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National Health Insurance
Eligibility: international students studying in Taiwan with the residence permit shall compulsorily participate in the national health insurance in compliance with the national health insurance law as from the 6th month after the day they obtain legal residency in Taiwan

1. Health insurance premium is NT$ 4,494 per semester (749 per month) and should be included in the tuition fee every semester.  

2. Insurance duration: the first semester starts from August until January of next year, and the second semester begins from February until July of the same year.  

3Application Form


  1. The students suspending or dropping out of studies shall go to Center for Internatioal Academic Cooperation for your refund and the termination procedure.

  2. The students who still stay in Taiwan after suspending or dropping out of studies or graduation within the validity period of their residence permit may continue their insurance at the township (county, city, district) office they reside by presenting the health insurance transfer note issued by school and the copy of their national health insurance termination (transfer-out) declaration.
  3. In case of any accidental injury or disease occurring to the insured during the winter or summer vacation when they go back to their foreign resident homes, they may present the diagnosis certificate and detailed receipts to the Bureau of National Health Insurance and request for the refund of their prepaid medical costs within six month.
  4. For the application for a new card due to mistake or change in student's name, residence permit number, birth date or photo or loss of the old card, the student shall file the application at the Overseas Students Section by presenting the original and a copy of his or her residence permit together with NT$200 fee.
  5. The international students who schedule to leave Taiwan for more than six months during the study period may apply to the university for insurance suspension prior to their departure. In this case, their health insurance premium can be exempted during the insurance suspension period. However, the students shall apply to their school for resuming the insurance in their entry into Taiwan.
  6. According to the Enforcement Rules of the National Health Insurance Act , you may join the National Health Insurance since the 6th months after entering Taiwan without exiting Taiwan (article 8).
  7. After you enroll in NHI through CGU, if you work at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital as a part-time research assistant, please inform IAC. IAC will need to withdraw NHI for you to avoid duplication of NHI.
  8. If you will go abroad for more than 6 monthe, please visit for more information. 

Here is full context of Enforcement Rules of the National Health Insurance Act: A person staying in Taiwan for six full months prescribed in Subparagraph 1 of Article 9 of the Act refers to a person who has, after entering into Taiwan, stayed in Taiwan for six consecutive months or exited Taiwan once for fewer than 30 days with the actual period of stay amounting to six months after the number of days that he or she has been away from Taiwan is deducted.”

Here are some examples to help you understand:

Example1: (yyyy/mm/dd)

2013/09/26 ARC card issued

2014/02/01 Go back to your home country for vacation

2014/02/10 Enter Taiwan (Stayed for 9 days in your home country)

2014/04/04 Eligible to enroll in National Health Insurance; original enrollment date of NHI(03/26) is postponed for 9 days

Example 2

2013/09/26 ARC card issued

2014/01/20 Go back to your home country for winter break

2014/02/21 enter Taiwan (stayed for more than 30 days in your home country)

2014/08/21 Eligible to enroll in National Health Insurance; original enrolloment date of NHI(03/26) is postponed for 6 months after the second entry (during this 6 months, you will be required to purchased the Goup Medical Insurance) 

Example 3

2013/09/26 ARC card issued

2013/11/10 Exit Taiwan for a few days(fisrt time)

2014/02/01 Go baco to your home country for vacation (second time)

2014/02/10 Enter Taiwan (enter Taiwan for the second time within the first 6 months)

2014/08/10 Eligible to enroll in National Health Insuance(6 months after the second entry, during this 6 months, you will be required to purchase the Group medical Insurance)

For more information, please visit Bureau of National Health Insurance  or contact IAC.