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Before You Arrive

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Taiwan’s wall sockets are the same as the two flat prong sockets used in the United States, and offer 110 V, 60 Hz. So, if you are coming from a country that uses 220/240V, 50 Hz, your appliances may not work in Taiwan with out an adapter.

The unit of currency is New Taiwan Dollars (TWD) and 33 TWD is roughly equal to 1 USD. Most currencies can be exchanged at banks, airports and major hotels. Credit cards are accepted in Taiwan at major shopping centers and restaurants.

Mobile Phone
Mobile phone service provided in Taiwan is mainly based on GSM. One CDMA provider and one PHS provider are also available. Many international students prefer to use internet telephony (like Skype), but contracts and pre-paid phone cards are still advised. Most telecommunication companies will not accept your business until you acquire your Alien Resident Certificate (ARC).

Climate & Clothing
Tainan lies in a sub-tropical climate zone, with hot summers and cool winters. From April to October, the weather of Tainan is summer like. The hottest part of the year is from July to August. The rainy season is from May to October.

Last year, the annual average temperature in Tainan was 24.9°C (76.8°F). The summer months usually top out in the mid to high 20s (high 80s and low 90s), but the humidity is high, so it feels hotter and stickier than it actually is.

Temperature & Rainfall
  Dec.-Feb.   Mar.-May.   Jun.-Aug.   Sep.-Nov.  
19.8℃ 24.8℃ 29.3℃ 25.8℃
60 195.8 1133.9 182.7
College students in Taiwan dress casually. Most students attend class in jeans and a t-shirt. You should bring some formal wear as well as traditional clothing from your culture for special occasions. And to prepare for winter, a sweater and a jacket is all you will need to stay warm for the short time it is cool.

If you take prescription medication, you should bring the medication with you as well as bring your prescription with you making sure to have the name of the medication in English.