Awards  to American Students for Study in Chinese Universities

This  scholarship program is being offered by the Chinese Education Bureau which is an  agency of the Chinese Government.  The  purpose of this program is to attract American students to study in China to  deepen the cooperative relationship between universities in China and  universities in America and achieve the goal proposed by President Obama to have   “100,000 American students  studying in China,” in the next four  years.

Up  to 10,000 tuition scholarships will be awarded. (Awards do not include  transportation, or room and board.)

There  are two types of scholarships.  One is  for Masters Level Study in China, in a full-time, degree-granting program.  The other one is for undergraduate academic  credit in a course that lasts for at least three months.

To  qualify for scholarships at the Masters level:

1.Students  must be admitted to a program of study in a Chinese  university;

2.Students  may not already be receiving need-based support from the university.  (They may have merit-based awards.)  

3.Applicants  must register on line (   After completing the electronic form, they must download and sign their  name and hand in the form to the Chinese university where they plan to study.  

Application Guide to Shanghai Government Scholarship for  International Students

In order to further the development of international  students education and attract more outstanding prospective international  students to study in Shanghai, Shanghai Municipal(hereinafter referred to  Scholarship)since 2005.It is established to fund distinctive prospective  international students to pursue bachelor’s or above degree levels at higher  educational institutions in  Shanghai.

1.  Categories, Details and  Eligibility

1.Categories  and Details

Shanghai Government Scholarship for International  Students is divided into Class A, Class B and Class C.

Class A (Full Scholarship) is  established to fund excellent prospective students applying for postgraduate  programs in Shanghai. The scholarship will fund the  recipients to cover their full tuition, living expenses and Comprehensive  Medical Insurance Students in China during their study  period.

Class B (Partial Scholarship) is  established to fund excellent prospective students applying for undergraduate or  above leveled degree programs in Shanghai. The scholarship will fund the  recipients to cover their full tuition during their study period, while the  living expenses and Comprehensive Medical Insurance for International Students  inChinawill be funded by the  recipients themselves.

Class C (Excellent Student Award) is  established to encourage the currently enrolled excellent international students  who are pursuing long-term study at higher educational institutions in  Shanghai. The  recipients will receive a one-off scholarship in an academic  year.



(1)Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens in good  health.

(2)Educational Background and Age  Limit

-Applicants of bachelor’s  programs must have graduated from senior high school and under the age of  25.

-Applicants of master’s programs must have bachelor’s  degree and be under the age of 35.

-Applicants of doctoral programs must have master’s  degree and be under the age of 40.

(3) Outstanding in academic performance.  

(4) Meeting the language requirement of the prospective  degree program.

(5) Meeting the entry requirements of the applied  university and program.

(6) Not being awarded any other Chinese government  scholarships at the same time.


2. Application and  Review

Shanghai Municipal Education Commission has appointed the  higher educational institutions of Shanghai Government Scholarship to deal with  scholarship application, review, admission and education of international  students. One can contact the appointed university directly, requesting  application form and the relevant application materials. Applicants should send  all the application documents to the university before the application deadline.  The university will check the application materials submitted by applicants.  Those who do not meet the application qualifications or have not submitted  complete application materials will be considered as invalid applications and  not be processed. Applications which have met the qualifications will be under  review.


University Review Committee on Scholarship for  International Students will review the application packages of qualified  applicants according to the Detailed Rules on the Review of Scholarship. The  university will send a written notice with the final decision to the applicants  within 2 months after the application deadline. The university will send out  Admission Notice and Notification to Scholarship Recipients. The recipients are  not permitted to change their institutions, specialties or the duration of study  specified in the Admission Notice. Otherwise, it will be regarded as abandonment  of the scholarship.


The university will guide the scholarship recipients with  visa application, registration and other relevant procedures.


In order to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese people and people from the whole world, and to develop cooperation and exchange in fields of education, science, culture, economy and trade between China and other countries, Chinese government has set up a series of scholarship schemes to sponsor international students and scholars to undertake studies and research in Chinese institutions of higher education.

The Ministry of Education of China (hereinafter referred to as MOEC) is responsible for the provision of Chinese government scholarships, and it entrusts China Scholarship Council (hereinafter referred to as CSC) to administer the recruitment of international students and the routine management of Chinese Government Scholarship Programmes.
International students under Chinese Government Scholarship Programmes will be placed in Chinese institutions of higher education designated by MOEC. Various specialties in science, technology, agronomy, medicine, economics, laws, management, education, history, liberal arts and philosophy are available to international students in these institutions.
We welcome outstanding students, scholars and teachers from all countries coming to study or undertake research in institutions of higher education in China.
Chinese Government Scholarship Programme and Application
1.    Chinese Government Scholarship Scheme (Recruitment Quota Specified on MOEC Scholarship Scheme)
It was established by MOEC in accordance with educational exchange agreements or understandings reached between Chinese government and governments of other countries, education organs, institutions and relevant international organizations to provide both full scholarships and partial scholarships to international students and scholars. The scheme supports students who come to study in China as undergraduates, postgraduates, Chinese language students, general scholars and senior scholars. Applicants may apply for the scholarship through the competent authorities, appointed institutions or the Chinese diplomatic missions in their home countries.
2.    CHINA/UNESCO – the Great Wall Fellowship Scheme (25 scholarships available in 2008)
This is a full scholarship scheme set up by MOECfor candidates recommended by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Scholarships for general scholar and senior scholar are eligible. Applicants may apply to the UNESCO National Committee in the applicant’s home country.
3.    Study in Asia Scholarship Scheme (20 scholarships available in 2008)
It is a full scholarship scheme established by MOEC to stimulate the mobility of Asian students and scholars in Asian area, to strengthen mutual understanding among the people from Asian countries,to develop cooperation and exchange in fields of education, and to promote Asian education quality. Applicants may apply to the Chinese diplomatic missions in the applicant’s home country.
4.  Chinese Government Scholarship program (EU Window) (100 scholarships available in 2008)
It is a full scholarship scheme set up by MOEC for European youth from senior middle school or college to learn Chinese in China. Applicants may apply to Mission of P. R China to the European Union. CSC does not accept individual applications.
5.    Distinguished International Students Scholarship Scheme (100 scholarships available in 2008)
It is a full scholarship scheme established by MOEC to sponsor outstanding international students who have finished their Bachelor’s or Master’s education in China and have been enrolled by designated Chinese institutions as Master’s or Doctoral candidates or are now carrying out their Master’s or Doctoral studies in those institutions. Applicants may apply to CSC for the scholarship through recommendation of their host institutions.
6.    Chinese Culture Research Fellowship Scheme (30 scholarships available in 2008)
The scheme was established by MOEC to sponsor overseas scholars and specialists of Chinese culture to conduct short-term research in China. Applicants may apply to CSC through the recommendation of relevant Chinese institutions of higher education, authorities or the Chinese diplomatic missions in their home countries or directly to CSC.
7.    Short-term Scholarship Scheme for Foreign Teachers of Chinese Language (Recruitment Quota Specified on MOEC Scholarship Scheme)
It was established by MOECto sponsor international teachers of Chinese language to do short-term training and research in China. Applicants may apply to CSC through the Chinese diplomatic missions in their home countries or directly to CSC.
Details of the Chinese Government Scholarships
1.    Chinese Government Scholarship is divided into full scholarship and partial scholarship.
1)Full scholarship:
-      Exempt from registration fee, tuition fee, fee for laboratory experiment, fee for internship, fee for basic learning materials and intramural accommodation;
-      Living allowance and a one-off settlement subsidy;
-      Fee for outpatient medical service, Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Benefit Plan for International Students in China;
-      A hard-seat train ticket between the port of entry on registration or the port of departure on graduation and the city where the host university or the university of Chinese language studies(or the university of preparatory education) is located (a hard-berth train ticket for over-night trip).
2)Partial scholarship: One or some items of the full scholarship (one-off settlement subsidy and one-off inter-city travel allowance not included).
3)International travel expenses: Applicants are expected to meet their own international travel expenses unless it is set otherwise in bilateral agreements or arrangements.
For more information about the above scholarships, please refer Application Procedures.
Application for Chinese Government Scholarships
1.    Application and Recruitment
The application season for the Chinese Government Scholarship Program is from January to April 2008. Details on the application procedures should be consulted directly to the dispatching organization in the applicant’s home country.
2.    Scholarship Application
Applicants should meet the basic qualifications prescribed in the Application Procedures, and must fill in the application forms strictly in accordance with requirements. They also need to provide relevant application materials including notarized photocopies of diplomas, transcripts, study plan, health certificate and recommendation letters. Application materials for scholarships must reach CSC before the deadline as specified in Application Procedures via the embassy in China or the Chinese diplomatic missions in the applicant’s home country. Application materials arrived after the deadline will not be processed. Please check the attached Application Procedures for details.
Application materials will not be returned regardless of the result of application. Documents such as original diplomas and original Foreign Physical Examination Form must NOT be sent as application materials.
3.    Choice of Institutions of Higher Education and Specialty
Applicants for Chinese Government Scholarships must choose their host institutions and specialties from the institutions of higher education designated by MOEC. Please check the Directory of the Chinese Institutions Admitting International Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Programme or the website of CSC ( for details.
4.    Language Used in Teaching
The Chinese institutions of higher education generally use Chinese as instruction language. Applicants with no command of Chinese are generally required to take Chinese language courses for 1-2 years before their major studies. In some institutions, some courses set for general scholars, senior scholars and postgraduate students can be conducted in English. Please refer Directory of the Chinese Institutions Admitting International Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Programme for details.
5.    Preparatory Education held in Chinese institutions of higher education
According to the regulation of MOEC, applicants from the scheme-specified countries who are to pursue the bachelor degree of science and technology, engineering, agronomy, medicine and economics are required to take a one-year foundation course(preparatory education), which cover the fundamentals of Chinese language, mathematics, physics and chemistry. The students who are qualified in the foundation course could start their undergraduate studies on time as specified on their Admission Notice. CSC entrusts Tianjin University,Nanjing Normal University and Shandong University to set the foundation class in 2008.
Recruitment of Scholarship Students
1.    CSC will review all the application materials sent by the appointed authorities. CSC is authorized to make necessary adjustments on the proposed institutions, specialties and duration of the applicant’s study in China. The application will not be processed if it is inconsistent with the recruitment requirements or the application materials are incomplete.
2.    Qualified applications will be forwarded to the institutions and the final decision whether to admit the applicants or not will be made by them. If the applicant has been accepted by an institution (122 institutions specified by MOEC listed in the Directory) prior to application, the applicant is required to enclose the relevant admission letters.
3.    Scholarship applicants accepted by Chinese institutions of higher education will be officially awarded the Chinese Government Scholarship with endorsement from CSC and submitted to MOEC for the record.
4.    CSC will send the List of Accepted Students, Admission Notice and Visa Application Form for Study In China (JW201) to the relevant dispatching authorities by July 31, so as to have the documents forwarded to the students.
Visa Application and Registration in China
1.    Visa Application
Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Program should apply for 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 andvalid ordinary passport. Those whose study period in China is above 6 month needs to apply for “X” visa, and those who shall stay in China for less than 6 months (including 6 months) should apply for “F” visa. The scholarship students must enter China with the original copies of the above documents. Whoever comes to China with other types of passports, visas or without the original documents will not be able to register with the institution, nor will they be able to apply for residence permit in China.
2.    Registration
International students must register with the institution at the time specified in the Admission Notice. Those who are unable to register on time must seek permission from the institution directly. Those who fail to register without the prior consent of the institution will be considered as voluntarily giving up the enrollment and the scholarship will automatically be withdrawn.
3.    Health Verification and Residence Registration
Health verification: Scholarship holders who are to stay in China for more than 6 months are requested to bring their passports, Admission Notice, and the original copies of Foreigner Physical Examination Form and the Blood Test Reportto the local quarantine office within the set time to have their medical examination verified. International students whose Foreigner Physical Examination Form do not meet the requirement will have to re-take medical examination. Those who refuse to re-take the medical examination or are diagnosed as suffering from diseases that are not permitted to enter China under the Chinese laws and regulations will be required to leave China.
Residence registration: After the health verification, the scholarship holders must apply for residence permit to the local police authority within 30 days on their arrival with their passports, Admission Notice and Visa Application Form for Study In China (JW201).
The costs of medical examination , the international travel and residence registration should be born by the international students themselves.
Transfer SERVICE
The Transfer Service Station for Chinese Government Scholarship students will provide free transfer service (including intramural accommodation, hard-seat or hard-berth train ticket and necessary medical service)to new full-scholarship students who have to make a stopover in Beijing between August 25th and September 15th. And meanwhile intramural accommodation and necessary medical service will respectively provide for the partial scholarship students whose scholarship covers accommodation or medical service. The embassies in China or Chinese diplomatic missions concerned are kindly requested to give the Transfer Service Station one week in advance the notice of arrival date as well as the numbers of flight or train.


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