Perceptions of Students from Southbound Countries
Read about the perception of students from soutbound countries to share the insight of studying in Taiwan.
Stephanie L. Sayson 石實恬/ Fu Jen Catholic University
Nationality : Philippines
Major : Biotechnology
I am an international graduate student at Fu Jen Catholic University studying biotechnology.
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1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?
I met my professor when he visited my university in Cebu, Philippines. We had a good rapport
discussing his research and my studies. He invited me to visit FJU and tour Taiwan. I visited
Taiwan for 2 weeks and found the research environment in FJCU is very engaging. The university is
inclusive and has a diverse student population (international and local) in various programs. I think
this is important to enrich my experience and learning.
Furthermore, Taipei is a pleasant place to stay. You can hike mountains, go to nature parks at the
same time, and be close to the sea all within couple hours driving from the city. Most importantly,
there are many opportunities for international student to study in Taiwan that I probably won’t be
able to easily access in my home country which eventually made me decide to pursue graduate
studies in Taiwan.
2. Briefly tell us about the program you are studying. What subjects are you studying? What have you enjoyed the most in your studies?
I am studying under the Graduate Institute of Applied Science and Engineering in Fu Jen Catholic
University. Currently, I have immunology and seminar classes. I had classes on biomaterials and
advanced spectroscopy during previous semester. My program allows me to enroll in classes within
various subjects, such as Physics and Chemistry aside from my major which I think makes student
highly competent after graduation. Also, I can enroll classes in other universities in Taiwan that can
be highly specialized within my field. This goes to show that Taiwan has the capability and expertise
that students can learn from. Aside from my studies, what I enjoy most is interacting with Taiwanese
students. I am able to learn more from the country’s culture through them and vice versa. I find it
interesting that in my studies, even though there is a slight language barrier, we can communicate
our ideas easily and that our field has somewhat bridged that gap for both countries.
3. How is studying in Taiwan when compared to studying and being a student in your home country? (Teaching Quality、Environment、School Equipment、Laboratory or others)
In comparison, the teaching quality in Taiwan is at par with some of the best Western and European
universities. For example, FJCU has all the necessary facilities for conducting research in science and
engineering and most importantly, professors have a wide range of networks with other universities
within and outside of Taiwan. This was one of my major reason for studying in Taiwan aside from
having a conducive environment for learning in a culturally rich country. The Philippines is still at the
stage of catching up with the educational standard of the rest of countries in the Asia region.
Although we have produced plenty of excellent scientists in our country, with the
fast paced innovation in science and technology, I think Taiwan is at the top of the list, Philippines still
has a lot more to learn.
4. What has been the most difficult part about applying to study in Taiwan? How did you overcome the difficulty?
Honestly, applying to study in Taiwan was not difficult at all. I was able to find all the necessary
information through the university website which was written in English. All the documents that I
needed to submit were through online. The instruction for application process are clear and concise.
The only difficulty I had was when I was getting my student VISA at the Taiwan embassy in my
country. The process was not so clear.
5. What do you plan to do after you have finish your studies in Taiwan? Would you like to stay in Taiwan? Why?
I plan to stay in Taiwan for a few years after graduation. I want to have a working experience in the
country and afterward apply for a post-graduate position elsewhere. I believe that my studies in
Taiwan give me a competency to be able to work in US or even
6. How do you think studying in Taiwan can benefit you in your future career?
Studying biotechnology program in Taiwan gives me a competitive edge with other international
students abroad because the training that I get here is at par with universities abroad. The fact that I
am able to study in an environment that is culturally different and be able to successfully adapt gives
me the confidence to capably work in other countries and in various situations. Those reasons alone
increase my chances of having a good career in the future.
7. What do you see as your key achievements when studying in Taiwan?
I would say my key achievements studying in Taiwan is that I am able to gain experience and
learning that I probably won’t get if I do my graduates studies in my home country. In the future,
when I start to establish my career in the Philippines or elsewhere, I can also share those learnings to
other people. Not only that, I also believe that as an international student, I am
enriching the community in Taiwan by interacting with local students. Especially, communicating in
8. What advice do you have for other interested overseas students who want to come to Taiwan to study?
I would encourage interested overseas students to study in Taiwan. They will be able to learn the
country’s interesting culture, learn the beautiful, albeit complex, language, exotic food and well
preserved natural sceneries. It is as fulfilling and satisfying studying and living in Taiwan as any other