Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

How fast-paced are your Intensive courses?

Generally, we cover 2-3 lessons week, or about 100 – 150 new words per week. However, the pace of the class will be determined by the comfort level of the class. We try to place students together that work at approximately the same speed.

How many student study at TMI/how large is the school?

TMI is a large sized school and considered by many as the most popular mandarin school in Taiwan. The institute occupies 3 floors of a 12 story building and has 21 Fully equipped classes. TMI welcomes in excess of 2,000 new students every year.

If I am not Happy with my course can I have a full refund?

Yes! TMI is very proud to be the only institute in Taiwan to offer a full refund policy. In the rare instance concerning both course and accommodation if for whatever reason you are not satisfied the quality, the admissions will offer you a full refund of the fees and accommodation cost.

What does the class-time in TMI focus on?

The actual class time focuses on a conversation and listening with most of the character learning and writing given as homeworks. This way it allows you to get the most out of your class-time and not spend a large percentage writing out characters.

Will I be studying Traditional Mandarin or Simplified format?

If you are a complete beginner then your course will be in Traditional method, this means if you choose to study simplified at a later stage you can do so with ease. If you are not a beginner and have studied simplified before then you will be able to continue with us in our specialized system, which has the Hanyu pinyin method allowing to follow the traditional mandarin course with ease. And If requested, your course materials will be in simplified.

I am taking private lessons? Can I determine the subject related to my field of interest or profession?

Yes! Certainly, we have many professionals who visit us from Hong Kong, Singapore and other countries to top up their mandarin skills, furthermore, if you mention to us that you are a businessperson, we will assign you with a business-experienced teacher.

How much outside of class preparation time do teachers at TMI usually complete daily?

Generally, teachers will prepare at least 1-2 hours for your typical 2 hour class at TMI.

What is the background of the Teachers at TMI?

All of the Teachers at TMI are natives of Taiwan and indeed native Mandarin speakers. With a faculty of over 30 staff, the Institute has a minimum requirement of a degree and also the main recognized certificate TOCFL ( Teaching Of Chinese as a Foreign Language).In addition to this, your teacher will always have minimum 2 years previous Chinese teaching experience.

Do I need a visa to study at TMI?

Citizens of most countries do not require any visa to study in Taiwan. The majority of students at TMI are granted a 90 day landing visa at the Airport in Taiwan upon arrival. Yes, This means no trips to your local embassy are required. Check our Housing / Visa to see if you qualify for a landing visa automatically.

Does TMI offer accommodation to its overseas visitors?

Yes! TMI has its own accommodation suites located conveniently within 3 minutes walk from the school and also MRT metro station. All rooms are private and there are various suites available from standard student room to a supreme executive suite.

When should students apply for their program?

TMI has accepted applications as soon as 24 hours before a course. However, as courses at TMI fill up pretty quick, we recommend that students apply 1 to 2 months before they plan to arrive in Taiwan.

Can I receive a scholarship to study at Taiwan Mandarin Institute?

As TMI is a private institute, scholarship opportunities are limited to a select few countries and partner universities, TMI is proud to be the Taiwan choice for the New Colombo Plan (Australia),CSN(Swedish Government program),University of Washington(UW), And the Office for Study Abroad George Washington University(GW). If your university has a scholarship program for study abroad, we recommend having your officers contact us and we will assist in the scholarship provision.

Will a certificate be issued after the completion of the courses?

Yes, students can receive a certificate when the course is finished.

Who studies at TMI?

All sorts of students! We’ve taught students from all around the world and a full mix of university students, business men and women, scientists, writers, lawyers, executives, programmers, and pretty much everything in between.

Is it possible to have TMI teachers come to my office for classes?

Yes, we have many corporate clients throughout Taipei in which our Teachers visit to teach mandarin after working hours. Please check out our Partnership page for more information.

For Group classes, what’s the size of the group?

At TMI, the average class size is 3 students. There is a maximum cap on classes of 5 students cap for ALL intensive courses and an 9 students cap for regular courses.

How does a private institute like TMI differ from a major university?

Apart from class size’s being a lot smaller at TMI, there is no major difference in Teaching style or Curriculum. In-Fact, TMI uses the same teaching materials as the top universities in Taiwan. In additional to this, the teacher will use his/her own additional materials that he/she deems appropriate for the student. You may not find this teaching style in a rigid university.

How and when do I pay for my course?

Most courses require payment after the registration via Bank transfer or Paypal*. However please check with the admission officer as in many cases you can pay cash on the morning of your first class if the admission officer pre-agrees this with you. *For all pay pal payments there is a 4.5% surcharge, for bank transfers there is no receiver charge, however your own bank may charge you for the transfer.

I don’t get paid until a certain day of the month! Is it ok to take classes and pay for them on my payday?

Yes, Certain regular courses can be flexible with payment terms. Please ask your admissions officer to discuss a suitable payment plan with you.

What is the minimum length of time I can study for at TMI?

All of our courses are available on an 1 week – 52 week basis. For our short stay visitors we recommend the small group Intensive 16 hour a week course for rapid progression, and for those who wish to take private classes we recommend 2 hours per day for 5 days per week, (10 Hours total per week).

I want to sign up for a 3 month regular course term at TMI. However I am travelling for 2 weeks during the term. Do I still have to pay for a class that I am not present for?

No!, As long as you mention this to the admissions officer before enrolling, then he/she will amend your course end date to include the extra classes for which you have planned to miss!

How can I check former student reviews, There are so many websites with different opinions?

Most of our students study here after being recommended by their friends, professors or local travel agent. When reading reviews we recommend to check verified reviews such as a partner university or a travel agent partner. We do not recommend review sites such as google where sometimes our competitors would post fake reviews in order to drive students towards their school.

Ok, Great! How do I sign up?

The application process is simple and stress free at TMI! Simply call in and visit the Institute to sign up. Alternatively, if you are abroad just send an email to and someone will get back to you very soon!