In Taiwan's current education system, students may study for up to 20 years: six years of primary education, three years of junior high school, three years of senior secondary school, four years for an undergraduate program bachelor's degree, one to four years for a master's degree, and two to seven years for a doctoral degree.
Compulsory Education Taiwan has implemented nine years of compulsory education—six years of primary education and three years of junior high school— since 1968. Junior high schools provide a wide range of courses to cater to their students, and in addition to the regular curriculum provide practical classes that give students an understanding of future vocational and technical education and career opportunities.
Senior Secondary Education Senior secondary education lasts for three years. It is provided by four categories of schools: general senior high schools, skills-based senior high schools, comprehensive senior high schools, and specialty-based senior high schools.
Junior College Education Junior college education is divided into two categories: 5-year junior college programs, and 2-year junior college programs, each with different admission requirements. Junior colleges admit graduates of junior high schools into their 5-year programs. The 2-year junior college programs principally admit graduates of skill-based senior high schools.
University, College and Graduate School Education Universities, tertiary colleges, universities of science and technology, and technical colleges offer four-year bachelor's degree programs, and some two-year bachelor's degree programs. Some require students to also complete an internship of from half a year to two years, depending on the program. Master's degree programs take one to four years to complete, and doctoral degree programs take two to seven years.