There are two 7-11 convenience stores on the CJCU campus, one on the first floor of the First Dormitory and one in the basement of the Third Dormitory. Newcomers to Taiwan will discover that convenience stores on the island live up to their name. The 7-11 stores in Taiwan are operated by the Uni-President Corporation, the largest food conglomerate in Asia, and offer many services not usually available in convenience stores in other countries. In addition to selling snacks, microwave meals, and toiletry items, Taiwanese 7-11s provide services such as fax, photocopy, postal services, and parcel shipment.
Many of these additional services are available on the iBon kiosk—unfortunately, the operating interface is only in Chinese. Here is a partial listing of services available at most Taiwanese 7-Elevens:
There are several cautions about 7-11s that international students should bear in mind. First, convenience stores become considerably less convenient during student “rush hours.” Second, Taiwanese 7-11s are a poor reference for directions. The 7-11 density of the island is probably the highest in the world—in some urban areas, there is a 7-11 on every block. If you are a newcomer to Taiwan, don’t arrange to meet your friend at a 7-11!
International students are required to submit a report of a recent (past 3 months) health examination (including test for the HIV antibody) as a part of their application for admission. A report of a health examination is also a requirement for the resident visa.
All international students should arrange for 5 months of health insurance from an insurer in their own country; long-term students who plan to obtain a resident visa and an Alien Resident Visa through CJCU are required to be enrolled under CJCU’s name in Taiwan’s National Health Insurance system, one of the best health care systems in the world. Monthly payments (NT$749) are very reasonable considering the coverage (medical, dental, and copay of drug expenses).
The University nursing station is on the first floor of the First Academic Building and is open from 8:10 to 17:10. The station dispenses over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and conducts simple health procedures, such as checks of body temperature and blood pressure.
If your body temperature exceeds 37.5 C, do not attend class; seek medical attention. In Taiwan, it is considered courteous to wear a face mask if you have a cold and cough and plan to be in close proximity with others.
In case of a health emergency, call 0910981575 (Office of International Affairs secretary), for assistance.
In recent years, there have been a small number cases of dengue fever, a mosquitoborne disease, in the Kaohsiung and Tainan areas. Although the chances of contracting dengue fever in southern Taiwan are very low, students should keep their environs free of standing water.