I decided to study in Taiwan because I wanted to learn Chinese. A lot of Indonesian-Chinese can't speak Chinese anymore, but I am from a Chinese background, therefore I wanted to learn the language. I chose Taiwan because it still uses the Traditional Chinese. Even though Traditional Chinese is harder, but it has more meaning than the simplified characters.
I am studying at Department of Music and I am major in Piano. Subjects which I study here include History of Western Music (I love it!), Score Reading, Music Analysis, and Piano Tuning and Repairing, etc. I enjoy everything in my studies, I learned a lot of new stuff and it helped to improve my music abilities. I enjoy practicing new and challenging songs.
There are a few Music Departments in Indonesia Universities, but it is not very good compared to Taiwan, most music teacher in my country only have Grade 8 or diploma certificates, very few teachers have Bachelor or Master degree in Music. So the music teaching quality is definitely better in Taiwan. I love the environment here; the air is fresher because my campus is in the mountain area. I also like two campuses which are full of very good facilities for exercising (Gym and large track field for running). In Indonesia, only very expensive universities have those facilities.
Applying to study in Taiwan actually was not very hard. It was quite easy and did not need a lot of documents. The slightly difficult part was applying for the university. When I had prepared a biography in Chinese, luckily I have a few friends that helped me with it.
I would like to continue to study at the graduate school in Taiwan. I have been learning Chinese for 5 years, and I still need to learn a lot. I love Taiwan because compared to my hometown; the transportation here is much more convenient. Also, the tuition fee in Taiwan is not very expensive, it suits my family economy.
After I go back to Indonesia, I can not only become a Music teacher but also teach Chinese. So studying in Taiwan is a plus point in my future career.
My key achievement here is to be able to speak, read, write, and type in Chinese. Also, I get a degree in Music too, which is also a great achievement.
My advice is being a hard-worker and spending more time socializing with Taiwanese friends, you can learn Chinese faster if you use it daily especially with natives.