Frequently Asked Questions
What is Taiwan Chinese Academy?
TCA is a licensed private Mandarin Chinese school located in Taipei, Taiwan. Our school provides high quality Mandarin instruction with private courses and small-sized group courses. We have a passion for teaching Mandarin to people from all over the world and we truly care about each student’s learning experience.
Is TCA the right school for me?
TCA is dedicated to providing the best Mandarin learning experience. Our school is run by passionate & experienced teachers with a genuine care for the learning progress of students. If you share our passion for learning Chinese and wish to start speaking Mandarin as much as you can, TCA is the right school for you.
Does TCA offer student visas?
Unfortunately, TCA does not offer student visas. Students who are eligible for the Visa-Exempt Entry can be in Taiwan and study at TCA for up to 90 days without a visa. Students without a visa who wish to stay in Taiwan and study longer at TCA can make visa runs to renew the Visa-Exempt Entry.
What if I cannot attend a class during my schedule?
If you have classes you cannot attend please let us know during your application period and we can adjust your tuition fee. Refunds cannot be given after the tuition payment. Private classes can be rescheduled if TCA is notified by email 24 hours in advance of class schedule. Group course students can have a reduced rate of NT$500 per class missed for up to four classes.
When should I apply?
We advise students to apply as early as possible. The application does not commit you to the class you applied for. Instead, it helps us to better understand your needs and allows us to contact each other. We can make changes to your application if necessary to make sure we have the right class for you to join.
What are your course levels?
Absolute Beginner: Pinyin, A Course in Contemporary Chinese Textbook 1.
Beginner 1: A Course in Contemporary Chinese Textbook 1
Beginner 2: A Course in Contemporary Chinese Textbook 2
Intermediate 1: A Course in Contemporary Chinese Textbook 3
Intermediate 2: A Course in Contemporary Chinese Textbook 4
Advanced: Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Textbook 5
How can I be sure that I am enrolled in is the right level class?
At TCA, placing students in the right class level is very important. We understand that a student placed in too difficult or easy of a class can disrupt the pace of the course. If the level is close enough, we recommend students to join a slightly easier level class which will benefit you and the other students in the long-term.
What should I do if I am unsure of my level?
Just choose the level that you think suits you best and share your previous learning experience with us. Please include textbooks used and the lesson you learned up to if this information is available. We will place you in the most suitable class for you and we will make adjustments to your level placement if necessary.
What is the Private Course?
The Private Course is a 1 on 1 personalized class. Students can use a book of their choice and can be taught in either traditional or simplified Chinese. Students can also choose their topic, such as business Chinese, conversational only, reading, writing, and etc. Students can pick any day(s) of the week to have class but schedules may be subject to availability.
What is the Regular Course?
The Regular Course is a small group class of 3 to 6 students that meets from Monday-Thursday during the morning and noon. The course has a required “A Course in Contemporary Chinese” textbook and workbook.
What is the Evening Course?
The Evening Course is a small group class of 3 to 6 students that meets twice a week on Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday from 7pm-9pm. The course has a required “A Course in Contemporary Chinese” textbook and workbook.
What if I want to sign up for a full-term but will miss a few classes?
Students can notify TCA before enrolling and we will give a customized tuition price. Please contact us with your schedule to confirm. TCA cannot adjust the tuition price after payment for the term.
Where can I purchase the required textbook?
The “A Course in Contemporary Chinese” textbook and workbook is required for the Regular Course and Evening Course. You may purchase the textbooks at TCA. You can also find the books in most popular bookstores in Taiwan. The textbook retails for NT$900 for textbook 1, 3, 4 and NT$1000 for textbook 2. The workbook retails for NT$380 for all levels.
When can I start taking classes at TCA?
For Private Course, we can start as soon as we have availability. This could take 1 or 2 weeks for us to prepare. For group classes, absolute beginners need to wait for a new term, once every 2 months and students with previous learning experience can join as soon as we have a class at the right level available.
Does TCA offer any discounts?
We offer a NT$500 friend referral discount. The referrer and referred student will both receive the discount. The referred student must be a new student. Restrictions may apply.
When and how should I pay the tuition?
Tuition must be paid in cash by the first day for class. Credit cards are accepted through Paypal but will include an additional 5% Paypal fee.
Can I pay for the course in multiple installments?
Yes, please let us know if you need to pay in multiple installments and we will offer you a special payment plan. However, course discounts cannot be applied for tuition paid in multiple installments.