Chinese Government Scholarship
In order to promote the mutual understanding, cooperation and exchanges in politics, economy, culture, education, and trade 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 research in Chinese universities.
China Scholarship Council (hereinafter referred to as CSC), entrusted by the Ministry of Education of People’s Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as MOE), is responsible for the enrollment and administration of Chinese Government Scholarship programs.
Academic programs of Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine, Economics, Law, Management, Education, History, Literature, Philosophy and Arts in 252 designated Chinese universities are available to scholarship winners.
CHINESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
Chinese Government Scholarship supports the following 7 programs.
1. Bilateral Program
This includes full or partial scholarships in accordance with educational exchange agreements or MOUs between the Chinese government and governments of other countries, institutions, universities and international organizations. It supports undergraduate programs, master’s programs, doctoral programs, general scholar programs and senior scholar programs.
Applicants shall apply to the dispatching authorities for overseas study in their home countries.
2. Chinese University Program
A full scholarship to support Chinese universities in specific provinces or autonomous regions to recruit outstanding international students for graduate studies in China. It only supports master’s programs and doctoral programs.
Applicants shall apply to the designated Chinese universities undertaking this program.
3. Great Wall Program
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 scholar programs and senior scholar programs.
Applicants shall apply to the National Commissions for UNESCO in their home countries.
4. EU Program
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 programs, master’s programs, doctoral programs, general scholar programs and senior scholar programs.
Applicants shall apply to the Office for Education and Culture, Mission of P. R. China to the European Union.
5. AUN Program
A full scholarship for ASEAN University Network (AUN) to enhance the academic exchange and mutual understanding between China and ASEAN members. It only supports master’s programs and doctoral programs.
Applicants shall apply to AUN Secretariat.
A full scholarship to encourage students from Pacific island countries to study in China. It supports undergraduate programs, master’s programs, doctoral programs, general scholar programs and senior scholar programs.
Applicants shall apply to Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat.
A partial scholarship (including a tuition fee waiver, free on-campus accommodation and Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Protection Scheme) to sponsor international students to study and research in meteorology, hydrology, and water resources supervision and management in China. It only supports undergraduate programs and graduate programs.
Applicants shall apply to World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Chinese Government Scholarship covers both major study and Chinese language (preparatory) study. The table below illustrates the duration of each program.
Chinese language (preparatory) study
up to 2
up to 2
up to 2
General scholar programs
up to 1
up to 1
up to 2
Senior scholar programs
up to 1
up to 1
up to 2
Language of Instruction
1. Instruction Language for undergraduate programs.
Chinese is the only instruction language for undergraduate programs. Scholarship recipients of undergraduate programs must take one-year preparatory courses in designated universities and pass the required test before major studies.
Currently, MOE entrusts Tianjin University, Nanjing Normal University, Shandong University, Central China Normal University, Tongji University, Beijing Language and Culture University, Northeast Normal University, and Beijing International Studies University to offer preparatory courses.
Recipients can apply for preparatory course exemption if they
● complete their secondary education in Chinese.
● have valid HSK certificate that meets the requirement of the host university.
Valid official documents from schools of secondary education or a photocopy of HSK certificate must be submitted for preparatory course exemption. Please NOTE that HSK results are valid for 2 years.
2. Instruction Language for graduate programs and non-degree programs.
Chinese universities generally offer graduate programs and non-degree programs in Chinese. Certain Chinese universities could offer graduate programs and non-degree courses in English. Please check the Directory of the Chinese Institutions Admitting International Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Program at www.csc.edu.cn/laihua or www.campuschina.org for program introductions.
● Scholarship recipients of Chinese-taught programs without adequate Chinese proficiency must take Chinese language training courses for one to two years to reach the language requirements of their host universities before major studies. Failure to reach the required language proficiency will lead to the automatic termination of scholarship. Recipients in such programs as Science, Engineering, Agriculture, West Medicine, Economics, Management, Law and Arts will take Chinese courses for one year. Recipients in Literature, History, Philosophy and Chinese Medicine will take Chinese courses for no more than two years.
● Scholarship recipients of English-taught programs or those with adequate Chinese language proficiency do not need to take Chinese language courses.
252 Chinese universities are designated by MOE to enroll international students with Chinese Government Scholarship. Please check the Directory of the Chinese Institutions Admitting International Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Program at www.csc.edu.cn/laihua, www.campuschina.org or www.studyinchina.edu.cn for an introduction to programs and universities available.
COVERAGE OF CHINESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP
● A fee waiver of registration, tuition, laboratory experiments, internship.
Cost of experiments or internships beyond the program curricular is at student’s own expense.
Cost of books or learning materials is at student’s own expense.
● Free on-campus dormitory accommodation.
● A living allowance at the following rates( per month),
undergraduates: CNY 2,500;
master’s students & general scholars: CNY 3,000;
doctoral students & senior scholars: CNY 3,500.
Scholarship recipients registering before the 15th of the registration month (the 15th included) will be granted the full living allowance of that month. Recipients registering after the 15th of the registration month will be granted half of the living allowance of that month.
● Outpatient medical service and Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Protection Scheme for International Students in China.
● One or some items of the full scholarship.
NOTE: Above is the current coverage of Chinese Government Scholarship. New standard shall apply in case of policy adjustment.
For more information, please check the website: http://www.csc.edu.cn/