Nowadays, Chinese government is one of the world top scholarship providers for foreign students. The so-called CSC Scholarships are awarded to international students by the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) to undertake studies in eligible Chinese universities or partner institutions at graduate and postgraduate level. The program is usually open from December to April and application is made through an online application system. For this reason, our platform contains many Chinese scholarships. However, most of our readers get confused with certain concepts when applying. Therefore, they usually ask us about the CSC Scholarship Application Tips and Tricks. Commonly received messages are as follow:
- What are my chances to get a Chinese scholarship?
- Can I apply for the CSC scholarship in more than one university?
- Which Program Category should I choose?
- How to write a Research Proposal or Study Plan?
- Can I apply while I’m in my final year?
- Where can I find Chinese universities that admit international students under CSC scholarship?
- Where can I find the list of Chinese universities that do not ask for application Fee?
- Where can I find Chinese universities agency number?
- Where can I find Chinese embassy agency numbers?
In order to enlighten our readers, we’ve decided to write this article that shows some tips and tricks on the CSC Scholarship Application. The application process needs to be done properly otherwise it may result in an invalid application. Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS) has following programs:
- Bilateral Program: a result of exchange agreements between the Chinese government and governments of other countries, institutions, universities or international organizations;
- Chinese University Program: A program that allows eligible universities to recruit foreign students for graduate studies in China;
- Great Wall Program: a scholarship for UNESCO to support students and scholars in developing countries to study and conduct research works in China.
- EU Program: a program for EU students to study and research in China.
- AUN Program: this program is for the Asean University Network (AUN) to support students, teachers and scholars from Asean countries to study in China.
- PIF Program: a scholarship to sponsor students from Pacific island countries to study in China.
- WMO Program: a program for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to support foreign students to study and conduct research in meteorology related fields in China.
What are my chances to get a Chinese scholarship?
As any scholarship, the first key element is your academic Achievements. You have higher chances to be selected for the Scholarship if you have a good Grade Point Average (GPA) and provide a great study plan along with published articles (if available). Although the acceptance letter from a supervisor or a pre-admission letter is not a requirement to apply for the CSC scholarship, we believe it may increase your chances. Last tip, you may consider applying in universities located in different cities, especially in those located in small cities. In fact the number of applications in big cities like Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Wuhan, Guangzhou… is very high compared to small cities. Just imagine that you applied for a university which have 30 scholarships available and only received 20 applications. The answer is obvious.
Can I apply for the CSC scholarship in more than one university?
The answer is yes and as it increases your chances to win the Scholarship. You can apply for the CSC Scholarships in more than one university. However, you will have to fill different CSC Scholarship online application form for each university or institution. If you apply successfully and have been selected by more than one University, the CSC will select the one that suit you best and you will be admitted under the CSC Scholarship in that specific University.
Which Program Category should I choose?
While filling the CSC scholarship, you will be required to choose a category. There are three types of program category: Type A, Type B and Type C.
- Select Program Category Type A, if you’re applying through a Chinese Embassy or Ministry of Education (MOE) of your country (Chinese Government Scholarship-Bilateral Program);
- Select Program Category Type B, if you’re applying through a Chinese University (Chinese Government Scholarship-Chinese University Program);
- Select Program Category Type C, if you’re applying through other programs.
How to write a Research Proposal or Study Plan?
A Study Plan or Research Proposal is a document that provides important information about your future studies in China. The document must contain a minimum of 200 words for the undergraduate program applicants and 800 words for postgraduate program applicants. Moreover, it must include key elements such as:
- Your field of interest;
- Why that particular field?
- What will be your contribution to the field?
- The reason to study in China under the CSC scholarship;
- The reason to choose a particular university;
- Your plans after graduation and.
- Relevant information that sets you apart from other candidates.
The study plan is a key document that will increase or decrease your chances to win the scholarship especially for those who are applying for graduate studies or senior scholar programs. Therefore, you must take your time to write it properly.
Can I apply while I’m in my final year of graduation?
The answer is yes. A prospective diploma recipient must submit official documents issued by his institution to prove his current student status and expected graduation date. However, the applicant has to get his / her grade before arriving in China (August-September) in order to be able to register at his / her university. We suggest you contact the international student’s office of the university and ask them about this matter as some institutions may not allow it.
Where can I find Chinese universities eligible for CSC scholarship, Chinese universities agency number, Chinese embassy agency number and the list of Chinese Universities without Application Fees?
The complete and up-to-date list of Chinese universities that admit international students under the CSC scholarship with their corresponding agency number is available here. The universities are grouped by regions, provinces and listed in alphabetical order. Furthermore, the tables contain the list of Chinese Universities without Application Fees. In fact, any university name followed by this symbol (in green) is a university that admit international students without application fees. The best way to get a Chinese embassy agency number is to ask the dispatching authority or the Chinese embassy you’re planning to apply through.
We hope information provided in this article (CSC Scholarship Application Tips and Tricks) is useful and helpful for our readers to gain more insight into concepts and application procedures of the Chinese Government Scholarship. The general CSC Scholarship application procedure with the required documents are available here. For more details on studies in China, please visit the campuschina website. Wish you all the best.