“Rapidly developing city with great people and incredibly diverse food”

Taiwan, an island state in East Asia, is currently becoming an interesting spot for young people from all over the world. The country offers a highly developed capital city, Taipei, as well as beautiful nature with many places to discover. For these reasons, we had a talk with the German student, Julia, who is currently doing her semester abroad in Taipei.

Hi Julia! Why did you choose Taiwan as your study destination?
I study Sinology in Munich and I decided to do my exchange-year in Taiwan as part of my studies. In my first four semesters in Germany, I got to know the basics of mandarin and I wanted to improve my language in a native speaking country. Therefore, I took the full-time mandarin course at National Chengchi University, which means I have three hours of lessons every day for nine months studying Mandarin.

How would you describe Taipei?
I would describe Taipei as a rapidly developing city with great people and incredibly diverse food. If you’re open-minded to local food there is a lot to try, especially on the night markets. Eating outside is quite cheap in Taiwan. You can get a full meal for about 3 euros. That’s why some Taiwanese prefer eating out than cooking at home. The culinary variety and quality of the surrounding restaurants and food stalls are amazing. You will find a lot of noodle soups, of course, rice in every possible combination and very delicious dumplings (soup dumplings).

food culinary experience - Taiwan - dumplings
Taiwan is famous for its culinary variety. The nation offers everything from street food to haute cuisine!

What can you do in Taiwan?
Taiwan is very good for hiking and all other kinds of outdoor sports. Through the many mountains in the East of the island, you can always explore new places. Surf lessons can also be found on some beaches on Taiwan’s shores. Everything is easily accessible by train on the island of Taiwan and the weekends are great for exploring the neighboring cities.

Everything is easily accessible by train on the island of Taiwan and the weekends are great for exploring the neighboring cities.

Also, next to the Taipei 101, there are many museums who often offer student-discounts and there are plenty of memorial halls and parks for you to visit. Moreover, the city center has really good shopping for the fashionistas and theaters for the cultural enthusiasts.

 

scenery - nature - beautiful - lake - Taiwan
The beautiful nature is perfect for all kinds of outdoor sports!

How is it to be an exchange student in Taiwan?
The atmosphere is very pleasant. The people I met here are very open to me. All in all, I have the feeling that if you try to speak Chinese as a “waiguoren” (foreigner), most Taiwanese will be very helpful. As a “white” person, I always get to hear how pretty I am, where I come from, etc. So you can say that Taiwanese are very friendly to foreigners but still, they keep their distance to show you respect and to be polite.  Even if you do not speak Chinese, you can communicate well in Taipei because most of the locals can speak English.

I feel very safe here too. Some Taiwanese leave their cell phones and wallets open in restaurants, which initially surprised me a lot. But in fact, I or my friends have never noticed that something got stolen. Even at night alone on the street, I feel partly safer than in Munich.

Why should young people study in Taiwan?
If you like the mix of metropolis and nature and if you are interested in the Taiwanese culture and would like to travel, you should consider a semester abroad in Taiwan!

temple - cultural - taipei - taiwan
The breathtaking culture can be found all over the island

Must-do in Taipei?
I absolutely recommend eating dumplings at the chain “Bafang Yunji” and singing karaoke together with friends for one night.

taipei 101 - sightseen - skyline - taipei - taiwan
The Taipei 101 tower to the left is the landmark of Taiwan

Thank you – 谢谢!

This interview was made by our intern Sarah! 

Do you want to find out more about studying in Taipei, Taiwan? Click here

Latest in our blog

12.09.2018

A Love Letter to Bangkok

The city of life will steal your heart! Hi there, Bangkok. … No, hold on, that’s not romantic enough, this is supposed to be a…

→ Read more

31.08.2018

Māori – One Of the Most Captivating Cultures In the World!

Get to know the fascinating culture of the Māori! Have you ever encountered the Māori culture? You might have seen on the discovery channel men standing…

→ Read more

24.08.2018

What to Expect When Moving to New Zealand

These are useful facts you need to know before arriving to New Zealand! You have chosen to study abroad in New Zealand and you are…

→ Read more

20.08.2018

Why Study in Asia? Join Our Free Webinar on September 5th to Find Out!

Seize Your Future & Learn More About Study Abroad Opportunities in Asia This autumn we’re once again organizing a free webinar called Why & How To Study…

→ Read more

17.08.2018

Kuala Lumpur – Attractions You Definitely Need to Explore!

Get the best out of your stay in Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur is the lively capital of Malaysia. The name ‘Kuala Lumpur’ literally means ‘muddy…

→ Read more

10.08.2018

New Zealand – Breathtaking Places You Cannot Miss!

New Zealand is a great study abroad destination as it has endless beautiful spots to see. To make sure you will get the most out of your exchange semester, we have compiled our Top 5 beautiful places that are definitely worth the visit….

→ Read more

07.08.2018

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Study in New Zealand

Survey after survey shows that New Zealand is one of the most preferred study destinations in the world. Let´s dig deeper to find out why…

→ Read more

07.08.2018

5 Best Things To Do In New Zealand

Kia Ora, greetings in Māori, the second official language of New Zealand. When preparing your semester abroad in New Zealand, it’s important to know what are the must do things and experiences  during your stay in…

→ Read more

Get useful tips, inspiring stories and latest news straight to your inbox

Sign up for our monthly newsletter

We'll also send you a free 30+ page University Profiles Guide!
What do you want to receive?

Your information is safe with us. Unsubscribe any time.

Asia Exchange, Vuorikatu 3 L 3 33100 Tampere, Finland
Email: info@asiaexchange.org
Tel: +358 45 322 1230, Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm (GMT +2)
Privacy Policy

Site by Atomi