China Scholarships – The 2023 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.

But first…

Check the status of the Chinese border here. Check out scholarships from other countries around the world here.

How to Apply For Scholarships in China: (Updated)

All universities in China will offer either full or partial scholarships. There are only three steps to find and apply for scholarships in China:

1️⃣ Choose a University

  1. Each university has different scholarships. Find a university here.

2️⃣ Research and Choose a Type of Scholarship

  1. Universities have scholarship information posted on their websites.

3️⃣ Complete the application process

  1. Apply as Early as Possible! Most scholarships have limited spots, and they fill up quickly.
  2. FAQ: Can You Apply for Scholarships on China Admissions?

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 2023

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Dulguun is from Mongolia and has successfully received scholarships to study in China. Now she is an admissions officer at China Admissions based in Beijing.

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?

China Scholarship Service

There are many different types of scholarships, and it can be hard to know which ones you are eligible and how to apply. We have a lot of experience helping international students to get scholarships. That’s why we offer our China Scholarship Service, to share our experience, save your time, and help you to increase your chances of getting a scholarship.

Learn more here.

Thanks a lot. I’m totally indebted to you, I”m so relieved, I feel like I have finally accomplished something. Heartfelt appreciation for your efforts. Zahir, a student from India, who applied for Beihang University.

Respected sir, let me inform you with great respect and regards that I have been awarded full scholarship of Tsinghua University and thanks for giving me guidance regarding my matter. Jamali, Tsinghua University scholarship student.

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 ascholarship. 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. (Guess what? China Admissions can help you with this! Check out our scholarship application service)

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 scams or dishonest. They may forge fake documents for you instead of helping you apply honestly. 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 offer our China Scholarship Service where you can buy some of our hours where we work with you as a consultant.  We can work with you through various stages and help to educate you about the process, and be available for support so you can apply by yourself.

You can learn more here.

Questions about Scholarships

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?

If you are planning to apply for a degree program (Bachelor, Master, PhD) for September intake, we might be able to help you apply.

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.

How do I apply for a scholarship in China?
To start your application, follow the instructions here. In order to increase your chances of admission, please choose three programs from our database to apply for.

Once you finish your application, send us an email with your application reference number at apply@china-admissions.com and let us know that you would like to apply on the basis of a scholarship.

We will then review your application. If we think you have a decent chance on receiving a scholarship we will proceed and guide you through the next step the payment.

Important:

In order for us to evaluate your chances as accurately as possible, please make sure to provide all required documents and prepare your online application in a professional manner.

How much does your scholarship application service cost?

Once we have evaluated your application and think that you have a decent chance to get a scholarship, we can proceed to the payment of the application fees.

We charge a fixed amount of $790 USD (not refundable) to cover the application fees to apply for up to three programs as well as the time we invest to apply. More information about our service is here.

What is the process of applying for a scholarship in China?

Once the application fees are paid, we will then start the process. Each step depends on where you are from and what program and university you apply for. We might need you to provide some information and documents to your local Chinese embassy in your country and this may require you to visit the embassy in person.

Please note that we can’t handle the communication with the embassy for you, as the embassy requires to communicate with applicants directly. We will let you know what exactly is needed once we figure out your individual application process.

Once we applied, it usually takes until June/July for the universities to release the final result, in some cases the result will even be released as late as August. The universities need to confirm which scholarship can be granted in coordination with the Chinese government. It is not possible to speed up this process.

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Asif Nawaz
Asif Nawaz
1 year ago

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

Folley J kiazolu
Folley J kiazolu
1 year ago

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

Mobashir
Mobashir
1 year ago

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

Mobashir
Mobashir
1 year 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
1 year ago
Reply to  Mobashir

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

MAOMBI KYANDO
MAOMBI KYANDO
1 year ago

Please help me to get a scholarship on education.

Desmond Taniform
Desmond Taniform
1 year ago

I want a scholarship to study in china

M. HASSAN NAEEM
M. HASSAN NAEEM
1 year 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
1 year ago

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

Last edited 1 year ago by Waseem ullah
Glory Agbe
Glory Agbe
1 year ago

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

Habib U Rehman
Habib U Rehman
1 year ago

Hello, everyone!

Jen-Nie
Jen-Nie
1 year ago

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

Gelat k. Meyu
Gelat k. Meyu
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

Please, I need to get links for CSC Universities.

Gohar Rehman
Gohar Rehman
1 year ago

What is the status of my admission? Please reply.

Gohar Rehman
Gohar Rehman
1 year ago

My priority is Bachelors in Pharmacy.

Jessie
Jessie
1 year ago

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

CP Ng
CP Ng
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Alena
Alena
1 year ago

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

Jame mabak Achuoth
Jame mabak Achuoth
1 year ago

Wanna study in china

Barana Babiso
Barana Babiso
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Anna Yakuleni Kandume
Anna Yakuleni Kandume
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

Set the procedure for application

MALAIKA IFTIAZ
MALAIKA IFTIAZ
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

John
John
1 year ago

Hi, is there any scholarship for Chinese language programs?

Nathan ewome
Nathan ewome
1 year ago

I want to be a good student.

shehzad
shehzad
1 year ago

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

minashii
minashii
1 year ago

Do these scholarships support medicine students too?

Yusuf Aliyu Lado
Yusuf Aliyu Lado
1 year ago

I need scholarships

Abubacker siddiq
Abubacker siddiq
1 year ago

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

haseeb tahir
haseeb tahir
1 year ago

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

haseeb tahir
haseeb tahir
1 year ago

What cgpa is required to get CSC scholarship?

DINESH BUDHA
DINESH BUDHA
1 year ago

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

Ukashat
Ukashat
1 year ago

Good morning, I want to apply for scholarships.

Mecklyn Manga
Mecklyn Manga
1 year ago

I would like to apply for Chinese scholarship.

Ridmie Abeyrathna
Ridmie Abeyrathna
1 year ago

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

Sofia Jamil
Sofia Jamil
1 year ago

Is there PhD scholarship available for age 41?

Md Mosharraf Hossain
Md Mosharraf Hossain
1 year ago

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

MODEST AKANI
MODEST AKANI
1 year ago

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

MODEST AKANI
MODEST AKANI
1 year 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
1 year ago

Application masters scholarship

Adil
Adil
1 year ago

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

syed
syed
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

G Cantos
G Cantos
1 year ago

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

Magar amenja
Magar amenja
1 year ago

I love to gets some scholarships to study in China.

Teriinga Terabwena Tiroia
Teriinga Terabwena Tiroia
1 year 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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