Study in Taiwan Learning plus Adventure

Meet the students

Undergraduate Brazil

Beatriz Francisco Sandrim

UniversityTamkang University

MajorPolitical science and related disciplines


“I was supposed to stay six months in Taiwan, but one day I just felt like I could spend more time than planned.”

Studying in Taiwan wasn’t planned at all for me. One day I was accepted in this job and discovered that one month later I would be in Taiwan, this country I had never thought about living in. Once I arrived here, I was supposed to stay six months and go back to my normal life in Brazil. Suddenly, one day I just felt like I could spend more time than planned. And I actually wanted it. So then I just stayed. In a matter of one week I was already getting the papers to transfer my university, changing my documents, making a new plan for my life.

Classes began and I said to myself I would stay here until graduate and leave with the wind. A new semester began and I had decided I would have a double major here as well. One more semester added. Another semester began and here I am accepted in my pre-study program of the master’s degree in Taiwan and Asia Pacific Studies. One more semester to the bill.

“I have discovered that half a world far from my home is exactly where I should be at this moment, and it has been awesome.”

It was in Taiwan that I learnt that vegetarian can have different meanings. It was in Taiwan that I had my first stinky tofu almost shoved down my throat. It was also here that I had the 14th one because I was craving it.

I have learnt Chinese, to not speak loudly nor touching people, to bow to everyone and everything, including supermarket shelves when I hit them by accident. I have learnt how small words at the end of your speech can make it softer or cute and I have learnt that sometimes Taiwanese people need some Latinos to show them how to party too, how to lose the inhibitions.
After so much time thinking I was out of place, I have discovered that half a world far from my home is exactly where I should be at this moment, and it has been awesome.