Campus Life

Essential information for students about life at ISU.

Library & Learning Center

The University Library has about 280,000 volumes of Chinese/English books and 1,700 volumes of Chinese/English bound periodicals. It also has a digital library, audio-visual resources, electronic databases and Internet access.

Library services are divided into technical service and reader service. The circulation counter provides self-service for Library services are divided into technical service and reader service. The circulation counter provides self-service for checking out books and periodicals. Late return notices are sent automatically to students’ e-mail addresses. Courtesy library cards of nearby universities are available for students to borrow. The library also has a Learning Center which integrates digital learning with library resources: English, French, Italian, Japanese, Polish language learning DVDs, an access to VOD (video on demand), many interactive language learning databases, online new released books, periodicals and general education. The 9,000 audiovisual items make it the best place for self-learning.

The Medical campus has its own library with the collection being mainly medically related.

Student Clubs & Activities

Student Clubs

Students may choose among over a hundred of student clubs to enrich their campus life:

  • Service Clubs, established to promote social services;
  • Academic Clubs, which refer to deparment- and university-level student associations;
  • Arts & Skill Clubs, established to promote healthy recreational activities;
  • Fitness Clubs, established to encourage students to exercise;
  • Comprehensive Clubs, which refer to clubs of two or more kinds of the aforesaid attributes,
  • Recreational Clubs, established for students to demonstarte their talents;


ISU offers a wide range of sports facilities including a gymnasium, swimming pool, weight training room, table tennis room, dance studio, martial arts studio, basketball, volleyball, tennis courts, track and field, football field, golf diving range, and a skating area. Inter-University sports competitions, such as basketball, table tennis, volleyball, soccer, are held throughout the school year.

Language Center

Chinese Language Center (CLC)

CLC offers a variety of intensive Chinese language programs including seasonal programs, Chinese language and culture camps, and customized programs. These programs aim to develop international students’ Chinese language skills as well as to expose the students to Chinese culture and traditions. Periodically, CLC provides various opportunities for international students to engage in activities taken place in local communities.

Foreign Language Center (FLC)

FLC holds English proficiency tests and general English courses for local and international students. FLC is also equipped with simulation classrooms for practicing English in real-life situations.


Domestic and international transportation is available:airlines, railways, highways and the high speed railway along the west coast. The transportation between Taiwan and outer islands mainly relies on airlines and secondarily on ferries. Transportation from campus to downtown is provided by shuttle bus service. Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transportation “MRT” will help you to move around downtown major areas. Purchasing tickets is extremely convenient by iPass card usage (student card) – more information at OICA.

Food & Beverage Services

Cafeterias at both campuses offer cuisines in Chinese and Western styles. Students may also enjoy their meals at the food court or exotic restaurants at E-Da Outlet Mall across from Main Campus.


Convenience Stores

There are two Family Marts at the Main Campus. One is located in front of Dormitory 2 and the other one at the Student Activity Center. Other Family Mart is located on the 3rd floor of E-Da Outlet Mall and one Hi-Life store at the Dormitory 3 bus station.

Mailing Services

Taiwan Post provides postal and banking services throughout Taiwan. A post office is located near the school entrance on Main Campus. To open an account at the post office, an international student needs to show the original and a photocopy of the passport, ARC, Student ID card, and make an initial deposit of at least NT$ 100. 

Medical Care

International students who are residents for 180 days are required to possess National Health Insurance. Those who are in Taiwan for less than 180 days may acquire other insurance programs. There is a medical clinic near the Main Campus within 10 minutes walking distance. E-Da Hospital is about 20 minutes driving distance away from Main Campus. 

Visa & Part-time Work Study

International students who study degree programs are required to apply for a resident visa prior to entering Taiwan. Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) must be applied within 15 days after arrival. Degree students are eligible to work part-time in Taiwan. An application for part-time work permit is required. 

Subsidiary Facitilies

Other subsidiary facilities on campus include bookstores, convenience stores, an optician, copying centers, a hair salon, a billiard room, and ATMs. 

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Libraries & Opening hours
Library Days Opening Hours
Main Library

Mon – Fri

Sat – Sun

08:10 – 22:00

08:10 – 17:00

Medical Campus Library

Mon – Fri



08:10 – 22:00

08:10 – 17:00


International College Library

Mon – Fri

Sat – Sun

08:10 – 21:00


Learning Center in Main Library

Mon – Fri

Sat – Sun

09:10 – 21:00

09:10 – 16:30

Learning Center in International College Library

Mon – Fri

Sat – Sun

08:10 – 21:00


References and Information Services

Mon – Fri

Sat – Sun

08:10 – 17:00


Study room in Main Library Mon – Fri 08:10 – 23:00
1. E-Da Shuttle Bus service

Shuttle bus service for students is available from both campuses to major downtown locations. Shuttle bus stations are easily accessible at both campuses.

Main Campus to Downtown:

  • in front of International College
    A-block of E-Da Outlet Mall
    C-block of E-Da Outlet Mall

Medical Campus to Downtown:

  • To be added
2. TRA - Railway

Trains on the round-the-island rail network provide extremely convenient services. In recent years, regional short-distance electric-train routes have benefited commuters and students alike. Tickets may be purchased by phone, through the Internet or at the stations. Trains can be accessed via Zuoying High Speed Rail or Kaohsiung Main Station.

3. HSR – High Speed Railway

The Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) on the west coast has been in operation for several years. The travel time between Kaohsiung and Taipei is only 1.5-2 hours. There are eight stations along the line. Ticket price depends on distance of travel. HSR can be accessed via Zuoying High Speed Rail.

4. MRT – Mass Rapid Transit

Both the Taipei metropolitan area and Kaohsiung City have an MRT system. The Taipei MRT covers a wide area, while the Kaohsiung MRT is comparatively simple. Both MRTs link with the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) and Taiwan Railway lines. The Taipei and Kaohsiung MRT also has a station at its international airport, respectively.

5. KIA – Kaohsiung International Airport

Kaohsiung International Airport is an air transportation hub in southern Taiwan. KIA is located in the Siaogang District of Kaohsiung City near Kaohsiung Harbor and is 9 kilometers from the city center. An excellent airport access network is one of the airport’s features, including taxi ranks, city buses, long distance coach services and the Kaohsiung MRT system.

6. TIA – Taoyuan International Airport (Taipei)

is an international airport serving the capital city of Taipei and northern Taiwan. Located about 40 km (25 mi) west of Taipei in Dayuan District, Taoyuan, the airport is Taiwan’s largest and busiest airport. It is one of five Taiwanese airports with regular international flights, and is operated by the Taoyuan International Airport Corporation. In 2016, it was ranked the best airport for its size in the Asia-Pacific region by Airports Council International.

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