Perceptions of Students from Southbound Countries

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

Budi Salim Prayogo吳章顯/ National Cheng Kung University

Nationality : Indonesia
Major : College of Management, Institute of International Management


Hi, I’m a master student in NCKU and this I’m in my first semester here. I came from Indonesia and I took Business Management Major in my undergraduate. I want to come out from my comfort zone, so I decided to continue my study abroad.


1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?

Because I want to learn Chinese and I also want to finish my Master degree. There are many universities that offer a scholarship for International Student, and I want to get that scholarship. Besides that, I want to choose Taiwan because there is much to be learned from experiencing the tradition and modernity in Taiwan. There are many interesting places in Taiwan that I want to visit while studying here, such as historical places in Tainan, beautiful places like Hualien, and modern city like Taipei. So, when I go back to my country, I have diploma in my hand, knowledge in my brain and lots experience to tell.

2.  Briefly tell us about the program you are studying. What subjects are you studying? What have you enjoyed the most in your studies?

Right now, I’m studying in NCKU majoring in IMBA. Although I’m in the first semester, I already enjoy studying here. I meet a lot of people from another country such as Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Korea, USA, French, Germany, South Africa and many more. And I learn about many things from them such as their culture, mindset, their country and their country’s point of view in economic and international business world. I have to speak English here, so my English skill must be better now. To be honest, It’s such a wonderful experience for me living in Taiwan.

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 environment here is very nice. Because the campus provides us a place to study like discussion room that open 24 hours (D-24), and they have a very big library that have an enormous amount collection of books available in many languages and many desks to study there. And about the teaching staff, without doubt, they are an expert in their field. Enough with the studying, I will tell you about another stuff. In my campus, they have many student activities that cover everything that you want to do. They have student activities for all kind of sport, martial arts, music, arts, and many other things. So your life will be balance here.

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 the languages. Because I don’t understand Chinese and most of the article are in Chinese. Besides that, it is difficult to get the visa from my country Indonesia because it required many complicated documents. Luckily, there is an institution in Indonesia that help applicant that want to apply to study in Taiwan. They helped me to get my visa and help me in many things. If you are from Indonesia, try to contact Taiwan Education Centre (TEC) in Surabaya.

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

Honestly, I want to work in Taiwan. Because the salary is bigger than my home country and I like the environment here. The street is clean, unlike my country. The traffic is a lot better than my country because no traffic jam here and public transportation is available everywhere.

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

Studying here can benefit in my future career because I already learned a lot in my 1 month here and I hope to learn many more in the future. I learned a lot from my international friends, about another culture, their government system, their economics, their law, and many more. And it makes me become open-minded and it forced me to be adaptable.

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

think I don’t have any achievement because it is my first two month here, but I already have many friends here. I join the IMBA Dragon Boat Team, and I found a new family there. Besides that, I already close to all of Indonesian people. Do you know why? Yup, because we are in the same situation and it makes our bond stronger. I’m proud of the connection that I have because we are human, and human is social creatures. We need another human to live, and we can’t live alone.

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

Don’t think twice about your decision, just apply to the university that you want and do your best. Taiwan is a great country and you won’t regret to spend your age here. Especially if you want to learn Chinese, Taiwan must be your first destination.