16
Jan
07

Applying for Admittance into a University in Taiwan- a cautionary tale for International Students

Do I look stressed?

Do I wake up in the middle of the night because certain details are driving me crazy?

Am I making international calls at all hours trying to wade through a maze of questions that no official is available to answer?

Am I checking the website only to find the information I have been given is out of date or incorrect?

If you answered yes to three or more questions than you must be applying to attend a university in Taiwan as an international student- one of the most knee bending activities available in the R.O.C.

What makes applying to a university in Taiwan difficult is four main stipulations:

1. Your bank statement must be authorized by the T.E.C.O. in your home country.

2. Your transcripts must be authorized by the T.E.C.O. in your home country.

3. Your degree must be authorized by the T.E.C.O. in your home country.

4. Your complete application package must be mailed from your home country.

When you are in Taiwan getting anything authorized by a T.E.C.O. office is difficult but getting in all together at once, and sending it abroad with your original government issued ID, as damn near impossible.

In addition my McGill diploma is written in Latin and must be translated.

Thankfully, and I might be getting to optimistic here- I was able to make contact with the Vancouver T.E.C.O. office this morning.  I’m hoping that somehow I can set up a system where they can receive my documents and authorize them without all of them having to travel from Canada to Taiwan, back to Canada, then to Taiwan, back to Canada, and then to Taiwan again. 

Let’s hope so!  Wish me luck in connecting with my parents and my long-lost-M.A. diploma.
 

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