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Living in Taiwan

Living in Taiwan

Formosa ("Beautiful Island")Formosa is what the Portuguese called Taiwan when they came here in the 16th century and saw the verdant beauty of the island.

Located off the southeast coast of the Asian Continent at the western edge of the Pacific Ocean, between Japan and the Philippines and right in the center of the East-Asian island arc, Taiwan forms a vital line of communication in the Asia-Pacific region. It covers an area of approximately 36,000 square kilometers (14,400 square miles) and is longer than it is wide. Two-thirds of the total area is covered by forested mountains and the remaining area consists of hilly country, platforms and highlands, coastal plains and basins. The Central Mountain Range stretches along the entire country from north to south, thus forming a natural line of demarcation for rivers on the eastern and western sides of the island. On the west side, lies the Yushan (Yu Mountain) Range with its main peak reaching 3,952 meters, the highest mountain peak in Northeast Asia.

Taiwan position

Taiwan's culture is fine and diverse. At each corner, one can find some unique stories and local sentiments to enjoy. You are cordially welcome to travel in Taiwan and discover people's lifestyles. The beautiful island has many off-the-beaten-track destinations to offer. Why not savor Taiwan's culture and nature and meet our hospitable locals! Friendly, wise and full of wonderful experiences – Taiwan cordially awaits you!

(Data source: Tourism Bureau [https://eng.taiwan.net.tw/])

CGU dormitories provide on-campus accommodation for exchange students.

Please click here for details of CGU dormitories and the related regulations.

Application procedures and payment methods:

  1. Complete the application form and send it back to OIA before the designated date.
  2. OIA will notify you of your room number 3 weeks before the semester starts.
  3. The payment slip will be ready for you on the day. Please pay the fee at the campus post office and keep the receipt for future reference.

From Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)

By Taoyuan Airport MRT

1. Where to board: B2 of Terminal 1/A12 or Terminal 2/A13

2. Fare: NT$50

  • Commuter Train: take Taoyuan Airport MRT to National Taiwan Sport University/A7. Then walk (about 1.5 KM) to CGU main entrance (about 15 minutes) or take the bus to CGU.
  • Express Train: if you are carrying some luggage, take Taoyuan Airport MRT to Chang Gung Memorial Hospital/A8; then take a taxi outside the station (Exit 1, Wenhua 1st Road) to CGU's dormitory. The taxi fare is about NT$200.

By taxi

Taxis are available at the airport. The taxi fare from the airport is about NT$ 800 and takes 30-40 minutes to CGU. You could simply print the following address and hand it to the taxi driver.

桃園市龜山區文化一路259號 長庚大學

From Taoyuan City

1. From Taoyuan City to Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (CGMH), Linkou: take Formosa Fairway (#2003) to CGMH Linkou.

  • Fare: NT$35 paid on the bus
  • Where to board: No.159, Fuxing Rd., Taoyuan City (map)
  • Service Hours: 06:10-23:30

2. From CGMH Linkou to CGU: take Formosa Fairway at the Medical Building to CGU. For the timetable, please visit here.

3: 【A7 Station ↔ Chang Gung Campus】Shuttle Bus

From Taipei City

By MRT:take Taoyuan Airport MRT from Taipei Main Station/A1 to National Taiwan Sport University/A7; then walk or take bus to CGU.

By Bus:

Option1: take Formosa Fairway to CGMH Linkou (fare: NT$ 35), and transfer to CGU school Bus.

  • Bus # 2000: from CGMH Taipei Branch (No.199, Dunhua N. Rd., Songshan Dist., Taipei City (Map).
  • Bus # 2001: from Taipei Main Station (Exit North 1). The stop is on Civic Blvd (Map).
  • Service Hours: 06:10-23:30

Option2: take San Chung Bus #967 (via Linkou Public Housing; fare: NT$ 53) or #967B (via Mitsui Outlet Park; fare: 45) at Taipei City Hall Bus Station (platform# 3) to CGU.

Where to board: No.6, Sec. 5, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City (Map).

By car:get on National Freeway No. 1 and get off at Linkou Interchange (41KM A). Then follow the sign to Guishan (Gueishan)/ Wenhua 1st Road. Drive straight to National Taiwan Sport University, which is about 5 KM away. After entering National Taiwan Sport University, turn left at the lake. The entrance of Chang Gung University is on the left (Map).

Estimated Cost of Living

Life in Taiwan is generally very affordable. Excluding the on-campus accommodation, the estimated cost of living is approximately NT$8,000 – 15,000 per month (approx. US$280 – 540).

Banking Information

Before you arrive

After you arrive

Before you arrive


International students (short-term) should apply for a Visitor Visa or Resident Visa, depending on the duration of your exchange / internship / visit, to enter Taiwan. Please go to the Visa page for information of resident visa application.

After you arrive

Alien Residence Certificate

If you enter Taiwan with a Resident Visa, you are required to apply for the Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) and Re-entry Permit at the local service centers of National Immigration Agency within 15 days after their arrival.

Please click here for more information on ARC application.

Work Permit

Students on year-long exchange may apply for a work permit. Please click here for more information.

  • All exchange students must complete the deregistration procedure and submit the form to Office of Academic Affairs (Registry Section or Graduate Studies Section) before leaving Chang Gung University.
  • OIA will send two copies of official transcripts (one for the student and one for the home university coordinator) in both Chinese and English to the international office of the student's home university by post about 2-3 months after the exchange period ends. No transcripts will be mailed directly to students.
  • The Student Safety Insurance is valid until the end of February or July.

Please download one of the following forms:

Exchange Student Deregistration Procedure Form (undergraduate)
Exchange Student Deregistration Procedure Form (postgraduate)

Mobile Phone

Pre-paid SIM cards can be purchased at the Taoyuan International Airport. However, you have to be over 20 years old with a valid ID card. Monthly plans are also available, but a deposit is required. For more information, please visit each telecom company.