Living in Taiwan

Living in Taiwan

Tuition & Miscellaneous Fee.

If you want to have high quality, then you must pay for the price. This statement is absolutely valid in anywhere in the world, except maybe for Taiwan. Studying in Taiwan comparatively costs lower than in other foreign countries which majority Indonesian students set eyes on, such as Australia, America, Japan, China, or Singapore. What makes it more interesting is that, it could be more affordable than cost of study in Indonesia. Cost of study in Indonesia is estimated to increase anually by a steady 10%, leave alone the “voluntary donation” paid when applying. Varies according to study programs, Taiwan universities’ tuition fee is approximately NTD 50,000 – 60,000 (NTD 1 = IDR 310) each semester. Thanks to the abundant scholarship availability, most Indonesian students in Taiwan have been granted scholarships, so they don’t need to pay tuition fee at all, and receive decent monthly allowance in addition. However, it is still affordable to bear the cost on your own, suppose you don’t get the scholarship. Books cost around NTD 10,000/semester. Student insurance is to be paid monthly at NTD 700 (IDR 210,000).

 

Daily Consumption

Universities in Taiwan provide cafetarias inside campus to accommodate their students’ daily consumption. The price of a meal is as low as NTD 40 – 130, and slightly more expensive if you eat outside, and even more so in fine dinings. For consumption, normally you might expect to spend NTD 6,000- 10,000 per month.

 

Accomodation

Universities usually provide dormitory for international students (a 4 to 6 people-room), with fees that ranges from NTD 6,000 – 12,000 each semester (internet, air conditioner, and internet sometimes not included). If you prefer to live off-campus, there are rooms for rent or apartments around the campus area with varied rental fees according to location, facility, etc.

 

Transportation

Living in Taiwan is very convenient and dynamic, thanks to its great transportation system. You can get around Taiwan easily with one of these vehicles:

1. Taiwan High Speed Railway (THSR)

The THSR covers 345 kilometers, connecting Taipei and Zuoying on the northern edge of Kaohsiung, passing through ten counties,    Taiwan’s four biggest cities, and 77 townships en route. There are six stations already constructed along the line: Banqiao,    Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Chiayi and Tainan. A further four stations, Nangan, Miaoli, Changhua, and Yunlin, are to be opened    later.

2. Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)

Until now MRT in Taiwan is available in 2 cities, Taipei and Kaohsiung. In the long term Taiwan government plan to open up more       lines to connect many areas and make getting around Taiwan easier and faster.Single-journey ticket price ranging from NTD 20 to NTD 65 depending on travel distance. A One-day pass which costs about NTD 200  will allow unlimited travels among all MRT lines within one day. Please refer to this link for:

Taipei MRT

Kaohsiung MRT

3. Taxi

The rate of taxi is NT$ 70 for traveling the first 1.5 km and then start increasing by NT$ 5 for every 300 meters. If you call the taxi between 11 pm to 6 am, you have to pay an extra of 20% on the original fare. The fare of the taxi may increase during the holidays of the Chinese New Year. If you have to travel a larger distance, meter charge is not applicable. You are suggested to confirm charging method before getting on a taxi. Most drivers do not speak English, so it is a good idea to have somebody write both your destination and address in Chinese, along with the projected cost of each one-way trip for you. The taxi fare is around NT$ 1200 from Chiang Kaishek Airport to the city of Taipei.

4. Bus

Bus is one of the major road transport system in Taiwan. Coach services are available and long distance buses are provided along with the local ones. The public bus is a common sight in Taiwan. The cost ranges from NT$ 15 to NT$ 20. An easy card is available on public buses with 80% discount for students and 60% discount for senior citizens.