Going to university in Taiwan. I have a few questions.?

Question by angelmae3995: Going to university in Taiwan. I have a few questions.?
Hello ^.^
This fall I am going to Kaohsiung to attend a university. (I will not say the name of the school, I feel that is not safe so do not ask) I know it is a good school though.
what I would like to know is:
~What kind of plug adapter will I need for my laptop.
~How safe is Kaohsiung at night.
~What areas should I avoid.
~How is the public transportation Network
~What items should I bring
~How hard are university classes in Taiwan
~How much can I earn tutoring English/French/Spanish
~How friendly or racist are the people in Kaohsiung
~What should I visit, Besides Love River and Dream Mall when I am in Kaohsiung?

Yeah it’s quite a few, but I am going to be in Kaohsiung for anywhere from 2-4 years so…..
Thank you guys so far! I would really like some more opinions too so please keep posting.
Thanks, classy! I will get a surge protector!

Best answer:

Answer by matt_of_asia
Ok, check out http://tealit.com
to get an idea of what living in taiwan is like and positions/jobs available and the rates.

Then check out http://taiwansouth.com
To get an idea of what living in Southern Taiwan is like and the places to see/go/do in the south.

Check out http://forumosa.com
to speak with other forum members and get questions answered.

If you are from N. America no adapter will be needed most likely for your notebook computer. If your laptops plug has 3 prongs you may need a small, cheap adapter to get it to plug into the common 2 prong plug ins here. The voltage is the same.

Kaosiung is safe at night. It has an MRT (subway) system now, so I would imagine transportation there is an improvement on Taichung’s.

From what I hear university is easy in Taiwan.

You can earn 700NT and up per hour tutoring.

People are positively racist towards whites. Somewhat negatively racist towards other Asians but not to their face. Neutral towards blacks and friendly to their face. Everyone is generally friendly.

What do you think? Answer below!

4 thoughts on “Going to university in Taiwan. I have a few questions.?”

  1. Taiwan uses 110 voltage instead of the common 220. But you should be able to buy a converter from any 3C shops. If you own an Acer or Asus laptop, you should be fine because they are Taiwanese companies. Kaohsiung is quit safe at night. If you live in downtown, you will see many people walking around at night. People(older) tend to exercise at night as well. Not sure which areas you should avoid, but for your own safety and since you are a foreigner, you should avoid areas where there is no people around at night. I don’t think i can give you a more detailed answer than this.

    Kaohsiung has a great transportation network and with the addition of the new subway, you should not have a problem. The public buses aren’t so bad either, they go to most of the places, like shopping malls. Don’t bring anything with you, you can buy anything in Taiwan, because it is much cheaper there, due to the highly competitive market Taiwan has, especially electronic. On the degree of difficulty, all i have heard is that it is difficult to get into good university, but one you are in one, it is quite easy to graduate. That is what I have heard. Not sure how much you can earn, but if you are looking for better money, you must become a private tutor, where you teach at the students’ houses. Don’t think there is a high demand for Spainish or French in Taiwan.

    Taiwanese is very friendly towards white foreigners, i don’t know why. They seem to love them, especially in Taipei. If you are a student, i would recommend you to visit Taipei during vacation, once you get there you will see the differences.

    I hope this helps and enjoy your stay in Taiwan.

  2. The only thing I have to add is that you should plan on buying a surge protector. Power surges are frequent, and nobody likes a fried laptop 🙁

  3. well i cant really help, but i was wondering like are you american? yea..
    because i really want to study abroad and i was wondering how you did it. thanks.

  4. Good for you! congrats.

    >you can get the adapter in any RadioShack store in the US, or the air port, or in Taiwan actually. their voltage is twice ours here in the states.

    >night life in Taiwan is great. There’s always dangerous places no matter which country. Just avoid places where there’s poor lighting (alley ways etc…) and keep to the crowd on main street

    > Alley ways (ask around the locals, like in a 7/11 store or something and they’ll tell you)

    > great public transportation (taxi’s cheap, and buses cover most area fairly frequently)

    > since you’ll be studying, a good dictionary (electronic),

    > classes in Taiwan are way more rigorous than those of the States. Very competitive, specially in Math and Physics/Chemistry area

    > about $20~30/hour depending on your experience and location

    > Taiwanese people are very friendly

    > you should take a tour of the island. that way you’ll see all of Taiwan in just a day or two. It’ll give you a good idea of what’s life on the island’s like.

    > depending on your interests. ask the taxi/bus drivers

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