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Notice for Studying in China Under CGSP
2004/10/27

BRIEF INTRODUCTION OF CHINESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP

In order to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese people and people from the whole world, and to develop cooperation and exchange in the fields of education, science, culture, economy and trade between China and other countries, the Chinese government has set up a series of scholarship schemes to sponsor international students and scholars to undertake studies and research in Chinese higher education institutions.

The Ministry of Education of China which is responsible for the provision of Chinese government scholarships has entrusted the China Scholarship Council (hereinafter referred to as CSC) to administer the recruitment of international students and the daily management of Chinese Government Scholarship Programmes.

International students under Chinese Government Scholarship Programmes will be placed in 88 Chinese institutions of higher education designated by the Ministry of Education of China. There are more than 300 specialties in science, technology, agronomy, medicine, economics, laws, management, education, history, liberal arts and philosophy available to international students in these institutions.

1. Chinese Government Scholarship Programme and Application

1). Chinese Government Scholarship Scheme
It was established by the Ministry of Education of China in accordance with educational exchange agreements or arrangements reached between the Chinese government and governments of other countries and relevant international organizations to provide both full scholarships and partial scholarships to international students or scholars. The scheme supports students who come to study in China as undergraduates, postgraduates, Chinese language students, general scholars and senior scholars. Applicants may apply to the competent authorities of their home countries or the Chinese diplomatic missions in their home countries.

2). CHINA/UNESCO the Great Wall Fellowship Scheme
This is a full scholarship scheme set up by the Ministry of Education of China for candidates recommended by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Only general scholar candidates and senior scholar candidates are eligible. Applicants may apply either to UNESCO headquarter or to the UNESCO national committee in the applicant's home country.

3). Distinguished International Students Scholarship Scheme
It was established by the Ministry of Education of China to sponsor those outstanding international students who have completed their current study programmes in China and wish to continue to pursue higher degree studies in China. It includes full scholarships and partial scholarships. Applicants may apply to CSC through the recommendation of their institutions.

4). HSK Winner Scholarship Scheme
This is a full scholarship scheme established by the Ministry of Education of China to support international students with excellent performance in HSK test (Chinese Proficiency Test) held in countries outside China to come to China to study Chinese. Applicants may apply to CSC through the HSK test organizing institution or the Chinese diplomatic missions.

5). Chinese Culture Research Fellowship Scheme
The scheme was established by the Ministry of Education of China to sponsor overseas scholars and specialists of Chinese culture to conduct short-term research in China. Applicants may apply to CSC through the recommendation of relevant Chinese institutions, professors or the Chinese diplomatic missions in their home countries or directly to CSC.

6). Short-term Scholarship Scheme for Foreign Teachers of Chinese Language
It was established by the Ministry of Education of China for foreign teachers of Chinese language to improve their Chinese and Chinese teaching skills in China. Applicants may apply to CSC through the Chinese diplomatic missions in their home countries.

2. Details of the Chinese Government Scholarships

  1. Full scholarship: A Chinese government full scholarship covers tuition (or research) fee, emergency medical care, general learning materials, accommodation, living allowance, and a once only settlement subsidy and a once only inter-city travel allowance.
  2. Partial scholarship: One or some items of the full scholarship.
  3. International air ticket: Applicants are expected to meet their own international travel costs unless it is determined otherwise in bilateral agreements or arrangements.
  4. The rate of living allowance and other items of scholarship are detailed in the attached scholarship application procedures.

APPLICATION FOR CHINESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

1. Application and Recruitment
The period for recruiting international student under Chinese Government Scholarship Programme is normally from the beginning of January to the end of April. Details on application and application procedures are determined through consultation between the Chinese diplomatic missions and the relevant authority of the applicant's home country. Applicants may contact the relevant authority or the Chinese diplomatic missions in their home country for details.

2. Scholarship Application
Applicants should meet the basic conditions prescribed in the Application Procedures, and must fill in the application forms strictly in accordance with requirements. They also need to provide relevant application materials such as photocopies of diplomas, transcripts, study plan, health certificate and recommendation letters. Application materials for scholarships must reach CSC before the deadline as specified in Application Procedures via the embassy in China or the Chinese diplomatic missions in the applicant's home country. Application materials arrived after the deadline will not be processed. Please check the attached Application Procedures for details.

Application materials will not be returned regardless whether the applicants are accepted by a Chinese institution. The original copies of important documents such as diplomas and Foreign Physical Examination Form must not be sent as application materials.

3. Choice of Institutions of Higher Education and Specialty
There are 88 institutions of higher education that are designated by the Ministry of Education of China to admit international students under the Chinese Government Scholarship Programme. Those who apply for Chinese Government Scholarships must choose institutions and specialties from these 88 institutions. Please check the Directory of the Chinese Institutions Admitting International Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Programme or the website of CSC (http://www.csc.edu.cn) for details.

4. Language Used in Teaching
The Chinese institutions of higher education normally use Chinese as the teaching language. Applicants with no command of Chinese are normally required to take Chinese language courses for 1-2 years before pursuing their major studies. In some institutions, some advanced study courses and postgraduate courses are conducted in English. Please refer to Directory of the Chinese Institutions Admitting International Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Programme for details.

RECRUITMENT OF SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS

CSC will review all the application materials it receives from the applicants via the embassies in China or the Chinese diplomatic missions in the applicants' home countries and forward the application materials to relevant institutions on the basis of the qualification of the applicants and also taking into consideration the preferences of the applicants. The application will not be processed if the applicant's conditions are inconsistent with the recruitment regulations or the application materials are incomplete. The institutions shall decide whether or not to admit the applicants. Finalized placements, specialties and duration of studies are in principle not to be changed. If the applicant has been in touch with or been accepted by an institution (listed in the Directory) prior to application, the applicant is requested to enclose the relevant admission letter so as for CSC to finalize the placement with the institution.

Scholarship applicants accepted by Chinese institutions will be officially confirmed as Chinese Government Scholarship students with endorsement from the Ministry of Education of China.

CSC will send the List of Accepted Students, Admission Notice and Visa Application for Study In China (JW201) by July 31 to the relevant embassies in China or the Chinese diplomatic missions in the home countries of the scholarship students so as for them to forward these documents to the students via the authorities in charge in the scholarship student's home country.

VISA APPLICATION AND REGISTRATION IN CHINA

1. Visa Application
Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Programme should apply for visa to study in China at the Chinese embassy or consulate-general with the original copy and one photocopy of the Admission Notice, Visa Application for Study In China (JW201) and Foreigner Physical Examination Form and valid ordinary passport. Those who intend to stay in China for more than 6 month will need to apply for "X" visa, and those who shall stay in China for less than 6 months (including 6 months) are to apply for "F" visa. The scholarship students must enter China with the original copies of the above documents. Whoever comes to China with other types of passports, visas or without the original copies of the above mentioned documents will not be able to register with the institution, nor will they be able to apply for residence permit in China.

2. Registration
Students shall register at the time set on the Admission Notice. Those who are unable to register at the set time must seek permission from the institution directly. Those who fail to register without the prior consent of the institution will be considered as voluntarily giving up the enrollment and the scholarship will automatically be withdrawn.

3. Health Verification and Residence Registration

1). Health verification
Scholarship holders who are to stay in China for more than 6 months are requested to bring their passports, Admission Notice, and the original copies of Foreigner Physical Examination Form and the Blood Test Report to the local quarantine office within the set time to have their medical examination verified. International students whose Foreigner Physical Examination Form do not meet the requirement will have to re-take medical examination. Those who refuse to re-take the medical examination or are diagnosed as suffering from diseases that are not permitted to enter China under the Chinese laws and regulations will be required to leave China. The costs of medical examination and the international travel should be born by themselves.

2). Residence registration
After the physical examination verification, the scholarship holders must apply for residence permit to the local police authority with their passports, Admission Notice, and Foreigner Physical Examination Form for.

TRANSFER SERVICE

1. The Transfer Service Station for Chinese Government Scholarship Students will provide free transfer service to new scholarship students who have to make a stopover in Beijing between August 28th and September 18th.

2. Those who arrive in Beijing before or after the above-mentioned period of time or who have to make a stopover in cities other than Beijing will need to make their own arrangement to report to their universities. The universities shall reimburse the railway ticket between the port of entry and the city where the university is located according to existing regulations.

THE ANNUAL REVIEW OF CHINESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP STATUS

In accordance with the Measures for the Annual Review of Chinese Government Scholarship Status, international students who have been approved to study in China for more than one year must participant in the Annual Review. The institutions will undertake to review comprehensively those aspects of the scholarship students such as the study performance, attitude towards study, attendance, and conduct. Those who qualify in the Annual Review will continue to be granted the scholarship for the following academic year. Those who fail in the Annual Review, their scholarship for the following year will be suspended or terminated.

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