At the Airport
Assuming (and fingers crossed!) that nothing goes wrong with your visa and luggage, you can first get a metro card from the information desk, which can save you the hassle of doing so later. Depending on your situation, it’s most likely you’ll want to buy and set up some connection to the internet before leaving the safety of the airport! Although there a couple of mobile network stalls dotted around (this guide is pretty great at highlighting locations) most recommended is ChungHua 中華電信since coverage is also great for travelling outside of Taipei!
Following my previous post covering funded study in Taiwan, unsurprisingly, there are also many opportunities to do so in the Mainland itself. Whether you’re from the UK or elsewhere a quick google search should provide you with some general ideas – however a good starting point is checking with your university’s Chinese department if you have one!
Since I’m writing from my own experience, I’ll cover the scholarship awarded by the British Council’s Generation UK programme who are seriously a godsend when it comes to funding work or study in China. With quite a few options to apply for, chances of acceptance are high.
Programmes range for one semester or one full year studying at a Chinese University and cover accommodation (provided by the university) and tuition fees. Additionally, a monthly stipend of 1100-1600RMB is also provided to cover living costs.
Learning a second language requires a strong amount of discipline and anything you can do to aid this process is a must. Personally, I believe that immersion in a native speaking environment is paramount to achieving fluency. Although this option can be a huge step, whether in terms of geographical location or cultural differences, there are many resources and scholarships out there to help you take the leap!
Language schools in Taiwan are rising in popularity, unfortunately indicated by increasing tuition fees. But don’t be deterred, the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship which provides recipients with a monthly stipend of 25,000NTD. Depending on where you choose to study, this can either be a generous amount covering tuition and all living expenses, or a tight budget if you choose to study in the country’s capital.