Perceptions of Students from Southbound Countries

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


Nationality : India
Major : International Doctoral Program In Asia-Pacific Studies (IDAS)


My name is Manoj from India currently doing my doctoral studies in NCCU in Asia-Pacific department. My major in masters was International Affairs. I have been in Taiwan now for 2.5 years. I was an exchange student before to NCCU for a semester at NCCU also.


1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?

Taiwan has a very high reputation for being a kind society. The professors are well trained and have lots of experience in their respective field. Being in the center of Asia, Taiwan acts as a bridge between South and South East Asia towards East Asia, which is itself a unique position for studying International Relations.

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 in IDAS programme. Most of my classes are very comprehensive and widely covers the Asia-Pacific region. Some of the classes I took was about the Asia-Pacific Regional Development, Ideas and Policy, Development Aid in Asia-Pacific, Taiwanese History, Political and Economic Development of Taiwan to name a few. All these courses and others helped me in widening my world image and also helped me in understanding Taiwan a lot. I enjoyed the Development Aid class the most as it helped me in knowing how nations give aid in various situations and the politics involved in it.

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)

If I would like to compare, my experience so far has been good. The criteria mentioned above is very much same as my master's university. Overall as not every place is the same, I would say so far so good.

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

Some of the time I needed a person-in-charge to help me in answering a few doubts while applying as the process via email became slow, as there was some holidays or weekend coming in.

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

Yes, I would love to stay back in Taiwan. Provided I can find a place where English is accepted to work with, so far I looked out for was mostly in technical and business only. It's very hard for a student in social science field to find work. I would love to stay back and learn Chinese properly as it’s very hard for me to manage both my course work and language studies. Providing a very good environment to work in, Taiwan has lots to offer for students like me.

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

Studying in Taiwan have been very positive to me so far, as I am not only doing m coursework which I mentioned before but also I am working closely in many ways. For example, a program called TEEP, I volunteer to visit elementary schools in rural Taiwan so that I understand the culture and the society in a much better way where they have a different life than in the cities.

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

The key achievements I would be having---A) A global view of the Asia-Pacific region. B) Not only I am learning about my studies, but making many friends here. C) Sharing my culture and understanding the very traditional Taiwanese culture. D) Working together to bridge and improve the ties between India and Taiwan.

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

Please don’t be hesitant to come as a student. The professors here are well experienced in their field and very helpful and kind. It's not only studied but also come to explore the vibrant culture, food and society. Taiwan has a lot to offer which you can do besides studying. People are really kind here, you will feel like home. It’s the place where East meets the West.