Perceptions of Students from Southbound Countries

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

Sounakhone PHOMSENGSOULINH/ National Chung Cheng University

Nationality : Laos
Major : Educational Leadership and Management Development


Hello (Sabaidee), I come from Laos, I’m interested in arts, schools, international education, tourism and social development. In my free time, I like to exercise like basketball, badminton and swimming.


1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?

I decided to come to study in Taiwan, because I have familiar with Taiwan before, such as in my country I familiar with some electronic that made in Taiwan, furthermore I also listen to the music that singer from Taiwan, and also I watched the drama series called F4 (Meteor Garden) is very famous in Southeast Asia many years ago. Then I decided to search more about Taiwan, and I found that Taiwan is a beautiful country that there are lots of interesting places to visit such as Taipei, Kaohsiung and others travel site visit, and I heard from traveler that Taiwanese is very kind people that make me more would like to come to study in Taiwan, from that points I was wishing that one day I would have a chance to study in Taiwan, luckily I found scholarship call Taiwan ICDF that support for students who wish to pursue higher education in Taiwan, I’m not waiting I suddenly apply immediately. It might my destiny and lucky I was selected to join the program and I am the first Lao student who receipts this scholarship.

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 currently studying Educational Leadership and Management development (ELMD). The subject that program study is International education and development, educational leadership, research method, Taiwan culture etc.
What I had enjoyed the most in my study is my professor they are very friendly and they are willing to help us to improve a lot, whatever that we have questions of study they are always there to help us.
On the other hand, my classmate and my senior they are also very helpful if I don’t know anything I also can ask them, the circumstance of study is like we come to learn from each other, we do not come for competition this is a good thing that I like.
Furthermore, in my subject that I study like research method and leadership subject we also have the field trip this is my favorite part of the study because it is open my eyes to see more outside the classroom and explain me more what the textbook has said.

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)

About comparison when I was studying in my home and studying here in Taiwan at CCU is quite different
First, university is so big and very beautiful, I feel like CCU is good for detail a lot, there are flowers surrounding everywhere in campus even in student dorm, not only CCU, I also has a chance to visit my friends in Taipei and Tainan and there is unique beautiful, this thing I think is good that can make students enjoy in campus and feel relax to students. In their free time like weekend they are can read a book, or group work around their campus as well, different as my home university even there is already decorate but if compare is not beautiful and not tidy as in Taiwan.
Second, teaching quality. I feel that studying in Taiwan; professors are friendly and willing to help students.
Third, school equipment is very convenience, there are a projector and speaker in the classroom but in my home university just only some, and library in here CCU Taiwan is very big and there are lots of books to read, when I would like to research a book that I want I just search there lots of choices for me to choose and library is very technical and very convenient when you would like to borrow the book and sent the return book just use the machine different from my home that still use library keeper to do the job.
Forth, there are lots of club activities for students who would like to join too, this is very good chance for students to practice their extra-curriculum activities as well as they can create their good memories with their friends in school that it will create a connection in the future and come back to develop the school. In my home, although will have an activity but not regards for the club because we focus more on academic study.
And finally, school security is great I feel safe with I am at school area, there is police around, emergency notice and the school building and dorm are safe because we need the student card to enter the door, this is really great.

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

I think, my most difficult part about applying to study in Taiwan is communication because in Laos we don’t have the coordination for the student who willing study in Taiwan, so at first it made me confuse who I can communicate with.
Then I try to contact headquarter of ICDF directly and got the info that I have to contact with the representative in Vietnam so I contact them often as the main coordinator.
Second, It might be transportation because Laos and Vietnam where I have to run the documents are quite far.
So, How I overcome of this situation, I have to read suggestion carefully and following all the steps that coordination suggestion and I plan the time well to travel to run every document in Vietnam on time.

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

After I have finished the study in Taiwan, I would like to work related to my study because I’m interested about education like in school or some company that related or education or some international organization that about education.
If I have a chance to stay to work in Taiwan, I definitely say yes because it will benefit me a lot.
First, I will have an international working experience.
Second, my perspectives of working will more international and globalization.
Third, it will create more relationship between my country, Laos, and Taiwan.
And finally Taiwan is a beautiful country, there are lots of beautiful places that I love to explore such as mountain, city, island, temple, kindness people and transportation is super convenience and I can call Taiwan proudly that TAIWAN is the real second home that I would love to stay longer, if I don’t have a chance to stay after I graduated from Taiwan, I still promise myself that I will come to visit TAIWAN at least once per year.

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

I strongly believe that studying in Taiwan can benefit me a lot of my future career,
First, my knowledge ability has increased with international standard.
Second, my knowledge of internationalization and globalization has increased.
Third, I have an adaptation to various cultures that make me can work with different cultures.
And finally, it makes me have the connection on career between Laos and Taiwan.

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

I see as my key achievements when studying in Taiwan are:
First, my perspective of my field current studying is wider than before,
Second, I also learn to adapt to new culture from my international’s classmate friends from many countries.
Third, I also develop myself reasonability like planning schedule daily life and study
And lastly, it is a first step that I can make the good relationship between Laos and Taiwan.

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

First, I would advise that do not hesitate to decide to study in Taiwan, when you come you will not regret it.
Second, prepare language that instruction in the field of the student also Mandarin Chinese that it’s very useful to communicate with local people.
And finally, I would advise being more open-minded learning more new culture and perspective form classmate that they come from everywhere in the global.