Applicants’ Eligibility

Applicants’ Eligibility 


Applicants eligibility is based on "MOE Regulations Regarding InternationalStudents Undertaking Studies in Taiwan". If the MOE (Ministry of Education)Regulations are updated, these Regulations announced by the MOE will take priority.For the updated information relating to the MOE Regulations, please contact theMOE directly.

1.       Applicants must qualify for legal student status in compliance with  Article Two of the Ministry of Education's "Regulations Regarding International Students Undertaking Studies in Taiwan.International students are defined as follows:

(1)         An individual of foreign nationality, who has never held nationality status fromthe Republic of China (“R.O.C.”) and who does not possess an overseasChinese student status at the time of their application.

(2)         An individual of foreign nationality, pursuant to the following requirements andwho has resided overseas continuously for no less than 6 years. The six year calculationperiod as prescribed shall be calculated from the starting date of the semester (Feb.1st or Aug.1st) as the designated due date for the time of study. The term “overseas” as prescribed is limited to countries or regions other than Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau; the term “reside overseas continuously” means that an individual may stay in Taiwan for no more than a total of 120 days per calendar year.

   i.                An individual who also is an R.O.C national, but does not hold nor has ever had a household registration in Taiwan.

   ii.                An individual who also was a national of the R.O.C. but has no R.O.C. nationality at the time of their application shall have an annulled status regarding their R.O.C. nationality for no less than 8 years after an annulment of R.O.C. nationality by Ministry of the Interior.

    iii.                Regarding individuals mentioned in the preceding 2 subparagraphs, they must not have studied in Taiwan as an overseas Chinese student nor received placement permission during the same year of the application by the University Entrance Committee for overseas Chinese Students.

(3)         An applicant of foreign nationality, concurrently holding a permanent residence status       in Hong Kong or Macao, having no history of a household registration record in Taiwan and, at the time of application, has resided in Hong Kong, Macao, or another foreign country continuously for no less than 6 years. The term “reside overseas continuously” mentioned in the preceding paragraph means an individual may stay in Taiwan for no more than a total of 120 days per calendar year.

(4)         An applicant being a former citizen of Mainland China and holds a foreign nationality,having no history of household registration record in Taiwan, and at the time of application, has resided overseas continuously for no less than 6 years. The term “reside overseas continuously” means an individual may stay in Taiwan for no more than a total of 120 days per calendar year.

2.       Upon completion of the course of study, at a school in Taiwan, to which an international student has applied, the student's admission to higher academic levels shall be handled in a manner identical to the procedures of admission for local students, except that an application for master’s degree or higher level of graduate studies can be processed under the rules of each individual school.

3.       International students who withdraw from university/college after admission due to behavior issues, poor academic performance or a conviction under the Criminal Code may not thereafter apply again for admission under “MOE Regulation Regarding International Students Undertaking Studies in Taiwan”.If a student wishes to transfer from another university in Taiwan, he or she should still apply as a new student, and notify the original university according to their rules.

4.       During the course of study in Taiwan, international students, who are approved for initial household registration, resident registration, naturalization or restoration of their ROC nationality, will lose their international student status and shall withdraw from school.


Violation of any of the above-mentioned criteria will result in immediate cancellation of the applicant’s admission or the deprivation of the applicant’s recognized status as a NCKU registered student, or revocation of the applicant’s NCKU diploma. No certificates will be awarded.




According to Article 2, the Law of Nationality, a person who meets one of the following requirements shall acquire the nationality of the Republic of China:

(1)     A person whose father or mother was, at the time of his (her) birth, a citizen of the Republic of China.

* The situation of the mother does not apply to those who were born on or before February 9, 1980.

(2)     A person born after the death of his/her father or mother who was, at the time of his/her death, a citizen of the Republic of China.

(3)     A person born in the territory of the Republic of China and whose parents are unknown or stateless.

(4)     A naturalized person.

The provisions specified in sub-paragraphs (1) and (2) of the preceding paragraph shall apply to minors on the date of the promulgation of the amendment of this Law.


Applicants’ Eligibility - Academic Credentials (Diploma/Transcript)


1.       Applicants with a high school diploma are eligible to apply for four-year undergraduate programs; applicants with a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply for master’s programs; applicants with a master’s degree are eligible to apply for doctoral programs.

2.       Academic credentials from Mainland China: The Regulations Governing the Accreditation of Schools in Mainland China shall apply.

3.       Academic credentials from Hong Kong or Macao: Academic Credential Verification and Accreditation Methods adopted in Hong Kong and Macao shall apply.

4.       Academic credentials earned at overseas Taiwan schools or Taiwan schools in Mainland China shall be regarded as the same as those at domestic schools with equivalent levels. Academic credentials referred in the preceding 2 items shall be subject to the Regulations Regarding the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Academic Credentials for Institutions of Higher Education. However, academic credentials earned from schools or branches established in Mainland China by foreign schools shall require public notarization in Mainland China and be verified and examined by an institute established or appointed by, or through a private agency commissioned by the Executive Yuan.

5.      For applicants whose high school graduating level is only equivalent to Taiwan's high school second grade, once admitted, at least 12 credits at NCKU in addition to each department's credit requirement are required before graduation.

6.      Applications documents will not be returned. If necessary, please make an extra copy for your own records.