When the firsts courses arrived I must confess that I was a bit worried. How would happen our integration, is what we were going to meet people easily, would there be much stranger in the same situation as we...
But hopefully, the university has created some special days for our integration:
Day in Formosan Aboriginal Village and Sun Moon Lake:
We arrived at place called Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. It is village which serves as a park, amusement place and meeting point with Sun Moon lake. We thus had the opportunity to do different things, as enjoy rides in the amusement park, joining Sun Moon Lake gondola or visit an Aboriginal village in order to learn more about the culture of Taiwan
We were able to do everything!
Sun Moon Lake is the largest lake in Taiwan. This beautiful alpine lake located in the Township of Nantou owes its name to the fact that a portion of the Lake (the eastern part of the Lake) is round like the Sun and the West side is in the shape of Crescent Moon. But in reality the resemblance is not striking.
It is really a beautiful place !
Then we could visit the Aboriginal cultural village. The Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village was founded in 1986 to preserve and teach 'taiwanese aboriginal heritagewhile'.
A good place to discovered traditional homanes and architecture of taiwanese nine prinicpal aborigine tribes, and feel of what native Taiwanese villages and lifes looked like so many years ago.
Family and BBQ day
This day was dedicated to meet other foreign students.
Every foreign student is part of a family itself made up of other foreign students. In my family there are six Chinese, two Taiwanese and one Japanese. They are very nice, but the problem is that they speak very little English, so it is not easy to understand.
Providence University ~ PU ~ 靜宜大學
Founded in 1920, PU is a Catholic co-educational institution based in Taichung, Taiwan.
The story goes back to the 20s when an American congregation, Mother Marie Gratia Laking and five Sisters, came to China for create the first girls' Elementary and High School. But in 1929 the school was force to close because of the political turbulence. It is in May 1949 that Mother Maria and the sisters established an Catholic English Supplementary in Taichung. Since the university continue to expand and increase its fame across the world.
Today the university has 5 faculties/college:
- Foreign Languages and Literature
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Computing and Informatic
Here, teachers are also researchers and professionals, most of them have travel around the world, that's make them really interesting with a good English level.
Providence University principal entrance and map
The semester starts on February 24th.
It was 9a.m when I cross the floor of the campus. It was so big that I was almost lost. Hopefully for me, I wasn't alone! Two days before, I met some other exchange students. So we decided to go to the university all together for feel less alone.
After the different speeches of the director and chairman we went choose our course; wich it was quite complicated because some course that we have chosen in France weren't available. I decided to take Brand Management, Human Resources, Macroeconomics and Tourism management. After one months of class, I can say I'm really glad about that courses! They are very interesting and teachers are patient and flexible with exchange students.
I will tell you about our integration days in an other article, see you soon.
In ancient China, the night markets were known as market ghost... Today, the Night market are an integral part of Taiwanese culture. They offer a wide variety of authentic foods, drinks, but also unique Taiwanese products. Very practical and inexpensive, they play a very important role in the life of the Taiwanese.
Agathe and I reside in a night market. Specifically Dong Hai be, but also called "Tunghai des Champs Elysées”. Obviously, if you have already been once in your life on the Champs Elysées you will realize well that the resemblance is not striking! It makes me more think about Times square to Champs Elysées, maybe because all these light panels which engulf the streets.
It really is around 4 p.m. the streets begin to animate. Motorcycles drive hundreds and the streets are swarming with curious passers-by or people come to their diner. When you see it for the first time, it's like a shock... All kinds of drinks and food are lined up on stalls by the hundreds. There is everything! Ranging from chicken feet and duck head, Stinky tofu and also a lot of different fruits… I admit that for the moment I have not yet eaten these street foods, because this food is less enticing for my french belly... It will take me probably a while before me at the thought of eating one of these things.
One thing that also impressed me here, it's the smell... The stalls, but also the street (maybe sewers) off a lot of odor, and not when it's really very unpleasant.
However, it is nice to stroll, we learn much about their way of life and their culture. But if it's very different, I me there quickly adapted and there is good live!
It is now a week that I arrived in Taichung, it is therefore time to tell you a bit about the city in which I will leave over the next five months.
Taichung, or 臺中市 which means in Chinese « center of Taiwan » is a city in center-western of Taiwan. It was founded in 1721 with the arrival of settlers attracted by its microclimate and geography. It is today the third largest city of the island, after Taipei and Kaoshing, with a population over 2 million inhabitants. Taichung is not the most typical Taiwanese city, but its recent development and its merger in 2010 with a country surrounding it make it a very dynamic city with two downtowns and a lot of universities.
This is the flag and the seal of Taichung
I am writing this blog to allow you to follow my exchange semester at Providence University in Taiwan, for my 2nd year at ESDES Business School in Lyon.
This incredible experience is the perfect opportunity to improve my english, but it is also a way to discover a “new world” with way of living, thinking and working completely different.
In less than a month, I will be in Taichung, the third city of Taiwan. I am very excited to go, and eager to go to the unknown…
See you soon for another article…