learn about


Taiwan is an island situated in East Asia in the Western Pacific Ocean, and is located off of the southeastern coast of mainland China. The population in Taiwan is roughly 23 million and is spread across a total land area of 13,892 square miles, making it the fifteenth most densely populated country in the world. Taiwan houses the world's largest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry with a market capitalization of $40.4 billion, as of 2009.




Semi-presidential Constitutional Republic


Mandarin, Taiwanese


New Taiwan Dollar (NT$)


"Our Taiwanese host son was a joy from the very first day. Our own children still practice the Mandarin he taught them."

— The Sheffield family, Utah

in their own words

student application videos

Justin, from Taiwan, made this video to tell his host family about himself and show them his life at home.

Play Video

Beef Noodle Soup
5 cups water
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup Chinese rice wine or medium-dry Sherry
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 1" piece ginger, peeled and smashed
1 bunch scallions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, smashed
1/2 cup cilantro sprigs
2 1/2 lbs meaty beef short ribs
1 2.4 cups chicken broth
10 oz. noodles
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
For garnish: fresh bean sprouts, cilantro, chopped chilis.

Bring water, soy sauce, rice wine, brown sugar, ginger, white parts of scallion, garlic, cilantro, and red pepper flakes to a boil in a 5- to 6-quart pot, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Add short ribs and gently simmer, covered, turning occasionally, until meat is very tender but not falling apart, 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours. Let meat stand in cooking liquid, uncovered, 1 hour.

Transfer meat to a cutting board with tongs and discard bones, then cut meat across the grain into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Pour beef broth through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl and discard solids. Skim fat from cooking liquid and transfer liquid to a 3-quart saucepan. Add chicken broth and meat and reheat soup.

Meanwhile, cook noodles in a 6- to 8-quart pot of (unsalted) boiling water until tender).

Drain noodles and divide among 4 large soup bowls.Ladle broth over noodles and top with meat, scallion greens, bean sprouts, and cilantro sprigs.

Fun Facts
  • Taiwan's population of 23.4 million is about the same as Texas.
  • Taiwan is 13,892 square miles, about the same size as Maryland.
  • In Taiwanese school, the teachers switch classrooms, not the students.
  • The national sport of Taiwan is baseball.
  • Taiwan is often called the "Illha Farmosa" which in Portuguese means "beautiful Island."
  • Taiwan was the first democracy in Asia.
  • Taiwan is one of the most densely populated countries of the world with about 1,595 people per square mile.
  • Black bears, rock monkeys, leopards, sambars, flying frogs, and salamanders are found in Taiwan.

Ni hao
How are you?

Ni hao ma?

Wo hen gaoxing jian dao wo de taiwan jiaohuan xuesheng!
Have you ever been to Tapei?

Ni you meiyou qu guo da bei?