I’ve been considering NTU’s ICLP because of the flexible curriculum, small classes, devoted teachers and good reputation and the vibrant university community, which I’ve heard and read a lot of good things about. On the other hand, I currently live in Hualian and I know there’s a decent Mandarin center here at Tzu Chi which teaches the (much cheaper) more regular Mandarin course, based on the curriculum seen in other universities across the land, including ShiDa, NCKU, NCCU etc.
I’ve lived in Taiwan for many years and studied on the side while I work full time. Now I’d like to switch things around and focus on studies for a year. I’m not so good at self-motivation, so I really want a course with classmates I like, which will challenge and motivate me. Having said that, I do also enjoy some balance in life for other things.
Because I’m torn, I’ve considered trying a term at Tzu Chi (because I already live nearby), seeing how it goes and then reassessing whether or not to make the big move and try ICLP. This arrangement would allow me the possibility to switch schools between fall and winter terms if I feel ICLP would suit me better.
The admissions department of ICLP said they encourage students to begin in the fall term but accept students who begin in other terms. They mentioned there’s a certificate for those who study from fall to summer, although the value of the certificate depends on who your future employer / place of study is.
My main motivations for studying Mandarin full time are:
To allow me to forge better friendships and relationships with people using Mandarin.
To challenge myself in a new way.
Possibly to use Mandarin in a future job.
I have two questions for the Forumosa community:
Has anyone ever taken either of these courses? Any thoughts or feelings on them?
Does anyone feel there is a clear disadvantage to starting the ICLP course in the winter term as opposed to the fall term?
Many thanks - sorry this is such a long post!