- According to the "Regulations Regarding Study and Counseling Assistance for Overseas Compatriot Students in Taiwan," the term "overseas compatriot student" refers to a student of Chinese/Taiwanese descent who has come to Taiwan to study, who was born and lived overseas until the present time, or who has been living overseas for six or more consecutive years in the immediate past and obtained permanent or long-term residency status overseas. Please note that a minimum of eight consecutive years of overseas residency is required if the person is applying to a department of medicine, dentistry, or Chinese medicine in universities in Taiwan.
- The term "overseas" refers to countries or regions other than Taiwan, Mainland China, Macao, and Hong Kong.
- Consecutive years of overseas residency is defined by calendar years in each of which an overseas compatriot student has not spent more than 120 days in Taiwan. When calculating the number of consecutive years spent overseas, if the initial or final year of the period is not a complete calendar year, any time spent in Taiwan in the initial or final year must not exceed 120 days. However, time that a person has spent in Taiwan is not subject to this restriction and is not counted when calculating how long they were in Taiwan in a particular year if in that period of time the overseas compatriot student has:
(1) attended an overseas youth technical training course conducted by the OCAC or a technical professional training program accredited by the central competent education administration authority;
(2) attended an activity held by the OCAC or by a government agency and recognized by the OCAC, or taken a language course provided by a Chinese language education institute which has been approved by the governing authority to recruit students overseas, and has spent a total period of less than two years undertaking such activities or courses;
(3) spent a total period of less than two years in Taiwan as an exchange student;
(4) spent a total period of less than two years undertaking an internship that they came to Taiwan to undertake with the approval of the designated central competent authority;
(5) returned to Taiwan to do military service and has been enlisted and served;
(6) stayed in Taiwan because they were unable to return to their country of residence resulting from war, atural disasters, or a major outbreak of infectious disease; or
(7) stayed in Taiwan because they were unable to return to their country of residence resulting from other matters that the student was not responsible for and they have documentary evidence of this.
- Documentary evidence of having obtained permanent or long-term residency status overseas referred to proofs of having citizenship or permanent residency in the applicant's country of residence, or having a Republic of China passport which officially records the person's overseas compatriot status.
How to apply to study in Taiwan for overseas compatriot students:
Regarding five-year junior college programs, vocational high school or senior high school,
(1) Application Dates: from February 11 to March 10, applicants submit their application documents to the overseas offices or the culture center of the ROC（Taiwan）.
(2)For those who have already returned to the ROC, submit application forms and all related documents to the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) in Taiwan within 90 days from the next day they enter the ROC. The OCAC will transfer the applications to the Ministry of Education for admissions placement after reviewing their qualifications.
Regarding the college programs,
(1)Application Dates: for personal applicants, please submit from November 1 to December 15 of the year before the school year; for joint assignment, please submit from February 1 to 28 every school year.
The application documents should be sent to the overseas offices or the culture center of ROC (Taiwan) before due dates.
(2) Direct application to schools: overseas compatriot students may also apply directly to those colleges and universities permitted by the Ministry of Education for recruiting individually. Application information for specific colleges or universities, please contact schools respectively.
Regarding the Cooperative Education Program in Vocational High Schools,
(1)Application Dates: from March 1 to April 15 every school year.
(2)Applicants send their application documents to the overseas offices or the culture center of the ROC（Taiwan）, or to recommendation units authorized by OCAC in Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar and the Philippines.