Chinese students seeking to enter graduate programs in Taiwan will be able to apply earlier this year and can now list up to five majors on each application, the government said yesterday.
The new regulations remove the restriction of one field of study per application, but students will still be limited to a maximum of five applications, Chang Hung-te (張鴻德), director of the University Entrance Committee for Mainland Chinese Students, told a press conference.
In addition, the registration period has been moved forward from the middle of April to the middle of January so that students can apply right after China’s graduate school entrance examination, Chang said.
Admission notices will be published on April 17, around the same time as Chinese graduate schools, giving students more time to consider their options, Chang said.
The government-imposed age limit has also been lifted, allowing schools to decide on that factor, Chang said.
Entrance committee chairman Tai Chein (戴謙) said another important change was that replacements can now be selected to fill enrollment slots left vacant by other Chinese applicants who withdraw.
Only about half of the approximately 2,000 slots reserved for Chinese students at Taiwanese universities were filled last year.
The same number of openings will be offered again this year at 109 universities, including the top-ranked National Taiwan University.
Taiwanese universities began admitting Chinese students last year in keeping with a government initiative to increase interaction and understanding among students from both sides of the Taiwan Strait and to expand local students’ international exposure.