Studying in Kaohsiung
Written by Scarlett Song
My name is Scarlett and I’m a new team member of FSIT. I’m from Germany and I major in Asian Studies and Management. I’ve been in Taiwan for over 6 months now and I just moved to Taipei about two weeks ago. Before that I was taking Chinese classes at Wenzao University of Foreign Languages in Kaohsiung for one semester. I came to Taiwan because I want to improve my Chinese skills and also gain some practical experience in business.
Wenzao is a small private university which specializes in foreign languages. I have been studying at their Chinese Language Center but also took Korean classes at the university. My Chinese is intermediate level, so I had two hours of regular classes in the morning and additional classes in the afternoon. The afternoon classes are can be selected according to your language level. Therefore my classes were Calligraphy, Listening, 成語 and conversation. I think most of the Chinese Language Center are pretty much the same everywhere in Taiwan, so I won’t be going into more details for that. If you are a native speaker of Japanese, French, German, Spanish or English then you can find many language exchange partner at this university since theses language are one of the major subjects they offer.
Compared to Taipei I think Kaohsiung is really different. Of course it’s a smaller city and has less people but in my opinion there are so many other differences. I noticed that most of the international students go to Taipei but I think Taiwan has many other interesting cities. Of course if you like big cities and enjoy going to a lot of events, then Taipei is the perfect place for you. I actually like both cities because both of them have their positive and negative aspects.
Kaohsiung is good for people who prefer less people, hot weather and cheaper living (compared to Taipei). It’s also very close to Tainan, the previous capital of Taiwan with many historical sites.
Some places to visit in Kaohsiung:
Dragon and Tiger Pagodas at Lotus Pond (蓮池潭)
Taoist God statue at Lotus Pond (蓮池潭)
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center佛光山佛陀紀念館
About the Author:
Scarlett comes from Germany and is majoring in Asian Studies and Management. She has completed one semester as an exchange student at Wenzao University of Foreign Languages in Kaohsiung and is now doing her internship in Taipei.