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Study in Taiwan

A growing number of international students are choosing to study in Taiwan, an ‘Asian Tiger’ perhaps best known for its world-leading tech industry, but also offering strong academic programs across the full subject spectrum.

Close proximity to Hsinchu Science Park – Taiwan’s answer to the US’s Silicon Valley – makes universities in Taiwan such as National Tsing Hua University and National Cheng Kung University exciting places to study for anyone interested in high-tech.

But while Taiwan’s tech sector is undoubtedly impressive, it has much more to offer, and its popularity as a study destination is growing across a wide range of subject areas. In fact, government statistics from 2011 showed that the most popular courses for international students were in business and management, followed by engineering, arts and humanities, social sciences and media. Taiwan is also a popular destination for language courses in Mandarin Chinese.

Fast Facts

  • Island located 120km off the east coast of China
  • Capital city: Taipei (largest city is New Taipei City)
  • Currency: New Taiwan dollar
  • Official language: Mandarin Chinese (Minnan and Hakka are also spoken, and English is widely studied and understood)
  • The north has mild winters and a hot, rainy summer; the south is generally warm and relatively dry
  • Nearly 60% of the island is covered by forest
  • International companies headquartered in Taiwan include Acer, HTC, and Giant (the world’s largest bike manufacturerby revenue).
  • Taiwan was the world’s fourth biggest holder of nanotechnology patents in 2012.
  • Popular snacks include oyster vermicelli, Taiwanese meatballs, pearl milk tea and the strangely named ‘coffin sandwich’ and ‘stinky tofu’.