Taiwan refuses visa to 20 Indonesian students due to language and financial issues

Applicants had hoped to study at Taiwan Shoufu University in Tainan

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Bureau of Consular Affairs Director-General Chen Chun-shen clarifying the issue of visa refusals for Indonesian students.

Bureau of Consular Affairs Director-General Chen Chun-shen clarifying the issue of visa refusals for Indonesian students. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday it had turned down visa applications from 20 Indonesian students so far due to insufficient language ability and inadequate financial means.

A total of 57 Indonesian citizens wanted to study at Taiwan Shoufu University (TSU) in the Tainan City district of Madou, the Central News Agency reported.

Responding to online criticism from a TSU professor, MOFA said that its office in Indonesia had found that several students did not have adequate financial means or sufficient knowledge of Mandarin Chinese or English to start studies in Taiwan.

A total of 17 applications were still under review, while 20 other students had been promised scholarships from an Indonesian mining company, but the details of the sponsorship still had to be worked out, said Chen Chun-shen (陳俊賢), the director-general of MOFA’s Bureau of Consular Affairs.

The remaining 20 applicants had been turned down due to the language or financial problems, or because a small proportion of them had submitted forged documents, he said.

TSU belonged to a category of Taiwanese school for which stringent reviews and face-to-face interviews with prospective foreign students were required, CNA reported.