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Kaohsiung, TAIWAN

Kaohsiung City is located on the Southern coast of Taiwan. The city was declared as a Specialty Municipality in July of 1979. Known as the “Port City” in Southern Taiwan for its largest commercial harbor that ranks third in the world, Kaohsiung city has 11 administrative districts with approximately 1.51 Million in population.


Open to undergraduate students in all majors

Academic areas: Liberal Arts, Science, Engineering, Management, Marine Sciences, Social Sciences, and General Education

Note to Business Students: This university is AACSB accredited.

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Yes - there is a limited number of courses taught in English in the following academic departments: Foreign Language & Literature, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Electrical, Mechanical, and Computer Engineering, Business Management, Finance, Resource Management, Political Science, China and Asia-Pacific Studies

See the NSYSU Student Handbook for a complete list of courses taught in English.


Fall Semester Early August - late January*
Spring Semester Early February - late July
Year Early August - late July (academic year)
Summer See MIX Summer Programs for dates.

NSYSU Academic Calendar

See the NSYSU Student Handbook for the Academic Calendar.

*If you receive financial aid, you may not study at NSYSU for just the Fall Semester. Doing so will render you ineligible for financial aid for the following spring semester at UHM.


Housing for exchange students is available in the International Village (single rooms, common bathroom and kitchen areas).

See the NSYSU Student Handbook for more information on international student housing.


TUITION - MIX students register as full-time students at UH Manoa and pay regular UHM tuition & fees.  Your tuition category (Resident, Non-Resident, WUE, etc., stays the same). You do not pay overseas tuition. 

LIVING EXPENSES - You are responsible for all living expenses, including health insurance, books/supplies, room & meals, personal expenses, airfare, local transportation, and any costs associated with obtaining a visa (if applicable). Below are estimates for planning purposes only; amounts are listed per semester, and will vary based on your individual needs.    

  • Health Insurance: $200-400
  • Books & Supplies: $200-300
  • Room & Meals: $1,800-3,000
  • Personal Expenses: $1,000-2,000
  • Airfare & Local Transportation: $1,600-2,400
  • Visa Expenses: $130-160

FINANCIAL AID - Since you are still a registered UHM student while on MIX, you continue to be eligible to receive financial aid and scholarships.  If you submit a ‘MIX Student Budget for Financial Aid Purposes’ form, UHM financial aid will take into consideration your overseas living and travel expenses when awarding your grants/loans. More info on Financial Aid & Scholarships for MIX   


Buddies Program - Buddies are students of National Sun Yat-sen University who help new international students shortly after their arrival and through the duration of their stay. Buddies will help you get settled in, and will organize social events, cultural-historical excursions, and sports activities for international students.

Taiwan Visa Information - Exchange students must apply for a valid visa in their country of residence before entering Taiwan. For a semester abroad, students may apply for a Visitor Visa (multiple-entry recommended); for a year abroad, students should apply for a Resident Visa. The visa application fee for a multiple-entry visa is approximately $132 for U.S. citizens. UHM students may apply for their visa to Taiwan at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu, located at 2746 Pali Highway. In preparation for visiting TECO-Honolulu to apply for a visa, students should gather the following application items:

  • Visa application form (complete online, then print out)
  • Valid passport
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Official acceptance letter from host university
  • Round trip flight itinerary
  • Bank statement proving at least $2,000 of funds
Please note that male students who have dual citizenship and enter Taiwan with ROC (Taiwan) passports will be subject to the Taiwanese compulsory military service regulations.

See the NSYSU Student Handbook for more information on the visa application process.


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