The Ministry of Education yesterday announced that foreign students will be allowed to study in junior and senior high schools around the country.
Previously, junior and senior high schools only accepted foreign students if they were with their parents and had resident status.
According to the amended Regulations for Foreign Students Undertaking Studies in Taiwan (外國學生來臺就學辦法), schools wishing to register foreign students need to report their language and culture curriculums and dormitory accommodation details to local education authorities before the end of November each year.
After an assessment, schools can accept foreign students the following year.
To ensure under-aged students have sufficient finances, parents or guardians living overseas must have an annual income of at least NT$500,000 (US$15,271).
In addition, overseas students under the age of 18 need to have a guardian in Taiwan who does not have a criminal record, said Lin Chi-ren (
Guardians living in Taiwan must provide proof of a clean record to police and financial proof of annual income of at least NT$900,000, Lin said.
Foreign nationals, however, would have to pay higher tuition than locals. Tuition for foreign nationals at public schools would be raised to private school levels, about NT$60,000 to NT$70,000 per semester.
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