When enrolling at TKU, there are several steps that you must follow. Please read through these steps thoroughly before undertaking the enrollment process.
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:
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).
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you can read Chinese, refer to the following websites
If you can't read Chinese, refer to the following websites
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:
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).
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.
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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.
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.
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):
Passport, ARC, Diplomatic Visa, Work Visa, Resident Visa, Exit and Entry Permit (Republic of China).
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)
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 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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs is divided into two departments.
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.
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.
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".
Applying for transcripts, certificates, or student ID card and applying to defer or discontinue studies.
Adding or dropping courses.
The Office of Student Affairs is divided into several departments. They are located in different building.
Academic leave, students' group insurance, free legal advice, applying part-time job at school, and scholarships.
Students Club, Club Learning and Practicing.
Mental health counseling.
Applying dormitory, rental information.
Part-time job information outside school.
Campus and Community Service-learning.
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.
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.
Office of Finance offers students tuition information: tuition payment, search tuition fee and applying proof of payment.
The academic year in Taiwan consists of two semesters:
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|
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|
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: email@example.com. The 'xx' is the second and third digit in your student number. So, if your student number is "498123456", your student email will be firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Note: Application for deferment of study must be made no later than one week before final examinations.
Note: The Certificate of Discontinuation of Studies will be issued after 3 working days.
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".
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:
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
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.
*The money will take around 4 weeks to transfer to your bank account by Insurance company.
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:
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.
If you graduate and work in Taiwan or transfer to other university, please do the NHI transfer at International and Mainland Student Guidance Section.
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.
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.
The Counseling Section provides students with a range of professional counseling services:
For a comprehensive description of services offered by the Counseling Section, please visit the website.
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.
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.
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.