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Online Information Session at the University of Trier in Germany about Studying in Taiwan

Some of the online session participants

The Education Division of the Taipei Representative Office in Germany held a webinar on February 16 to recruit students to study in Taiwan 

The number of German students coming to Taiwan for short-term as well as long-term academic stays has been rising every year. And the pandemic has not dampened the interest of students in spending time studying in Taiwan. Many are students undertaking degrees but there is also a large number of language learners who want to study Chinese in Taiwan, and there are many direct exchange programs between universities in Taiwan and Germany that they can take advantage of.

An information session about studying in Taiwan was hosted by the Department of Sinology at the University of Trier in video conference format. It was designed to give students from a range of different disciplines—China Studies and Japanese Studies, and also Economics, Environmental Science, and Educational Science—information about opportunities available to them to go to Taiwan for an academic stay. 

Ms. Chien Juo-Ping, a language teacher in the Department of Sinology, who is from Taiwan, talked about the 2-week Taiwan Summer Camp Program hosted by the Chinese language centers of National Taiwan University (NTU) and National Taitung University respectively. The program offers language training in an immersive setting, cultural workshops, and excursions as well as on-campus accommodation. Ms. Chien gave details about the components of the program and practical arrangements and mentioned that it is partially funded by the Ministry of Education’s Summer Camp Scholarship Program. 

In the second part of the session, Ms. Weng Chin-Ying and Mr. Lennart Vulprecht from the Education Division of the Taipei Representative Office in Germany talked about Taiwan and its advantages as a destination for international students, and two major government-funded scholarship programs. The Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Program for language learners offers scholarships to study Chinese –also called “Huayu”- at a language center for up to a year, and the Ministry of Education Taiwan Scholarship Program. Taiwan Scholarships fund studies for a degree at any level at a university in Taiwan. This was followed by a Q&A session in which students and staff asked many questions about the practical aspects of enjoying an academic stay in Taiwan.