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Studying at TKU

When starting out at a new university, there are many things you need to know about the way things work: the administrative procedures in place, the grading system, how to select courses, and how to change your enrollment status. Read on to find out more.

General Information

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:

  • 1st Semester (Fall Semester) – September to January
  • 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

Getting Started

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: http://esquery.tku.edu.tw/acad/default.asp?func=eng.

To view the courses that were selected for you, visit the TKU Course Selection Website: http://www.ais.tku.edu.tw/EleCos_English/loginE.aspx. 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 at http://esquery.tku.edu.tw/acad/default.asp?func=eng.

Changing your Enrollment Status

Deferment of Study

  1. Step 1:
    Download a Deferment of Study Application Form (Chinese) from the Office of Academic Affairs website: http://www.acad.tku.edu.tw/main.asp
  2. Step 2:
    Get the application form stamped by each department listed on the form
  3. 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

  1. Step 1:
    Download a Discontinuation of Study Application Form (Chinese) from the Office of Academic Affairs website.
  2. Step 2:
    Get the application form stamped by each department listed on the form
  3. 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

  1. Step 1:
    Login to the online TKU Leave Request System: https://portal.tku.edu.tw/EAILogin/login.jsp?myurl=http://portal.tku.edu.tw/assad/AA/aa.jsp?sectionId=2
  2. Step 2:
    Select the type of leave you wish to request and the reason for your request of leave. Types of leave include: general leave of absence, leave of absence for midterm and final exams, and leave of absence for the registration period.
  3. 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 for approval. Take with you any other related documents of proof, such as doctors’ certificates, etc.
  4. 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.