Introduction to Chinese Government Scholarships

In
order to promote the mutual understanding, cooperation and exchanges in various
fields between China and other countries, the Chinese government has set up a
series of scholarship programs to sponsor international students, teachers and
scholars to study and conduct research in Chinese universities.

China
Scholarship Council (hereinafter referred to as CSC),
entrusted by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China
(hereinafter referred to as MOE), is responsible for
the enrollment and the administration of Chinese Government
Scholarship programs.

Now, 289 designated Chinese universities offer a
wide variety of academic programs in science,
engineering, agriculture,
medicine, economics, legal studies, management, education,
history, literature,
philosophy, and fine
arts for scholarship recipients
at all levels.

I   CHINESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

1.   Bilateral
Program

This includes full
or partial scholarships in accordance with the educational exchange agreements
or consensus between the Chinese government and
governments of other countries,
institutions, universities or international organizations. It
supports undergraduate students, graduate students, general scholars and senior
scholars.

Applicants shall
apply to the dispatching authorities for overseas study of their
home countries.

2.  Chinese
University Program

This is a full
scholarship for designated Chinese universities and certain provincial education
offices in specific provinces or autonomous regions to recruit outstanding
international students for graduate studies in China. It only supports undergraduates, postgraduate students and doctoral students.

Applicants shall apply to the designated Chinese universities
undertaking this program.

3.   Great
Wall Program

This is a full
scholarship for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) to sponsor students and scholars in developing countries
to study and research in China. It only supports general scholars and senior
scholars.

Applicants shall
apply to the National Commissions for UNESCO in their
home countries.

4.   EU
Program

This is a full
scholarship to encourage students from EU member countries to study and
research in China in order to promote mutual understanding between China and EU
members. It supports undergraduate students, graduate students, general scholars
and senior scholars.

Applicants shall
apply to the Office for Education and Culture, Mission of
the P. R. China to the European Union.

5.   AUN
Program

This is a full
scholarship for the ASEAN University Network (AUN) to sponsor students,
teachers and scholars from ASEAN member nations to study in China and to enhance
the academic exchange and mutual understanding between China and ASEAN members.
It only supports graduates.

Applicants shall
apply to AUN Secretariat.

6.   PIF Program

This is a full
scholarship to sponsor students from Pacific island countries to study in
China. It supports undergraduates, graduates,
general scholars and senior scholars.

Applicants shall
apply to Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat.

7.   WMO
Program

This is
scholarship  for the World Meteorological
Organization (WMO) to sponsor international students to study and conduct
research in meteorology, hydrology, and water resources supervision and management
in China. It only supports undergraduates and graduates.

Applicants shall
apply to WMO.

II  SUPPORTING CATEGORIES,
DURATION, INSTRUCTION LANGUAGE, INSTITUTIONS
ANDMAJORS

Supporting
Categories

Chinese Government
Scholarship programs sponsor international students, teachers and scholars to undertake
degree studies (bachelor, master and PhD) and Chinese
language study or academic research in institutions of
higher education in China.

Duration

Chinese Government
Scholarship covers both major study and Chinese language (preparatory) study.
The table below illustrates the duration of each program.

Supporting
Categories

Major Study(year)

Chinese Language(Preparatory Study)(year)

Duration of

Scholarship(year)

Undergraduate
students

4-5

1- 2

4-7

Master’s
students

2-3

1- 2

2-5

Doctoral
students

3-4

1- 2

3-6

General scholars

up to 1

up to 1

up to 2

Senior scholars

up to 1

up to 1

up to 2

Instruction
Language

1.   Undergraduate
scholarship recipients must register for Chinese-taught credit courses. They
are required to take one-year preparatory courses in one of the 10 universities
listed below and to pass the required test before moving on to their major
studies.

Undergraduate
scholarship recipients can apply for preparatory course exemption if they completed their secondary education in
Chinese or have a valid HSK certificate that meets the requirements of the host
university. Official documents from secondary schools or a photocopy of a valid
HSK certificate must be submitted for a preparatory course exemption
application. Please NOTE that HSK results are valid for only 2 years.

Entrusted
by MOE, the following 10 universities offer preparatory courses to
undergraduate scholarship recipients. They are Tianjin University, Nanjing
Normal University, Shandong University, Central China Normal University, Tongji
University, Beijing Language and Culture University, Northeast Normal
University, Beijing International Studies University, Capital Normal University,
and the University of International Business and Economics.

2.   Graduate
and non-degree scholarship students can register for either the Chinese-taught
program or the English-taught program if applicable. Program Search (By
visiting http://www.csc.edu.cn/studyinchina or http://www.campuschina.org)can help you find the program and
university you’re interested in.

Scholarship
recipients of Chinese-taught programs without adequate Chinese proficiency must
take Chinese language courses for one to two academic years to reach the
language requirements of their host universities before moving on to their
major studies. Failure to reach the required language proficiency will lead to
the automatic termination of scholarship. Chinese language courses will be one
year for majors in Science, Engineering, Agriculture, West Medicine, Economics,
Management, Legal Studies and Fine Arts, and be no more than two years for majors
in Literature, History, Philosophy and Chinese Medicine.

Scholarship
recipients of the English-taught programs or those with adequate Chinese
language proficiency do not need to take Chinese language courses.

Institutions and Majors:

Now 289 Chinese
universities have been designated to enroll international students with Chinese
Government Scholarship, and they offer a wide variety of programs. Introduction
to the universities and the programs they offer can be found in the following
links.

http://www.csc.edu.cn/studyinchina

http://www.campuschina.org

III   COVERAGE and STANDARD

Supporting Categories

Field of Study

Tuition(CNY per year)

Accommodation(CNY per
year)

Stipend(CNY per year)

Medical Insurance

(CNY per
year)

Total

(CNY per year)

Undergraduate students

I

20000

8400

30000

800

59200

II

23000

8400

30000

800

62200

III

27000

8400

30000

800

66200

Master’s students/ General scholars

I

25000

8400

36000

800

70200

II

29000

8400

36000

800

74200

III

34000

8400

36000

800

79200

Doctoral students/ Senior scholars

I

33000

12000

42000

800

87800

II

38000

12000

42000

800

92800

III

45000

12000

42000

800

99800

NOTE: Field of Study I includes Philosophy, Economics, Legal Studies, Education, Literature (Fine Arts excluded), History, and Management;
Field of Study II includes Science, Engineering, and Agriculture; Field of
Study III includes Fine Arts and Medicine.

1.  Full
Scholarship covers

  • Tuition
    waiver.
    Tuition funds will be comprehensively used by the host university. It may cover
    scholarship students’ education, administration costs and expenditures to
    support student activities.

Accommodation:
free university dormitory or accommodation subsidy.

If the host
university requires students to live on campus, the university will accommodate
the scholarship students in a university dormitory (usually a twin room); if
the host university permits students to live off campus, the university will
provide monthly/quarterly accommodation subsidy:

undergraduate
students (preppies), master’s
students(general scholars):
CNY 700 per month;

doctoral
students (senior scholars):
CNY 1000 per month.

Stipend:

Undergraduate students: CNY 2,500 per
month;

Master’s students/general scholars: CNY
3,000 per month;

Doctoral students/senior scholars: CNY
3,500 per month.

Within
the scholarship duration, registered scholarship students will receive a
stipend from their host university each month. Students registering on or
before the 15thof the month will receive a full stipend of that
month. Those who register after the 15thof the month will receive a
half stipend of that month. Graduating
students will receive stipend until half month after the graduation date. If registered student stays out of China
for more than 15 days due to a personal reason (school holidays excluded), his
stipend will be stopped during his leaving.

Comprehensive medical insurance. (Please
visit http://www.csc.edu.cn/studyinchina or http://www.campuschina.org and refer to Comprehensive
Insurance & Protection Scheme for Foreigners Staying in China for insurance policy.)

2.  Partial
scholarship covers

One or some items
of the full scholarship.

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