These regulations are specially adopted by the Ministry of Education (hereinafter referred to as the MOE) for the purpose of increasing interactions between outstanding international students, who have graduated from universities/colleges, and domestic industrial, academic & research circles, thus strengthening international connections, cultivating international talent resources and executing the regulation of Paragraph 1 of Article 11 in the MOE Regulations Regarding International Students Undertaking Studies in Taiwan.
International students, who have any of the following qualifications, have acquired agreement documents (including internship contents, subsidies, duration, etc.) from the intended internship organization pursuant to the next regulation below and have been recommended in writing by their instructors or department chairs, may submit an application for internship to the school within the time limit regulated by the school.
Organizations that provide international student graduates with internship (hereinafter referred to as the internship organizations) shall have any of the following qualifications:
Universities/colleges shall appoint relevant agencies to assist with providing outstanding international student graduates with internship opportunity and information.
Universities/colleges shall review international student graduate applications for internships pursuant to these regulations, make a list of their names (if the internship organizations are qualified), ascertain that the internship is relevant to their majors, and apply for an internship permit to the MOE. They must also submit the following documents before June 20 and December 10 of the year (late applications will not be accepted):
Internship organizations that accept international student graduates may not violate public order or good ethics, jeopardize national security, public welfare and national health or have risks of serious occupational fatality or injury. They shall purchase accident and other related insurance for international students according to the internship contents and types.
The internship organizations shall sign internship contracts with the international student graduate interns to specify mutual rights and obligations.
The duration of each internship permit for international student graduates is 6 months. Students who need to continue internship after the duration is complete shall submit an internship extension application stamped by their internship organizations to the schools one month before the duration is complete. After approval of the extension by the schools, international students shall take the stamped applications with the school’s official seals to their local service centers of the National Immigration Agency to proceed with residency extension.
Each international student may apply for duration extension once, up to one year after graduation at most.
During the internship, the international student graduates shall submit internship reports stamped by the internship organizations to the schools every three months for the schools’ references of approval or denial of internship duration extension.
Regardless of internship approval by the MOE, if the international students cannot graduate as scheduled and violate Regulation 2, the schools shall immediately inform the MOE, and then inform the local service centers of the National Immigration Agency to annul their residency permits after MOE’s annulment of the internship permits.
During the internship, the international student graduates shall comply with domestic laws, decrees and regulations. They may not switch to another internship organization without the MOE’s approval or the schools’ knowledge, and they may engage in any work inconsistent with the nature of the internship.
The internship organizations shall immediately inform the schools of graduated international students who violate the regulation mentioned above. The schools shall immediately inform the MOE of any violation ascertained following investigation. The schools must then inform the local service centers of the National Immigration Agency to annul their residency permits after MOE’s annulment of the internship permits. If the schools are proved to fail to handle or neglect related matters, the MOE, upon consideration of the circumstances, may defer the schools’ internship applications of graduated international students for the next year or decrease the internship quota of graduated international students.
If there is unlawful conduct by the internship organizations that affect the rights of graduated international students, the graduated international students, after reporting to the schools and the information is deemed true after investigation, may terminate the internship contracts with the internship organizations. The schools shall assist the graduated international students with switching to another internship organization and inform the MOE and the local service centers of the National Immigration Agency.
If an international student graduate experiences problems adapting or performs poorly, and this information is ascertained following investigation by a college or university, the internship organization may terminate the internship contract with the international student graduate. The schools shall inform the MOE, and then inform the local service centers of the National Immigration Agency to annul their residency permits after MOE’s annulment of their internship permits.
When paying the graduated international students subsidies during their internship, the internship organizations shall withhold income taxes pursuant to the Income Tax Act. Any graduated international student, who resides in Taiwan for at least 183 days in a taxable year, shall file individual income tax return.
All international student graduates shall join in the National Health Insurance pursuant to the National Health Insurance Act during their residency in Taiwan.
The MOE may visit the schools or internship organizations regularly or irregularly, and commend well-performed enterprises, juridical persons and schools in public.