Confucius Institute scholarships for foreign students in China





There are many different scholarship schemes for foreign students who want to study in China, of which the Confucius Institute scholarships are just a few. 

The Confucius Institutes (CIs) are a series of public institutions affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education, and were created with the intention of promoting Chinese language and culture abroad, usually within established universities. They also offer scholarships for their students and talented non-CI students, particularly if they hope to teach Chinese as a language.

 

Confucius Institute recommendations

A recommendation by a Confucius Institute or a Confucius Institute-approved institution is required for all of the below scholarships. Institutions that are empowered to offer recommendations include the HSK Overseas Examination Office, official Chinese testing centers overseas, the education or culture offices/sections of Chinese embassies or consulates, and other higher institutions that have a recommendation agreement with CI. More information on recommendations can be found in the application section of the CI website.

Scholarships are also offered to winners of the “Chinese Bridge” international Chinese-language competitions run by Hanban, aka Office of Chinese Language Council International, which also oversees the CIs. For more on the Chinese Bridge competitions and click here

 

The scholarships

Subjects covered: The Chinese language

Study programs: There are five main study programs, listed below and detailed further on in the article:

  • Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL).
  • A one-year Chinese language preparation course, followed by MTCSOL.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (BTCSOL).
  • One-year courses in Chinese literature, history or philosophy. 
  • Single semesters studying Chinese literature, history or philosophy.

 

Apply to: Before applying, students need to be recommended by their nearest Confucius Institute, or by higher education institutions that have been CI-approved. Once the recommendation has been made online applications can be made here.

Time of application: The list of recommended applicants will be handed in to Confucius Institute Headquarters by May 10; you must apply before that date.

 

All applicants must: 

  • Be non-Chinese citizens.
  • Be in good health.
  • Be aged between 16 and 35 (exception: scholarships are open to people under 45 if they currently have a post as a Chinese-language teacher). 
  • Be under 20 if applying for BTCSOL scholarship.

 

Items covered by scholarship:

  • Registration fee, tuition, fee for basic learning materials.
  • On campus accommodation.
  • One-off settlement subsidy.
  • Monthly living allowance.
  • Outpatient medical service and comprehensive insurance for foreign students studying in China.

 

Additional requirements for MTCSOL students

  • This scholarship is aimed at excellent students from Confucius Institutes; Chinese-language teachers working outside their own countries; winners of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions from foreign colleges and high schools; excellent foreign college graduates that majored in Chinese; and outstanding performers on HSK exams, to undertake a master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. 
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
  • Get a score of at least 180 on the HSK test (level 5) and a score of at least 50 on the HSKK (international level).
  • Make a written commitment to teaching Chinese as a language for at least five years after graduation. 
  • NOTE: Applicants who already have a specific teaching post arranged will be given priority. 

 

Additional requirements for MTCSOL students who will also sit a one-year Chinese language prep course

  • Must be a student from a Confucius Institute in either Africa or Latin America.
  • Have already signed an agreement with the Confucius Institute or an institute that the student will teach Chinese for.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Score at least 180 on the HSK (level 3) and at least 60 on the HSKK (primary level) tests.
  • Those who pass the first academic year assessment and score at least 180 on the HSK (level 5) will be granted a continuation of the scholarship so that they can proceed with their study in China to acquire the MTCSOL. Failure to meet these requirements means that the sponsorship ends after that first academic year.

 

Additional requirements for BTCSOL students

  • Must be a student from a Confucius Institute in an underdeveloped region in Asia or Africa.
  • Must intend to major in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (or Chinese with the aim of ultimately taking a Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages qualification).
  • Be a high school graduate or above.
  • Score at least 180 on the HSK (level 3) and at least 40 on the HSKK (primary level).

 

Additional requirements for one-year course students

  • This scholarship is aimed at excellent students from Confucius Institutes; Chinese-language teachers working outside their own countries; winners of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions from foreign colleges and high schools; excellent foreign college graduates that majored in Chinese; and outstanding performers on HSK exams.
  • Score at least 180 on the HSK (level 3) and at least 60 on the HSKK (primary level).

 

Additional requirements for one-semester course students

  • The scholarship is oriented at excellent students from Confucius Institutes; Chinese-language teachers working outside their own countries; winners of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions from foreign colleges and high schools; excellent foreign college graduates that majored in Chinese; and outstanding performers on HSK exams.
  • Score at least 120 on the HSK (level 2) and at least 40 on the HSKK (primary level).

 

More details:

http://www.csc.edu.cn/Laihua/scholarshipdetailen.aspx?cid=218&id=2728

 

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