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About Tainan

update date : 2022-10-13

incoming-Tainan, TAIWAN


Tainan - Where NCKU is Located

Tainan City was formerly a provincial city. In 2010, it merged with the adjacent Tainan County to form a single particular municipality and became one of the five capital cities in Taiwan.

Once called "Fu-Cheng (府城)", Tainan was Taiwan's capital and administrative center from 1624 to 1887. After being governed by the Dutch, the Ming Dynasty (明朝), Koxinga (鄭成功), and the Ching Dynasty (清朝), the Japanese established Tainan State. They built Tainan State Hall (now the National Museum of Taiwan Literature). Further, they introduced European urban design concepts and built roads resembling rays emanating from a central point, linking the city's people.

Tainan is a place where East and West complement each other. It has many cultural relics from the period of Dutch rule, the Ming Dynasty, the Ching Dynasty, and the Japanese occupation era. It has more national historic sites, historic buildings, and archeological sites than any other city in Taiwan. In terms of ecology, the mouth of the Tseng-Wen River (曾文溪) and the Si-Cao Wetlands (四草濕地) are internationally recognized nature reserves. As a result, Tainan is an ideal place to get to know Taiwan's history, culture, and ecology.

On both the old and new streets of 21st century Tainan, you will find warm and friendly people, snacks that the locals are proud of, and see that although the city is now a mix of old and new, its splendor remains unchanged.

Tainan — ranked 115th overall — is a new entrant to the QS Best Student Cities 2023. It was formerly the capital of Taiwan from the years 1624 to 1887 and remained the centre of economical, political and cultural activities until the capital was shifted to Taipei. Its top-ranked university is National Cheng Kung University.

Located in Culturally Rich Tainan City with Advanced Technology

NCKU is a crucial university in Taiwan, particularly in Southern Taiwan

NCKU is located in Tainan City, boasting the most significant number and the highest density of national relics in Taiwan. This historical heritage is the pride of Tainan City and represents rich cultural resources for NCKU students. The nearby Ssu-Tsao wetland is one of the best-preserved ecological parks in Asia.

Furthermore, the many technological sectors in the Southern Taiwan Science Park offer students at NCKU a stage to apply what they have learned. Links among NCKU, the Southern Taiwan Science Park, and the nearby Kaohsiung Science Park are comparable to those between Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Silicon Valley.


incoming-Major Costs in NCKU


*Each cost is estimated based on the minimum standard, and each cost will be increased by about 3%-5% annually.

*Currency Unit is New Taiwan Dollar (NT$).


A. Fees to be paid when registering each semester:

1. Tuition and Fees:

(1) University Department: NT$28,000 to NT$40,000 per semester (different for each college)

(2) Graduate School: Tuition and miscellaneous fees per semester are NT$11,400 to NT$14,670 (different for each college), credit fees are NT$1,600 to NT$9,000 (different for each college)

School Dormitory Fee: 3 to 4 person per room, 4 months per semester, NT$6,700 to NT$15,320 for university department (different for each dormitory), NT$10,070 to NT$15,730 per semester for postgraduate students (different for each dormitory), air-conditioning and electricity fees are charged separately, and winter and summer breaks are charged separately as well.

For more information please refer to: http://housing-osa.ncku.edu.tw/p/412-1052-2428.php?Lang=zh-tw

2. Medical Insurance Fee:

Student Group Insurance: NT$210 per semester (subject to change)

Overseas Chinese National Health Insurance: NT$4,956 (NT$826 * 6 months) per semester, NT$3,306 subsidy from the Overseas Chinese Committee (NT$551 * 6 months)

Other related information can be inquired on the school website.

B. Monthly meals and other living expenses (calculated based on the minimum standard)

1. Breakfast: each meal (NT$30 to NT$50) * 30 days = NT$900 to NT$1,500

2. Lunch and Dinner: each meal (NT$60 to NT$100) * 2 times * 30 days = NT$3,600 to NT$6,000

3. Other Expenses: NT$1,500 to NT$4,000 per month (laundry, daily necessities, leisure expenses)

4. Homework Fees and Material Fees (only charged in some departments): NT$50 to NT$300 each time (e.g. departments of the School of Design)

5. Class Uniforms, Department Uniforms, School Bags, etc. (only charged in some departments) NT$200 to NT$1,000

C. The cost of renting a house off-campus: at least NT$3,500 per month. The rent varies with the size, distance, and facilities in the area.

D. Book fee: NT$4,000 NT$6,000 per semester (different for each department, second-hand books are also available)

E. PC: NT$18,000 to NT$55,000 (laptop or desktop including monitor) there are free PCs in the Computer Network Center (計算機與網路中心), however, it will be better to have your PC.

F. Fees for overseas students to apply for documents during their return on winter and summer break.

1. Resident Visa / Multiple Entry Permit

Passports from Other Countries: NT$4,400

U.S. Passport: NT$3,200

Foreign Students: NT$1,000

2. Resident Certificate Validity Extension:

Alien Resident Certificate (ARC): NT$1,000 for countries except Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau (valid for one year)

Taiwan Residence Permit: NT$300 for Taiwan (no household registration), Hong Kong and Macau (valid for one year)

Hong Kong and Macau students are also charged NT$2,600 for multiple entry permit.

3. Transportation Costs from Tainan to the Airport:

Kaohsiung Airport: Airport Shuttle NT$150

Taoyuan Airport: Taiwan Railway NT$500

Airline Ticket: Student discounts are available in some airlines.

G. Transportation:

1. Bicycles: Second-hand prices are NT$1,000 to NT$2,000. Some seniors often leave their bicycles to juniors when they graduate.

2. Motorcycle: The price of a second-hand motorcycle varies a lot. Once you have bought the one, we suggest checking whether it has a traffic accident record and unresolved accident cases. To ride a motorcycle, you must have a driver's license and wear a helmet.

H. Clothes:

The weather in Taiwan is relatively cold from November to February every year (about 12°C to 25°C), and sometimes will drop even less than 10°C during the cold snap. We suggest you to bring your own thick clothes or buy the one after the settlement.

incoming-Transportations to NCKU


1. Make sure to arrive at the school one to two days before registration. Our support team will assist first-year students in carrying their luggage to the dormitory from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day.

2. Those who arrive at least seven days in advance: please get in touch with the local alumni association for assistance in registering and entering the dormitory.

Students associations in various regions (Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and other countries) will be there to help you.

Introduction to Overseas Chinese Associations: Please contact the Division of Overseas Students and Scholars Services. (+886-6-2743398).

3. Suggestions from the Division of Overseas Students and Scholars Services: Tainan campus includes eight small campuses. You can visit our campus in advance to familiarize yourself with the environment.

4. Information about Overseas Chinese Students special car:


1. Overseas Chinese Students Direct Admission Program / UECOCS:

(1) The Hong Kong and Macau Students Association will go through the registration process, and will be transported to the school by special car:

→ Kaohsiung International Airport Private Car: The Hong Kong and Macau Students Association is responsible for departure from the gate of Kaohsiung International Airport.

(2) For new students from Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and other regions, please contact the Students association officers.

2. NCKU Division of Programs for Overseas Chinese Students: Take a private car or go to the school by yourself.


1. Train: To Tainan station, come out from the back station and go straight for about 250 meters. The first school gate on the left is Kuang-Fu Campus (光復校區). Enter the school gate and go straight to Yun-Ping Building (雲平大樓).

2. Long-distance bus: Kuo-Kuang Bus(國光客運), UBus (統聯客運), and Ho-Hsin Bus (和欣客運) can all be reached, and then take a taxi to the school or walk through the railway station underpass from the back station to Kuang-Fu Campus.

(1) Kuo-Kuang Bus (國光客運): http://www.kingbus.com.tw Tainan Bus Terminal: 06-2225641, No. 291 Park Road, North District, Tainan City (台南市北區公園路291號)

(2) UBus (統聯客運): https://www.ubus.com.tw/ Pei-Men Station: 06-2281552, No. 291 Park Road, North District, Tainan City (台南市北區公園路291號)

(3) Ho-Hsin Bus (和欣客運): https://www.ebus.com.tw/ Tainan Main Station: 06-2270777, No. 291, Park Road, North District, Tainan City (台南市北區公園路291號)

3. Taiwan HSR (台灣高鐵): https://www.thsrc.com.tw/ ​take a Sha-Lun Line (沙崙線) from Tainan Station, and get off at Sha-Lun Station (沙崙站), or take a taxi for about NT$350 from the university.

incoming-Stores and Markets around NCKU

If you want to buy the cheapest and most worthy things at near the school, there are Watson's (屈臣氏), PX Mart (全聯), SHOWBA (小北百貨), POYA (寶雅), SUSU (俗俗的賣), Kuang-Nan (光南大批發) available to get daily items for reasonable prices. Besides, you can compare each item through different stores as you may find that the price may be different to each other. It is recommended to often go to the SUSU (俗俗的賣), because there are having promotions for even lover price than usual. Carrefour (家樂福) and RT-Mart (大潤發) are also quite reasonable, besides, FOCUS (FOCUS時尚流行館) possess DAISO (大創百貨) where a lot of daily items are sold for only NT$49.
Convenience stores are a good choice, there is a 24-hour service at the entrance of Kuang-Fu Campus, and students can go to Kuang-Fu Campus for the Family Mart (opened from 08:00 a.m. to 0:00 a.m.), as well as the first floor of Prince Dormitory there is also a 7-11. If you still feel that shopping in these places is expensive, you can go to the night market, there are often NT$10 items in the night market! Such as garbage bags, dish soap, etc. However, it is only when you are free that you can go to the night market (the night market information is at the end).
If you want to buy some solid food or supplement, you can go to PX Mart, SHOWBA, POYA, and even Watson's. POYA's things are very cheap, but you must apply for a membership card to enjoy the benefits. RT-Mart is the best choice when it comes to supplementary and daily goods, it possesses a variety of products, and discounts. On the second and fourth Saturdays and Sundays of every month, there are also some good agricultural products on display at the Holiday Farm Market next to Linsen Road Park.
The school's Kuang-Fu restaurants are diverse, including buffets, fried rice, all kinds of noodles, dumplings, curry noodle rice, nasi lemak, which is the favorite of Overseas Chinese students, and great chili sauce. The prices are very cheap.
Near the school
Yu-Le Street (育樂街) is the place with the most delicacies near NCKU. Basically, the price is around NT$70 to NT$100, most of the food will be simple meals and fried rice.
Chang-Jung Road (長榮路) is also a good place to buy light meals with different tastes compared to Yu-Le Street, and the price is similar to Yu-Le Street as well.
When you come to Tainan, you are not afraid to go shopping. Besides, there are many night markets in Tainan. Night markets are a feature of Taiwan's authentic culture.
Computer products are mainly distributed in the vicinity of Pei-Men Road (北門路) and Ching-Nien Road (青年路). When buying 3C products and computer products, you should shop around, and then negotiate the price with the store after you decide. Computer products are mainly concentrated on Pei-Men Road, among which there are several large-scale 3C retail stores, such as SUNFAR (順發) and Rainbow 3C (彩虹3C).
KingStone (金石堂書店): Chung-Shan Road (中山路) (opposite side of FOCUS)
Caves Books (敦煌書局): Pei-Men Road (北門路) (diagonally opposite side of the Tainan Station)
Second-Hand Bookstores: There are vary of second hand book stores on Pei-Men Road (北門路).

The main transportation in National Cheng Kung University is bicycles and motorcycles.
Bicycles: One of the main forms of transportation in the main campus is bicycle. They can be purchased from the bicycle maintenance department at the Sheng-Li Campus (勝利校區). The price ranges from NT$1,000 to NT$1,500.
Bus: The route is simple and can reach the destination directly, but the bus schedule is less.
Motorcycle: If you want to buy a second-hand motorcycle as your transportation, you must be careful. If necessary, you can ask your senior to recommend to avoid buying stolen or defective motorcycles. A driving license and vehicle insurance are required.
Notes on Obtaining a Driver's License:
If you want to ride a motorcycle, you must go to the Tainan Motor Vehicle Station (台南監理站) to obtain a motorcycle driver's license. Those who are over 18 years old and have obtained an ARC can take the test.
Address of Tainan Motor Vehicle Station: No. 1, Chung-Te Road, East District, Tainan City (台南市東區崇德路1號)
Note: The fine for driving without a license is NT$6,000 or more. Please check the relevant penalties on the website.
NCKU is located in Tainan City, located in the southern part of Taiwan. The weather in Tainan is generally hot and humid, unlike Taipei, where it often rains. In summer, the temperature is about 30°C to 35°C, and the sunlight is bright, so it will feel particularly hot. It gets warmer around April, soon after July to October, the temperature will be the warmest. In the winter season, the temperature is about 15°C to 20°C. But if there is a cold wave, the weather will become very cold, and the temperature will drop to 10°C or lower. So thick jackets are still necessary.
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