The law stipulates that the minimal course load is 12 hours per week for international students who come to Taiwan to learn Chinese. In addition, effective of September 1st, 2008, the minimal course load will be 15 hours per week. Only those who fulfill the minimal course load are eligible to apply for resident visas.
The following information about visas is provided for students’ information. Please contact the Republic of China (Taiwan) Embassy or representative office in your country before heading for Taiwan.
When you receive admission to the Division of Chinese as Second Language, National Chiayi University, please go to the ROC (Taiwan) Embassy or representative office in your country and apply for a tourist visa. Please apply for an extendable visa, which grants a 60-day stay in Taiwan, and if necessary can be extended to a 180-day stay. Please note that before the 60-day stay expires, you need to apply for an extension from the Headquarters of Chiayi Police Station. Please also note that a visa upon arrival and non-extendable visas are not appropriate for those who come to Taiwan to learn Chinese.
If you study Chinese at NCYU for four months and intend to continue for another three months, with a satisfactory attendance record and good learning attitude, you are eligible to apply for a resident visa. This grants you up to a full year stay in Taiwan upon renewal. Those who stay in Taiwan on a tourist visa for 6 months will have to leave Taiwan and apply for another visa in order to re-enter the country.
Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A:Students should apply and present the CSL admission letter to the nearest ROC embassy, consulate, or representative agency for a visitor visa. Admission letters are only valid for the term applied for. Be sure to apply for a visitor visa specifying study at the MTC (visa code: FR.)
A：If the expiration date is not far away from the last day of class, students may apply for an extension for a short grace period (usually no more than 10 days) so they can complete their study and leave Taiwan without applying for a new visa. Please submit the following items to the Immigration Agency:
（1） Application form for Visitor visa extension
（2） Certificate of Enrollment
（3） Certificate of Attendance
（4） Passport (original& photocopy)
A：Students who have studied in the MTC for 4 months consecutively and have never left Taiwan during the period can apply for a resident visa if they wish to study for three terms or more. Please submit the following items to the Bureau of Consular Affairs to apply for a resident visa:
（1） Application form for resident visa
（2） Certificate of Enrollment (must include Enrollment for the next term also)
（3） Certificate of Attendance
（4） Health Check Result
（5） Financial Statement (the equivalent value of NT$ 80,000 at minimum)
（6） Study Plan
（7） Two 2-inch photos
（8） Passport (original& photocopy)
A：As a 30-day visa-exempt entry is not extendable, students must leave Taiwan to apply for a new visa from abroad after the visa exemption period expires. For students’ convenience, we do not recommend students to come to Taiwan on 30-day visa-exempt entry since a regular term at our CSL program lasts for 3 months.
A：As 90-days visa-exempt entry allows students enough time to complete one term’s study, it is possible to come to Taiwan without applying for a visa. However, you may miss a few days of class depending on the date of your entry, please consult our calendar before making your travel plans. Make sure your passport has at least 6-months of validity upon entry. You must also present a confirmed seat reservation for departure to the immigration officers.
A： If you have a visitor visa for language studies and want to change it to a resident visa for degree studies, you need to submit the following 10 items to Bureau of Consular Affairs:
（1） University's admission letter
（2） Certificate of Enrollment & Certificate of Attendance issued by the language center
（3） Student ID of the language center
（4） Application form for resident visa
（5） Two 2-inch passport photos (the color of the background must be white)
（6） The original and a photocopy of your passport
（7） The original and a photocopy of Health Check Result
（8） Financial Statement (an equivalent value of NT$150,000 at minimum)
（9） The original and a photocopy of diploma of highest degree, accompanied by the original and a photocopy of translation notarized by a Taiwan consulate
（10） Notice for registration and tuition payment issued by the university
Division of Chinese as a Second Language, Language Center, National Chiayi University