Perceptions of Students from Southbound Countries

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

Melina Kurniawan/ National Cheng Chi University

Nationality : Indonesia
Major : International Master Business Administration (IMBA)


I am third child of five children. I have one older sister, one older brother, and 2 little sisters. I am a Christian. I was born and raised in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. I have a 2 years and 3 months experience work at a management-accounting consultant company in Surabaya with my last position as Senior Consultant. I am currently studying my Master degree at National Cheng Chi University. I am 26 years old this year. I plan to enrich as many experiences as I can get before I going back to my country, Indonesia, and hopefully I can run my own business in the future.


1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?

I have planned to pursue my master degree in MBA since I just graduated from my undergraduate degree. I have done much research on MBA program in universities all around the world. I ended up choose Taiwan because Taiwan is one of Asia country that has international style market. Taiwan market is a global market. Taiwan is also a perfect place for learning Chinese which is a very important language nowadays. Taiwan is also a very nice living country with friendly citizens who willing to help foreigners who cannot speak Chinese. Taiwan living expense is also not too expensive and still affordable for me as an Indonesian.

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 International Master Business Administration (IMBA). This program is an English graduated 2-years program that has 4 concentration options. Basically, this program is learning everything related to business, especially in real practice. This program is an International program and this program in my university, NCCU, get dual accreditation by AACSB and EQUIS.

I have many things to be enjoyed during my studies. What I enjoyed the most is that I can meet many people from many different countries with different background, language, culture, and way of think. Not only meet, but also interact, work together, and do cultural exchange with them. Those enrich my knowledge and experience so much.

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)

The first thing I feel so different is the education culture. Indonesia and Taiwan education culture is so different. I think that education in Taiwan (especially in university) not only teach theoretically or motivate students to get high score, but they also emphasize the process and the effort students give. In Indonesia, people usually will emphasize more on academic score.

I do like my university environment. My university located in one of Taipei mountainside. I feel like I live on a mountain and it is so nice for me. I can feel mountain atmosphere and view every day. Moreover, I can get perfect environment for study in peace without any disturbances from others. In Indonesia, not so many (almost no) famous or high-quality universities located in the mountainside.

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

The most difficult part is language barrier. Some of Taiwan universities website only provide information in Chinese language. Due to my not so good Chinese, I found it so difficult.

I am trying to find the English version of the university information or go through google translates or other sources on Internet rather than just the school website. I also ask for more detail information to Taiwan Education Center representative in my city and some friends who also studied in Taiwan.

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

I will stay in Taiwan if I can find job-related to my field of study and my interest. I will still consider staying for a few years in Taiwan because I find that Taiwan is a convenient country to live in. I also want to improve my Chinese ability by living here and practice speaks Chinese more and more. The salary Taiwan companies offer for foreigner is also at good rate for me. I think I can afford my life in Taiwan by working by myself.

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

Taiwan is one of Asia country that has global business market. In Taiwan I can see how Asia market works and acculturates with global international market. I can interact with many specialists and businessmen who have many experiences in business from many different fields. Not only for Asia market but also global market. In class, I also learn how to put each theory into real business practices. Those will broad up my networking and also my knowledge that I can use for my future business career.

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

  • Know exactly how each theory in the book related to real business practices and know how I can use that theory to help and improve me in doing business.
  • Get more friends and acquaintances from all around the world to broaden my networking.
  • Graduated with satisfying grade.
  • Can give contribution to the world through economic and business fields.
  • Can speak Chinese and use it as a daily language.

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

  • Do some researches before coming and choose university and program that best fit you're interested. Taiwan offers many good universities and programs. Taiwan also offers many scholarship opportunities, so try to do your best to get what best for you.
  • Do not be afraid because Taiwan is so open to many foreigner students from all over the world. You will always find people who will help you and make you feel so homey here. Taiwan also has many kinds of food from (I can say) all over the world so you can find your preference and adapt fast.