The New Southbound Talent Development Program takes a people-oriented approach and aims to foster bilateral exchange and mutual resources sharing.
Zoe (U.S.A) Studying at National Cheng Kung University
【Student Profile】 (November, 2015)
Name: Zoe Weizenbaum
University: National Cheng Kung University
Program: Chinese Language Center
My name is Zoe Weizenbaum and I am a student at National Cheng Kung University’s Chinese Language Center. I came to Taiwan looking to study Chinese in a Chinese speaking environment so as to be fully immersed in the language. Having visited the island on a family vacation in high school I also knew Taiwan to be a country with beautiful weather, friendly people and delicious food. The fact that Taiwan uses traditional characters was also a huge draw for me.
My experience thus far has been overwhelmingly positive. I am challenged by my classes but not overwhelmed with homework to the extent that I don’t have time to take to the streets and explore all that my city has to offer.
I have friends from all over the world. In my morning class alone, out of 7 students in the class, there are 7 different countries represented! This level of diversity makes for incredibly rich class discussions. It also means that rather than English being the default language outside of class I usually communicate with my classmates in Chinese. With the help of Chinese Language Center at NCKU I am on my way to achieving the level of fluency that I’ve always dreamed of.
Biking around the streets of Tainan I like to picture myself 9 months from now, a graduate of the CLC program and with the language skills to conduct high-level intellectual debates in Chinese.