Taipei, Taiwan

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 10, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Taipei, Taiwan: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What are the schools in Taipei like?

"Unfortunately this is the only option (thus the current state of affairs) help your kids through it- and fight your battles on the western stupid kids syndrome," commented one expat when asked about Taipei American School in Taipei.

"If you have the option for HK, China, Singapore look into it. As a non Asian expat you will have a hard time for you kids (who will be considered not smart) and as a parent it is socially difficult. Even the small expat groups are not welcoming. Good luck," remarked another expat living in Taipei with children attending Taipei American School.

"This is called an American school but 95% Asian focused. English is not the primary language in the halls and amongst workers. Very competive and not very welcoming to westerners who are considered "stupid" amongst the Asian popluation," said another expat in Taipei with children at Taipei American School.

"If your option is Taipei or another city and you have a 9-12 grader. think twice. This school is very Asian. Very competitive and they just want to promote the kids who will give them good test scores so they can shine on their international rating. If you are from an EU country look into the European School. More of an international culture. Less Tiger Moms," remarked another parent with kids at Taipei American School in Taipei.

"It is wonderful. I was at first skeptical, due to the older appearance of the campus, and some of the leeriness of admissions staff, but I was so surprised. The upper school has a great counseling program for academics, issues, and college counseling. My daughter has a health problem, and the staff and teachers have been unbelievably wonderful in helping us through a rough time," explained one expat living in Taipei, Taiwan.

"My sons are extremely happy at this school. There is equal focus on a child's happiness as there is on academic achievement," said another parent with children at Taipei European School British Section in Taipei.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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