Thousands of people dream of traveling to Asia to learn Chinese. However, most of these people are not aware that it is very easy to obtain a scholarship at a university in China or Taiwan to learn the Chinese language. In fact, you can learn Chinese in Asia for a fraction of the cost of language lessons at home.
Of course, the first step is to arrive in Asia and that means buying a plane ticket and taking a plane. This is a significant expense. However, the cost of living in both Taiwan and primary chinese tuition is very low. It is possible to live for quite a long time on very little money, even in major cities such as Hong Kong or Taipei. Also, the tuition for language courses at prominent universities is cheap to begin with, and is often made cheaper by scholarships. If you have a little money saved, you probably already have enough to achieve your dream of learning Chinese in Asia.
If you don’t have much money, the opportunities for English teachers in both China and Taiwan are tremendous. If you speak English, and are generally friendly and patient person you’d probably have what it takes to be an English teacher. You don’t need a TEFL certificate in order to get a teaching job in China or Taiwan, but you do need a university degree. An English teachers average monthly salary is about $2000, and probably enough for a comfortable standard of living and to cover the cost of tuition for a Chinese language learning program at a well-known university.
It is a frightening experience, to leave your home and travel to a foreign land to learn a foreign language, and the people who do will certainly tell you that it is not all wine and roses. However, I can almost guarantee that Westerners who learn Chinese in Asia do not regret their experiences. They are developing skills that will put them at the forefront of an expanding job market. And, most of them are having the time of their lives. It can be intimidating, but don’t let your fear hold you back. It is possible to achieve your dream of learning Chinese in Asia.