Taiwan for 1 Year - Public School?

do you mean public elementary school and attached kindergarten?

Public kindergarten might be harder than elementary school to put your kid in, depending on school districts. You might end up to put your younger in a private kinder.

If your kids are in Chinese immersion school now, they may not need a CSL program.

Yes, that’s the school that I want to send our kids to actually. I have heard lots about the program and that’s actually the area that we want to live in. I used to teach English there over a decade ago.

My kids are both very outgoing - especially my 5 year old. She will talk to anyone that engages her. We don’t plan on staying more than a year so I don’t have to think about middle school there. We are hoping the one year in Taiwan will further solidify her Mandarin and have her experience another cultural (which is itself educational).


@Bimmerjeff can you share the enrollment process? Would really love to get the process started for my kids. Thank you!


If you read Chinese,

"1. 派外人員及僑生來臺就讀國小,如何申請?可以進額滿學校嗎?


2. 自國外回來之外國籍學童,應如何申請就讀公立國小,要到那裡辦理?


Go to the military, it’ll be fun!

We visited Xinsheng in person and spoke with an administrator, sorry I don’t have her name, but she speaks decent English (probably why they referred us to her via phone). Anyway, she showed us a form (in Chinese), which we were told is available at all other Taipei schools as well just ask. I think someone posted a link to this in another thread here, search “Xinsheng”. You first must enroll your child at your local school, assigned to your apartment. Then, ask for this form and complete it to transfer your child to the 2-year “CSL” program at Xinsheng. Do this early, as they only allow I believe 20 CSL spots to foreigners. She said that 1-2nd grade is normally not full, but 3rd+ can fill up at times. I didn’t ask if an ARC is required before enrolling, or if foreigners can use the child’s passport. I’ve seen comments on both sides of this issue on the forum but forgot to ask her doh! Hope this helps.

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@p0key - I know it’s been 10+ years since you taught at Xinsheng, but do you have any comments good or bad about the school environment there? My first impression was not as good as I had hoped given the school’s appartent status in Taipei. It seemed to be poorly maintained, facility-wise. The admin we dealt with was nice and helpful though.

just a note. Iirc, to go by this root, kids should take a test to show their poor mandarin skills. Kids in immersion programs might not pass the test.

@p0key We’re also interested in bringing our 6 and 8 year old to Taipei for one year. We’re having a difficult time figuring out the visa/residency requirements. Were you able to figure this part out? If so, it’d be great if you could point us in the right direction. Thank you!

Are you or your spouse taiwanese? Regulations say kids need ARCs, though some principals seem to accept kids who have not yet been on ARCs, according to some posts.

If you want to send your kids to “Xinsheng”, they surely need ARCs.

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@jiating I think you meant this for me not P0key? Are you talking about visa requirements to stay in Taipei, or requirements for the kids school applications? I’m considering 2 different visa options for staying in Taiwan without being tied to a job. If you plan to work, then you simply get a work visa from a school or wherever you work. Let me know.

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Thanks for the reply!

Xinsheng is our preferred choice, but we’re having trouble figuring out how to meet the requirements to register with any school. It sounds like obtaining an ARC for our kids is part of the requirements.

We’re ABCs and both our parents are Taiwanese. Does that help? IE. We should be able to get passports/dual nationality.

@Bimmerjeff - Thanks for replying, too. I’m talking primarily about the kids school applications, which I also thought is connected to the parents establishing/proving residency in Taipei. I’ll ping you privately with some details.

yes, it does help, especially if your parents are in Taiwan, or at least had household registration when you were born. Is it the case?

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Our parents travel back and forth to/from Taiwan and have household registration. However, we’ve been told we (the parents) are the ones that need to establish some type of residency. Do you know what our next steps should be? Eg. 1) Apply for dual nationality? 2) ???

Thank you!

in that case, getting a residency of your family is easy.

Step 2 is to get TARC based on your relationship with your parents who are ROC citizens.

When you get the TARC, your kids can get TARC or ARC as your dependants.

I’ll post a link to a government site on it later, if nobody would post the info by that time.

You make it sound so simple. =)

Do you by any chance have connections at XinSheng?

If things work out, we’d love to take you out. Are you in Taipei?

Thanks so much again.

Here is the link to get TARC on taiwanese NIA site.

Notices for the Application of National Living Abroad without Registered Household in Taiwan Area for Residence in Taiwan Area

The most hard part must be collecting required documents, but most documents may be the same with those you need to get your passport. Once you collect all the documents correctly, getting your passport, TARC and residency for your kids should be straightforward.
I think your kids have two options, ARCs by their foreign passports or TARCs by getting their taiwanese passports.

To get your passport(dual nationality), you may get info here.

TECO-San Francisco
Home > Consular Division > ROC (Taiwan) Passport


The newborn part in the page is for you. Though it says newborn, that means people who were born abroad.

You can contact to TECO at your area for more details. From my limited experience, people in TECO are kind enough to answer to those kinds of inquiry. And as far as I know from your posts, there is no complication in your case.

unfortunately, no.

thanks for the nice offer :smiley: , but it’s my rule that I never meet people on this forum in person.

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