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Basic requirements

1. Period of residence

  1. To have been born and resided overseas since birth until now, or have resided continuously overseas for a period of six plus years and have acquired proof of permanent or long-term residency in residing countries that has been verified to be true by overseas recommendation units.
  2. The calculation for the period of continuous residence overseas for a period of six plus years shall be pushed back six years from the application deadline stated in this Brochure.
    However, applicants whom have resided overseas continuously for a period that conforms to that stated in this Brochure as of August 31, 2024 may also apply with an affidavit. If upon review by the OCAC during the period between the application deadline to August 31, 2024, the applicant should be found to not conform with the required period of residence, his/her qualifications shall be canceled.
    • How to calculate: push back six years from March 1, 2024 (March 16st, 2018 to March 15th, 2024).
    • ”Overseas” refers to countries or areas excluding the Mainland, Hong Kong and Macao.
    • “Continuous residence” refers to having resided in Taiwan for no more than a total of 120 day per calendar year (from January 1st to December 31st). Therefore, whether or not an applicant has resided consecutively overseas would depend on whether or not he/she has stayed in Taiwan for no more than 120 days within the said six-year period stated above. However, if the initial or final year of the period is not a complete calendar year, a stay of less than 120 days within Taiwan during those years shall be regarded as having continuously stayed overseas.
    • Applicants who fit any one of the following descriptions shall not be regarded as having suspended their overseas residency. The period of their stay in Taiwan shall not be included into the overseas residency period (meaning the calculation of their consecutive residency overseas should be pushed back). Documentary evidence shall be submitted along with the application for review.
      • The student has attended overseas youth technical training courses held by the OCAC or technical professional training programs accredited by the central competent education authority.
      • The student has attended programs held by the OCAC or attended programs recognized by the OCAC to be held by other government agencies, or has attended Mandarin training courses held by overseas Mandarin education organizations approved by the competent authority to recruit students overseas, and that the period spent at such programs or training courses add up to no longer than two years.
      • The student spent a total period of less than two years in Taiwan as an exchange student.
      • The student participated in an internship in Taiwan approved by the designated central competent authorities for a period of less than two years.
      • The student returned to Taiwan to for selective service and military service.
      • The student was unable to return to his/her residing country due to warfare, natural disasters, or major pandemic outbreaks.
      • The student was unable to return to his/her residing country due to some other matter that the student was not responsible for and they have documentary evidence of this.
    • o Those who have acquired proof of permanent or long-term residency in residing countries shall be regarded as having obtained citizenship or permanent residency in their residing countries, or shall be determined by the overseas compatriot identity endorsement in their ROC passports.

2. Language proficiency

Applicants should at least meet TOCFL A1 standards, or should have at least attended 240 hours (with proof) of class in Mandarin learning institutions. If the applicant does not yet meet the said requirements when applying for the Program, he/she must enhance their Mandarin proficiency through the said Mandarin learning channels and make up for the 240 learning hours before the end of the first semester in the Program.

3. To be of good moral character.

4. To be physically and mentally sound and free of chronic diseases.

5. Applicants must seek out a guardian in Taiwan.

(for the guardian role, priority shall be given to relatives who can represent the students’ parents and can exercise guardianship rights.)

6. Military service status

Students have household registrations in Taiwan, and their ROC passports are not be stamped with “yet to fulfill military service obligations”.

7. Test score standards

Overseas students that graduated from non-accredited schools in Myanmar and Northern Thailand regions must attend locally-held academic ability identification tests and meet acceptance requirements to enter vocational high schools in Taiwan.


Overseas students must have completed qualifications equivalent to that of having graduated from compatriot junior high schools or its equivalent schools in their residing countries, and must also be at least 16 years old (including) and no older than 22 years old before December 31st of the application year (meaning their birth dates must be of dates between January 1st, 2002 to December 31, 2008). Students of the said age group may apply to become first year students in the 3+4 Vocational Education Program in Vocational High Schools for Overseas Compatriot Students, however, they may not participate in intern courses until they are 16 years old or above.