5 Frequently Asked Questions About Scholarships in China

Every student dreams of getting a scholarship. A scholarship lessens your financial worries and more importantly, it helps you focus more of your attention to studying.

Applying for a scholarship to study in China can be challenging, specially for first-timers. China Admissions understands this, so we made this list of frequently asked questions about scholarships in China.

5 frequently asked questions about scholarships in China

1. 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. The 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.

There are many other scholarships including Confucius Institute Scholarships, University Scholarships (privately offered by the university), City Scholarships (offered by the Chinese City where you will study). You can read all about the different types of scholarships here.

2. 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 at least 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.

3. 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 of receiving a scholarship we will proceed and guide you through the next step the payment.


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.

4. 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 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.

5. 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.

Have more questions?

Check out our full guide about Scholarships in China here, and our support center here if you have more questions. You can also leave a comment below and we will reply back.

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