歡迎!! (*welcome in mandarin)
Welcome to the SCOPE & SCORE Explore Page of FMS-Taiwan (Federation of Medical Students in Taiwan).
We are honored that you are interested in exchanges in Taiwan, ROC! FMS-Taiwan is committed to our exchange programs and will do our best to make sure that all incomings get a wonderful, memorable and educating experience.
Looking forward to meeting you all in Taiwan for SCORE/SCOPE exchange!
Best wishes and bluest hugs from Taiwan!
Incomings need to apply for a special entry permit for international exchanges to entry Taiwan. Upon entering Taiwan, all foreign nationals must present an English-language certificate of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of boarding the flight to Taiwan and undergo a 14-day home quarantine period. FMSTW will not cover cost for the quarantine period.
- FMS-Taiwan SCOPE was founded in 1995 and is composed of 17 Local Committees all over Taiwan. We have approximately 140 contracts per year, most of our students go on exchange during summer months, but we accept students almost the entire year. Nearly all LCs provide all field for the exchange programme, and around half of them provide clerkship for Traditional Chinese Medicine. The clerkship will take place in the Medical Centres called “Teaching Hospital” with experienced tutors. In addition, FMS-Taiwan SCOPE provides you much more than just clerkship in the hospital: most LCs, apart from Hualien, which is a famous tourist destination in eastern Taiwan, are all located in big cities that have decent public transport. It is perfect for exploring the colourful society which mix tradition, modern lifestyle and high-tech altogether. Furthermore, we have numerous well-trained contact persons who can provide any information you need. They are always ready to solve your problem and are willing to be the best tour guides.
- FMS-Taiwan SCORE was founded late after SCOPE; however, we have 17 Local Committees for you to choose from. To ensure academic quality, we have about 50 contracts per year. For each research programme, we provide you with not only the professional professors but also several teaching assistants to help you to deal with the laboratory studies. Due to education system restriction in Taiwan, we send students mostly in summer vacation (July and August). Although we do accept students’ application almost the whole year to promote the excellent academic research environment of Taiwan. More than research affairs, FMS-Taiwan SCORE provides you proficient contact persons who can assist you to adapt to the lifestyle in Taiwan. Our CPs are equipped with abundant travel information about Taiwan, so they will be the best guides to show you around this island.
We are here proudly presenting our lovely committee SCOPE and SCORE, and invite you to visit Taiwan sincerely. Ready to experience an extremely passionated culture? You’re always the most welcome in Taiwan!
The National Health Insurance program (NHI) was launched in March 1995 to look after the health of the entire population, creating the National Health Insurance Administration Ministry of Health and Welfare (NHIA) as the responsible agency for overall planning. The core value behind its founding two decades ago was to protect the public’s “health care equal rights” and “economic equal rights.” The emphasis on these two problems was to clarify and give a good solution to the causality between disease and poverty. The Taiwanese healthcare system is characterised by good accessibility, comprehensive population coverage, short waiting times, low cost, and national data collection systems for planning and research. Worthy to mention, NHI systems are commonly typed in English, which enables incomings to easier getting in the situation.
* The National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) under the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) was previously known as the Bureau of National Health Insurance (BNHI). When the Department of Health was reinstituted to become the Ministry of Health and Welfare on 23 July 2013, the BNHI also had its name changed to the NHIA.
Equal Access to Medical Rights for All
The NHI system is compulsory insurance whose primary guiding principle is universal coverage and the right of everyone to receive equal medical services. As of 1 July 2006, there were some 22,374,752 persons enrolled, nearly 100% insured. And also, the economically disadvantaged individuals have unobstructed access to medical services because of insurance premium subsidies.
Convenient Medical Care
Convenient medical care is the goal of the National Health Insurance Administration Ministry of Health and Welfare (NHIA) has been working on. On 1 July 2006, some 91.23% of all medical institutions were under NHI contract and universal medical care institutional coverage had just about reached its goal of “one card in hand, treatment throughout the land.” Even if located overseas, when a patient receives emergency medical treatment for injury or illness, they still enjoy the right of NHI medical expense reimbursement upon return to the country. In addition to the increase in quantity, the quality of medical services provided is constantly being upgraded in recent year.
Sources of Financing
Designed to be financially self-sufficient and responsible for its deficits, the NHI system primarily relies on“pay-as-you-go” financing to balance its accounts in the short-term. By law, the NHIA cannot be for-profit and is required to maintain a reserve fund equaling one month of medical expenditures at least. The system is primarily funded by the premiums paid collectively by the insured, employers, and central and local governments. Other revenues come from outside sources, such as fines on overdue premiums, public welfare lottery contributions, and the health surcharge on cigarettes, all of which supplement the system's income after meeting the mandated reserve fund's basic funding needs.
Scope of Coverage
The National Health Insurance system offers a comprehensive and uniform benefits package to all those covered by the program, including foreigners. With a valid health insurance IC card, the insured have access to more than 18,000 contracted health care facilities around the country offering inpatient and ambulatory care, dental services, traditional Chinese medicine therapies, child delivery services, physical rehabilitation, home care, and chronic mental illness care, among others. The system covers most forms of treatment, including surgeries, and related expenses such as examinations, laboratory tests, prescription medications, supplies, nursing care, hospital rooms, and certain OTC drugs. It also pays for certain preventive services, such as pediatric and adult health exams, prenatal checkups, pap smears, and preventive dental health checks. Copayments as User Fees The copayments for outpatient and emergency care were adjusted several times during the system's first 10 years. But in July 2005, the NHIA inaugurated a new copayment fee schedule and referral system to encourage patients to seek treatment for minor ailments at local clinics while leaving regional hospitals free to focus on secondary care and medical centres free to focus on tertiary care. Another system - Taiwan’s version of Diagnosis Related Groups (TwDRGs) - was launched in July 2010 to further increase efficiency and give patients more holistic care, and a capitation payment system was introduced on a trial basis in July 2011. By this way, average medical resources used per case also fell because of the elimination of unnecessary operations, medications and tests, resulting in lower health care costs.
The Medical Education in Taiwan consists of 6 years or 4 to 5 years if you study the Post Baccalaureate Medicine Programme. Lectures are mostly conducted in Mandarin Chinese, but some courses are conducted in Englisg.
- 1st & 2nd year are basic sciences (biology, chemistry, physics and etc)
- 3rd & 4th year are Pre-clinical medicine (BLOCK system that centres on different organ systems)
- 5th, 6th year are Clinical medicine (clerkship)
- Postgraduate Year training (PGY) for 2 years after graduation.
AirportsThere are 4 major international airports in Taiwan: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) in Taoyuan (about 40 KM from Taipei City Centre), Taipei Songshan Airport (TSA) located in the city centre, Kaohsiung Int'l Airport (KHH) in Kaohsiung and Taichung Int'l Airport (RMQ) in Taichung. There are quite a few direct flights connecting Taiwan and other countries, which provide us with easy access to the world. Apart from some regional flights that connect Songshan, Taichung and Kaohsiung Airport to other East Asian countries, most international flights and all long haul flights land in Taiwan Taoyuan Int'l Airport. You can find more information on their official website. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport, Kaohsiung International Airport and Taichung International Airport.
The island-wide railway network including West Coast Main Line, Eastern Main Line, North Link Line and South Link Line, provides frequent, convenient and reliable intercity and commuter trains. There are several types of services, local, rapid, express and limited express. Passengers can decide according to their travelling time, budget and the purpose of travel. There are also some passenger branch lines trains, mostly for tourist purposes, such as Shenao Line, Pingxi Line, Neiwan Line and Jiji Line. Tourists can expect to enjoy an interesting and impressive journey with beautiful sceneries by travelling with trains. It might be difficult to get seat reservations during weekends and holidays, therefore, make sure you reserve tickets in advance (preferably 14 days before departure) by phone or online. For the train schedule and reservations please click here.
High Speed Rail
The High Speed Rail provides fast, reliable, convenient and comfortable services between major cities on the west coast of Taiwan. Since the opening of the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) in 2005, visitors can now easily take a day trip between Kaohsiung and Taipei, linking a total length of 345km with 90 minutes travelling time. Currently, 12 stations are operational on the THSR line along Taiwan's western corridor: Nangang, Taipei, Banqiao, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Taichung, Changhua, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan and Zuoying (Kaohsiung). If you have the budget and wish to save time, THSR is your best option. Tickets can be purchased by phone or online. Click on the following link for THSR timetable, fare search and reservation. Taiwan High Speed Rail.
There are currently 4 metro systems in Taiwan, Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung and Kaohsiung. Together with the extensive bus network, they form a convenient transportation system in urban areas. Services run from 6:00-24:00 each day, with the frequency of 3-10 mins. "Single-journey Ticket" price range from NT20 to NT65 depending on travel distance. An NT200 "One-day pass" purchased from service booth will allow unlimited travels among all metro lines within one day. You could also purchase an Easycard or an IPass card (highly recommended), which are contactless smart cards that allow you to top up and pay for the transport fares, they are accepted on all metro, bus and railway services. If your exchange takes place in Greater Taipei, you could consider purchasing the monthly pass which cost NT1280, it would provide you with unlimited travel on the Taipei Metro and all city buses. For more information, please click Taipei Metro, Taoyuan Metro, Taichung Metro, Kaohsiung Metro.
Taiwan's long-distance motorway transportation services are provided by private coach companies: Kuo-Kuang Bus Corp., UBus, Free Go Bus Corp. and Aloha Bus. They carry passengers between cities and towns. Thanks to its frequent service schedule (some even provide 24h services), extensive networks and cheaper ticket fares, they have become one of the most popular transportation service providers between cities. During weekends, passengers are recommended to take trains to avoid traffic jams on motorways. For more information, please click here.
Visiting all cities and counties around Taiwan is highly recommended!
Each unique region has its own natural beauty, nightlife, and authentic delicacies.
Some of the most famous tourist attractions in Taiwan include Taipei 101, Feng Jia Night Market, Chikan tower, Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake, Alishan, Mount Jade and Kenting. (However, there are way more!)
If you are a hiking lover, Taiwan is the place to come!
For more information, please visit Taiwan website for more details, read our incoming leaflet, or ask your contact persons directly.
The cultures of Taiwan are a hybrid blend of various sources, incorporating elements of traditional Chinese culture, attributable to the historical and ancestry origin of the majority of its current residents, Japanese culture, traditional Confucianist beliefs, and increasing Western values. As a result, the prevalent form of religious belief in Taiwan is composed of Buddhism, Taoism, and Chinese folk religion, including ancestor worship. Besides, the Taiwanese aborigines, comprised of over 16 different tribes, are known for their various festivals celebrating the harvest and coming-of-age ceremony.
- Night Market
- Cram School Culture
Taiwan, like its neighbours in East Asia, is well known for its buxiban, often translated as cram school, and literally meaning "make-up class" or "catch-up class" or to learn more advanced classes. Nearly all students attend some sort of buxiban, whether for mathematics, computer skills, English, other foreign languages, or exam preparation (university, graduate school, TOEFL, GRE, SAT, etc.).
- Taiwanese Tea Culture and Bubble Tea
Being a subtropical island, Taiwan is suitable for tea planting. Therefore, tea arts and tea ceremony are a very common way of enjoying tea in Taiwan, especially in Maokong, Taipei and Alishan, Chiayi. The most common teas in Taiwan are oolongs such as Iron Goddess and Alpine Oolong. Due to the multiculturalism in Taiwan, tea culture also can be seen associated with many of the classical arts, for examples, calligraphy, flower arts, incense arts, etc. Also, the world-famous Bubble Tea, aka BOBA, is also originated from the tea culture in Taiwan. It is so popular in Taiwan that you can find bubble tea shops almost everywhere in Taiwan.
- Popular culture
Mobile phones are very popular in Taiwan. Mobile penetration rate stands at just over 100%. Nowadays, it is easy to contact each other in Taiwan. In addition to Moblie phone use, internet cafes are also accessible. Often, internet cafes offer food and drink. Since 1949, Taiwan had managed to develop itself into the centre of Chinese pop culture (also known as "C-pop"). Today, the commercial Mandarin music industry in the world is still largely dominated by Taiwanese pop artists.
Regarding Visa issues, see Bereau of consular affair (BOCA)
To avoid improper behaviour and raise the awareness of SCOPE regulation during the exchanging periods, we will ask incomings to sign their signature on the document of SCOPE Terms and Condition if any LC/hospitals require to do so.
Here is the link of SCOPE Terms and Condition