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Chinese Government Scholarship Scheme

The Chinese Government Scholarship scheme was established by the Ministry of Education of P.R. China (MOE) in accordance with educational exchange agreements or understandings reached between the Chinese government and governments of other countries, organizations, education institutions and relevant international organizations to provide both full scholarships and partial scholarships to international students and scholars. MOE entrusts China Scholarship Council (hereinafter referred to as CSC) to manage the recruitment and carry out the routine management of Chinese Government Scholarship Programs.

Categories of Applicants and Duration of Scholarship

Study Program Duration of Program Duration of Remedial Chinese Language Courses Duration of Scholarship

Bachelor's degree

4-5 1-2 (college preparatory courses) 4-7

Master's degree

2-3 1-2 2-5

Doctoral degree

3-4 1-2 3-6

Chinese language training

1-2 None Up to 2

General scholar

1 1 Up to 2

Senior scholar

1 1 Up to 2

1. According to the regulations stipulated by MOE, all undergraduate programs for international students are instructed in Chinese. Applicants with no command of Chinese are generally required to take the college preparatory courses for one to two years before entering university. Only by passing the examinations after the college preparatory courses, can undergraduates start their university studies.

2. Some of the Chinese HEIs can conduct part of the postgraduate program and non-degree courses for general and senior scholars in English. Please check Directory of Chinese Higher Institutions Admitting International Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Program or visit

3. Scholarship students should complete their study within the given time; the duration of the scholarship specified in the Admission Notice cannot be extended in principle.


Applicants shall apply to Chinese diplomatic missions or dispatching authorities between January and April every year. Applicants may refer to the China Scholarship Council website  for deadlines for application.

Please contact China Scholarship Council for detailed information.

Creteria & Eligibility

1. Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens in good health.

2. Education background and age limit:

  • Applicants for undergraduate programs must have a senior high school diploma with good academic performance and be under the age of 25.
  • Applicants for master's degree programs  must have a bachelor's degree and be under the age of 35.
  • Applicants for doctoral degree programs  must have a master's degree and be under the age of 40.
  • Applicants for Chinese training programs  must have a senior high school diploma and be under the age of 35. Chinese language is the only subject available.
  • Applicants for general scholar programs  must have completed at least two years of undergraduate study and be under the age of 45. All subjects besides Chinese language are available.
  • Applicants for senior scholar programs  must have a master's degree or above, or hold academic titles of associate professor or above, and be under the age of 50.

Application Documents

The applicants must fill in and provide the following documents truly, correctly and completely (in duplicates).

1. Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship (completed in Chinese or English)

  • Those who are able to apply online shall fill in and print the application form after submitting it online. The CSC Online Application System for Study in China is available on
  • Those who cannot apply online shall contact the dispatching authorities to get the application form and fill it out truly, correctly and completely.

2. Highest diploma (notarized photocopy): University students or applicants employed shall also provide proof of studying or employment in their application. Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized translations in Chinese or English.

3. Academic transcripts (notarized photocopy): Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized translations in Chinese or English.

4. A study or research plan. All applicants are required to submit a study or research plan. It must be in Chinese or in English.

5. Recommendation letters: Applicants for postgraduate studies, or study in China as senior scholars must submit two letters of recommendation in Chinese or English from professors or associate professors. Applicants who apply in China shall submit the Admission Notice or Invitation Letter issued by the targeted university.

6. Applicants for music studies are requested to submit a CD of the applicants' own works. Applicants for fine arts programs must submit a CD of the applicants' own works (including two sketches, two color paintings and two other works).

7. Applicants under the age of 18 should submit the legal documents of their legal guardians in China.

8. Photocopy of Foreigner Physical Examination Form (The original copy should be kept by the applicant. The medical examinations must cover all the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. Incomplete records or those without the signature of the attending physician, the official stamp of the hospital or a sealed photograph of the applicants are invalid. Please select the appropriate time to take the medical examination due to the 6-months validity of the medical results.

The above documents should be forwarded to CSC by the end of April each year via either the Chinese diplomatic mission in the applicant's home country or the embassy of the applicant's home country in China.

Individual applications are not accepted by CSC.

Application documents will not be returned.

Selection of Institutions and Specialties

Applicants can choose one academic program and three institutions as their preferences from the Chinese HEIs designated by MOE. Please check the Directory of Chinese Higher Institutions Admitting International Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Program. Only the listed Chinese HEIs in the Directory are available to the applicants for their study in China.

Values of Scholarship

1. Full Scholarship

  • Exempt from registration fee, tuition fee, fee for laboratory experiment, fee for internship, and fee for basic learning materials; free accommodation on campus;
  • Living allowance;
  • One-off settlement subsidy after registration;
  • Fee for outpatient medical service, Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Benefit Plan for International Students in China;
  • One-off inter-city travel subsidy.


1) Costs of the laboratory experiment or internship beyond the institution's arrangements should be self-afforded.  

2) Fee for basic learning materials only covers the necessary learning materials prescribed by the host institution, and other textbooks and materials shall be self-afforded.  

3) Monthly allowance is granted to the students through the host institution at the following rates (CNY Yuan per month):

  • Undergraduates & Chinese language students: CNY 1,400 Yuan
  • Master's degree students & general scholars: CNY 1,700 Yuan
  • Doctoral degree students & senior scholars: CNY 2,000 Yuan

4) New students will get a one-off settlement subsidy upon their arrival in China.

  • CNY 1,000 Yuan for new students who will study in China up to one academic year
  • CNY 1,500 Yuan for new students who will study in China above one academic year

5) Fee for outpatient medical service refers to the outpatient expense in the institution's hospital or the hospitals entrusted by the institution. The students are required to share a certain percentage of expense in accordance with the institution's regulations.

6) Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Benefit Plan for International Students in China is provided by MOE for the scholarship students in China in case of hospitalization for serious diseases and accidental injuries. The institutions or the entrusted medical assistance agencies provide advancement service for insurance expenses, and claim for compensation with relevant payment receipts from the insurance company according to the stipulated insurance articles. For scholarship students, the individual claim will not be accepted by the insurance company.

7) One-off inter-city travel ticket (each for coming-in and leaving China)

A hard-seat train ticket (hard-berth train ticket for overnight trip) will be provided for new scholarship students traveling from the port of entry upon registration to the city where the admitting institution or institution of Chinese language training or college preparatory courses is located; for students traveling from the Chinese language training institution or preparatory education institution to the city where the university for major study is located; and for students traveling from the city where the institution is located to the nearest port for departure upon graduation. Meal and excess baggage fees should be self-afforded.

2. Partial Scholarship

One or several items of full scholarship (one-off settlement subsidy and one-off inter-city travel allowance excluded).

Approval and Notification

1. CSC will assess all the application documents and CSC reserves the right to make necessary adjustments on the proposed institutions, specialties and duration of study. The qualified applications will be forwarded to institutions for academic caliber and they will forward their nominations to CSC for agreement. The applications will be regarded as invalid and will not be accepted if they fail to meet the enrollment requirements or the application documents are incomplete.

2. If overseas applicants for degree programs with exemption of examinations are academically ineligible for the proposed programs, the institution reserves the right to decide the academic program they could attend or whether to give them conditional offers for their proposed programs. Students who attend Chinese language courses prior to their university study or those attend the college preparatory program must pass the university entrance examinations or other examinations required before they start their major studies. Students attending the college preparatory program, who fail to pass the required examinations within the due period shall complete their study as Chinese language students.

3. Applicants are required to enclose the admission notice from Chinese HEIs, if they have, in the documents submitted to CSC.

4. Scholarship applicants academically accepted by Chinese HEIs will be officially awarded the Chinese Government Scholarship with the approval from CSC.

5. Students are required to sign on their Admission Notice, if they have no objection with the placement, and are not permitted, in principle, to change their specialties, institutions or the duration of study specified in the Admission Notice.

6. CSC will send the Admission Notice and Visa Application Form for Study in China (JW201) to dispatching authorities by the end of July each year, who will forward the documents to the students.

Contact China Scholarship Council

Telephone and E-mail

  • Asia: 0086-10-66093923;
  • Central Asia: 0086-10-66093926/3925;;
  • Africa: 0086-10-66093919/3920;;
  • Europe: 0086-10-66093921/3920;;
  • America & Oceania: 0086-10-66093926/3925;;
  • Fax: 0086-10-66093915


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