Ok I did something extremely stupid. In order to save on monthly costs until I leave, I canceled my health insurance here in the US…stupid, I know.
The school I want to attend for mandarin studies: Chinese Culture University in Taipei, wants a full medical exam including HIV test and Lung X-ray, teeth exam (no joke!), eye exam, etc.
I called the local hospital and they quoted me $500 US just for the lung x-ray and an additional $350 for the check up! Yikes ! The hospital was very confused about the lung x-ray. They said there are 5 different kinds and they all cost differently. For $50 US I can get a tuberculosis test instead, if that is what the lung x-ray is for.
I called the school and asked why they need a lung x-ray and if there can be any sort of alternative. They didnt really understand and kept saying that a lung x-ray is mandatory…but for what!!! I asked if they need the lung x-ray pictures, they said no and to just have the doctor describe the results of lung x-ray. So…the doctor is now even more confused…you dont just do an x-ray of your lungs, look at it, and say “yup this chap has healthy lungs!” :loco: … he needs to know specifics of what the x-ray is for.
I am getting ready to throw in the towel here and just apply to TLI Roosevelt Road. They dont require any medical exam and they just got approved by the MOE. My GF is pushing for the culture university because of their good reputation…but come on, at what point is enough, enough?
The other frustrating thing is the culture university wants the medical exam form notarized and translated by the TECO in seattle. I called the TECO and they said it has to go to them + $30 for processing and then has to be sent to Salem (Oregon state capital) for state confirmation of the translation which costs about $25 more and takes about 3 weeks! This is friggin insane! All of this to just take 2 hours of mandarin classes a day! :fume: :fume: :fume: :grrr:
My questions to all you experienced Forumoseans out there are:
1.) What kind of lung-xray am I supposed to get?
2.) Is there an alternative?
3.) Is TLI just as good as the culture university?
4.) I will arrive April 27th, Culture University starts May 8th - no problem there for visa extension. But, TLI starts May 29th…that means 1 month early in Taiwan…will this pose a problem for visa extensions considering I wont be studying until 1 month after I arrive and you have to extend before the end of your 2nd month?
5.) Once i get in Taipei, if TLI is not to my liking and I want to switch to the CUlture University, is it hard and expensive to get the medical exam done in Taipei?
Thank you for your help! I am pleading for advice on bended knee! Save me from breaking the bank and my sanity!
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