Notices for Overseas Compatriot Students
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In order to assist overseas compatriot students study in Taiwan, the Ministry of Education has formulated the “Regulations Regarding Study and Counseling Assistance for Overseas Chinese Students in Taiwan”, which standardizes the review, assignment, preferential marking, school counseling, graduation, etc., concerning the applications of overseas compatriot students who want to study in Taiwan.
Applying to study in Taiwan
“Overseas compatriot students” refers to Chinese students who are born and have resided continuously overseas until now, or have resided overseas for more than six years in succession in the recent past, and have obtained permanent or long-term residence permits from the overseas locality, and have returned to Taiwan for study. Students studying for medical, dental, and Chinese medical degrees, however, should have resided overseas for more than eight years in succession. Overseas compatriot students who have entered Taiwan for study but left school of their own accord and returned to their country of residence without staying in Taiwan for one full year may re-apply to study in Taiwan one time only. During their study in Taiwan, overseas compatriot students may not alter their identity unless otherwise stipulated in other laws and regulations.
1. The Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission provides scholarships for academically and behaviorally outstanding overseas compatriot students and accepts donations for financial aid on their behalf:
Overseas compatriot students studying in the second year of middle school or higher, or the second year of college or higher may apply to their school for the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission’s scholarship for academic and behavioral excellence. Academically and behaviorally outstanding overseas compatriot students studying in the second year of college or higher, or the second year of graduate school or higher may apply to their school for financial aid from the funds donated to the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission for that purpose.
2. The Outstanding Overseas compatriot Student Scholarship, the Elite Overseas Compatriot Student Scholarship, the Grant for Overseas Compatriot Students in Financial Need, and the Outstanding Overseas Compatriot Student Scholarship for Graduate Students are all offered by the Ministry of Education:
Overseas compatriot students who meet the Ministry of Education’s requirements for encouraging outstanding students to study in universities in Taiwan may apply to the Ministry of Education for the Elite Overseas Compatriot Student Scholarship or the Outstanding Overseas Compatriot Student Scholarship. Overseas Compatriot students in financial need who are studying in senior high school or higher may apply to the school for the Ministry of Education’s Grant for Overseas Compatriot Students in Financial Need. Overseas compatriot students studying in a graduate school with more than 5 overseas compatriot students may apply for the Outstanding Overseas Compatriot Student Scholarship for Graduate Students subsidized by the Ministry of Education.
3. Other scholarships are offered through various schools. Overseas compatriot students may apply to their respective schools for these scholarships.
Part-time campus employment quota
The “Guidelines on Subsidizing Part-time Campus Employment for Overseas Compatriot Students by the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission” are directed at subsidizing overseas compatriot students who study in senior high school or higher in Taiwan pursuant to the Regulations Regarding Study and Counseling Assistance for Overseas Chinese Students in Taiwan, and gives preference to overseas compatriot students in financial need. A maximum of 620 students will be eligible to work each month. Overseas compatriot students may apply to the school they attend.
Medical Insurance and National Health Insurance for Overseas Compatriot Students
To ensure the health of overseas compatriot students, new students who are not eligible for the national health insurance plan should join the group medical insurance for four months upon their enrollment in school. Half of the premium is to be subsidized by the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission, and medical consultation slips are available from counseling offices for overseas compatriot students located at their schools. When overseas compatriot students obtain their alien resident certificates and have resided in Taiwan for four months, they may join the national health insurance plan according to the law. Half of the monthly premium is to be subsidized by the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission, and the other half is to be paid by the overseas compatriot students themselves.
Medical and Emergency Assistance for Overseas Compatriot Students
To take care of overseas compatriot students who return to study in Taiwan, the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission has formulated the “Guidelines on Granting Medical, Emergency, and Condolence Assistance for Overseas Compatriot Students Studying in Taiwan”. Overseas compatriot students studying in Taiwan who bear great economic burdens due to illnesses that require hospitalization, who lose economic support and face financial difficulty due to family problems, who suffer major economic loss due to force majeure or natural disasters, or who meet an untimely death, may apply through their school for a subsidy from the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission.
Tutoring for Overseas Compatriot Students in Academic assistance.
To enhance overseas compatriot students’ Chinese language skills and basic academic skills, schools may apply for a budget subsidy to organize tutorials of basic academic subjects and summer and winter vacation tutorials for overseas compatriot students pursuant to the “Guidelines on Subsidizing Senior High Schools or Above for Implementing Overseas Compatriot Students Tutorials by the Ministry of Education”.
Off campus Work-study Permission for Overseas Compatriot Students
According to the provisions of the Employment Services Act, overseas compatriot students should not work more than 16 hours at off campus jobs except during summer and winter vacations. Overseas compatriot students should apply to the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training, Council of Labor Affairs, Executive Yuan for off campus work permits. However, overseas compatriot students are encouraged to concentrate on their studies, and should avoid work that gives rise to safety concerns and avoid working at places that are inappropriate.
Overseas Compatriot Students’ Military Service
Overseas compatriot students who have had household registration in Taiwan should fulfill their military service starting from January 1 of the year when they become 19 years of age according to the “Conscription Regulations for Naturalized Aliens and Returning Overseas Chinese”.
Overseas compatriot students coming to study in Taiwan should submit a residence application. Those coming to Taiwan with an R.O.C. passport or entry permit and having household registration in Taiwan should apply for moving-in household registration. Those without household registration in Taiwan should apply for a Taiwan-region residence certificate. Those coming to Taiwan with a foreign passport should apply for alien residence and get an alien resident certificate.
Entry and Exit
Overseas compatriot students applying to exit Taiwan during summer and winter vacations or applying for entry/exit for special reasons should submit their re-entry application to the National Immigration Agency, Ministry of the Interior, via the school they attend.
Annual Activities for Overseas Compatriot Students
The Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission annually holds the Spring Festival Ancestor Worship Banquet for Teachers and Students, as well as other major social activities of northern, central, southern and eastern regions in the spring. For details on these activities, please consult the school’s guidance office for overseas compatriot students.
MOE offers funding to each school for Counseling services for overseas compatriot students, Joint delegations from government units to visit the overseas compatriot students, Nationwide seminars for overseas compatriot student counseling personnel, Educational workshops and Celebration of traditional festivals for all overseas compatriot students.
Overseas compatriot students should return to their countries of residence after graduation, and report to one of the many Taiwan alumni associations. Graduating students should report their updated addresses and telephone numbers from their countries of residence to the overseas compatriot student guidance office of their school, which will pass on the information to the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission and Taiwan alumni associations. After returning to their countries of residence, graduated overseas compatriot students should request an information form from their Taiwan alumni association, and then complete and return the form to the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission to make it easier to stay in contact.
Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission website: http://www.ocac.gov.tw
Overseas Compatriot Educational Committee, Ministry of Education: http://www.edu.tw/oversea/index.aspx
University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students: http://www.overseas.ncnu.edu.tw/