How to apply to a Chinese language program scholarship in China in 2021

If you are looking for a Chinese language program scholarship to study Chinese, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that there are scholarships available, the bad news is that they may be difficult to find and apply to.

In this article, we’ll explain available scholarships and how you can apply for a Chinese language program scholarship to study Chinese in China!

About Scholarships in China

China gives thousands of scholarships each year to international students, and many more are interested in scholarships in China.

There are a lot of opportunities to study in China with a scholarship. You can read more about our general guide and the different types of scholarships here. We have helped thousands of students apply to Chinese universities and we work closely with universities in China.

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We are going to start with the hardest Chinese language program scholarship to apply for, to the easiest.

1 Semester or 1 Year Scholarship in the Chinese Language

How easy is it to apply? It’s quite hard.

Many students want to come to study in China for 1 semester or 1 year and to get a scholarship. This is one of the more difficult scholarships to apply for, since there is such a high demand for this short-term scholarship.

To start with, the total tuition for a Chinese language program is usually not too high (around 7,000 RMB/1,000 USD per semester). The real cost to the university is much higher, so these programs are already subsidized to encourage more students to study Chinese.

Most students do study this program on a self-paid basis due to the low cost and difficulty of applying for this scholarship.

How to apply? You can apply for the CSC Scholarship in 279 universities. You would normally need to apply through the embassy in your home country. Find the full instructions here.

Degree Program in Chinese with Foundation Program

How easy is it to apply? Much easier for many students.

For students who are willing to study a whole degree in the Chinese language, it’s much easier to get a scholarship to study Chinese since this is a less popular path! Often you can apply for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, and you can get a full scholarship for the degree, and a free 1- or 2-year Chinese foundation program. Foundation programs are pre-university programs designed to help you improve your Mandarin Chinese; read more about them here.

This is because China is looking to attract more international students, and they would prefer it if they can speak great Chinese and study in Chinese (instead of English). After all, Chinese is the language of China!

There are 279 universities with such a scholarship to study in Chinese, and the instructions for applying are here.

Beihang University in Beijing – Chinese Universities are modernizing and rising up the rankings very fast

Tips to Increase Your Chances with the Scholarship

We have helped lots of students apply for Chinese language program scholarships. The biggest tips we would give to increase your chances for receiving one are:

 1) Make sure you apply early!

Often the students who apply earlier have the highest chances of getting accepted.

 2) Demonstrate your commitment to China and learning Chinese. 

When you apply, make sure you demonstrate that you are serious about learning Chinese and coming to China. They are looking to award scholarships to serious students!

 3) Learn Chinese before

Make sure you have some Chinese level before. Taking an HSK exam (the official Chinese language level test) can increase your chances, and the higher your Chinese level the better – some ability is better than none. There are some online certificate programs you can take online before coming to China. If you can send that certificate with your application it will greatly improve your chances.

China Admissions has many resources to help you study Chinese:

  1. 8 Universities in China with the Best Online Chinese Programs
  2. 5 Top Reasons To Take The HSK Test (Chinese Proficiency Test)
  3. Best FREE Ways to Self-Study Chinese Online
  4. 7 Best Apps To Learn Chinese For FREE in 2021/2022
  5. A full list of online Chinese courses that China Admissions can help you apply to

 4) Make sure you prepare your application documents properly.

Often they will receive so many applications for scholarships, and it’s often quite hard to reply to give feedback if a student hasn’t submitted documents correctly. Make sure you prepare your documents properly when you apply according to the requirements, and submit them in a high-quality format!

If you are not accepted for the scholarship, normally you will not hear back about the reason. You only have one chance, so make it count. If you can also go to the embassy with your documents to check in person it can also be an advantage.

We have some more information about how to prepare documents here.

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Founder and CEO at China Admissions. Originally from UK🇬🇧, based in Beijing. Studied at Peking University & BLCU. Preparing for HSK 6. Hope we can help more talented international students have the same amazing experiences and opportunities that I have had
Richard Coward

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Peter Chen
Peter Chen
8 months ago

Hello can you give me any help or advice to get a scholarship?

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
8 months ago
Reply to  Peter Chen

Hi @Peter Chen,
Please read our Chinese scholarship article for more information.
Thanks!

Shabahat
Shabahat
8 months ago
Reply to  Peter Chen

Yes please, I don’t know how can I apply.

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
7 months ago
Reply to  Shabahat

Hi @Shabahat,

Kindly head over to this article for the application process, or you can use our scholarship service here.

Good luck!

Kalilu musa
Kalilu musa
7 months ago

Good

ufairah
ufairah
7 months ago

Hi, my name is Ufairah and I’m from Pakistan. I want to study Mandarin in China. Email me at ufairahimran03@gmail.com

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
7 months ago
Reply to  ufairah

Hi @ufairah,
Great to hear that. You can choose Chinese language programs here and click apply to start your application.

Jansi
Jansi
6 months ago

Hello, I’m Jansi from India. I’m pretty interested in learning Mandarin but I kindly request you to let me have all information about scholarships and all, please email me at iamjansi11@gmail.com. Thank you.

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
6 months ago
Reply to  Jansi

Hi @Jansi,
Great that you’re interested to learn Mandarin. Kindly refer here or here to check if there are available scholarships for Chinese language programs.

Azar Ali
Azar Ali
6 months ago

Hello, how are you? My name is Azar Ali from Pakistan.

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
6 months ago
Reply to  Azar Ali

Hi Azar,
How can we help you?

Azar Ali
Azar Ali
5 months ago

Hello, how are you?

Ounkham THAMMALEUTH
Ounkham THAMMALEUTH
3 months ago

I need to learn Chinese language for Using in my job in lao.

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
3 months ago

Hi @Ounkham,
Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), one of the best Chinese language and culture universities in China is having a summer sale until June 13. You can get up to 20% discount if you enroll to their 12 week program now. Learn more here.

Ounkham THAMMALEUTH
Ounkham THAMMALEUTH
3 months ago
Reply to  Christine Chiu

Hi Christine Chiu thanks for your information

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
3 months ago

@Ounkham, you’re welcome.

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