Perceptions of Students from Southbound Countries

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

Lily Liew Yieu Yieu/ Tungnan University

Nationality : Malaysia
Major : Interior Design


I’m Lily, a 20 years old girl who born in Malaysia. I’ve complete my Diploma in Interior Design in Taiwan, thus I decided to complete my Degree in Tungnan University.


1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?

Why did I choose to study in Taiwan? I do not know how many times people have asked me that question and to be honest I’m telling the same answer every time. Its stunning countryside, delicious food, phenomenal coffee shops, and general financial ease make it a delightful place to live. The friendly locals, friendly interactions with the locals combined with one of the healthiest work-life balances in the world make Taiwan my first choice for future studies.


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’m currently studying Interior Design. The course is perfect for creatives like me who always dream of a career in design, who cannot walk into space without stopping to examine, imagine and improve the environment. Just the creative mindset that I have. Everywhere I go, I will always be looking at interiors and how things work better or if they don’t work. From studying interiors I have become even more passionate about design and it has become the person I am. Each project comes with a challenge and this is where I get to test my creativity and technical skills.

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 2014, I’ve graduated my high school in Brunei. I noticed quite differences. For example, the professors here have more on-hand experience in the industry and they are very kind in sharing information and cases with the students. There is always a short discussion in class before finish lesson. The two-way communicate always brainstorm us and train us to think in different ways.

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. But I found that the most difficult part is certifying all the required documents. The procedure is quite complicated and time-wasting. Therefore, you need to do your research in advance and don’t hesitate to ask for help. Don’t be shy! You can even call and ask for help from the university.

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

Being an overseas student, finishing the degree course and back to my hometown is always my ultimate goal. Yet, before back to Malaysia, I would consider getting into the workplace in Taiwan for a period of time for the sake of gaining experiences. I wish to apply that knowledge and skill learned from school in my file. Therefore, with a good working experience and knowledge I have, I can apply for my job in my home country with a handsome pay in the future.

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

In a positive manner, it is good to have a new experience about new environment and have a chance to learn new thing, have a chance to meet new friends and gradually get to know more open opportunities in the future. Studying abroad may always leave a good impression for the employers that we have different experience, more international perspective, those are beneficial to the company. I believe study in Taiwan will transform myself into a better person.

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

I would say my key achievements in 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. I made a lot of new friends in Taiwan, we play, we talk, and we study together. We share our happiness and our tears. Through that, I found a lot of cultural differences between us. We built up a strong bond and create memories. It enlarges my friend zone. Besides, be more independent and mature than before.

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. Be flexible and open to any opportunities, step out of your comfort zone, you will learn a lot from here.