Perceptions of Students from Southbound Countries

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

Citra Chaerasari/ National Chin-Yi University of Technology

Nationality : Indonesia
Major : Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, and Energy of Engineering

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Let me introduce myself, my name is Citra Chaerasari and my nickname is Citra. I am 23 years old from Bandung, Indonesia. I am a first year of master degree at Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, and Energy Engineering. I am a hardworking person with lots of hobbies.  I love sport, especially baseball, unfortunately I didn't know how to play in real life. But I do play basketball to relieve some stress. I enjoy doing art especially a realistic portrait of person. I am self taught artist that would learn on it when I have free time. I do enjoy watching movies, listening to music, and learn new languages as well.


1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?


There's a lot of factors made me believe that Taiwan would be a perfect place for me to continue on my study. First, the scholarship that would provide foreign students to get a chance for their education. This opportunity attracts me to apply at Chin-Yi University in Taichung. Furthermore I am graduated from the same major in HVAC Engineering, it's great to pick up on what I had studied on before. Second, I had research that Taiwan has a great educational system, I believe would improve and enhance my knowledge. Third, I have lots of former classmates that went to Chin-Yi University, they gave me a briefing story about their life as master students, and it's a great pleasure to continue study in Taiwan. Fourth, I always want to get the opportunity to learn new languages, but in doing so I need to have a force on that. With lives in Taiwan, I believe I could learn Mandarin since the environment support me to do that. Fifth, Taiwan has a great culture and friendly society, and the living expense not too expensive for a student. Sixth, it would be a great opportunity for me to become independent and responsible to study abroad on my own.



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

The program that I am studying is Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, and Energy Engineering. Now I am still on my 1st semester. Briefly, this subject is focused on heating and cooling on refrigeration/air conditioning system. As master student, I got a professor to lead me on for my ms thesis' topic. Other than that, I also get workspace in the lab to study. So far I am really enjoy with my university, my educational, my professor, and my lab. I could follow along with the courses that I have take. My favorite subject is a class about Indoor Environmental Quality, it's my professor's subject. In this class we would get an opportunity to present our topic about the subject and would discuss for it. It's very dynamic class and it's very enjoyable.


3. How does studying in Taiwan compare with studying in your home country (e.g., teaching quality, environment, school equipment, facilities, etc.)?


The most huge difference from Taiwan and my home country on its educational system. The educational system is very dynamic, the lecturer would let their student to be creative, think critically and logically. We would received assignment and project weekly, it really helps me to get to know more about the subject. And then for the facilities, in here we could get our own space in lab, completely with computer unit so we could learn on indepedently. It's a great place to study more on our own. After class, we could stay on lap until midnight. It helps me to focused and study with school environment than in home. Especially, all the people in my lab always study until midnight, it boost me up and have a great impact on me.


4.  What has been the greatest challenge you faced in applying to study in Taiwan? How did you overcome this challenge?


I had a plan to continue my master study after I finished on my bachelor study. But my parents won't give me permission to apply at Chin-Yi University. It takes me 1 long year long to convince them that this opportunity would be the best plan for my educational.  So I applied on spring semester 2020 in Chin-Yi University. I thought everything would went smoothly after I received the acceptance letter and received my Visa. But sadly, a month before I leave from Indonesia, there's a news on corona virus. It starts to sparks another worry for my family. A week before my flight schedule to Taiwan, I received an email from Chin-Yi Univerisity, that the starts of spring semester will be delayed for 2 weeks because of the corona virus. After all the trouble, finally I am in Taiwan and can enjoy my study in here.


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


After finish studying in Taiwan, I probably will start to get job that relates to what I am studying right now. For me, I would like to stay in Taiwan for my further career. The reason is because of Taiwan have more great job opportunities in manufacturing and engineering than in my home country. After I had research, there’s a lot of manufacture and company in Taiwan. Taiwan also got perfect environment with great culture and good society. Taiwan is really the best place for foreign to live on. I am really enjoy and comfortable living in here. The environment and people in here would make me  not too much missing my home country.


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


Studying in Taiwan helps me a lot on future career on the next level. Firstly, study abroad can help to have new experience in every aspect of my life and forces me to get out of my comfort zone. Besides that, I can open up new opportunities, making my own decision without asking my parents. I also can improve my communication skills in Mandarin since my Mandarin still has to improve in the process. As an university student, our future career is almost comes to the year, I must work harder to achieve successful outcome to get a better pay job to treat my family well.


7.  What do you see as your key achievements during your studies in Taiwan?


I am still in the middle of my 1st semester. So far the most important achievements I have reached is I already helped my professor on his project study. I learn a new simulation software, and learn from zero. I finished the project in one moth through trials and errors. It’s still not perfect, but I am glad that I could help my professor. It boost me to learn more on the simulation software for the next project. I do hope to get a highest scores in all my subject study in this semester so I could get a prize and honor for my well doing.


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


Personally, studying in Taiwan is fun, so do not feel bad when you think your Chinese or other languages are not proficiency, because the most obliging Taiwanese teacher will assist you in every aspects of learning language. The People here are well-mannered with kind-heartedness whenever you need help in any places. You can meet friends from various countries not only Taiwanese, you can share personal experience with them too, they eager to listen it. My advice for all the foreign students that do not worry and come to Taiwan study , I am sure you are definitely in love with your university in Taiwan.