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International Students

Admission information for International Students
►Application deadline:

For Spring Semester (February) entry:
Applications are accepted from October 15th to November 15th each year.

For Fall Semester (September) entry:
Applications are accepted from February 1st to April 30th each year.

Our curriculum is designed for the entire academic year; therefore, it is highly recommended to enroll in the Fall Semester.

►Our Admissions website:  (Visit→ Overseas Students)

►Application Requirements:
1. An official diploma (photocopied) with an official academic transcript. If these two documents are not in English or Chinese, they must be translated to English or Chinese. The two documents (along with necessary translations) are required to be authenticated by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO).
2. Two copies of completed application form.
3. Two letters of recommendation. Letters are required to be sealed in envelopes. One of the recommendations is required to be from a teacher of Chinese language. (M.A. for English Track is not subject to this restriction.)
4. Photocopy of applicant’s passport.
5. A personal statement of 300 words minimum outlining your intended course of study.
6. Deposition form completed and signed. The deposition form is included in the "Admission Information Handbook".
7. Bank statements of the last three months, indicating a balance of at least USD$6000.
8. No application fees are required.
9. You also need to comply with Taiwan Immigration Regulations in applying for a student visa. For information on applying for a student visa to enter Taiwan, please visit:
*More details, please see The Admission information Book for International Students.

►The "Admissions Information Handbook" for International Students is at

►Academic Qualifications Requirements
Entry into the Bachelor Degree Program:
The applicant is required to have a high school diploma from an accredited high school.  A copy of the high school diploma must also be submitted when applying for your student visa. Please contact Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) for a list of accredited high schools.

Entry into the M.A. or Ph.D. Degree Programs:

The applicant is required to have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited college or university. Please visit the website of Taiwan Ministry of Education for comprehensive list of accredited colleges and universities.

Database for the Reference List of Foreign Universities:

Admitted students are automatically eligible for the Buddhist Studies Scholarship, which provides NTD$50,0000 each semester, contingent on certain terms and conditions.
Scholarship Regulation:

►More information:

Where to File an Application:
Applicants are required to submit all application forms along with supporting documents to the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs by mail to the following address:
FGU-OICA, No. 160 Linwei Rd., Jiaosi, Yilan County 262307, Taiwan, ROC

In case of any questions during the application process, please contact Mr. Charlie Chi in the International Office at

Admissions Decisions
The Admissions Committee finalize admissions decisions each July and names of accepted candidates will be announced on the Admissions website. Admissions letters will also be sent by mail.
To find about more information about our campus and curriculum, please visit our department website.  We look forward to having you join us in the Department of Buddhist Studies!

Special Procedures for Entering Taiwan during the COVID-19  Pandemic

When entering Taiwan, please cooperate with all necessary epidemic prevention measures, which the government has imposed for the sake of public health.
Timetable for Entering Taiwan

1. Admission notices will be mailed in July.
2. At the same time, the university will submit a full list of accepted and endorsed international students to the Ministry of Education.
3. Upon ratification by the MoE, the school will again notify students that their admissions has been sanctioned, some time around August.
4. After receiving notification of MoE approval, students should take action to apply for a student visa (e.g. completing necessary medical check-ups, etc.).  Please do this as early as possible, as visa approval can take time.
5. Once a visa is issued, students should arranged a flight to Taiwan and contact FGU Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs (OICA) with arrival date and flight number.  FGU-OICA will make the necessary arrangements for quarantine hotels.
6. FGU will submit student flight schedules to the Ministry of Education (MoE) for assent. The MoE will issue an "entry permit" after flights are approved.
7. Students should take a COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to departure.  Boarding of flights to Taiwan are contingent on negative COVID certification.

Quarantining in Taiwan
1. FGU will make necessary arrangements for the quarantine hotels.  For the initial quarantine and subsequent Self-Health Management, please expect a hotel stay of 24 days.
2. The estimated expense of quarantining is NTD$50,000-60,000, for which the student is responsible.
3. At the end of 24 days, students will be allowed on campus, contingent on a negative COVID-19 test.

Things to Expect For Your Quarantine
1. The Quarantine hotels provide three meals daily.
2. The Quarantine period is calculated as follows: an initial check-in day followed by 16 days of isolation.  At the end of these 17 days will be a COVID-19 test.
3. Afterwards, the Self-Health Management period is 7 days.
4. During the Self-Health Management period, one is permitted to go out only if he lives alone in his dwelling space (e.g. a dormitory single room or studio apartment single).  Because our university dormitories have only double, triple, and quad rooms, we recommend international students to continue to stay in a quarantine hotel (unless they are able to arrange for the appropriate off-campus accommodations themselves).
5. By continuing your stay in a quarantine hotel during the Self-Health Management period, you forfeit the option of leaving your room; violators will be fined.  If you instead wish to go out during the Self-Health Management period, you can opt to move to a non-quarantine hotel by filing an application of hotel change to the government; however, the expense of a non-quarantine hotel is not less expensive, and there is no guarantee of room availability.