Currently there are 22 international schools in Taiwan. A “true” international school as defined by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education requires that the student holds a foreign passport. Note this definition is different from a school that offers an international curriculum and does not require a foreign passport. There are a few schools in Taiwan that fall into this category, which we will cover in Part II of this article.
There are a variety of International schools in Taiwan, American vs Japanese, religious vs secular, and a European school in between. Of the 22 international schools, there are 2 Korean schools, 3 Japanese, 1 European and the rest, American. The Taipei European School is unique in the sense that it is one school with two campuses (lower school upper school) housing three independent schools—The British, French and German section, with each of the sections running its national curriculum respectively. Geographically, there are 8 schools in Taipei, 1 School in New Taipei City, 2 Schools in Hsinchu, 2 in Hsinchu County, 1 in Taoyuan, 3 in Taichung, and 5 in Kaohsiung.
Who Attends the International Schools?
Unlike other countries where the student body of international schools consist of mostly expat children, Taiwan’s international school is largely composed of Taiwanese who also hold a foreign passport. This in part reflects the job market in Taiwan where there is a scarce expat workforce. However in recent years the international schools in Taiwan have recently become more internationally diverse due to the emergence of offshore wind farm industry, entrepreneurs who have discovered Taiwan as an affordable place to raise a family, and most recently, the rise of Covid-refugees.
Can My Kids Get In?
Even prior to Covid, the international schools in Taipei had sizable waiting lists to begin with. With Covid and the number of returnees/refugees, the waiting lists now number in the hundreds if not thousands at Taipei American School and Taipei European School. Recently, when we called the Taipei schools prior to Christmas break, we were told that there is no room for mid-year entry. However, when we spoke to schools outside of Taipei, some schools still had availability. To find out which schools, please feel free to reach out to our partner organizations, TrinityScholar and Lighthouse Camps for assistance.
List of International Schools
Grace Christian Academy (Taipei)
Grace Christian Academy (GCA) provides their academic curriculum with a Biblical worldview. Thus, for christian families, this school is definitely a school worth considering. According to them, “In GCA, you’ll find a warm and friendly community. We pride in having a group of faculty, staff, and parents, committed to the same purpose: to see students growing into the individual that God created them to be.
2021 Fees (Per Year):
Application Fee: NTD $1000
Registration Fee: NTD $50,000
Insurance Fee: NTD 1000/year; NTD $500 per sem if entering after Jan. 4, 2021
Dominican International School (Taipei) (Kaohsiung)
Dominican International School is a Catholic, private, English medium school owned and governed by the Dominican Sisters. The school also offers additional language classes for Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish. DIS also offers a wide range of extracurricular activities/clubs. Acceptance of applications for the school year 2021-2022 begins on the 2nd week of March 2021. However, ALL SEATS are still FILLED to capacity, as a result, the next enrollment date will be March 2021 for school year 2021-22.
Fees For Year 2021- 2022:
Other Operational and Study Cost:
Registration: NT $25,000
Placement Fee (for New Students Only): NTD 25,000
Testing Fee / Entrance Test: NTD $6,000
Surcharge for Late Payment: NTD $5,000
Morrison Academy exists to glorify God by meeting the educational needs of the children of Christian missionaries throughout Taiwan. They believe that the educational journey is always about more than knowledge. For the year 2020-21, the school-wide theme is Cultivation, in correlation with the biblical scripture, Ephesians 4:15a. The school hopes to encourage one another to deepen their relationship with God through spiritual growth.
Taipei Adventist American School
TAAS mission is to provide American education to Taiwanese and international students with foreign passports. Its curriculum, teachers, and educational environment are equivalent to an American-based school. The purpose of this American based curriculum is to allow its students to enter American schools and universities on the same terms as domestic students. In addition, the campus of TAAS is also something to consider. The campus is surrounded by trees, gardens and outdoor play areas for the students to enjoy
Taipei European School
Taipei European School is one of a kind, being the first school to have French, German and British curricula running parallel and intertwining. They provide educational curriculum that intertwines the European culture and values within the context of Taiwan society. The unique nature of the school is its diversity. Around the school, you can hear students talk in French, German, English, and Chinese all at the same time. At TES, they pride themselves in giving their students the platform they need to develop their confidence, and give them the space that they need to allow them to grow into the persons they can be.
Tuition Fee for Year 2020- 2021:
Asia American International Academy (New Taipei City)
American International Academy (AAIA) is the first international American curriculum school in New Taipei City. AAIA is a private, co-educational, independent school offering a college preparatory education to students in grade 6 through grade 12.
Tuition Fee for the Year 2021- 2022
Registration Fee: NTD $20,000
Tuition Fee: NTD $252, 495
G6 - G8: NT $13,000 ~ 20,000
G9 – G12: NT $23,000 ~ 30,000
*Additional Payments Include: Lunch Fee, Bus Fee, Insurance, Facilities, etc...
The Japanese School is aimed at Japanese families with children residing in Taiwan. Their mission is to foster the students ability to think for themselves, become independent, and train students to become strong both physically and mentally.
Taoyuan American School
Taoyuan American School is dedicated to providing students with a well-rounded educational experience. They believe that learning extends beyond the classroom walls to encompass collective goals of exploration, interaction with others, investigation and service to the larger community.
Tuition Fee for 2020- 2021
Registration Fee: NTD $30,000
Per Sem: NTD $224,950
Estimated Annual: NTD $449,900
Per Sem: NTD $249,480
Estimated Annual: NTD $498,960
*Additional Payments include: Lunch, Bus, Books, Pe Uniforms, etc…
Hsinchu American School (With Boarding)
Compared to the other foreign schools in Hsinchu (such as Hsinchu International School, Pacific American School), Hsinchu American School is relatively smaller but, still has the qualifications to fulfill the need of international students who want an American/ International education. HAS helps prepare students for the constantly changing society that we live in today, and also offers a university preparatory program, for international students.
Tuition Fee for 2020- 2021
Registration Fee: NTD $ 30,000
Per Sem: NTD $175,000
Estimated Annual: NTD 350,000
Per Sem: NTD $195,000
Estimated Annual: NTD 390,000
Per Sem: NTD $205,000
Estimated Annual: NTD 410,000
Fall Semester: NTD $120,250
Spring Semester: NTD $120, 750
* The dormitory fee includes electricity, water, internet, breakfast and dinner
Pacific American School (Hsinchu County) (With Boarding)
PAS believes in creating hands-on opportunities for students. They believe in helping students develop skills needed in the professional world of the 21st century. With over 100 classes offered, they offer classes like coding courses, data modeling, and robotics courses. In PAS, they believe that education has to be diversified to create opportunities for the skill sets needed in the different industries that are wildly recognized in today’s world.
Fees for the School Year 2020- 2021:
First Time Application Fee: NTD $35,000
Registration Fee: NTD $50,000
Capital Fee: (Per Child): NT$ 40,000
Facility & Technology: NT$ 10,000
Per Sem: NTD $245,000
Estimated Annual: NTD 490,000
Per Sem: NTD $305,000
Estimated Annual: NTD $610,000
Dormitory & Meal Service: NTD $140,000
Hsinchu County American School ( With Boarding)
Hsinchu County American School (HCAS) was established in 2016. The founders seek to offer an alternative to the traditional education system in Taiwan. The school motto is AUT VIAM INVENIAM AUT FACIUM which means “Either I will find a way or make one”, in other words, seeks to inspire students and members of the school community to be innovators and problem solvers.
Fees For The Year 2020- 2021
Registration Fee: NTD $25,000
Miscellaneous (Per Sem): NTD $2,800
First Time Application Fee: NTD $30,000
Per Sem: NTD: $128,800
Estimated Annual: NTD 257,600
Per Sem: NTD $180,000
Estimated Annual: NTD 360,000
Per Sem: NTD $220,000
Estimated Annual: $440,000
Per Sem: NTD $260,000
Estimated Annual: $520,000
Boarding Fee (Per Sem): NTD $120,000
Lunch Fees Per Semester (includes lunch and snack)
Grade 1-4: NTD $11,000
Grade 5-12: NTD $12,000
Hsinchu International School
Hsinchu International School was established in the year 1981. HAS provides quality education in a warm, secure atmosphere, while fostering and developing a genuine love of learning, developing an enquiring mind, with a well-rounded personality. "Our objective is to introduce variety and scope, to encourage talents, to stimulate awareness of possibilities, and to develop enriching interests and experiences"
Fees for Year 2020-2021:
Per Child: NTD $25,000
If more than 1 child NTD $35,000
Per child (One payment only): NT$ 30,000
Per family if more than I child: NT$ 50,000
Insurance (Annual): NTD $700
Sports Kit (Annual): NTD &700
Per Sem: NTD $150,000
Estimated Annual: NTD 300,000
Kindergarten: NTD $155,000
Per Sem: NTD $NTD $155,000
Estimated Annual: NTD 310,000
Per Sem: NTD $166,500
Estimated Annual: NTD $333,000
Per Sem: NTD $173,500
Estimated Annual: NTD $347,000
Grades 7-12: NTD $220,000
Per Sem: NTD $220,000
Estimated Annual: NTD $440,000
Additional Annual Fees for Grades 7-12 only:
Electronic Resource Licensing Fee NT$ 5,000
Language Proficiency Testing Fee NT$ 3,000
Camping Fee NT$ 5,000