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Study in Taiwan

Exchange program with the University of Heidelberg

Everyone knows "Made in Taiwan". Few people in this country know that this island state is not only one of the leading locations for high technology in Asia, but also has an excellently positioned education system. Around 170 state and private universities are spread across this state, which is something as big as Baden-W├╝rttemberg.

"Definitely recommended as a place to study," says Dietlind W├╝nsche from the International Office. She should know, because she herself spent part of her studies in Taiwan. First of all, it is interesting for students of Sinology there. Besides Beijing, there is nowhere else where you can learn Mandarin Chinese as well as in Taiwan. In addition, traditional characters are still used in everyday life, in which the entire classical literature is written. "It is simply easier to learn when you come across this font at a bus stop, for example," explains the Heidelberg sinology professor Barbara Mittler, who also studied in the capital Taipei for a while. But both Ms. Wish and Ms. Mittler emphasize that students of other subjects should also consider a stay in Taiwan - and not just because of the "overwhelming hospitality" they both experienced. Many of the universities offer courses in English and the academic reputation is generally very high. There are also two government scholarships aimed at international students, which support a stay.

Ruperto Carola also runs an exchange program with the National Taiwan University in Taipei, one of the top universities in the country. Matthias von Gehlen has just returned to Heidelberg after studying economics at the Graduate School there for one semester. "Since the teaching system is based on the American one, the course structure differs from that in Germany," he explains, but the teaching is mainly based on the same books as here. He is full of praise for the teaching skills of his professors there. Conversely, what is it that fascinates Taiwanese students about Heidelberg? For Jui-Chen Lin, who is currently in the second semester abroad of his sociology studies, that is easy to answer: the international environment. "Here in Heidelberg I have the opportunity to work not only with fellow German students, but also with students from all over the world," he says. And over and above the purely professional, so Matthias von Gehlen and Jui-Chen Lin agree, it is above all the friendships that one would not want to be without. It is not uncommon for them to be friendships for life.

You can find out more about the exchange program at the International Office of Ruperto Carola - the website www.studyintaiwan.org provides general information about studying in Taiwan.