Perceptions of Students from Southbound Countries

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

Tran Sieu Thao/ Chung Chou University of Science and Technology

Nationality : Vietnam
Major : Department of Creative Fashion Design and Management

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I was born in Dong Nai province of Vietnam on January 6th, 1996. After I graduated from Song Ray High School, I learned Business Chinese at Sonadezi College Of Technology and Management. During learning Chinese, I’d been always looking forward to studying in Taiwan.


1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?

I choose to study in Taiwan for many reasons, but the most important of all, Taiwan is an ideal country to pursue higher education. When I learned Business Chinese in Vietnam, I was so fortunate that I received an international volunteer group from National Taiwan University. The volunteers not only introduced me the Taiwanese food and scenery but also the culture and customs, which aroused my interest of studying in Taiwan. Since then, I’d been looking for opportunities to study 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?

After my arrival at the school, I found I could not understand much in the classroom. But after two months, I feel better and better. Now I understand the most part of teachers’ teaching materials. I like the way that Taiwanese teachers teach. Students and teachers can exchange opinions. We also have chances to talk about our own experiences and express our ideas in class. The more I learn, the clearer I know what I really want to study. Although I am a student of Department of Creative Fashion Design and Management now, I feel like I am more interested in Department of Tourism and Leisure Management . Therefore, I plan to transfer to the Department of Tourism later.

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)

To study in Taiwan is so different from study in Vietnam. In Vietnam, no matter how old you are, teachers treat you like little kids. We just listen to teachers and write exercises in class. In Taiwan, teachers consider students adults. Students can speak out their opinions and discuss with teachers. Besides sitting in the classroom to listen to teachers lectures, we also have off-campus visits and intern-program.

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

The most difficult part of applying to study in Taiwan is to apply for the student visa. I encountered so many difficulties when I did by myself and I failed to get the visa. Nevertheless I didn’t give up. I kept learning Chinese. I also received advice from some education centers online. My second try was a successful one and I am happy I am in Taiwan now.

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

I want to work in Vietnam after completing my study. The travel and tourism industry is growing fast in Vietnam. A lot of tourists, especially Chinese tourists, visit Vietnam now. That is the reason why I would like to study tourism. I hope I am capable of introducing the most attractive views and the Vietnamese culture to the visitors in the future.

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

Taiwan has a high reputation in Education worldwide. People who have studied in Taiwan meet the requirement from industries and are highly qualified. Besides, Taiwan’s travel industry has developed rapidly. As I want to improve the knowledge and skills in the developed countries. I have chosen to study in Taiwan so as to fulfill my dream. I believe I can be the one that the travel and tourism industry in Vietnam demands.

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

What surprised and amazed me most to study here is to have off-campus visits and intern-program. To learn theoretical knowledge is important but to know how to apply the knowledge to real situations is more important. The off-campus visits and intern-program are practical and so useful. I believe it will be helpful when I work in the future.

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

Before coming to Taiwan, I suggest everyone should have basic understanding of Chinese. They also have to make sure whether their application documents for visa meet the requirement of Taipei Economic & Cultural Office. After coming to Taiwan, we should be open-minded to explore new culture and do not be shy. Talking to Taiwanese student, making friends with local people and going out with them will help you get used to the new life quickly and interestingly.