Hi all. I’m from the US, and I’ve been living here in Taiwan for almost 8 years. I’m fairly settled here, as you might imagine, and almost 4 years ago I met my now-girlfriend, who is Filipino. At the time she was working, but for the past year and a half she has been studying Chinese. Now she wants to transfer to a Bachelor’s program, but has been denied a visa. The reason they give for the rejection is that she has not graduated from the K-12 high school program in the Philippines, which was implemented about 6 years after she finished high school. At the time she graduated, high school was only K (or 1st) to 10th grade.
On TECO’s website, the requirement’s for a BA student studying in Taiwan, related to this, are:
- For bachelor’s program, applicant must be high school graduate with an above average grade every semester.
- Highest Diploma and Transcript of Records
She has all of this. She also has a 2 year degree from a college in the Philippines, but because it is not recognized by CHED (Commision of Higher Education) in the Philippines, apparently it doesn’t apply. There is no issue with any other requirement for the BA, it seems to just be this problem of when she graduated high school.
TECO’s solution to this is that she should finish a 4 year degree in the Philippines, then she can continue studying in Taiwan. Not a great option, since as mentioned before we’ve settled here in Taiwan and would like to continue living here.
Anybody got any ideas for a way around this, or a possible option so that she can study? Maybe some Filipinos currently studying have some ideas?