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In Taiwan the school year begins in September and ends in June. A typical school day runs from 7:30am to 4pm and students attend school five days a week. Some schools finish at noon on Wednesdays.
Taiwanese students are high achievers, especially in mathematics and science. Subjects in most schools include literature, maths, English, science, technology, social studies, home economics and craft, arts and physical education.
The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin. In Taiwan, people use traditional symbols rather than simplified Chinese. Taiwanese Hokkien is also spoken by about 70% of the population. It's less common among younger age groups though.
Taiwan is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons are reversed! The island is largely subtropical, which means there's a wet season and a dry season. Temperatures are quite mild - think Brisbane.
Depending on daylight savings, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are between 1 to 2 hours ahead of Taiwan.
Students must have completed a minimum of one year prior language study.