|Experience Sharing of Foreign Students
1. Reasons for applying to study in Taiwan
In the beginning, I wanted to study in other countries. I couldn’t choose a country such as the United States or Australia, because their tuition and prices were not cheap. After I went to the course briefing which was held by a Chinese classroom for studying in Taiwan at my school, I decided immediately to study in Taiwan. I thought that Taiwan is a very pro-Japanese country, and public security was also very good. If I come to Taiwan, I can communicate with many foreigners and learn Chinese. Although I was only a sophomore in high school, I never regret choosing to study in Taiwan.
2. Why are you satisfied or dissatisfied so far?
There are many satisfying things in Taiwan. My classmates and teachers are very great to me. It can be said that I am in such a good environment, so there is nothing to be dissatisfied with so far. Sometimes, I feel that I am not used to fitting in Taiwan or many things are different from Japan, but I know that I study abroad. There must be differences that I need to find a way to fit in Taiwan more or get used to it, so nothing is disappointing recently.
There is no requirement because I think Yuan Ze University's scholarship is fair. If I work hard, the scholarship is a kind of special gift, so there is no need for me.
4. The way to apply to study abroad and experience sharing
I applied to study abroad through the Chinese classroom where I learned Chinese in Japan, so I am not clear about the process. In terms of experience, my personality has changed since I came to Taiwan. I have become more energetic and outgoing and enjoy the time with my classmates so much. For me, playing with classmates, studying together or quarreling can be learning opportunities in life. After all, I am now in my junior year. I want to cherish the rest of my studying abroad life in Taiwan because I believe that it is a destiny to meet each one. I also want to cherish every classmate, friend, and teacher, and seize the days of this precious study abroad life.
1. Reasons for applying to come to Taiwan
The main reason to study in Taiwan is that I want to learn Chinese, and I like Taiwan so much. I always wanted to study abroad since I was a child. When I was deciding which university to go to in my third year of senior high school, I saw a poster of studying in Taiwan and decided to apply. Moreover, price level and university tuition in Taiwan are much cheaper than in Japan, which is one of the reasons why I applied to study in Taiwan.
2. Why are you satisfied or dissatisfied so far?
Dissatisfied: Inconvenient traffic, too many scooter, and traffic is chaotic
Satisfaction: low living expenses, cheap medical expenses, delicious foods
3. How to maintain good grades or reading methods
There are more English classes in our departments, so there are almost no language problems. Thanks to the help of my classmates. My group reports, preparation for the midterm, and final exams went well.
I am very satisfied with the current scholarship system.
5. The way to apply to study abroad and experience sharing
I applied for Yuan Ze University through the "Taiwan Enrollment Cram School" where I studied Chinese before coming to Taiwan. To apply for a university, I need to write an autobiography and a reading plan. Some universities need to use Skype for interviews. The tutors in cram school will help me correct my autobiography and practice for interviews.
1. Why Taiwan?
In Autumn 2018, I traveled to Taiwan on my own, wandering throughout Taipei for 5 days. I was undeniably impressed by its environment, weather, scenic landscapes and foods which are all affordable with almost the same prices as my country’s. After going back to Thailand, I was thinking of returning to Taiwan again but had no idea at the time. Later on, as having experienced an inevitable burnout from my routine work, I decided to continue my further study in what I’m literally passionate about, Linguistics. Furthermore, I chose Taiwan because I wanted to practice my Chinese even though the characters are simplified, but It didn’t bar me from moving to Taiwan. So far, I have been studying in the 4th semester already since March, 2021. This is indeed the memorable and joyful journey!
2. Experience of studying in YZU
I chose YZU for my Master’s degree because the department provides Applied Linguistics courses. The curriculum is very interesting and fits my preference. One of my favorite courses is Cognitive Semantic, which is about how our mind, thought and language cooperate together. Basically, many courses encourage students to openly and freely share their ideas in class. Professors in our department always put lots of effort into their lectures. Their specialties are truly valuable for our own research. Besides, my classmates are internationally diverse. It is a very good opportunity to learn from each other’s culture as well. One thing that I’m also into is that the class is not too big for discussion. Both professors and classmates can thoroughly discuss each topic.
What’s more, the department provides me with a full scholarship which covers tuition fees and a monthly stipend. The scholarship is an encouraging motivation to study here as I need to maintain my grade for each upcoming semester.
My name is Apisit Boonklang. I arrived in Taiwan during the outbreak of Covid-19 in 2021. There were many extra procedures and documents that I needed to provide before coming here. Thus, it was a difficult decision to come here. However, pursuing a degree here not only gives me a great opportunity to study with professional professors but also provides an opportunity for me to live and explore Taiwan.
Classrooms and Courses
Each semester, there are at least 4 courses to choose, taught by professors who are specialized in a specific field in applied linguistics. The courses include language teaching, language learning, semantics, pragmatic, research writing, sociolinguistics, etc. The activities and assignments give me chances to work with classmates and get to know them better. You can get some good advice from professors who are willing to help you to complete your projects, assignments, or thesis. You can also find more information and perform your own self-study in the incredibly modern library packed with tons of educational material and resources with a good mood of peaceful reading environment provided inside.
Experience inside and outside the campus
Apart from pursuing a master’s degree, I set my own goal to make the most of my time here. I am a person who loves going out and joining activities to gain more experience. At Yuan Ze University, there are always events and activities for me to join, and they give me the best experience. I have met and got to know people from different countries with diverse cultures. During weekends, holidays, spring break or whenever I have time, I always find places to visit. Since public transportation in Taiwan is very convenient, it is very easy to take a one-day trip to Taipei, Taichung, Keelung, or any other city close to Taoyuan. At the time I am writing this, I have visited almost all the cities on the west coast of Taiwan, and I still want to visit more places in the future.