3 Types of China Scholarship Programs for International Students

Over the past decade, China has established one of the largest higher education systems in the world. Chinese graduates dominate the largest numbers worldwide annually, with many excelling in different industries and fields. China is also home to top-tier universities that have kept moving upwards in major global university ranking tables.

Recognizing the role of quality education in national industrialization and social progress, the Chinese government offers numerous scholarships for resident and international students. In fact, China is one of the most generous countries providing scholarships to foreign students.

If you’re planning to study in China, learn more about China scholarship programs that you can apply for this 2020.

Register for a China Scholarship

Chinese universities are still accepting enrollments and scholarship applications for September 2020 intake

3 Types of Scholarships in China

1. Chinese Government Scholarships

CSC scholarships are one of the most common scholarships awarded to international students. Provided by the Chinese Scholarship Council, this type of government scholarship is a initiative of the Chinese Ministry of Education to promote education, cultural exchange, political cooperation and mutual understanding between other countries and China. CSC scholarships can be partially or full-funded.

The Chinese government also offers other scholarships such as the Confucius Institute scholarships, CAS-TWAS Scholarships, Chinese Provincial Government Scholarships and many more scholarships to international students.

Undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students who qualify for a government scholarship receive a monthly stipend, free tuition and free accommodation during their study.

2. Chinese university scholarships

The majority of universities in China offer scholarships for students. These scholarships can cover your tuition fees, as well as the cost of your accommodation.

Xiamen University for instance, is offering five different scholarships for international students so they can study in China. You can search for programs and universities offering scholarships this 2020 on our site.

3. Private scholarships

These types of scholarships are offered by distinguished alumni, big companies and charitable institutions. Independent scholarships can cover the full or partial tuition fee and are usually awarded to international students who have exemplary academic record.

How to Apply for a China Scholarship

You can apply for a China scholarship through the university of your choice (online application) and via the Chinese embassy in your home country.

Preparing the required documents is an important step to get a Chinese scholarship. In addition to providing soft copies of documents, you may also be required to provide hard copies for mailing.

Some of the most basic requirements include:

  • Notarized highest diploma
  • Academic transcripts
  • A study plan or research proposal
  • Recommendation letters
  • If planning to stay in China for more than 6 months, you must submit a photocopy of Foreigner Physical Examination Form (valid for 6 months)
  • Applicants with the Pre-admission Letter/Admission Letter from designated universities should enclose the letter in the application package

Chinese universities may require other documents as needed.

Apply for a China Scholarship with China Admissions

China Admissions is an official partner of many top-ranking universities in China. Through our Scholarship Application Service, we help you save time and effort, and increase your chances of getting accepted.

Note that we can’t guarantee that you can get awarded a scholarship but we can increase your chance by completing each step as best as possible, giving you immediate feedback and guiding you through the process.

Get real-time updates about scholarship information from China Admissions, or register your interest.

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