I’m getting conflicting information on this question. My teacher at Tamkang’s language department says a student can study Chinese for three years. Some other students at different schools (Shi Da, for one) say only two years. When I got to Taiwan, my first teacher told me that one could stay indefinitely, as long as one kept changing schools, and that she knew a Japanese guy who had been here over 10 years doing just that. I don’t know what to believe.
My goal is to attend university here, but I feel I need at least one more year of language study before I do that. I want to pursue a degree in Chinese language (although at times I think I should just enroll in the English department and breeze through classes, ha), and I hope to eventually work as a translator, maybe an English teacher, not sure.
I arrived March 21, 2005. I studied Chinese at CLD Perfect through May 28, when they got kicked off the government’s list. I took a six-month break from studying and just left Taiwan once a month, so during that time I had no visa, no ARC. I got a new visa in November 2006 and am now studying at Tamkang, and I will apply for a new ARC in March. Will the government consider that I only began studying in November 2006 and start counting time from that date, or will they add in the one year plus that I had before?
I’m not sure if I will need to apply to Tamkang University by the April 30 deadline, or if I will be able to continue my Chinese studies throughout 2007 and apply at Tamkang next year. I suppose I’ll be OK in classes if I have to start earlier than I wanted, since many are taught in English, but I’d surely prefer to wait until I feel more comfortable with Chinese. I still suck at understanding when people talk to me.
Advice from those of you who have been in Taiwan for many years will be truly appreciated, as well as those of you who are newly arrived and may have picked up current information in the process of getting your visas.