Confucius Institute Scholarships

孔子学院奖学金

(Applications open 1 March 1 2017. Allow up to 4 months before classes commence to prepare and submit application documents.)

Overview

Each year Confucius Institute Headquarters (also known as Hanban) provides a variety of scholarships to enable foreign students, scholars and Chinese language teachers to study at selected universities in China.

The program aims to support talented Chinese language students and teachers, to promote Chinese language and culture internationally, and to aid the development of Confucius Institutes around the world.

The scholarships provide full and partial coverage of tuition and accommodation fees, as well as a living allowance and comprehensive medical insurance.

Students can study for periods of four weeks, one semester, or one academic year. Those studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s qualification in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages can apply for scholarships lasting between two and four years.

Eligibility

All applicants must be in good health and must not hold Chinese citizenship.

In general, applicants must be aged between 16 and 35. However Chinese language teachers should be aged under 45, and undergraduate students should be aged under 20.

Categories

Scholarships are available as follows:

Four Weeks

  • Sponsorship for four weeks of study.
  • Applications open to those with no prior experience of studying in China.
  • Applicants must submit a HSK score report in order to apply.
  • Tuition, accommodation and medical insurance are all covered.
  • Classes commence in either July or December, 2017.
  • Applicable sub-categories:
      1. Chinese language teachers who wish to undertake a course in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages.
      2. Confucius Institute students and teachers who wish to study Chinese Medicine, Tai Chi and Culture.
      3. Groups of 10-15 Confucius Institute students who wish to learn Chinese and live with a Chinese family in order to experience real life in China.

One Semester

  • Sponsorship for five months of study.
  • Applications open to those with no prior experience of studying in China.
  • Classes commence in either September 2017 or March 2018.
  • Applicable sub-categories:

A) Applicants in the following two sub-categories must have a minimum score of 210 in the HSK test (Level 3), and must also have completed the HSKK.

  1. Chinese language teachers who are currently employed in a school.
  2. Confucius Institute students or students of Confucius Classrooms, and students with a Chinese language major who wish to study a course in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages.
  • A full scholarship applies for both categories – tuition, accommodation, a living allowance and medical insurance all are covered.

B) Scholarships to study Chinese Medicine or Tai Chi are also available to people who wish to engage in the spreading of knowledge about China and Chinese culture.

  • Applicants must submit a HSK score report in order to apply.
  • A full scholarship applies – tuition, accommodation, a living allowance and medical insurance all are covered.

C) Students and scholars with a major field of study which involves the spreading of knowledge of Chinese language may apply for scholarships to study Chinese Literature, History or Philosophy.

  • Applicants must have a minimum score of 210 in the HSK test (Level 3), and must also have completed the HSKK.
  • Both full and partial scholarships are offered and depend upon the applicant’s nationality, order of application and language level.

One Academic Year

  • Sponsorship for eleven months of study.
  • Applications not open to international students currently studying in China.
  • Classes commence in September 2017.

A) Applicants in the following two sub-categories must have a minimum score of 270 in the HSK test (Level 3), and must also have completed the HSKK.
After graduation, applicants are expected to obtain a score of 180 in the HSK test (Level 5).
Full Scholarships are offered in this categorey.

  1. Chinese language teachers who are currently employed in a school.
  2. Students with a Chinese language major or other relevant major, who wish to study a course in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages in preparation for a Master’s Degree in this field.

B) Applicants must have a minimum score of 180 in the HSK test (Level 4), and must also have obtained an intermediate level in the HSKK. 
Both full and partial scholarships are offered and depend upon the applicant’s nationality, order of application and language level.

  • Students and scholars who intend to work in the field of Chinese translation and Chinese cultural studies may apply for scholarships to study advanced level courses in Chinese Literature, History or Philosophy

Four Year Scholarship for a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL)

  • Sponsorship for no more than four academic years.
  • Classes commence in September 2017.
  • Both full and partial scholarships are offered and depend upon the applicant’s HSK test result.
  • Priority will be given to Confucius Institute students and students of Confucius Classrooms.

A) Applicants for a full scholarship must have a minimum score of 210 in the HSK test (Level 4)

B) Applicants for a partial scholarship must have a minimum score of 180 in the HSK test (Level 4) and must also have obtained an intermediate level in the HSKK.

Two Year Scholarship for a Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL)

  • Sponsorship for no more than two academic years.
  • Classes commence in September 2017.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who can provide evidence of employment with a teaching institution upon graduation, for example, a certified copy of an employment agreement.

A) Applicants for a full scholarship must have a minimum score of 210 in the HSK test (Level 5).

B) Applicants for a partial scholarship must have a minimum score of 180 in the HSK test (Level 5) and must also have obtained an intermediate level in the HSKK.

Where to study

  • In addition to Chinese language and culture, courses in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages, Chinese history, philosophy, literature, Tai Chi and traditional medicine are available at many institutions.
  • Applications will open on 1 March. Applicants are encouraged to prepare their documentation at least four months ahead of time, that is, applicants who wish to start classes in September 2017 should begin the application process in May 2017. Successful applicants will be notified two months before classes commence. The application procedure will be as follows:

How to Apply

  • More than 150 Chinese universities take part in the program; however students are encouraged to consider Zhejiang University in Hangzhou – UWA’s partner university.
  1. Please send in a brief application statement, along with your academic transcript and any HSK test results, to UWACI at confucius.institute@uwa.edu.au requesting a letter of recommendation.
  2. Go to the website http://cis.chinese.cn and register for a username and password. Download the supporting information if needed.
  3. Fill in the form and save it online, but do not submit the application yet.
  4. Please call Confucius Institute at The University of Western Australia on 08 6488 6888 to make a short appointment to finalise the application.