China Scholarships – The 2024 Guide 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 and there are currently over 50,000 international students in China with scholarships.

Check this article for more detailed information on every type of scholarship:

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How Much Are Chinese Scholarships Worth? 

There are partial and full scholarships. They can include a portion or all of the tuition fee, accommodation, and some will pay living expenses every month which can be worth up to $30,000 USD.

Types of Scholarships in China in 2024

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CSC Scholarships – 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.

CSC does not cover MBA programs, MBBS programs (MBBS have very limited scholarships), or those programs with a very high tuition fee. You will need to look at the other types of scholarships below.

NOTE: There are many different websites with information about CSC scholarships, but the official website of the Chinese Scholarship Council is: www.csc.edu.cn.

There are 279 different universities that can accept CSC scholarship students. The list is here.
In order to apply, you will need the agency number which you can find here.

For more, read here:  How to apply to the CSC Scholarship Step by Step

CSC Scholarships Explained in 6 minutes!

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Chinese Embassy Scholarships

Some students ask us about Chinese embassy scholarships. This is actually the Chinese Scholarship Council scholarship Type A which is handled by embassies all around the world (see the video above). You can read more here. The complete guide to apply to Chinese Embassy Scholarships/CSC Type A is here.

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.

Most of the time, these scholarships are offered to students who apply early, have high grades, or have other exceptional extracurriculars. You can increase your chance of winning a university scholarship by earning high scores in your classes, having relevant and exceptional work experience, or doing other activities like volunteering or research. Sometimes, you may also be asked to submit a formal application. Other times, the university will consider you automatically for such a scholarship.

United International College offers limited scholarships for academically exceptional students. Check it out here.

Xiamen University is offering five different scholarships for international students so they can study in China. The application process to apply for university scholarships is more simple than CSC scholarships. You can see the full list here.

Jiangsu University also offers all the students who apply through China Admissions a presidential scholarship. You can apply here.

SUSTech also has full undergraduate scholarships for the top-ranking students (very competitive scores in Maths and Sciences required).

There are 150+ university scholarships on the official Chinese school scholarship webpage, including for top universities like Peking University, Renmin University, Shandong University, and East China Normal University. See the whole list here.

To see more scholarships, you can search for programs on our website here, and see which programs have the “Scholarships Available” tag next to them like this:

MBA Program Scholarships

We have a complete list of MBA programs with scholarships: Click here.

There are 11 total MBAs with dozens of scholarship opportunities for you.

Confucius Institute Scholarships

The Confucius Institute Scholarships are another type of Chinese Government Scholarship. The Complete Guide to the Chinese Government Scholarship is here.

You can apply for the Confucius Institute Scholarships by applying to the university and the Confucius Institute website at the same time.

City Scholarships

tianjin city scholarship

Many cities have scholarships to attract more international students. Have a look at some of these scholarships here:
– Beijing City Scholarship
Jiangsu Jasmine Scholarship
Shanghai City Scholarships
Yiwu City Scholarship
– Liaoning Scholarships
Ningbo City Scholarship
– Hangzhou Government Scholarship

See the complete list here.

CCN Scholarships

China Campus Network is a consortium of Chinese universities. They offer an international foundation program in Chinese. After taking the program you can get a scholarship to study Bachelor’s in Chinese. You can learn more about CCN here and the scholarships here.

BLCC Scholarships

Beijing Language and Culture College also has a similar scholarship at Tianjin University. Learn more here

Private Scholarships / Others

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 an exemplary academic record.

Have a look at our list of scholarships in China here. It includes scholarships like British Council Scholarship

Can You Apply For Scholarships on China Admissions?

You cannot apply for scholarships on China Admissions. Chinese scholarships are awarded by the universities/Chinese government, so you will need to apply to these organizations directly.

We cannot help CSC Scholarship students apply to a university. We can help university scholarship or self-funded students apply.

Read more here: FAQ: Can You Apply for Scholarships on China Admissions?

Our Online Course: “How to get a Scholarship in China?”

You can also take our online course here where we share everything we’ve learned about how to get a scholarship. This is included in all the Scholarship packages above.

5 Tips to Apply for the Scholarship 

tips to get a chinese scholarship

1) Apply early – the application deadline is open for a limited time only, so you need to apply on time. There are often too many students applying and so it may be hard to get feedback. Apply to multiple universities and scholarships. It is very competitive so it is better to apply to numerous opportunities.

2) Contacts – Try to get in contact with someone from the university and/or embassy so they can check your application documents are correct.

3) Prepare Documents Carefully – Because there are so many students applying it is important that you prepare all your application documents correctly. If you do not prepare them correctly then your application may not be processed.

4) Learn Chinese! 

5) Get High Grades and a Good CV

Scholarships are often given to the most academically advanced students, high-achieving, ambitious, and exemplary students with good work experience, high scores, or unique project experience. Focus on keeping your grades up and being an involved student leader to increase your chances.

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Apply By Yourself

You can apply for the CSC scholarship yourself. Here is a step-by-step guide.

Preparing Application Documents

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.

Scholarship Agents & Guaranteed Scholarships

There are a number of agents around the world who are selling “Guaranteed Scholarships”. This can be for a fee of $1000 USD-$4000 USD + You can find these on Facebook, WeChat, and WhatsApp. This is especially common in countries that do not speak English.

However, some of these services are not genuine. Be very cautious when using these services. China Admissions does not offer guaranteed scholarships, you cannot buy a scholarship with us, and we do not recommend scholarship agents.

We believe it is better to be transparent and so we are trying our best to share all the information about scholarships so you are able to understand the process and apply by yourself. 

We do have some universities that we regularly send students for Scholarships, such as Beijing Foreign Studies University but we do our best to share this information on our platform and you do not need to pay any extra fee.

We can help you apply for scholarships as part of our general application services, but we can’t guarantee scholarships. You can learn more our our application services here.

Questions about Scholarships

FAQ: Can You Apply for Scholarships on China Admissions?

What scholarships are available in China?

One of the most common scholarships in China is the CSC government scholarship. This scholarship is available for degree programs (Bachelor, Master, PhD) for the September intake of each year. Application must be ready and submitted by the end of January each year.

This scholarship can be partially or fully-funded. If fully-funded, this scholarship funds your tuition fee, accommodation, insurance and monthly stipend of up to 3,000 RMB (about $450 USD).

If you study at a university with low tuition fee, you will save at least $27,000 USD for an average study time of three years. Awarding institutions want to make sure that only the best of the best receive the CSC scholarship. For this reason, application for this scholarship is highly competitive.

You can read more about scholarships and watch the video introduction here.

Am I eligible for a scholarship?

Scholarships are highly competitive. To increase your chances of getting a scholarship, you need to have atleast a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4 point scale (80 point GPA on a 100 point scale) or above to get a scholarship.

It is acceptable for your GPA to be slightly lower if your university ranks very high in a reliable world ranking publication. Reliable world rankings include QS rankings and the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings.

If you meet this first basic requirement, you can proceed to the next step, the application. In order to increase your chances, it is important to apply as early as possible!

If you don’t have a GPA of 3.3 or higher make sure to read this article.

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Content crafter at China Admissions with nine years of professional writing experience. Fil-Chinese who honors my heritage every day. On a fascinating journey exploring China and tracing my ancestry. See China through my lens.
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Asif Nawaz
Asif Nawaz
3 years ago

I want to study in China, how do I start?

Folley J kiazolu
Folley J kiazolu
3 years ago

I want to study in China, what’s the process?

Mobashir
Mobashir
3 years ago

Do Chinese universities offer fully-funded PhD programs in English?

Mobashir
Mobashir
3 years ago
Reply to  Christine Chiu

Yeah I have searched the universities, I was much interested in getting a scholarship here in China, can you please lead me there.

Shairq
Shairq
3 years ago
Reply to  Mobashir

did u get it how to apply.. if yes thn do help me out.. thanku

MAOMBI KYANDO
MAOMBI KYANDO
3 years ago

Please help me to get a scholarship on education.

Desmond Taniform
Desmond Taniform
3 years ago

I want a scholarship to study in china

M. HASSAN NAEEM
M. HASSAN NAEEM
3 years ago

What are the criteria to be awarded a scholarship? Is there a grade requirement (e.g. 85% marks in all subjects) or do you need to take a test?

Syeda uroosa
Syeda uroosa
1 year ago
Reply to  Christine Chiu

Hi,
Im looking for fully funded universities for BS IN 3d animation for my son please do inform how woulf i apply for

Savannah Billman
Savannah Billman
1 year ago
Reply to  Syeda uroosa

Hello, you can search programs and apply for them here: https://apply.china-admissions.com/search/

Waseem ullah
Waseem ullah
3 years ago

Hi, is there any fully-funded scholarship in the medical field for master’s level in government universities?

Last edited 3 years ago by Waseem ullah
Glory Agbe
Glory Agbe
3 years ago

I want to study in China, how do I go about it, please?

Habib U Rehman
Habib U Rehman
3 years ago

Hello, everyone!

Jen-Nie
Jen-Nie
3 years ago

Hi, how do I apply for scholarship in China urgently?

Gelat k. Meyu
Gelat k. Meyu
3 years ago

I’m eager to study abroad, my PhD is in operational research optimization, can you help me get a supervisor?

Gelet K.mey
Gelet K.mey
3 years ago
Reply to  Christine Chiu

I’ve spent a lot of time searching for supervisors within my study area (operational research or cybernetics, or optimization) but how can I reach these supervisors?

Majok Agok Aguer
Majok Agok Aguer
3 years ago

Please, I need to get links for CSC Universities.

Gohar Rehman
Gohar Rehman
3 years ago

What is the status of my admission? Please reply.

Gohar Rehman
Gohar Rehman
3 years ago

My priority is Bachelors in Pharmacy.

Jessie
Jessie
3 years ago

Can I get a master’s scholarship even if I’m studying in China already?

CP Ng
CP Ng
3 years ago

My son graduated in Chengdu Polytechnic in China, can he continue his study in China to complete his undergraduate? Please advise.

CP Ng
CP Ng
3 years ago
Reply to  Christine Chiu

What I mean was whether he can continue from university year 3 since he has a diploma?

Geri-Ann Miller
Geri-Ann Miller
3 years ago

Hi, I am in the process of applying for undergraduate program. I heard that the courses offered on the scholarship can only be offered in Chinese. Is this true?

Zukhruf
Zukhruf
3 years ago

Do Chinese universities offer scholarships in medicine (MBBS)? If so, please guide.

Alena
Alena
3 years ago

Hi! Is it possible to get scholarship on the second year of university?

Jame mabak Achuoth
Jame mabak Achuoth
3 years ago

Wanna study in china

Barana Babiso
Barana Babiso
3 years ago

I’m Barana. I have MSc in Natural Resource Management. I want to follow my PhD in any related field of study.

Ezekiel Ndomo Fayiah
Ezekiel Ndomo Fayiah
3 years ago

I would like to extend my study in China, is it possible?

Anna Yakuleni Kandume
Anna Yakuleni Kandume
3 years ago

I would like to study in China and also work in China for free or through scholarships. What am I supposed to do to achieve my goal.

sana batool
sana batool
3 years ago

I want to apply for PhD in Environmental Science in China. Please guide me how should I start to apply. Which university in China is best for environmental science. I want to study on fully funded scholarship.

Dereje Taye
Dereje Taye
3 years ago

Set the procedure for application

MALAIKA IFTIAZ
MALAIKA IFTIAZ
3 years ago

Assalam o alaikum!
Please inform me about fully-funded scholarships for MBBS in Chinese medical colleges and universities. Thank you!

MALAIKA IFTIAZ
MALAIKA IFTIAZ
3 years ago

I want to study MBBS in China with fully-funded scholarship. What is the first step? Thank you.

John
John
3 years ago

Hi, is there any scholarship for Chinese language programs?

Nathan ewome
Nathan ewome
3 years ago

I want to be a good student.

shehzad
shehzad
3 years ago

Hi, what will be the language for Master’s in Entomology? English or Chinese language? Please guide me…

minashii
minashii
3 years ago

Do these scholarships support medicine students too?

Yusuf Aliyu Lado
Yusuf Aliyu Lado
3 years ago

I need scholarships

Abubacker siddiq
Abubacker siddiq
3 years ago

I want to study MBBS in China. Do medical schools provide any scholarship for doing MBBS in China?

haseeb tahir
haseeb tahir
3 years ago

Please kindly tell me what CGPA is required for CSC scholarship.

haseeb tahir
haseeb tahir
3 years ago

What cgpa is required to get CSC scholarship?

DINESH BUDHA
DINESH BUDHA
3 years ago

I am an undergraduate of my country Nepal. Can I apply for fully-funded scholarship to study MBBS in China?

Ukashat
Ukashat
3 years ago

Good morning, I want to apply for scholarships.

Mecklyn Manga
Mecklyn Manga
3 years ago

I would like to apply for Chinese scholarship.

Ridmie Abeyrathna
Ridmie Abeyrathna
3 years ago

Do Chinese universities provide fully-funded bachelor scholarship programs? I want to study in China.

Sofia Jamil
Sofia Jamil
3 years ago

Is there PhD scholarship available for age 41?

Md Mosharraf Hossain
Md Mosharraf Hossain
3 years ago

Hello dear, I am interested to know about the One belt One Road and its benefits. Please help me.

MODEST AKANI
MODEST AKANI
3 years ago

I’m interested in getting scholarship to study in china.

MODEST AKANI
MODEST AKANI
3 years ago

Hi I’m confirming whether it is possible for some body who has diploma to get full scholar ship in china

Beatha Mbiro
Beatha Mbiro
3 years ago

Application masters scholarship

Adil
Adil
3 years ago

Hi, I want a 6 Month Chinese language scholarship. Can you please guide me, how do I apply?

syed
syed
3 years ago

I want to apply for a bachelor’s program to a Chinese fully funded scholarship could you tell me please where should I apply?

Victor Wurewa Marcus
Victor Wurewa Marcus
3 years ago

I want to study in China this year-2021 with scholarship, how and where do I start?

G Cantos
G Cantos
3 years ago

Can I apply for a scholarship even if I’m going to study abroad for 6 months?

Magar amenja
Magar amenja
3 years ago

I love to gets some scholarships to study in China.

Teriinga Terabwena Tiroia
Teriinga Terabwena Tiroia
3 years ago

I am requesting to enquire on how to apply for International Scholarship to your University Please any advise to apply, please let me know

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