The Ministry of Education (MOE, 教育部) recently announced that in 2014, there were 688 foreign students from 48 different countries learning Chinese at 41 Chinese Language Centers (CLC, 華語中心) in Taiwanese institutions.
The majority of foreign students of are of Japanese, American and Vietnamese nationality, said the MOE.
To attract foreign students, the MOE started a scholarship program in 2004 that aids visitors during their studies.
Other than studying language, the scholarship opportunity also allows foreign students to experience Taiwanese culture and aims to increase interactions between different countries.
The scholarship provides a monthly stipend of NT$25,000 and students can choose from programs lasting two, three, six, nine or 12 months.
Australian national Susan Catherine Delahunt was a student at National Cheng Kung University's (NCKU, 成功大學) Chinese Language Center. For Delahunt, Taiwan's hospitality and culture was unforgettable while she was studying in the country.
American national Scott Osdras was a student at Tunghai University's (東海大學) CLC. Osdras said that although he studied Chinese in China, he was influenced by his Taiwanese classmates to personally experience Taiwan's culture and gastronomy.