Health and safety

International students with an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) who have resided in Taiwan for six months must enroll in the National Health Insurance (NHI) programme at a local administrative office.


  • Up to six months, students can either purchase their own insurance or sign up for a temporary health insurance programme offered by the international students’ office at their university. The insurance premium (NT$ 7,908 a year) has to be paid monthly once registration is completed. The cost is included in the tuition fee and provides cover for all but the first 30% of the total medical bill.

  • People applying for resident visas must have a health certificate. If the health certificate indicates that the visa applicant is HIV positive, the applicant will not receive a visa even though Taiwan visa law does not mention HIV. Similarly, Taiwan authorities are likely to require people who test positive for HIV to leave Taiwan at their own expense, even though Taiwan law does not require authorities to deport people who are HIV positive.


  • Some campuses have on-campus health centers, which provide medical assistance for minor ailments.


  • Taiwan is generally regarded as a safe place to live and study. Of course in Taipei, normal precautions apply as in any large city.


  • Penalties for possession or use of, or trafficking in, illegal drugs are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines. The death penalty applies for certain violent crimes and drug offenses. [Ref. Complete University Guide]