Getting ready for your journey in Taiwan

By Jade Khieu, Class of 2023

Ready to Taiwan? It's time to gather your important documents and items, pack your positive attitude, and get ready to embrace the thrilling adventure that awaits you in this vibrant and captivating country!

What to bring?

Before embarking on your journey to Taiwan as an international student, it is crucial to ensure you have all the necessary documents. First and foremost, make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned stay in Taiwan and apply for the appropriate student visa at the nearest Taiwanese embassy or consulate in your home country. The official letter of acceptance from your university in Taiwan, commonly known as the admission letter is another required document. Also, remember to bring along your academic transcripts, diplomas, and other educational certificates for verification purposes. Some universities may require a health examination certificate, so check with your institution about specific health requirements. In addition, financial documents as proof of sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees and living expenses during your stay in Taiwan are compulsory. You already have all these documents well packed in your luggage? Check it again! And don’t forget to double check with your school what other documents it requires.

When packing for Taiwan, consider the climate and your day-to-day needs. You may bring clothing suitable for Taiwan's weather, which can be hot and humid in the summer and mild in the winter, and don't forget comfortable shoes for exploring the country. But my advice is to bring a reasonable number of clothing items and you may still buy what you need here in Taiwan.

Essential electronic devices like laptops, smartphones, and chargers are essential for your studies and staying connected. Most foreign students come to Taiwan not aware of the difference in Taiwan’s electrical outlet settings, so you may bring a universal power adapter to ensure compatibility with the outlets here. For personal toiletries, medications, and any specific items, you may only need to pack what might not be readily available. Having Taiwanese New Dollars (TWD) on hand for initial expenses upon arrival is helpful, and you may consider the amount to bring based on your own estimation of expenses during your journey.

Mental Preparation

Apart from the physical preparations, it is essential to mentally prepare yourself for your experience as an international student in Taiwan. Embracing a new culture, environment, and language can be both exciting and challenging. You may need some time to learn about Taiwanese culture and adapt to your new surroundings. Sometimes it may feel hard and worrying, but trust me, it will all be alright!

Remember that you have made it this far and there is nothing to stop you from learning and growing in this new adventure. Be open-minded and willing to embrace differences, also stay positive and be ready to seize opportunities for personal growth and memorable experiences!

Got everything ready? Don’t worry, it will all be alright! Image source: Jade Khieu