Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I have Monies! Thousands!
I'm rich! I have thousands of dollars! $34,000 to be exact. Haha just kidding. It's all in NTD (New Taiwan Dollar). I had to extract this from my bank account in order to pay for my tuition and registration fees for my Mandarin training classes at NTNU or ShiDa (師大). I had to wake up early and make it there before 8:30 to avoid the lines and get an early position in classes. Alot of students had the same idea, so I was not the only early bird there. After registration and an oral test, they placed me in the beginning step 1 group. Realistically I could have scored higher into a higher group, but i really want to start from the basics. It's better to start from the foundation and make sure I don't have any bad habits. For future reference exit 5 of MRT Guting exit is better for MTC@NTNU.
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What is the exchange rate compare to US dollar?ReplyDelete
around $1US dollar to $32.00-32.20 NT dollarReplyDelete
So it is roughly $1123 usd. $1.1k for how long? half year or 3 months?
It's around $900 for Regular 2-hour and $1100 for Intensive 3-hour. These prices are per semester (3 months)ReplyDelete
What do you mean regular for 2 hrs and intensive for 3 hrs?ReplyDelete
Is it 3 hrs of classes daily?
It is two different kinds of classes. Regular and intensive. Goto www.mtc.ntnu.edu.tw for all the info you want.ReplyDelete
Thanks! That answer lots of questions.ReplyDelete
Before I decide to apply for a visa and actually go there, can I ask you that are you able to search for a job that you are interested?
I understand that most Americans end up to be English teachers in Taiwan, I don't mind to teach English to get some fast cash, but long term is definitely not my cup of tea. If getting a jobs is tough for Americans, that means the MTC program can serve as nothing but a break. =)
I won't sugar coat it, It's difficult for Americans to find a non-blue collar non-teaching position in Taiwan. The Taiwanese government really protect jobs here for citizens. The rules are, at least 2 years of work xp and $45K NT per month. This boils down to, unless you have senior or lead or executive in front of your last position, it'll be hard to achieve $45k. Or you can find a Taiwanese company willing to use some "loopholes", which is possible.ReplyDelete
what are the visa options for long-term stay sans a job or language study?ReplyDelete
besides, teaching English what entry/middle level jobs available for foreigners without Mandarin skills?
I think if your here for at least 120 days without leaving the country, you can apply for a ARC, which gives you 6 months. But without a job or language study, Taiwanese gov won't let you stay in Taiwan for extended periods without reason.ReplyDelete
speaking purely on mandarin skills and assuming you can get a work visa, technical writing, translation, pretty much anything where English would be a heavy requirement. or find a job at a company from your country. if USA, an american company in Taiwan.