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Preparing for Arrival

Welcome to NTOU

The Office of International Affairs specializes in supporting international, Overseas Chinese students and Mainland China Students. Our target is achieving their educational, professional and personal objectives. Our services include scholarships, working certificates, ARC applications, National Health Insurance, orientation, executive workshop, host family and domestic volunteer students. Furthermore, cultural trips, Chinese New Year gathering, and other association/club activities.

We, Office of International Affairs, are delighted that you have chosen to continue your education here! We look forward to welcoming you and supporting you in adjusting to the NTOU campus life and Taiwanese culture. If you have any problems or suggestions please feel free to contact us either indirectly via the contact information shown in the front page or directly by visiting our office located in the Gymnasium (Ground/1st Floor).

We wish you success as you acquire the education and the life skills required in this interdependent world!

About National Taiwan Ocean University

National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU) was established in 1953 as Provincial Taiwan Maritime Technology College. Eleven years later, in 1964, we became a maritime college that offered bachelor's and master's degrees in various maritime fields. During this period, the college was supported by the Taiwan Provincial Government of the Republic of China. In 1979, we became a national institution, and were renamed the National Taiwan College of Marine Science and Technology. A decade later, in 1989, the college became a full-fledged university.

At present, NTOU has 7 colleges - Maritime Science and Management, Life Sciences, Ocean Science and Resource, Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, as well as Humanities,Social Sciences and College of Ocean Law&Policy. These Colleges house a total of 33 undergraduate departments and graduate institutes.

As we look at the progress over the last 60years, the University has undergone great growth and change and is now recognized as one of the nation's most important centers of learning and scholarship, especially in the marine sciences and maritime studies.

Responding to the changing needs of society and the widening interests of our students, we are developing into a comprehensive university with a unique maritime focus. We aim to be an internationally known institution of higher education. Toward this end, our social sciences and liberal arts programs are developing as a core part of education at NTOU. The University is rapidly moving toward providing a positive learning environment and culture for intellectual and personal growth, with ocean interests as our unique characteristic.



The University was founded in 1953 as a maritime college. It was renamed as National Taiwan College of Marine Science and Technology in 1979, and National Taiwan Ocean University in 1989. At present, the University has six colleges comprising sixteen departments

and ten graduate institutes, staffed with 645 faculty and administrative members and  more than 8500 students are enrolled at NTOU. With its programs in maritime science and management, life sciences, ocean science and resource, engineering, electrical engineering and computer science, and humanities and social sciences, the University prides itself to be a unique research and education center. The University has played a pivotal role in the development of marine science and ocean technology in Taiwan. Spanning a period of more than four decades graduates are easily placed in shipping, fishing, food, and engineering enterprises.



Contact Us:

Office of International Affairs

2, Pei-ning Road, Keelung, Taiwan 20224, R.O.C

Located in the Ground/1st floor of the Gymnasium


Tel:+886-2-2462-2192 ext. 1220-1229




Visa and Alien Resident Certificate

1. International Students Must Know

Students applying from abroad who have received formal admission letters should apply at nearest ROC embassy, consulate or representative agency for entry visas to enter Taiwan. Visitor visas or resident visas are issued to students depending on the length of their study.

International students staying in Taiwan for more than six months will have to apply for an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC).





2. Visa Application & Regulations

Foreign nationals are required to apply for Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) within fifteen days after entering into Taiwan. Failure to comply will result in fine payment if they violate the regulation set by the Immigration Department in Taiwan.

 Ten days and under, after the assigned time frame (which is fifteen days after being issued a Resident Visa), they will be fined NT$1000.

 Thirty days and under, after the assigned time frame (which is fifteen days after being issued a Resident Visa), they will be fined NT$3000.

 Above thirty days after the assigned time frame (which is fifteen days after being issued a Resident Visa), they will be fined NT $5000.


If foreign nationals stay in Taiwan after a Visitor visa or a Resident Certificate expires, they will be fined according to the regulation set by the Immigration Department in Taiwan.

 Ten days and under, after the expiration date, they will be fined NT$1000.

 Duration from eleven days to thirty days after the expiration date, they will be fined NT $3000.

 Duration from thirty-one days to ninety days after the expiration date, they will be fined NT $5000.

 Above ninety-one days after the expiration date, they will be fined NT $10000.


(1) If you did not apply for the Resident Certificate according to the regulation of Immigration Department, you will be fined and be expected to apply for it within the rescheduled time frame. If not, you might have to pay extra fine.

(2)  If you still stay in Taiwan after your Visitor visa or Resident Certificate expires, you will be fined and be expected to leave the country within the scheduled time frame as well. If not, you will be deported.


3. How to Apply - Resident Visa & ARC

A.  Resident visa

Students with a visitor visa will first need to apply for a resident visa from the Taipei City Service Center, National Immigration Agency. The visa will be issued within 15 days. Required documents:

● Fill out a copy of Multiple-Purpose Application Form for foreign residents and attach two photos (2x2 inch color photos).

 Submit the original and a copy of passport.

 Letter of admission.

 Application fee up to NT$3000, depending on country of origin.


2. Alien Resident Certificates (ARC)

Students with a resident visa will need to apply for the ARC in the Keelung City Service Center, National Immigration Agency within 15 days. Required documents:

● Fill out a copy of Multiple-purpose Application Form for Foreign Residents and attach two photos (2x2 inch) (only for the new ARC applicant)

 Submit the original and a copy of passport, including the resident visa.

 Submit the original and a copy of student ID or original receipt of tuition and dormitory payment.

 Application fee: NT$1,000.


1.  ARC and Re-entry:

     Students may apply for re-entry and the ARC at the Keelung City Service Center, National Immigration Agency at once.

2.  Student’s Visa:

  Students holding multiple entries Visa may re-enter Taiwan within the valid period stated on the visa. Students holding single entry visa and if he or she leaves Taiwan, he or she will need to apply for a visa from overseas in order to re-enter Taiwan.


Pre-Arrival Check List

1. Things to Do

● Obtain proper documents for departure and arrival

 Book your flight

 Check customs regulations on what you are allowed to take out and bring in

 Pack your bags


2. Tips for Packing Your Bags

Taiwan is hot most of the time, but its winter can be very chilly. You might not need a thick coat, but bring some sweaters and a jacket.

Closet space is a big issue in dormitories. Do not over-pack. You can purchase all of your daily needs in town, unless you have a special preference for your home product.

If you bring your own electrical appliances, make sure you have a converter if your home country does not use 110 volts electricity.


3. Must have

Here is a list of items most international students at NTOU recommend you bring from home:

 Passport and other documents for status verification

 Original academic documents: Transcripts, degrees/diplomas/certificates

 A good dictionary example a Chinese–English, if English is your official language. Purchase a reliable dictionary that explains Chinese in your local language.

 Photocopies of passport, other documents for status verification, and academic documents: Ensure that you have photocopies of the main pages of your passport (expiry date/passport number/date of birth), your authenticated graduation transcripts, degrees/diplomas/certificates etc. Keep a set of photocopies in each piece of luggage, in case one of your bags are misplaced or lost in transit. You also need to carry at least 10 photographs of yourself (2x2 inch color photos with white background)

 Important numbers: Write your passport number, travelers’ checks numbers, bank draft number, flight number, your contact number and an emergency contact number on a single sheet of paper. Keep it in your handbag, so you don’t have to take out your important documents every time when you need to fill out a form. Leave a list of all these important numbers at home as well.

4. Preparations for Keelung

a. Booking Your Flight

As soon as you receive your NTOU acceptance letter, you should apply to the R.O.C. Representative Office (Embassy) in your country for a residence visa. As soon as your visa has been granted, book your flight to Taipei.

b. Finances

Your first month allowance takes 3 weeks to process upon arrival. You are advised to secure US$2000 to cover living expenses for the first month in Taiwan.

Cash (US dollars) and travels checks are accepted. As a precaution when collecting US dollars, make sure that the dollar notes are 2014 or more recent. Money changers can reject old US dollar notes due to uncertainty of authenticity.

Upon arrival, you may exchange cash or travelers checks to NT Dollars at the CKS International Airport. 

Exchange rates are not stable and can fluctuate at times. On a yearly average $1 US = $30 NT (Taiwan Dollars).

c. Customs Regulations

Taiwan is an island with valuable agriculture industry. No plants and fruits are allowed into the country. During your flight, you will be given a customs declaration form. Please visit the Directorate General of Customs’ website for more detailed information.

d. Packing Your Bags

Keelung is located on the coast, and its weather is very unpredictable. You don’t need a heavy coat for the winter, but bring clothes that you can wear in layers, for the temperature can change drastically during the course of a day. Almost all students dress informally and in comfortable clothes such as jeans, shorts, t-shirts, etc. It is useful that if you bring some formal and traditional suits for formal occasions.

e. Electrical Items and Other Household Equipment Most off-campus student accommodation is furnished but most likely does not include any household goods. Simple household items can be bought at very low cost at many stores around campus or at the city center, but some students may wish to bring some of their own basic items.

Voltage used in Taiwan is 110 volts with a frequency of 60 cycles, AC. The sockets for plugs are two pinned.


5. Preparation for Session Start

Your first few weeks at NTOU are going to be busy ones! Use this checklist to get settled in and to prepare for classes.





Report Office of International Affairs to complete the initiated procedure and get required documents.



Immigration/Visa application



Register your courses, and pay your fees



Open a bank account



Arrange your health insurance



Get your mobile phone/ Internet connected. You can buy a telephone sim card at the airport.



Explore Keelung City



 10 photos (2x2 inches with background)



Cash/Traveler’s checks (Amount Approximately US$ 2000)



Authenticated graduation certificate and translated official transcripts in English



 6. Airport Pick-Up Service

Airport Pick Up Service & Request Information

Office of International Affairs provides a complimentary Airport Pick-up Service for all newly enrolled NTOU international students arriving in Taiwan or the first time. Before your departure, please make sure you filled out the form of Airport Pick-up Service Request Form and confirmed with staff.

Please complete this form and e-mail to Division of International Affairs by August 1st 2019. The confirmation letter will be send to your e-mail address. If you want to begin your new session well prepared, we recommend all international students to arrive in Taiwan one week before the registration (August 14th –August 16th). 

On your arrival date, we will arrange precise time to pick you up from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and take you to your NTOU student dormitory safe and sound. 

7. Free Chinese course for new students

School has arranged free Chinese classes for you to get acquainted in Taiwan, among Chinese speaking people. If you are late, you will miss these special Chinese classes. These free Chinese classes will start from Monday August 19th to Saturday August 31st 2019. Your early arrival is important for your accommodation and better beginning in the new semester.



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