With unique linguistic differences and a variety of opportunities to learn, Taiwan is a great destination for learning Mandarin Chinese. All that’s left to decide is whether to enroll in language classes in bustling Taipei, cultural Taichung, or outside the major cities where you can experience cultural immersion with Taiwanese local speakers.
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To learn Chinese in Taiwan, you have a variety of options:
- Group Courses
- University Courses
- Private Tutoring
- Language Exchange Nights
Each of these course types varies in intensity, cost, and formality of courses. Depending on your commitment and timeline for learning Chinese in Taiwan, you can find a course that fits your language learning schools.
Cost & Scholarships
The cost of living and studying Chinese in Taiwan is not always budget-friendly, ranging from short immersion courses at $200-$300 to group classes which cost roughly $1,000 per course. Private tutoring starts from $15 per hour, and is an accessible way to learn the language and support local instructors.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office has created several scholarships to help encourage Chinese language learning in Taiwan, which range from roughly $850 to $1100 per month. The three scholarships are:
- The Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES)
- The Advanced Mandarin Studies Scholarship (AMS)
- The Taiwan Scholarship
Visa Requirements & Qualifications
Students coming from the United States need to apply for a visitor’s visa, which can later be upgraded to a resident’s visa (Alien Resident Card) for longer-term stays in Taiwan. The visitor’s visa can be for 90 days. When filling out the paperwork, you need to bring an official copy of your letter of admissions from the university in Taiwan. The has more information.
Language proficiency requirements will vary depending upon the university or center. Some programs prefer their foreign students to have at least basic proficiency. Certainly, if you are in an intensive program, it’s important you are already proficient in enough Mandarin to keep up with the instruction comfortably. If you really want to test your proficiency, consider taking the Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language.