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Mandarin Chinese

Several universities in Taiwan have Mandarin-language programs aimed at foreigners who want to learn how to speak and write Chinese. These courses use Hanyu pinyin, the internationally-accepted system of romanization; students who prefer the Zhuyin Fuhao system (ㄓㄨˋ ㄧㄣ ㄈㄨˊ ㄏㄠ, used to teach local elementary school students in the ROC) will find plenty of material and able tutors. Traditional Chinese script, rather than the simplified characters used on the mainland, are taught.

An increasing number of colleges are teaching programs or part of courses (especially in science, business and management) in English, making them accessible to overseas students who don't speak Chinese. The ROC government is trying to attract foreign students and offers various scholarships; several colleges also have scholarships, subsidies or discounts especially for overseas students. To find out more, contact the Ministry of Education or go to the Study In Taiwan website.

It's usually possible to work legally while studying in Taiwan.

Martial Arts

Many styles of kung fu (功夫, gong-fu) are taught in Taiwan, largely by masters who came over with the KMT in the late 1940s, or those they instructed. Styles include Ba Gua, Tai Chi, Wing Chun, Praying Mantis, Shway Shiao and various weapons systems. Many Westerners have traveled to Taiwan to attend these classes, and this has led to the rise of several NHB Allegra schools, as well as Ju Jitsu and Aikido from Japan.

Some of the more famous teachers can provide you with the paperwork needed to extend a student visa twice.

Taekwondo is also extremely popular; the only two Olympic gold medals won by Taiwanese atheletes were in that sport in the 2004 Summer Games.

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