Perceptions of Students from Southbound Countries

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

Sutee Pakavaleetorn 李光隆/ National Tsing Hua University

Nationality : Thailand
Major : Applied Mathematics


My name is Sutee Pakavaleetorn李光隆. I am from Thailand. I study Applied Mathematics at National Tsing Hua University.


1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?

The combination of reasons made me decide to study in Taiwan. In addition to outstanding education quality, living standard in Taiwan is absolutely high. Taiwanese food is both delicious and healthy. Various cuisines from every continent of the world can be found in Taiwan. Owing to the fact that the Island lies across Tropic of cancer, the temperature is not too hot and not too cold. Moreover, Local people are kind and supportive. Multicultural society, long history line and amazing nature make sightseeing in Taiwan unforgettable. Although oversea students wish they would not use the medical service during their study, the quality of healthcare in this nation is superb. Taiwan is also one of the safest places in the world.

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 pursuing a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics in Mathematics department, National Tsing Hua University. The faulty in this university is remarkable and my classmate is talents. Taking courses in such a challenging environment supplies me an infinite motivation.

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)

Professors in my department are enthusiastic about their teaching. They will not waste any single moment of students' time. Every minute in class really counts! Teaching assistants that I met are also knowledgeable. They are helpful when students need their assistances and they maintain justice when they grade homework and examinations. Furthermore, Learning resources in Taiwan is far better than those in Thailand. There are more textbooks in the library and universities subscribe more journal databases. Academia-industry collaborations in Taiwan are exceptional. Internship programs and academia-industry joint researches pave the way for student how theories can be implemented in practices. Funding from local and multinational corporations also support academic researches.

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

Most universities in Taiwan provide application system in English and Chinese. The interface is user-friendly and procedures are clearly explained. Additionally applying for scholarship in Taiwan does not require complicated process. There are abundant scholarship quotas for international students from different sources; for instance, scholarship from universities, scholarship from nonprofit organizations, scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) or the Ministry of Education (MOE) depending on the diplomatic relations between Taiwan and the country of citizenship of the applicant. Given extraordinary education excellence and simple application process, the most difficult part of getting an admission to study in Taiwan is the competition among applicants. The only way I can overcome this difficulty was to improve myself to reach the standard of Taiwanese universities.

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

Due to academic rigor of Taiwanese universities, I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Taiwan.

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

Any student who has been trained through a high-quality learning standard will unquestionably become an expert in the field of study. Taking classes in Taiwan is a valuable chance to build connections with not only international students from around the world but also local topnotch scholars and experienced practitioners. Since Mandarin Chinese is the most widely-used official language in Taiwan, living in Taiwan can help foreign students learning Chinese. A solid knowledge foundation, diversified connection, and language abilities are crucial factors to be successful in future career.

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

My key achievements are knowledge from coursework and writing research articles. Some Master's degree program in many countries does not require thesis. However, students gain more expertise by writing research paper. Professors in Taiwan are generous and constructive to foreign students. They can gradually guide students throughout the research project.

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

Academic quality, funding opportunities, fabulous lifestyle and international environments are some of many reasons why Taiwan is one of the best countries to study abroad. There are uncountable alumni graduated from universities in Taiwan who are successful in their life. Give it a try, apply early, get your next degree in Taiwan, otherwise, you might regret such a great opportunity in your life!