Perceptions of Students from Southbound Countries

Read about the perception of students from soutbound countries to share the insight of studying in Taiwan.

Christian Lian Paulo Perez Rioflorido/ Chung Yuan Christian University

Nationality : Philippines
Major : MS Electrical Engineering


I am Christian Rioflorido. You can call me Tian for short. I am a Filipino. I was born in Manila, Philippines. I am a licensed Electronics Engineer in the Philippines. I am a Master student in Electrical Engineering in CYCU. My hobbies are watching movies, reading books, playing badminton and surfing the net.

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1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?

decided to study here in Taiwan because Taiwan is known for their technology and it prioritizes the excellence of research. Also, as I viewed in the statistics, Taiwanese people are the friendliest and very hospitable.

2.  Briefly tell us about the program you are studying. What subjects are you studying? What have you enjoyed the most in your studies?

am studying MS Electrical Engineering. The focus of my study is on Intelligent System in Power Engineering. It involves the intelligent computations used in solving Power Engineering Problems. I take some Chinese classes during my stay here in CYCU. I have enjoyed most of my studies by having friends from locals and other international students.

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)

Studying here in Taiwan is totally different compared to my school before in the Philippines. The teachers are good and well-known around the world. That is why the teaching quality is good. Regarding the environment, it is great for studying. The ambiance around is good compared to my school before because there are certain places that have plants and trees where the students can enjoy the good weather (if it is good) and can relax. About the school equipment, laboratories and facilities, the school has better things to offer like better equipment, laboratory and time allotment compared to my school before.

4.  What has been the most difficult part about applying to study in Taiwan? How did you overcome the difficulty?

The most difficult part about applying to study in Taiwan is when I need to leave my family and live alone here. I overcome this difficulty by having many friends from locals, Filipinos and other international students and make my laboratory adviser and laboratory mates as my second family.

5.  What do you plan to do after you have finish your studies in Taiwan? Would you like to stay in Taiwan?  Why? 

I would like to stay here in Taiwan and land for a good job. I want to stay here because of the environment is good and the people are friendly. The lifestyle here is good and cheap compared to other countries.

6.  How do you think studying in Taiwan can benefit you in your future career?

I think studying in Taiwan can benefit me in the future career by having additional knowledge and language learned. It also helped to adopt the culture of the locals and other international students so that if I stayed here or go to other countries, I know already the Do’s and Don’ts.

7.  What do you see as your key achievements when studying in Taiwan?

I see having good research-based school as one of the key achievements when studying in Taiwan. Also, one of the key achievements is having a good research adviser.

8. What advice do you have for other interested overseas students who want to come to Taiwan to study?

Be brave to choose the road less traveled and study hard. Make time to experience Taiwan.