Learn Chinese in Taipei, Taiwan

Browse Programs

Thinking of learning Chinese, but want to go to somewhere less typical? Consider Taipei, the capital of Taiwan!

Currently, several languages are spoken within Taipei, but Mandarin Chinese is still the main language of the city. However, due to the heavy existence of foreigners (mostly from Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines) in Taipei, English is widely spoken.

Despite such linguistic diversity, Taipei’s main language remains Mandarin Chinese. This version of Mandarin Chinese however, is still criticized by mainlanders to not be the most “standard” form of Mandarin, although both forms are mutually intelligible. Regardless of this distinction, the Mandarin spoken in Taipei is considered legitimate and Taipei is a fantastic city to learn Chinese abroad.

Photo Credits: Deivuh.

If you are coming to Taiwan with any sort of experience under your belt, you are going to have to adjust to traditional characters if you were taught simplified beforehand. It’ll be a challenge, but traditional is just as important as simplified is! Below is an overview of your course options in Taipei:

Private tutoring/group courses

Both of these are great options for those who are not able to attend universities. These can also take advantage of the small amount of people and encourage communication between students, which tends to be the best environment for language learning. Beware however; private tutoring tends to be double the price of group courses.

University courses

Taking language courses at a university happens to work best for learners currently enrolled in a college or university, since many universities can place their students in institutions overseas. These programs are easy for university students because students are able to transfer credits gained abroad in their respective home universities.

Popular programs within institutes and universities include National Mandarin Institute, International Chinese Language Program (within National Taiwan University), the Mandarin Training Center (within National Taiwan Normal University), and Taipei Language Instituted. Taiwan also has a surplus of Chinese language Centers! Choose one that works best for you.

Language study & culture combination programs

Many programs offer language and culture combos, giving you a clearer idea of what life like is Taipei! Not only will you improve your Chinese proficiency, but you’ll also learn how to walk and talk like a Taiwanese.

Highlights
  • Since when...? Mandarin was introduced as the official language in 1945.
  • Did you know…? The Dutch first created a colony near Taipei in 1624! The Dutch East India Company did so in order to trade with China and Japan and thwart Portuguese and Spanish activities on the island at the same time. However, they weren’t welcomed and eventually were driven out by Koxinga 37 years later.
  • Don’t miss: Taipei 101, once the tallest building in the world.
  • YUM: Taiwanese Shaved Ice! There are many different varieties, but is usually composed of condensed milk, fruit, red beans, and rice balls over crushed ice! Delicious.

Taipei is a very cultural, historical, and proud place. Taiwanese are both proud of their roots and advocates of their own independence and identity. There are tons of museums, parks and temples, as well as festivals such as the Taipei Lantern Festival held at the end of the Lunar New Year, along with Pingli, an event that releases thousands of lanterns into the sky!

The city is also well known for its nightlife and party atmosphere. The Shilin Night Market is one of the largest and most famous night markets in the whole world, selling delicious street food, clothes, souvenirs, anything you can think of.

Where should I stay while learning Chinese in Taipei?

Neighborhoods include the Xinyi District, a modern and business-focused district; Daan and Songshan districts are famous for shopping, and Zhongshan is more Western than the others.

If you want to practice your Chinese and get a more traditional experience (which is why you came to Taipei in the first place, right??), try the Wanhua, Datong, and Zhongzheng districts.

Tips for living in Taipei:

Taipei has a pretty expansive expat community. Most foreigners who decide to live in Taipei do it either to teach English or learn Chinese -- like you! There are a ton of online resources for anything you can think of; such as asiaxpat for housing and InterNations to meet up with other expats.

Taipei also has one of the most extensive public transportation systems in the world! You can literally get anywhere by either DORTS or TRTC. If you buy an Easy Card, you will get an automatic half-price discount on connecting bus routes from anywhere.

It's super affordable to live in Taipei. Rent will run around 15,000 to 19,000 NT$ a month ($500-600 US dollars) for a one bedroom apartment. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant is roughly 88 NT$ (around $3), while water is 20 NT$, eggs are 50 NT$, and milk is 77 NT$. Transportation is also very affordable, a mere 20 NT$ for a one-way ticket on a bus.

Scholarships

Some scholarship options for learning Chinese in Taiwan include:

Contributed by Tiffany Qi

Showing 11 Programs

Taiwan

Taiwan Mandarin Institute
Taiwan Mandarin Institute is a Chinese language school located in the center of Taipei. All of our teachers are fully trained...

Taiwan

Default Program Teaser Image
National Taiwan University
The best place to learn Chinese is not necessarily in China. In China, they use the Simplified Character set and you'll be cu...

Taiwan

NRCSA
The NRCSA invites you to come study Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese, or Malay at the Taipei Language Institute in Taiwan. Courses...

Taiwan

Language Vacation
Located in downtown Taipei, our school is close to two of the most prominent universities in Taiwan - the National Taiwan Uni...

Taiwan

Pioneer Language Institute
Pioneer Language Institute believes small group classes are the easiest and fastest way for students to master practical Mand...

Taiwan

Globe Mandarin
Globe Mandarin offers all levels of Chinese classes, in both simplified and traditional Chinese, from preliminary (survival)...

Taiwan

Mandarin Training Center
Mandarin Training Center offers your the opportunity to study Chinese in the center of Taipei on the campus of one of the cit...

Taiwan

Languages Abroad
Taipei is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Taipei is a very safe city, as most neighborhoods are very...

Taiwan

Taiwan Chinese Academy
Taiwan Chinese Academy is a charming & friendly Mandarin language school in the heart of Taipei City. Our Taiwanese teachers...

Taiwan

Default Program Teaser Image
Center For Study Abroad
Study intensive Mandarin Chinese language in Taipei. Start any Monday. Open to all students and adults worldwide. Minimum age...

Taiwan

Default Program Teaser Image
Center For Study Abroad
Study intensive Mandarin Chinese language at the National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) in Hsinchu. Low cost. Open to all stude...