Ph.D. student in School of Nursing, KMU
Indonesia University, Master of Science in Advanced Nursing Airlangga Indonesia, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Hi, I am Dewi Maryam, I am grateful that God gives me chance to pursue my study in Taiwan. Honestly, up until now, I feel like my dream comes true; I never thought I would have the opportunity to continue my doctoral degree in Nursing at one of the best universities in Taiwan, Kaohsiung Medical University.
I have several considerations.
First: Of course I want to strengthen my personal character as well as deepen my knowledge of my scientific field, thereby increasing the compilation that can be useful for the hospital where I practice the nursing profession.
Second: advanced campus facilities, a clean, safe, and beautiful environment as well as a wonderful library. The university also provides us with a prayer room! (I am Muslim). I am amazed that Taiwanese people respect and tolerate my religion and belief. Even, our campus restaurant also provides Muslim-friendly food. Currently, halal-labeled food is also available at several night market stalls, and on the shelves of department stores and restaurants scattered throughout the city.
Third: Full education scholarships, free accommodation/dormitory, and a monthly stipend.
Actually, students can find a lot of overseas education scholarships in Taiwan. One of my tips: prepare all the requirements in advance, so that when the application time comes, everything needed is complete and can be uploaded quickly. An example is the required IELTS or TOEFL score: some universities have a minimum standard, so applicants have to make sure the score is sufficient. In addition, applicants are usually asked to make a study plan/motivation letter or a proposal. Do not give up if your scholarship application is rejected. Yet there are many others. Keep the faith and try. Information about the scholarship: https://www.roc-taiwan.org/id_en/post/2275.html
Don’t worry, some majors have implemented full English. Another plus is that KMU offers free Mandarin language classes! Needless to say, if you are proficient in Mandarin, there will be a special bonuses (awards) waiting for you.
Just check the university’s website for the faculty member’s directory and their research fields. If needed, contact the admissions office of KMU. The administrative specialists will help you to have the information about the professors that match with your interest/fields.
Sure! I am a clinical nurse and government employee who works in the second largest hospital in Indonesia. Of course I have an obligation to ask my boss for permission before trying to register for study, especially for a long-term stay abroad. Experiences have taught me not to be hasty in making decisions. Getting a study permit is one of the most important things and it will impact on your career and promotion in the future.
For freshmen who have been accepted, but have zero experience to go abroad like me, here are some tips:
Last but not least, the hardest thing for me as a mother and wife is to stay long distance relationship with my husband and kids. But it all will be OKAY when our family supports us. And thanks to KMU for being my second family. KMU not only inspires us but KMU is a family.
A quote: to accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan but also believe.
Never stop dreaming.
Let’s start the adventure and let’s rock the world!