17
Jan
07

Applying to a University in Taiwan: the headaches part II

This spring I am applying to attend a university in Taiwan.  A process that has been more daunting than my actual M.A. research.  Yesterday I had the good news that the university I am applying to will accept my Taiwan bank statement, as opposed to a Canadian one certified by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office.  (That process would have required me to see a notary or lawyer in Taiwan for Power of Attorney, have my mother see another notary in Canada to verify the authenticity of the statement, and then have both documents plus my bank statement sent to the T.E.C.O. office in Vancouver for authorization- before having the statement sent back to Taiwan!).
Now the main point of concern in getting my University transcripts and degrees authenticated by T.E.C.O.  It has to happen from the Ottawa T.E.C.O. office as I went to school in Eastern Canada; and the office will only help you based on the geographical constituency of your documents as opposed to your actual provincial address.  Nonetheless, I received some very bad news this morning and despite the problematic administrative red tape my goose may be cooked on a completely different matter.

My parents can not find my M.A. diploma which I recently ordered from McGill, (through notary and had mailed to their home as at that point in time I did not have an address in Taiwan).  That’s right!  They don’t know where it is.  My parents are wonderful people and have been spending the better part of the last few months looking after our dog Spike who is in Canada with them and helping me out with many different concerns over the Canada-Taiwan transition.  However, the news of my lost diploma is like a knife to the gut.
God help me I need your prayers!  It will be near impossible to get a new diploma notarized and then sent from Montreal, to Taiwan, to the T.E.C.O. office in Ottawa, to Hsinchu, and then over to Taipei by my application deadline of March 30th.
Now if only I can get in contact with the Ottawa T.E.C.O. office……………

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1 Response to “Applying to a University in Taiwan: the headaches part II”


  1. January 18, 2007 at 3:09 am

    Time to relax, it was found!


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