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Taiwan_Fox
On 9/14/2018 at 1:12 AM, CowTemplar said:

So I've read through many threads and something I find underdiscussed are clubs, sports, and other sorts of recreational activities available for language students. Are these available? Are they easily joinable? Specifically this comment:

 

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 Foreign language students tend to be segregated in a separate building away from local university students. There is little interaction between them and the native student population - you have to actively seek out friendships with locals and actively find activities aimed at local students.

 

kind of worries me because if I'm going to be learning as a student in another country, one of the most important things is being able to interact with local students and perhaps the easiest way to do so is through activities (课外活动). I absolutely love to play soccer and tennis and any school that has an active club for those would probably boost it by 2x appeal in my eyes.

 

Asides from that, this thread has really been fantastic with info and has probably swayed me into doing MTC at NTNU instead of other programs like ICLP and CLD. Thanks to OneEye, etm, and TaiwanFox for posting long paragraphs of your experiences at MTC; believe me when I say I lap up those posts like candy every time I see one as it really helps me make an informed decision on which program to pick.

 

You're welcome. I'd agree that activities would be a great way to meet local students and it's something I want to look at too. It might have been mentioned at the orientation but in truth I've been so busy with class and work that I haven't had much time to explore other activities. There's a big table tennis room next to the gym which is usually packed and I've seen foreigners in there so I'm sure it's possible. 

 

On 9/14/2018 at 11:34 AM, Nnedi Ugo said:

@Taiwan_Fox How neat! I am studying here as well. Just started 2 weeks ago and I am under the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship. Classes are going so well! I started on Book 1 chapter 11. I love the classes here so far! Way better than when I studied Chinese in Shanghai 😊

 

I wish I was on the scholarship! Of the nine students in my class, four have a scholarship - one for a year, two for six months and one for three months. What's your teacher like? 

 

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Nnedi Ugo

@Taiwan_Fox My teacher is cool! She speaks slowly yet clearly, always tend to stick with the vocabulary we know so far (bless her) and does a good job in teaching the class without relying on the book. That was something that really bored me when studying in Shanghai but she makes her own games every week and changes up how we learn the new vocabulary and content in class. It's fun. And it forces us to learn how to use the new material in class. I can't complain :)

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22 hours ago, Nnedi Ugo said:

@Taiwan_Fox My teacher is cool! She speaks slowly yet clearly, always tend to stick with the vocabulary we know so far (bless her) and does a good job in teaching the class without relying on the book. That was something that really bored me when studying in Shanghai but she makes her own games every week and changes up how we learn the new vocabulary and content in class. It's fun. And it forces us to learn how to use the new material in class. I can't complain :)

 

 

That's good. My teacher is the same that she teaches well without the book, but I do wish that she could mix up the classes with some games or more speaking activities. So far we do too much listening and not enough speaking practice or output. It's not boring but classes could definitely do with some variation. 

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A general question about costs: the Huayu scholarship is 25,000 TWD per month, a three month stint at MDC is 36,000 TWD for the intensive course. Due to the high rents in Taipei, it seems likely that the scholarship won’t be able to cover the fees and living costs. I’d be curious to know how those of you who’ve been or are there now dealt with this.

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6 hours ago, mouse said:

A general question about costs: the Huayu scholarship is 25,000 TWD per month, a three month stint at MDC is 36,000 TWD for the intensive course. Due to the high rents in Taipei, it seems likely that the scholarship won’t be able to cover the fees and living costs. I’d be curious to know how those of you who’ve been or are there now dealt with this.

 

In my opinion it is not enough. I had some friends who survived only on the scholarship money while taking intensive classes so it's not impossible, but you won't have any money left to actually enjoy your stay. No traveling, no trying any food that are not super cheap, no drinking, no study days at coffee shops.

 

Most people spend some of their savings or get support from parents.

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Nnedi Ugo
13 hours ago, sekkar said:
20 hours ago, mouse said:

A general question about costs: the Huayu scholarship is 25,000 TWD per month, a three month stint at MDC is 36,000 TWD for the intensive course. Due to the high rents in Taipei, it seems likely that the scholarship won’t be able to cover the fees and living costs. I’d be curious to know how those of you who’ve been or are there now dealt with this.

 

In my opinion it is not enough. I had some friends who survived only on the scholarship money while taking intensive classes so it's not impossible, but you won't have any money left to actually enjoy your stay. No traveling, no trying any food that are not super cheap, no drinking, no study days at coffee shops.

 

Most people spend some of their savings or get support from parents.

 

I can also attest to this and say that the $25,000 NT they give on a month per month basis is not enough. My situation is slightly different for although I came here months before I started studying, I traveled and used my savings to see Taiwan. Once school began, that money was long gone. I teach English online to make ends meet. I have another friend who does something similar. I am not sure what other scholarship students do, but I would assume from what I have heard, most of them seem to have family members helping them out with the tuition and they pay for the rest of the items with the scholarship stipend. 

 

In terms of rent, I recommend if you decide to come to Taiwan, find a place less than $10,000/month. Anything more is really cutting it and will lessen the amount you have for spending wise. I pay ~$8,500NT a month on rent. But I have seen places for cheaper...for as low as $6,000NT, but a lot of these places may have a small room or no windows. Keep in mind before you come. Most places generally ask for at least 2 months deposit plus first-month rent so be ready to pay for that. Luckily, I was able to find a place where they only asked me to give $3,000NT for deposit. Living on campus isn't an option, unfortunately. I heard on-campus housing is very cheap, but as a language scholarship student, we cannot do such a thing. 

 

I am also a regular student..idk how anyone with the scholarship pays for the intensive courses on that stipend alone. Like @sekkar said, you will have no life. No means to travel anywhere, no trying food over 100NT etc.

 

I hope this helps. 

 

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