« 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

Articles les plus récents

22.11.2019

How expensive is it to live in Bali?

Are the prices for living, eating and exploring in Bali as expensive as in Europe? My last month as a student in Bali is about…

→ En lire plus

06.11.2019

What You Need To Know Before Starting Your Studies in Bangkok

Our Bangkok student Maike gives 5 tips on what you need to know before starting your studies in Bangkok My semester abroad in Bangkok is…

→ En lire plus

29.10.2019

An internship while studying

Karoliina is doing an internship while studying in Bali. Karoliina Rehnberg is a Finnish exchange student at Udayana University in Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia. She has…

→ En lire plus

18.10.2019

Life As a student in Palmerston North, New Zealand

What can you do as an exchange student in Palmerston North? My first month at the IPU in Palmerston North has already passed. After I…

→ En lire plus

18.09.2019

Semester Start in Bali Autumn 2019

A look at the start of autumn semester 2019 in Bali September has come once again and in Bali that reckons the beginning of an…

→ En lire plus

13.09.2019

How to travel safely in Bangkok?

Tips on how to stay safe in Bangkok Bangkok, the lively capital of Thailand, is a central hotspot in Southeast Asia and one of the…

→ En lire plus

06.09.2019

Challenges of Studying Abroad

5 of the most common challenges you might face while studying abroad Studying abroad is always an adventure filled with excitement, fun, joyfulness and challenges. In…

→ En lire plus

30.08.2019

List of Study Abroad Expectations vs Reality

Do Your Study Abroad Expectations Meet Reality? Before you start your semester abroad you will most likely build up plenty of high expectations. Doing so…

→ En lire plus

Recevez toutes les mises à jour importantes et des histoires intéressantes directement dans votre boîte de reception.

S'abonner à la newsletter

Nous vous enverrons aussi un Guide University Profiles gratuit !
Join Our Newsletter

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)
WhatsApp: +358 45 322 1230

Privacy Policy

Site by Atomi

© 2007-2019 Asia Exchange