Chinese Government Scholarship
Chinese Government Scholarship scheme was established by the Ministry of Education of China in accordance with educational exchangeagreements or understandings reached between the Chinese government and the governments of other countries, educational organ, institutions and relevantinternational organizations to provide full scholarship and partial scholarshipto international students and scholars. China Scholarship Council administers the recruitment of international students and the routine management of theChinese Government Scholarship scheme.
According to the regulation of MOEC, all Chinese Government Scholarship bachelor students will be conducted in Chinese.Applicants with no command of Chinese are generally required to take Chinese language courses for 1-2 years before their major studies. If the courses fordoctoral and master degree students could be conducted in English, remedial Chinese study will not be arranged. Duration for scholarship specified at thetime of admission could NOT be extended in principle.
In order to promote the mutual understanding, cooperation andexchanges 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 (hereinafterreferred to as MOE), is responsible for the enrollment and the administration of Chinese Government Scholarship programs. Now, 279 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 atall levels.
I CHINESE GOVERNMENTSCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
1. Bilateral Program
This includes full or partial scholarships in accordance with the educational exchange agreements orconsensus between the Chinese government and governments of other countries,institutions, universities or international organizations. It supports undergraduate students, graduate students, general scholars and seniorscholars. Applicants shall apply to the dispatching authorities for overseasstudy of their home countries.
2. Chinese University Program
This is a full scholarship fordesignated Chinese universities and certain provincial education offices inspecific provinces or autonomous regions to recruit outstanding internationalstudents for graduate studies in China. It only supports graduate students. Applicantsshall apply to the designated Chinese universities undertaking this program.
3. Great Wall Program
This is a full scholarship for theUnited Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to sponsor students andscholars in developing countries to study and research in China. It only supports general scholars and senior scholars. Applicants shall apply to theNational Commissions for UNESCO in their homecountries.
4. EU Program
This is a full scholarship toencourage students from EU member countries to study and research in China inorder to promote mutual understanding between China and EU members. It supportsundergraduate students, graduate students, general scholars and seniorscholars. 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 theASEAN University Network (AUN) to sponsor students, teachers and scholars from ASEAN member nations to study in China and to enhance the academic exchange andmutual understanding between China and ASEAN members. It only supportsgraduates. Applicants shall apply to AUN Secretariat.
6. PIF Program
This is a full scholarship to sponsorstudents from Pacific island countries to study in China. It supports undergraduates, graduates, general scholars and senior scholars.
Applicants shall apply to PacificIslands Forum (PIF) Secretariat.
7. WMO Program
This is a partial scholarship (includinga tuition fee waiver, free on-campus accommodation and Comprehensive Medical Insurance) for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to sponsorinternational 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 AND MAJORS
Chinese Government Scholarship programs sponsor international students, teachers and scholars to undertake degree studies (bachelor, masterand PhD) and Chinese language study or academic research in institutions ofhigher education in China.
Chinese Government Scholarship covers both major study andChinese language (preparatory) study. The table below illustrates the durationof each program.
Chinese Language(Preparatory Study)(year)
up to 1
up to 1
up to 2
up to 1
up to 1
up to 2
1. Undergraduate scholarship recipients must register forChinese-taught credit courses. They are required to take one-year preparatorycourses in one of the 10 universities listed below and to pass the requiredtest before moving on to their major studies.
Undergraduate scholarship recipients can apply forpreparatory course exemption if they completed their secondary education inChinese or have a valid HSK certificate that meets the requirements of the hostuniversity. Official documents from secondary schools or a photocopy of a validHSK certificate must be submitted for a preparatory course exemptionapplication. Please NOTE that HSK results are valid for only 2 years.
Entrusted by MOE, the following 10 universities offerpreparatory courses to undergraduate scholarship recipients. They are Tianjin University, Nanjing Normal University, Shandong University, Central China Normal University, Tongji University, Beijing Language and CultureUniversity, Northeast Normal University, Beijing International StudiesUniversity,Capital Normal University, and the University ofInternational Business and Economics.
2. Graduate and non-degree scholarship students can registerfor either the Chinese-taught program or the English-taught program ifapplicable. Program Search (By visiting http://www.csc.edu.cn/laihua or http://www.campuschina.org) can help you find theprogram and university you're interested in.
Scholarship recipients of Chinese-taught programs withoutadequate Chinese proficiency must take Chinese language courses for one to twoacademic years to reach the language requirements of their host universitiesbefore moving on to their major studies. Failure to reach the required languageproficiency 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 Chineselanguage courses.
Institutions and Majors
Now 279 Chinese universities have been designated to enroll international students with Chinese Government Scholarship, and they offer awide variety of programs. Introduction to the universities and the programsthey offer can be found in the following links.
III COVERAGE AND STANDARD
Field of Study
Tuition(CNY per year)
Accommodation(CNY per year)
Stipend(CNY per year)
(CNY per year)
(CNY per year)
Master’s students/ General scholars
Doctoral students/ Senior scholars
NOTE: Field of Study I includes Philosophy, Economics, LegalStudies, Education, Literature (Fine Arts excluded), History, and Management;Field of Study II includes Science, Engineering, and Agriculture; Field ofStudy 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 accommodationsubsidy.
If the host university requires students to live on campus,the university will accommodate the scholarship students in a universitydormitory (usually a twin room); if the host university permits students tolive off campus, the university will provide monthly/quarterly accommodationsubsidy:
undergraduate students (preppies), master students (generalscholars): CNY 700 per month;
doctoral students (senior scholars): CNY 1000 per month.
Undergraduate students: CNY 2,500 per month;
Master students/general scholars: CNY 3,000 per month;
Doctoral students/senior scholars: CNY 3,500 per month.
Within the scholarship duration, registered scholarshipstudents will receive a stipend from their host university each month. Studentsregistering on or before the 15th of the month will receive a full stipend ofthat month. Those who register after the 15th of the month will receive a halfstipend of that month. Graduating students will receive stipend until halfmonth after the graduation date. If registered student stays out of China formore than 15 days due to a personal reason (school holidays excluded), hisstipend will be stopped during his leaving.
Comprehensive medical insurance. (Please visit http://www.csc.edu.cn/laihua orhttp://www.campuschina.org and refer to Comprehensive Insurance &Protection Scheme for Foreigners Staying in Chinafor insurance policy.)
2. Partial scholarship covers
One or some items of the full scholarship.
prospective working institution. Applicant should hold abachelor’s degree or its equivalent, a minimum score of 180 in HSK Test (Level3), and a minimum score of 60 in HSKK Test (Beginner Level).
3. Scholarship for Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Chinese toSpeakers of Other Languages (BTCSOL) Students
This category provides a sponsorship for 4 academic years.Applicant should hold a
4. Scholarship for One-Academic-Year Study Students
This category provides a sponsorship for 11 months.Application is open to Confucius Institute (Classroom) students, overseasChinese language teachers, Chinese language major students and excellentperformers in HSK test. International students who are now studying in Chinaare not eligible for the scholarship. Applicant should have a minimum score of180 in HSK Test (Level 3), and 60 in HSKK test (Beginner Level). Alternatively,applicant should hold a minimum score of 180 in BCT (A) , and a minimum scoreof 180 BCT (Speaking).