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National Cheng Kung University (NCKU)

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Cheng-Kung, Tainan City Taiwan

Ranking

# =224QS World University Rankings

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36Undergraduate programs

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149Postgraduate programs

International

2900International students

About National Cheng Kung University (NCKU)

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), based in Tainan, is a university with a pragmatic academic climate, solid research strengths and an internationalised learning environment. Their main campuses are well-connected, the main campus located in downtown Tainan and the Kuang-Fu campus near the Tainan Railway Station. The Shalun rail line links Taiwan High Speed Rail Tainan Station with downtown Tainan. Outside the campus, fascinating backstreets and historic buildings can be found throughout Tainan, and the traditional local eats are particularly popular with students. 

NCKU has repeatedly received funding from the Ministry of Education under the ‘Aim for the Top University Project’ and is widely recognised as a leading university in Taiwan. In fact, it ranked fourth in Taiwan according to the QS World University Rankings 2023 and in the top 50 in the QS Asia University Rankings 2022. Looking to the future, NCKU aims to become a world-class research university with emphasis on outstanding teaching quality. Their development strategy has three points of focus: human resource development, developing distinctive academic strengths and sustainable infrastructure.  

National Cheng Kung University aims to be a university of global importance that develops high-quality, well-rounded graduates who are sought after by the business community. Their motto is ‘Pursuit of truth through exhaustive reasoning’. The university features a down-to-earth academic climate conducive to the pursuit of knowledge.  

Find out more about life at NCKU via its social media channels, including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.  

About National Cheng Kung University (NCKU)

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), based in Tainan, is a university with a pragmatic academic climate, solid research strengths and an internationalised learning environment. Their main campuses are well-connected, the main campus located in downtown Tainan and the Kuang-Fu campus near the Tainan Railway Station. The Shalun rail line links Taiwan High Speed Rail Tainan Station with downtown Tainan. Outside the campus, fascinating backstreets and historic buildings can be found throughout Tainan, and the traditional local eats are particularly popular with students. 

NCKU has repeatedly received funding from the Ministry of Education under the ‘Aim for the Top University Project’ and is widely recognised as a leading university in Taiwan. In fact, it ranked fourth in Taiwan according to the QS World University Rankings 2023 and in the top 50 in the QS Asia University Rankings 2022. Looking to the future, NCKU aims to become a world-class research university with emphasis on outstanding teaching quality. Their development strategy has three points of focus: human resource development, developing distinctive academic strengths and sustainable infrastructure.  

National Cheng Kung University aims to be a university of global importance that develops high-quality, well-rounded graduates who are sought after by the business community. Their motto is ‘Pursuit of truth through exhaustive reasoning’. The university features a down-to-earth academic climate conducive to the pursuit of knowledge.  

Find out more about life at NCKU via its social media channels, including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.  

University information

Candidates can apply for NCKU online through their application portal to a maximum of two departments for an application fee of NT $1,600 or US $60. 

  1. Confirm eligibility 
  2. Prepare any documents required, particularly for international applications 
  3. Create one account for applications in their online portal 
  4. Check within the application portal if the chosen departments require additional documents, interviews or tests
  5. Upload all required documents in PDF format 
  6. Pay the application fee and submit  

International applicants must meet the requirements of foreign student status. Further information on international applications can be found on their website.  
Students can qualify for scholarships and grants, such as NCKU scholarships, the ICDF scholarship and the Taiwan Scholarship. You can find information about scholarships for international students on their website. In addition, some departments offer the opportunity to work as teaching assistants. This provides much needed assistance to instructors and also aids in the training of future university instructors. 

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NCKU’s campus is a pleasant, tree-shaded area where students can relax and think in the hot weather of Southern Taiwan, making this a green oasis in the city. Nearby is Cheng Kung Lake and the Magic School of Green Technologies, one of the world’s greenest buildings. The NCKU campus contains historic buildings in the Roman-style with six-pillared porticos, red brick walls and green window lattices, creating a classic scholarly environment for students to concentrate on their studies and spiritual enrichment.  
NCKU also has the first museum at a public university to be officially integrated into a school’s organisational structure in Taiwan. The university’s library has a total floor area approaching 53,000 square meters, and one of the largest collections of books and e-periodicals in Taiwan. Internet access points and sockets are available throughout the library, and interlibrary cooperation with many other university libraries in Taiwan helps students more easily navigate the ocean of online knowledge. 
The NCKU Research and Services Headquarters are the first of their kind in higher education in Taiwan, integrating resources across the school to build close ties with industry and the local community and economy. The eight cutting-edge research centres promote this link between academia and industry, enabling opportunities for cooperative innovation. 
Since its inception, NCKU has expanded and the university is made up of nine colleges: Engineering, Management, Liberal Arts, Sciences, Medicine, Social Sciences, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Planning and Design, and Bioscience and Biotechnology. NCKU’s colleges are located on the main campus, while the Kuei-Jen, An-Nan and Dou-Liu campuses are home to respectively the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Tainan Hydraulics Laboratory, and NCKU Hospital Dou-Liou Branch.  
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Student life

NCKU values a holistic education and provides creative and lively teaching that combines class study sizes large and small. The university emphasises interdisciplinary learning, and selected courses are taught entirely in English. The school seeks to cultivate world-class and internationally competitive graduates who embody sincerity and high moral integrity. It’s these characteristics that make NCKU alumni some of the most sought-after candidates in the business community.    Students at National Cheng Kung University enjoy the rich cultural heritage of the Tainan area – from the history and community to the delicious dining options found throughout the city. The school’s five-star library, public artworks, historic buildings and variety of extra-curricular activities contribute to a wonderful campus life, alongside the experience of studying and living in a historic city. 
In terms of extra-curricular activities, students can always find something to suit their interests from among more than 100 student clubs and associations. Whether for study, sport, fitness, recreation, social service or sociability, they provide lively and diverse learning opportunities to help students develop broader perspective. In particular, the Mountaineering Association, which is more than 60 years old, is very important for bonding among National Cheng Kung University alumni. The wide variety of extra-curricular activities not only help make study more effective but also foster camaraderie among students even after they graduate. 
NCKU offers nine on-campus dorms on the Sheng-Li campus as well as off-campus housing. The Housing Service Division at NCKU help students locate housing, lists accommodation-related activities and events for students to get involved in, and hosts details of accommodation facilities such as catering
Many NCKU alumni have achieved success across the fields of education, academia, politics, business, arts and the media. Nearly 80 National Cheng Kung University alumni have been university presidents in Taiwan or overseas, and many alumni hold important public office. Many are also business leaders in hi-tech, logistics, finance, and human resource fields.  

Tuition fee and scholarships

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Rankings & ratings

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) is one of the top public universities in Tainan City, Taiwan. It is ranked #=224 in QS World University Rankings 2023.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #=271
  • 2014
    #247
  • 2015
    #232
  • 2016
    #224
  • 2017
    #=241
  • 2018
    #222
  • 2019
    #234
  • 2020
    #225
  • 2021
    #234
  • 2022
    #=252
  • 2023
    #=224

Available programs

NCKU values holistic education, providing creative and lively instruction that combines large- and small-class study and emphasises interdisciplinary learning. Selected courses taught entirely in English are offered in 27 departments. It has 43 undergraduate programmes, 36 independent graduate institutes and nine degree programmes. 

The university has a solid foundation in engineering and then expanded into the liberal arts and sciences. They now offer a comprehensive programme list with nine colleges: Engineering, Management, Liberal Arts, Sciences, Medicine, Social Sciences, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Planning and Design, and Bioscience and Biotechnology.  

National Cheng Kung University values a holistic education and provides creative and lively teaching that combines class study sizes large and small. The university emphasises interdisciplinary learning, and selected courses are taught entirely in English

Students can qualify for scholarships and grants, such as NCKU scholarships, the ICDF scholarship and the Taiwan Scholarship. You can find information about scholarships for international students on their website

Candidates can apply for NCKU online through their application portal to a maximum of two departments for an application fee of NT $1,600 or US $60.  

NCKU offers a comprehensive postgraduate programme list within 11 colleges: fields of study include Engineering, Management, Liberal Arts, Sciences, Medicine, Social Sciences, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Planning and Design, Bioscience and Biotechnology, Computing, and Innovative Semiconductor and Sustainable Manufacturing. They also have a range of research centres across industry, manufacturing, environmental research, medicine, humanities, social sciences and bioscience.  

NCKU values a holistic education and provides creative and lively teaching that combines class study sizes large and small. The university emphasises interdisciplinary learning, and selected courses are taught entirely in English

Students can qualify for scholarships and grants, such as NCKU scholarships, the ICDF scholarship and the Taiwan Scholarship. You can find information about scholarships for international students on their website

Candidates can apply for NCKU online through their application portal to a maximum of two departments for an application fee of NT $1,600 or US $60.  

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