tommy525 wrote:Theres one or two other girls on forumosa who are similar aged going to Taiwan who have family ties (and little else) there who are in your same boat.
One of them would be me. Check your inbox. I sent you a PM.
I thought I'd give you some advice about applying to schools, particularly about the documents aspect because it's REALLY important:
If you have any plans to apply to schools in Taiwan, whether your parents are pressuring you or even you're thinking about it just a little bit, make sure you prepare all of your necessary documents (transcripts, diploma copies, references, etc.) ahead of time and bring them with you. Not just digital copies, but hard copies. And a lot of them.
Before you get here, call your local TECO and the TECO that belongs to the same state as your university/college. Ask them who has to notarize all your documents because the rules change from office to office. My girlfriend is from NYC, but graduated from a college in Massachusetts. Even though she was already living in Taiwan for over five years, she had to get her transcripts sent from MA to Taiwan, and somehow find a way to get it notarized in MA in person. Save yourself the angst and just do all the notarizing while you're still in the states. Get TECO to notarize original, sealed transcripts and photocopies of your diploma.
Bring as many copies as you'll need to apply to each school. Better yet, bring double the copies you need because once you're here and you realize you're missing something, you're going to have to rely on people and connections at home to run around and do a ridiculous amount of paperwork and mailings for you. And if there's an application deadline, you just won't have time for that.