The Chinese government has established a series of scholarship schemes to sponsor international students and scholars to study and research in Chinese institutions of higher education to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese people and people from other countries, as well as to enhance cooperation and exchanges in the fields of education, science and technology, culture, economics, and trade between China and other countries.
The Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China (MOE) is in charge of providing Chinese government scholarships, and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) is in charge of international student recruiting and the day-to-day management of Chinese Government Scholarship Programs.
International students participating in Chinese Government Scholarship Programs will be placed in one of 94 Chinese higher education institutions authorized by the Ministry of Education. International students can study approximately 300 disciplines in science, technology, agronomy, medicine, economics, law, management, education, history, liberal arts, and philosophy at these universities.
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THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMMES AND APPLICATIONS
1. The Chinese Government Scholarship Scheme
The MOE established it by educational exchange agreements or memorandums of understanding (MOUs) reached by the Chinese government with governments of other countries or international organizations, and it provides full and partial scholarships for international students and scholars. The program helps undergraduates, postgraduates, Chinese language students, visiting scholars, and senior visiting scholars study in China. Applicants can apply for a scholarship through their home country’s education authorities, authorized institutions, or Chinese diplomatic posts.
2. CHINA/UNESCO the Great Wall Fellowship Scheme
The Ministry of Education launched a complete scholarship program for candidates approved by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Visiting and senior visiting scholar candidates are the only ones who qualify. Applicants can submit their applications to either the UNESCO headquarters or the UNESCO national committee in their home countries.
3. Distinguished International Students Scholarship Scheme
It was created by the Ministry of Education to support excellent international students who have completed their previous studies in China and are enrolled as Masters or Doctoral degree candidates in the following academic year at recognized Chinese universities. There are full and partial scholarships available. Applicants can apply for CSC scholarships at the suggestion of their Chinese host universities.
4. Scholarship Program for HSK Winners
It is a complete scholarship program developed by the Ministry of Education to assist international students who have won the HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) and wish to study Chinese in China. The CSC accepts applications through HSK test organizing institutes or Chinese diplomatic embassies.
5. Fellowship Program for Cultural Research in China
The Ministry of Education launched this program to support foreign scholars and specialists in Chinese culture who wish to perform short-term research in China. Applicants can apply directly to the CSC or through relevant Chinese institutions, academics, or Chinese diplomatic representations in their home countries.
6. The Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Short-Term Scholarship Program
The MOE created this program to allow international teachers who teach Chinese as a second language to do short-term research and development in China. Applicants may apply to the CSC through Chinese diplomatic missions in their home countries.
DETAILS OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS
1. Full scholarship: A full scholarship from the Chinese government includes tuition (or research) fees, Medical Insurance for International Students, basic study materials, housing, a living stipend, a one-time settling subsidy, and one inter-city travel allowance.
2. Partial scholarship: Only a portion of the whole scholarship is awarded.
3. Overseas air travel: Unless there are bilateral agreements or arrangements, applicants are expected to cover their own international travel costs.
Please see the accompanying Scholarship Application Procedures for further information on the above scholarships.
HOW TO APPLY CHINESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS
1. The Application Process and the Time It Takes to Hire
International student recruitment for Chinese Government Scholarship Programs typically takes place from the beginning of January to the end of April. Consultations between Chinese diplomatic missions and appropriate authorities in the applicants’ home countries define the specifics of the application procedures. For more information, applicants can contact the relevant authorities or Chinese diplomatic offices in their home countries.
2. Scholarship Requests
Applicants must have the fundamental criteria outlined in the Application Procedures and must correctly complete the application forms. They must also submit notarized photocopies of diplomas, transcripts, study plans, health certificates, and recommendation letters as part of their application. Scholarship applications must be submitted to the CSC through their Embassies in China or Chinese diplomatic posts in the candidates’ home countries by the deadlines stipulated in the Application Procedures. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. For more information, please see the Application Procedures linked.
Whether or not the applicants are accepted by Chinese universities, the application documents will not be returned. Original diplomas and the original Foreigner Physical Examination Form must not be supplied as part of the application process.
3. Specializations and Institutions of Higher Education
Applicants for Chinese Government Scholarships must select their host institutions and specialties from a list of Chinese Ministry of Education-approved institutes of higher learning. For further information, see CSC’s website (http://www.csc.edu.cn) or the Directory of Chinese Institutions Admitting International Students Under the Chinese Government Scholarship Program.
4. Instructional Language
Chinese is the primary language of instruction at Chinese higher education institutes. Applicants who do not speak Chinese are usually obliged to take Chinese language classes for 1-2 years before continuing with their major studies. Specific courses designed for visiting scholars, senior visiting scholars, and postgraduate students can be taught in English at some institutions. For more information, see the Directory of Chinese Institutions Accepting International Students Under the Chinese Government Scholarship Program.
RECRUITMENT OF SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS
CSC will analyze all application documents received from designated authorities in order to make any required changes to the proposed institutions. If the application documents are incomplete or do not comply with the recruitment regulations, the application will not be processed. Qualified applications will be transmitted to various schools, which will make the final decision on whether or not to admit the applicants. In principle, finalized placements, specialties, and study durations cannot be modified. If an applicant has been approached or accepted by an institution (mentioned in the Directory) prior to applying, the applicant must enclose necessary admission letters for the host institution’s reference.
With approval from China’s Ministry of Education, scholarship applicants accepted by Chinese institutions will be formally confirmed as Chinese Government Scholarship students.
By July 31, CSC will transmit the List of Admitted Students, Admission Notice, and Visa Application Form for Study in China (JW201) to the appropriate dispatching authorities, who will forward the documents to the students.
VISA APPLICATION AND REGISTRATION IN CHINA
1. Visa Application
Students with a valid ordinary passport should apply for a visa to study in China at the Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General with the original documents and one set of photocopies of the Admission Notice, Visa Application for Study in China (JW201), and Foreigner Physical Examination Form.
Scholarship students staying in China for more than 6 months must apply for a “X” visa, while those staying for less than 6 months must apply for a “F” visa. Original copies of the relevant documents are required for scholarship students to enter China. Individuals arriving in China with other forms of passports, visas, or original documents will not be able to register with the university or petition for residence in China.
At the period given in the Admission Notice, international students must arrive and properly register at the university. Those who are unable to register before the deadline must contact the university directly to request authorization. Those who fail to register without the institution’s permission will be judged to have willingly given up their enrollment, and their scholarship will be withdrawn automatically.
3. Health Verification and Registration of Residency
Scholarship students staying longer than 6 months must present their passports, Admission Notice, and original copies of the Foreigner Physical Examination Form and the Blood Test Report to the local quarantine office within the time frame to have their medical examinations certified. International students who fail to meet the standards on their Foreigner Physical Examination Forms will have to retake their medical exams. Those who refuse to retake the medical exam or are diagnosed with conditions that are prohibited from entering China under Chinese rules and regulations would be forced to leave the country. The overseas students would be responsible for the medical examination and international travel charges.
Registration of residence:
Scholarship students must apply for residency authorization from the local police authority with their passports, Admission Notice, and Foreigner Physical Examination Form after their health has been verified.
1. Between August 28th and September 18th, the Transit Service Section for Chinese Government Scholarship Students will provide free transit service to new scholarship students who must make a layover in Beijing.
Embassies in China, Chinese diplomatic missions concerned, or individuals are asked to notify the Transit Service Section one week in advance of the arrival date of overseas students, as well as aircraft or train numbers.
The Transit Service Section for Chinese Government Scholarship Students is located at the following address:
International Students’ Office
Beijing Language University
No. 15 Xueyuan Avenue, Haidian District
P. R. China
2. Those who arrive in Beijing before or after the above-mentioned time frame, or who must make a layover in a city other than Beijing, will be responsible for making their own arrangements to get to respective colleges. According to existing regulations, institutions must compensate scholarship students for the cost of hard-berth railway tickets between the entry port and the city where the university is located.
THE ANNUAL REVIEW OF CHINESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS
Scholarship students who have been permitted to study in China for more than one year must participate in the Annual Review, according to the Measures for the Annual Review of Chinese Government Scholarship Status. The review will be comprehensive, covering areas such as academic performance, study attitude, attendance, behavior, award or penalty, and so on. Those who pass the Annual Review will be eligible for the following academic year’s scholarship. Those who fail the Annual Review will have their scholarship suspended or terminated for the following academic year. For more information, please see the attached Measures for the Annual Review of Chinese Government Scholarships.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES OF CHINESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS
The Chinese Ministry of Education developed the Chinese Government Scholarship scheme in accordance with educational exchange agreements or understandings achieved by the Chinese government and foreign governments, educational organisations, institutions, and relevant international organisations. International students and scholars can apply for full or partial scholarships from the Chinese government. The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is in charge of international student recruiting as well as the day-to-day operation of the Chinese Government Scholarship programme.
1.Categories of Applicants and Duration of Scholarship
Categories of Applicants
Duration of Major Studies
Duration of Chinese Language Pre-session
Duration of Scholarship
Master’s degree students
Doctoral degree students
Chinese language students
Up to 2
Up to 2
Senior visiting scholars
Up to 2
Prior to main studies, Chinese Language Pre-sessions are scheduled. Chinese Language Pre-sessions will not be offered if the major courses for Doctoral and Master’s degree students are taught in English. At the time of admission, the length of the scholarship is set.
2.Application Approach and Time
Applicants can apply to Chinese diplomatic missions or local agencies in their home countries that are in charge of sending students overseas. The application process normally begins in January and ends in mid-April.
Applicants must be non-Chinese nationals in good health in order to be considered.
2) Education requirements and age restrictions:
a. Applicants for undergraduate studies must be under the age of 25 and have completed high school with good grades.
b. Applicants for Master’s degree programs must have a Bachelor’s degree and be under 35 years old.
c. Applicants for Doctoral degree studies must hold a Master’s degree and be under 40 years old.
d. Students studying Chinese must have completed high school and be under the age of 35.
a. Visiting scholar candidates must be under the age of 45 and have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies.
f. Senior visiting scholar applicants must be under the age of 50 and hold a Masters degree or higher, or hold academic titles of Associate Professor or higher.
4. Scholarship Standards
4. Scholarship Requirements
1) Full scholarship: a. —Registration and tuition expenses waived, as well as free basic learning materials and housing.
a. —International Students’ Medical Insurance
c. —The institution pays students a monthly living allowance at the following rates (in RMB yuan per month):
800 undergraduates, 1,100 Chinese Language students, 800 Master’s degree students, and 800 Visiting Scholars (undergraduates who have completed at least two years or university graduates: 1,100)
1,400 doctoral students and Senior Visiting Scholars
d. — Subsidy for settlement (one-time and after registration)
RMB 300 yuan for new students studying in China for no more than six months; RMB 600 yuan for new students studying in China for one or more academic year(s); RMB 700 yuan for new students studying in China for one or more academic year(s) Part-time scholarship: one or more of the above-mentioned full-time scholarship elements (one-time settlement subsidy and one-time inter-city travel allowance are not included).
5. Application documents
The following paperwork must be filled out completely and accurately by the applicants.
1) Chinese Government Scholarship Application Form (printed by CSC). In Chinese or English, one original and one photocopy
2). Photocopy of highest diploma that has been notarized. If applicants are university students or already employed, they must submit proof of their status as students or on-post employees. Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be accompanied by translations in Chinese or English.
3). Undergraduate applicants must submit a notarized copy of their high school transcripts. Applicants for other categories must submit notarized transcripts that are relevant to their application. Other than Chinese and English, transcripts must be accompanied by Chinese or English translations.
4). In Chinese or English, a study or research plan (no less than 200 words for undergraduates, no less than 400 words for visiting scholars, no less than 500 words for postgraduates).
5). Applicants for Master’s or Doctoral degree programs, as well as Senior Visiting Scholars, must submit two letters of recommendation from professors or associate professors written in Chinese or English. Applicants for Master’s or Doctoral degree studies in China must submit the Chinese higher education institution’s Admission Notice.
6). Music major applicants are required to present one cassette recording of their own work. Applicants for the fine arts must submit six color images of their own original works (two sketches, two colored paintings and two other types of works).
7). Photocopy of an English-filled Foreigner Physical Examination Form (issued by the Chinese quarantine administration). All of the items on the Foreigner Physical Examination Form must be covered by the medical examinations. Incomplete records, as well as those lacking the signature of the attending physician, the hospital’s official stamp, or the applicants’ sealed pictures, are void. The results of the medical examination will be valid for six months. It is recommended that all applicants consider this while deciding when to undergo the medical examination.
By April 30th, 2004, the above documents should have arrived at CSC via Chinese diplomatic missions in the applicants’ home countries or Chinese embassies in the applicants’ home countries. Individual applications are not accepted by CSC.
6.Selection of Institutions and Specialty
From the 94 Chinese Scholarship institutions authorized by the Ministry of Education of China, applicants may select three institutions and one specialization as personal preferences. For more information, please visit CSC’s website (http://www.csc.edu.cn) or the Directory of Chinese Institutions Admitting International Students Under the Chinese Government Scholarship (hereafter referred to as the Directory). Applicants must choose only from the institutions and specialties indicated in the Directory when filling out their choices.
7. Recruitment and Notification
According to the applicants’ preferences, CSC will analyze all application documents and transmit the qualified ones to the applied institutions. Applied institutions will make the final decision on whether or not to accept the applicants. Please send the necessary admission letters as a reference to the host institution if the applicant has contacted and been accepted by an institution (mentioned in the Directory) prior to application.
If the candidates are not qualified according to the recruitment regulations or the application materials are incomplete, the application will be considered void and will not be processed. In most cases, finalized placements, specialties, and study durations cannot be modified.
With an endorsement from China’s Ministry of Education, scholarship applicants accepted by Chinese institutions will be formally confirmed as Chinese Government Scholarship students.
By July 31, CSC will submit the List of Enrolled Students, Admission Notice, and Visa Application Form for Study in China (JW201) to the appropriate dispatching authorities, who will then transfer the documents to the students.
8. Contact Information
China Scholarship Council
Address: No. 160 Fuxingmennei Street, Beijing 100031, P. R. China
Tel: 86-10-66413253, 66413132
E-mail: [email protected]