As far as I know, other conditions then the number of hours applied and still apply. One of the following conditions should be met:
1.Insuffecient finances to support themselves or continue their education, and the student can provide evidence of such circumstances. (upon contacting the responsible authorities I was told such a document could be issued by your representative office or school, which I highly doubted. However, I still asked at school and they, as I expected, told me they don’t have sight over my finances so wouldn’t issue such a statement. I was even more sceptical about the possibility that my rep office would issue such a statement, so I even did not ask. Insuffecient finances seems a very subjective measure anyway.)
2.An academic research institution at the student’s school requires a foreign student to provide assistance in its work. (so working as a research assistant in school is allowed, at the election study center at NCCU you can for example make 120NT an hour. Probably not the kind of job you’re looking for.)
3.The student needs to take part in an off-campus internship related to his or her field of study.
I managed to get my permit granted under condition 3, notwithstanding my work then had little or nothing to do with the degree I am studying for. My department just issued a broad statement saying that working in a Chinese environment would benefit my Chinese and my studies. However, when I applied for extension with the same documents, the extension was refused.
All in all, I feel the conditions for the student work permit are not easily met, and while at first I was delighted to hear students can now work legally, in reality this has not been really helpful for me.