The New Colombo Plan (NCP) will soon begin accepting applications for the prestigious scholarship. Piero Craney, current NCP scholar for Taiwan, offers his top 8 tips for applying for the New Colombo Plan.   The Written Application Stage 1. Understand the goals of the NCP My advice is to identify an issue and clearly articulate how…

If you have been in Taiwan even for a short amount of time, chances are either your classmates or your local friends have invited you out to sing Karaoke. In Taiwan Karaoke does not mean standing up in front of the bar and belting out out-of tune ballads to a drunken audience (as the word…

For the past few years the School of Forestry and Resource Conservation at National Taiwan University has run the Taiwan Nature Treasure Map Program for international students. The program is a paid internship for international students to stay in a selected site for one month, and to explore Taiwan’s ineffable beauty from a ‘cultural and…

  Rapid economic development in Asia has brought tremendous change to the region but it has also brought significant challenges and gaps in the market, and there is desperate need for entrepreneurial talent. Meanwhile, foreign companies are facing increased pressure from local companies, while traditional jobs for expats are also facing pressure from local talent. Working in…

  As Asia Options has previously shared, Taiwan is certainly an ideal location to study Chinese! Now is also the perfect time to start planning your Chinese language learning adventure as applications are now open for the Taiwan Government Huayu Enrichment Scholarship!   Program information To encourage international students to undertake language courses in the…

  Taiwan has long been a great place to study Mandarin. After Chiang Kai Shek’s Nationalist government retreated to the island during the Chinese Civil War and, with the PRC generally out of bounds, Taiwan became a proxy for ‘China’. This new, and arguably somewhat contrived identity was strongly cultural and Mandarin replaced Japanese as…

  Asia Options recently had a chat with Tamsin, an alumni from the prestigious National Taiwan University’s, International Chinese Language Program (ICLP) about her time studying in Taiwan and her Chinese language learning journey thus far. This is her story…   How it all began… In 2009 I travelled to Hangzhou to undertake a crash…

  With Taiwan’s economy entering recovery mode, more and more foreigners are coming to Taiwan to look for work. Taiwan, as one of the world’s safest countries, relatively low cost of living and incredibly warm and welcoming population is an attractive place for many workers who would like to have an international working experience. Many…