Music, all these clubs covering a wide scope of extracurricular activities.

Every bachelor student is required to complete "The Learning and Practice of Clubs" before graduation. "The Learning and Practice of Clubs" contains three parts: A for bi-weekly lessons within a semester, B and C are participation and managing of activities in student clubs.

The first week of whole academic year in Tamshui Campus is the Club Expo. During this week, all clubs are welcoming and promoting themselves to freshmen who are newly arrived.

How to Join a Club in TKU:

  1. Visiting the Club Expo by yourself is a strongly recommended way to find out the best club that fits you. All kind of the information that you might want to achieve will be available.
  2. Visiting the Student Clubs List on our website. This list is maintained by the Extracurriur Activities Section.
  3. Drop by the office of Extracurriur Activities Section (SG315) in person. We are more than happy to introduce you every club that you might be interested in.

Important Information

When in a new country, it's important to have a list of emergency contact numbers on hand just in case. You should copy these numbers down and keep them with you at all times.
TKU Emergency Contact Card

Lifestyle Assistance

Student Insurance
  1. Student insurance costs NT $243 per semester. This cost comes as part of their miscellaneous fees.
  2. Once covered under the plan, you may receive compensation if you are hospitalized, use outpatient services, or undergo an operation in the event of illness or accidental injury. Compensation must be claimed within two years of the accident or illness. To claim compensation, go to the TKU Guidance Section, on the 4th floor of the College of Business and Management Building (B402).
International student medical insurance (Cathay Life Insurance Company)
  1. Following article 22 of "International Students Undertaking Studies in Taiwan". At the time of registration a new international student shall present proof of a medical and injury insurance policy which is valid for at least 6 months from the date the student enters Taiwan. Current student shall present written proof that they have joined Taiwan's the National Health Insurance Plan. The abovementioned written proof of insurance issued in foreign country shall be verified by the "Overseas Agencies".
  2. If you are failing to provide these documents, you will must be required to join the International student medical insurance provided by TKU University. This insurance is provided by Cathay Life Insurance Company . The six months fee is NTD3,000.(This fee will be included with tuition payment.).

*Claims information:

For the same symptoms, the insurance company covers only one visit per day. The maximum coverage per visit is TWD 1,000.

Insurance covers accidents or sickness occurring in the Taiwan area. Accidents or sickness requiring specialized medical care or have occurred before the insurance policy was taken out will not be covered.

  1. The hospital or Clinics is join with National Health Insurance.
  2. All the fee you need to pay by yourself first. Remember to take all receipt and apply the medical certificate.
  3. Hand in all Required documents for applying claims to International and Mainland Student Guidance Section (T1001-Tamsui campus, CL501-Lanyang campus):
    1. all original receipt (Please stick in A4 paper)
    2. medical certificate
    3. Bank account book copy
    4. Claims applying form
    5. Cathy insurance personal information agreement

*The money will take around 4 weeks to transfer to your bank account by Insurance company.

National Health Insurance (NHI)

The international student who, after entering Taiwan and gaining an ARC, has stayed in Taiwan for six consecutive months, or exited Taiwan once for less than 30 days, within the period of stay amounting to six months, after deducting the number of days that he or she has been away from Taiwan, may apply for NHI through the university or the local district office. NHI monthly premiums amounts to NT $749.

Foreign students with relatives who qualify as an insured person under the NHI program can enroll in NHI as dependents. (e.g.: With parents living outside Taiwan but grandparents living in Taiwan, the student may enroll as a dependent of the grandparents.)

The National Health Insurance Program is mandatory; anyone who qualifies for the Program must enroll. Any qualified person who doesn't enroll is subject to a fine of NT$3,000 to NT$15,000. In addition, this person is required to pay the full premiums starting from the date he or she should have been enrolled. No benefits will be offered before the premiums are paid in full. If fined, a notice of penalty violation will be delivered in writing and the fine must be paid on time. If the fines imposed remain unpaid, after a given period of time the case will be referred to the courts for compulsory enforcement.
(Bureau of National Health Insurance)

*Applying for NHI through the university Notice:

  1. Applying for Coverage
    1. First time to applying NHI students, please hand in those documents to International and Mainland Student Guidance Section (T1001-Tamsui campus, CL501-Lanyang campus).
      • One 2-inch photos
      • Photocopies of both sides of your ARC
      • "ALIEN RESIDENCY RECORD APPLICATION FORM" (Applying from Immigration Agency)
    2. If you want to transfer to Tamkang University, please hand in the transfer report from your original department to International and Mainland Student Guidance Section.
    3. If you join NHI through the university, you will pay six months NHI fee to university every semester. It will be NTD 4,494 via your tuition fee.
  2. Canceling Coverage

    If you graduate, defer studies, discontinue studies, or are suspended from studying at TKU, please go to the International Office to cancel your NHI coverage, and receive refund for payment of NHI premiums.

  3. Transfer Coverage

    If you graduate and work in Taiwan or transfer to other university, please do the NHI transfer at International and Mainland Student Guidance Section.

  4. What To Do if You Lose Your Card

    If you lose your NHI card, you can apply for a new one at any post office branch or at the Bureau of National Health Insurance for a fee of NT $200.

  5. Medical Services

    After successfully applying for coverage under NHI, you will receive a NHI card. This card can be used at the vast majority of hospitals and medical clinics around Taiwan to receive a significant discount on the price of medical fees.

When moving to a new country, some aspects of life can be hard to get used to. You may find it difficult to learn the local language, to adapt to the local culture, to keep up in class, to develop meaningful relationships, or to properly manage your finances.

If you need assistance, you'll find it at the International Office (for a description of services provided by the International Office, see Chap 3) or the Counseling Section, Office of Student Affairs.

Counseling Section, Office of Student Affairs

The Counseling Section provides students with a range of professional counseling services:

  1. Individual counseling and testing services
  2. Mental health consultation clinics
  3. Career counseling services

For a comprehensive description of services offered by the Counseling Section, please visit the website.

Contact Details:
Tamsui Campus
4th Floor, College of Business and Management Building (B408)
(02) 26215656; #2221, #2491, #2270
Lanyang Campus
Room CL312
(03) 987 3088, #7015

Chat Corner is a language exchange activity which is done by inviting foreign and local student to have a chat. Conversation is utilized to improve individual language skills and to understand the culture of various countries.

Tamkang Medical Clinic

TKU has an on-campus medical clinic that offers free care to students, faculty and staff. To receive free medical assistance, simply go to the clinic located below the boat-shaped maritime museum building and present your student ID card.

Contact Details:
Basement level of the maritime museum building
(02) 2621-5656, #2373
visit the website
Local Hospitals and Medical Centers

For serious illnesses, you'll need to go to a hospital or off-campus medical center. Below is a small sample of the major hospitals and medical clinics in Tamsui. For a full list, visit the website.

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Last Updated : 2017/7/24