First time poster, long time browser (finally decided to get an account and join in)
I’ve been awarded the Huayu Scholarship for 9 months starting December and have to finalise my choice of institution and wondered if anyone had any input on my shortlist - or any suggestions in general. I’m sorry if these have been asked elsewhere (I’ve posted something slightly differently worded on r/Taiwan)
So far I’ve been thinking about :
National Taiwan University (Can’t afford ICLP so it would be CLD)
National Taiwan Normal (probably the small class intensive)
National Taipei Education
National Tsing Hua
National Sun Yat Sen
National Dong Hwa
My thoughts/questions so far
Taipei or elsewhere: probably the biggest question and the most commonly asked but what would I gain from Taipei i.e. Are the institutions that much better and worth me dipping into savings?
Which leads into this question, given that course programme is broadly similar, does reputation matter? I’m guessing this isn’t necessarily something many people have come across but is important to me as I’m doing this before I start a PhD so if say a potential supervisor might get excited over NCCU or NTU but look down on NDHU or even NSYSU or wonder why I went to a STEM heavy institute like NTHU for language?
2.5) given my academic interest how widely does their focus or even seriousness range? Are some places going to be focusing more on colloquial or speaking for example (reading is probably the most important for me) and will some be like some of the Mainland language schools where the students (and sometimes teachers) often take the easy path?
if I’m outside of Taipei how much cheaper is it likely to be (Hsinchu/Kaohsiung/Hualien). Are we talking neglible or is it like comparing London/NY to a smaller city.
I’ve not heard great things about Hsinchu and Hualien also seems pretty small - I’m not a party animal but I like to socialise and do things like pub quizzes, team sports (rugby usually but not expecting much of that…) will I need to travel for this?
Thanks in advance, really interested in personal experiences of either the studying or just living in some of the less covered cities like Hualien and Hsinchu. I’m aware this is a lot of questions and might either be hard to answer or covered elsewhere but I figured it might be a chance to get more up to date views?