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Introduction to Chinese Government Scholarships

In order to promote the mutual understanding, cooperation and exchanges in politics, economy, culture, education, and trade between China and other countries, the Chinese government has set up a series of scholarship programs to sponsor international students, teachers and scholars to study and research in Chinese universities.

China Scholarship Council (hereinafter referred to as CSC), entrusted by the Ministry of Education of People’s Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as MOE), is responsible for the enrollment and administration of Chinese Government Scholarship programs.

Academic programs of Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine, Economics, Law, Management, Education, History, Literature, Philosophy and Arts in 252 designated Chinese universities are available to scholarship winners.



Chinese Government Scholarship supports the following  programs.

1. Bilateral Program

This includes full or partial scholarships in accordance with educational exchange agreements or MOUs between the Chinese government and governments of other countries, institutions, universities and international organizations. It supports undergraduate programs, master’s programs, doctoral programs, general scholar programs and senior scholar programs.

Applicants shall apply to the dispatching authorities for overseas study in their home countries.

2. Chinese University Program

A full scholarship to support Chinese universities in specific provinces or autonomous regions to recruit outstanding international students for graduate studies in China. It only supports master’s programs and doctoral programs.

Applicants shall apply to the designated Chinese universities undertaking this program.




Chinese Government Scholarship programs sponsor international students, teachers and scholars to undertake degree studies (bachelor, master or PhD) or academic research in China.


Chinese Government Scholarship covers both major study and Chinese language (preparatory) study. The table below illustrates the duration of each program.

Program Categories Major Study (academic year) Chinese language (preparatory) study (academic year) Duration of Scholarship (academic year)
Undergraduate programs 4-5 up to 2 4-7
Master’s programs 2-3 up to 2 2-5
Doctoral programs 3-4 up to 2 3-6
General scholar programs up to 1 up to 1 up to 2
Senior scholar programs up to 1 up to 1 up to 2

Language of Instruction

1. Instruction Language for undergraduate programs.

Chinese is the only instruction language for undergraduate programs. Scholarship recipients of undergraduate programs must take one-year preparatory courses in designated universities and pass the required test before major studies.

Currently, MOE entrusts Tianjin University, Nanjing Normal University, Shandong University, Central China Normal University, Tongji University, Beijing Language and Culture University, Northeast Normal University, and Beijing International Studies University to offer preparatory courses.

Recipients can apply for preparatory course exemption if they 

● complete their secondary education in Chinese.


● have valid HSK certificate that meets the requirement of the host university.

Valid official documents from schools of secondary education or a photocopy of HSK certificate must be submitted for preparatory course exemption. Please NOTE that HSK results are valid for 2 years.

2. Instruction Language for graduate programs and non-degree programs.

Chinese universities generally offer graduate programs and non-degree programs in Chinese. Certain Chinese universities could offer graduate programs and non-degree courses in English. Please check the Directory of the Chinese Institutions Admitting International Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Program at or for program introductions.

● Scholarship recipients of Chinese-taught programs without adequate Chinese proficiency must take Chinese language training courses for one to two years to reach the language requirements of their host universities before major studies. Failure to reach the required language proficiency will lead to the automatic termination of scholarship. Recipients in such programs as Science, Engineering, Agriculture, West Medicine, Economics, Management, Law and Arts will take Chinese courses for one year. Recipients in Literature, History, Philosophy and Chinese Medicine will take Chinese courses for no more than two years.

● Scholarship recipients of English-taught programs or those with adequate Chinese language proficiency do not need to take Chinese language courses.

Program Options

252 Chinese universities are designated by MOE to enroll international students with Chinese Government Scholarship. Please check the Directory of the Chinese Institutions Admitting International Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Program at, or for an introduction to programs and universities available.



Full Scholarship

● A fee waiver of registration, tuition, laboratory experiments, internship, and basic textbooks.

Cost of experiments or internships beyond the program curricular is at student’s own expense.

Cost of books or learning materials other than required basic textbooks is at student’s own expense.

● Free on-campus dormitory accommodation.

● A living allowance at the following rates( per month),

undergraduates: CNY 1,400;

master’s students & general scholars: CNY 1,700;

doctoral students & senior scholars: CNY 2,000.

Scholarship recipients registering before the 15th of the registration month (the 15th included) will be granted the full living allowance of that month. Recipients registering after the 15th of the registration month will be granted half of the living allowance of that month.

● One-off settlement subsidy:

CNY 1,000 for new students who will study in China for less than one academic year;

CNY 1,500 for new students who will study in China for one academic year or above.

●Outpatient medical service and Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Protection Scheme for International Students in China.

● One-off inter-city travel reimbursement:

A hard-seat train ticket (hard-berth train ticket for overnight trip) will be reimbursed for scholarship students traveling

from the port of entry to the city of the host university or Chinese language training (preparatory) school upon registration;

from the city of Chinese language training (preparatory) school to the city of the host university upon finishing the Chinese language training (preparatory)study;

from the city of the host university to the nearest port of departure upon graduation.

Partial Scholarship

●One or some items of the full scholarship.

NOTE: Above is the current coverage of Chinese Government Scholarship. New standard shall apply in case of policy adjustment. 

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