NGUYEN THI HAI YEN (Vietnam) Studying at National Chiao Tung University


【Student Profile】 (December, 2016)

Country: Vietnam
University: National Chiao Tung University
Program: Communication Studies

I’ve been in Taiwan for almost two years. Since I come from a country that is culturally similar to Taiwan, I haven’t experienced much culture shock while being here. Also, because I previously studied Chinese, I was able to quickly adjust to life here and got accustomed to the new environment. Because of this, I feel like language played an important role in me living abroad.

Besides that, I believe that Taiwan is a very safe country with warm and friendly people who are ready and willing to help others. I really admire the spirit with which Taiwanese people approach education, as well their attitudes in the workplace and their regard for laws and regulations. The relationships that I have with the people in my life are close.

My main purpose for coming to Taiwan is to study; this is very important to me. Although my classes are a bit stressful, I’ve really learned a lot especially considering the fact that what I studied before has no relation to what I’m studying now. I’ve received a lot of help from my professors and friends along the way. Since, there are many international students at my university, I have the opportunity to have classes with people from all over the world as we learn from one another.  My circle of friends gradually becomes big, and I enjoy meeting new people and making new friends. The university also has an abundance of resources that are offered to students which meet their academic and leisurely needs, and make our student life much more enjoyable.

If you want to learn traditional Chinese culture, then Taiwan is the place for you! On top of that, Taiwan's transportation system makes it very convenient to go wherever you want to go. With Taiwan’s advanced digital wireless network, you can quickly keep up to date with the relevant information.

Lastly, I would say that the things I miss the most while being in Taiwan are my family and the food from my country. These kinds of issues are what every international student has to face, and find ways to adapt. Taiwan is a growing multicultural society with a rich and diverse food culture that includes flavors and ingredients from many countries particularly Vietnam. So, I think finding food in Taiwan that reminds you of your own country isn't difficult. That's what makes living here such a happy experience for me!


The Full Interview (Language: Chinese / Caption: English)