In order to promote the mutual understanding,cooperation and exchanges in various field 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 conduct research in Chinese universities.

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

289 Chinese Universities offer a wide variety of academic programs in Science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, economics, legal studies, management, education, history, literature, philosophy and fine arts for scholarship recipients at all levels.


1. Bilateral Program

This includes full or partial scholarships in accordance with the educational exchange agreements or consensus the Chinese government and governments of other countries, institutions, universities or international organizations. It supports undergraduate students, graduate students, general scholars and senior scholars. Applicants shall apply to the dispatching authorities for overseas study of their home.

2. Chinese University Program

Full scholarship for Chinese university and certain provincial education offices in specific provinces or autonomous region to recruit outstanding international students for graduate students and doctoral students. Applicants shall apply to designated Chinese universities undertaking this program.

3. AUN Program

Full scholarship for the ASEAN University Network (AUN) to sponsor students, teachers, and scholars from ASEAN member nations to enhance the academic exchange and mutual understanding between China and ASEAN members. It only supports graduates. Applicants shall apply to AUN Secretariat.


Supporting Categories

Chinese Government Scholarships programs sponsor international students, teachers, scholars to undertake degree studies (Bachelor, master and PhD) and Chinese language study or academic research in institutions of higher education in China.


Chinese Government Scholarship covers both major study and Chinese language (preparatory) study. Below table illustrate the duration of each program

Categories of ApplicantsMajor Study (year)Chinese language (Preparatory study)(year)Scholarship (year)
Undergraduate4-5 1-24-7
General Scholarup to 1 up to 1 up to 2
Senior Scholar up to 1up to 1 up to 2
Instruction language
  1. Undergraduate scholarship recipients must register for Chinese-taught credit course, required to take one-year preparatory courses to pass the required test before moving on to their major studies. Undergraduate applicants can directly apply to the major if completed their secondary education in Chinese or have a valid HSK certificate. Official documents from secondary schools or a a copy valid HSk certificate must be submitted. NOTE:HSK results are valid for only 2 years.
  2. graduate and non-degree scholarship students can register for Chinese-taught or English-taught

Introduction to the universities and the programs they offer can be found in the following links:

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