Hi everyone! New poster here, I searched for this topic but sorry in advance if it’s been addressed before.
I’m planning a gap year and was recently awarded the 3-month MOE Huayu Enrichment Scholarship from TECO’s NYC office. I have conflicting info about the scholarship (from the MOE’s general website vs. from the TECO NY website) and was hoping someone here could help. Specifically, I need to know what the scholarship includes; is it the stipend AND flight, tuition, room, board (edutwny.org says this) or just US 735 stipend (MOE Taiwan’s website…english.moe.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem= … 10634&mp=1).
I asked people in the NY office but haven’t really gotten a reply, so if anyone’s gotten this scholarship in the past, I’d really appreciate learning about how this works. (Incidentally, I ended up only applying for the Huayu scholarship/ schools in Taiwan b/c the CSC scholarship app was ridiculously long…kind of regretting that now).
Worst case scenario, the scholarship is composed entirely of the stipend; e.g. I’m given 2200 USD to live on for three months in Taiwan. How much more will I need? I have a decent amt. of savings from working part-time while in school, but I would rather use it to extend my stay.
I’ve lived in HK and I know expat life can be as expensive as you want it to be. I’d prefer to live modestly… I’m thinking 1300 more or less for flights (to/from NYC), 300/month housing, maybe 150 or so for food +visas and other things I haven’t even thought of…
Anyways I’m planning on studying either at NSYSU in Kaohsiung or NCKU in Tainan, any thoughts on one or the other? I studied four semesters at college (traditional, pinyin) and am wary of learning bopomofo- I’ve heard the former uses bopomofo, can anyone confirm? I’m interested in surfing/hiking, and the sense I’ve gotten from this forum is that NSYSU would be better for this (but Tainan is supposed to be good for hiking, not so much for surfing). Applied at both schools, got in at both (plus NTNU, but I think Taipei/ that program isn’t what I’m looking for right now), so the recommendations I get on this board will probably be the main factor in my decision…
Thanks in advance for your help!