Taipei American School is a large, exciting, learning organization located in a culturally-rich area of the world.
Whether you're here as a new family or a prospective employee for one year or 13, we hope that all Tigers use their time at TAS to get to know our home island of Taiwan.
The essential ingredient in making a move to this island is a positive, anticipatory attitude. A spirit of adventure—willingness to explore, interest in studying the uniqueness of Taiwan, openness to differences, a sense of humor—will serve you well.
We trust your time in Taiwan will be an enriching experience of living and growing in the context of another culture. We look forward to the addition of your special personality to our international Taipei American School community.
Embark on a captivating journey through our vibrant island home, Taiwan, and its dynamic capital city, Taipei. Experience the diverse culture, stunning landscapes, and the rich heritage that make our TAS community thrive here.
Taiwan (the Republic of China) is an island located sixty miles off the southeastern coast of mainland China (the People’s Republic of China). It is equal in size to the area of Massachusetts and Connecticut combined, or about half the size of Ireland. Its population exceeds 23 million people, making it among the most densely populated areas in the world.
The island of Taiwan is lush and beautiful, with many opportunities for travel, hiking, and photography. In many areas, indigenous tribes may still be found. Just outside the city of Taipei, simple village life in fishing and farming communities exists.
Taiwan’s climate is subtropical. In the north, summer temperatures often reach the mid to low 90s ºF (33-35 ºC) during the day and remain in the low 80s ºF (27-29 ºC) at night. During the months of December and January the daily highs are 65-75 ºF (18-24 ºC) and lows are 50-65 ºF (10-18 ºC). Cooler temperatures are recorded in the mountains. Relative humidity is high throughout the year, ranging between 65-90%, which makes the chill seem deeper and the heat stronger.
An average of six typhoons (tropical storms) reach Taiwan each year, usually between the months of July to November. The effect of these storms on community life varies with the severity of the storm. Businesses and schools (including ours) are occasionally shut down for typhoon weather.
Three principal groups of people live in Taiwan: migrants from southern China in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; members of the nationalist government, military, business community and their dependents who fled to Taiwan from mainland China in 1949; and a number of Indigenous groups. Foreign residents make up about 2% of the population.
Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is located at the northern tip of the feather-shaped island. It is a modern city of more than 2.6 million people. The city retains much of the cultural environment of ancient China but also is representative of new and more western ways of life.
People are friendly, helpful, and industrious; most Taiwanese speak at least some English. On public transportation and in most places in the city, signs are in both Mandarin and English.
Taiwanese and Chinese art forms of all kinds can be enjoyed. Many popular cultural events and festivals are also held throughout the year. Planned tours of the city and the island are readily available.
Taipei restaurants offer every type of superb Taiwanese and Chinese cuisine, as well as dishes from other world cuisines.
Taipei is located about 1,300 miles southwest of Tokyo, 425 miles south of Shanghai, and 700 miles north of Manila. The island of Taiwan is mountainous and is bordered by the Taiwan Strait, the East China Sea, the Philippine Sea, the Pacific Ocean, and the South China Sea.
The city rests on the Taipei Basin an ancient lakebed and is bounded by both rivers and mountains on most sides.
The municipality of Taipei is home to an estimated population of 2,494,813, forming the core part of the Taipei–Keelung metropolitan area, also known as "Greater Taipei", which includes the nearby cities of New Taipei and Keelung with a population of 7,047,559, the 40th most-populous urban area in the world—roughly one-third of Taiwanese citizens live in the metro areas.
Tourism is a major part of Taipei's economy. In 2013, over 6.3 million overseas visitors visited Taipei, making the city the 15th most visited globally that year.
If you are interested in knowing more information with regard to living in Taiwan and local resources, you may visit the following websites: