You can go to school full time and work full time if your ARC is from work. Also you can work part time on a student visa, there are ways to do it legally; although I’m not sure.
Anyway, full time is 14 hrs in the eyes of the law…just get a job offering how many hours you want.[/quote]
Yes, that’s right. You can work part time or full time on a student visa. If you get a scholarship for studying, it may come with some rules about working. In general, I’d say it’s the scholarships that provide the most money that put the most restrictions on work. Also, some scholarships, particularly ones that come from a university, are grade dependent. If you’re getting $15,000 a month, it’s quite likely that they will drop the amount you receive in the second year. For example, my friend from Vietnam had an 88% GPA (strangely enough, in Taiwan 80% - 100% is the range for As). So he had an A average, a glowing reference letter from his advisor, yet he still saw the amount of his scholarship drop. Perhaps one way to look at it is that you shouldn’t count on scholarships to get you through.
A Master’s degree in Taiwan takes two years. However, a PhD seems to take an arbitrary amount of time, generally more than four years. It’s supposedly possible in three years, but I heard that it’s never been accomplished by anyone at NCU where I study. Perhaps it would be cost effective to pay for your Master’s in Taiwan, since it may cost less than US$3000 a semester for school and credit fees.
As a bit of trivia, I think non-residents pay a minimum of US$7,000 a semester to study in Australia, and you’ll be lucky to get that even as a resident in the US. And according to llm-guide.com/university/675 … university, it will cost about US$5000 to take a law degree at a public university in China in English (I think it is very difficult to get a history degree taught in English in China).