Although not as well-known as many of the cities in the QS Best Student Cities index, Hsinchu is a great option for those who want to study in Taiwan but would prefer a smaller, more laid-back student city to the bustling capital, Taipei. And while you may think the nickname ‘the Windy City’ belongs to the US’s Chicago, Hsinchu also lays claim to this title, thanks to its similarly windy climate.
You can explore more than 400 years of Hsinchu’s history in its many museums – but it’s also very much forward-thinking and fast-developing place, with the nearby Hsinchu Science and Industrial Park dubbed the ‘Silicon Valley of the Orient’.
This focus on innovation is reflected in the city’s universities, with National Tsing Hua University and National Chiao Tung University both in the top 200 of the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017. Both universities are also highly international, with a combined percentage of 13% of their students coming from outside of Taiwan.
Hsinchu receives a very high score in the Affordability category of the QS Best Student Cities index – the cost of living is low and international tuition fees are also on the low side (averaging US$3,400 per year).
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National Tsing Hua University (151st)
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