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Three scholarships in China to start you off

Ready to study abroad in China, but not sure where to begin looking for scholarships? Here are three scholarships for international students to help you get started...

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Scholarships from the Chinese Government

The Chinese government offers a number of scholarships to international students in multiple degree and language programmes. They offer full and partial scholarships to applicants, and can be applied for before gaining admission into a Chinese university.


To apply you must contact the Chinese embassy or consulate in your home country who will assist you with applying. The application period begins in early January and ends in mid-April every year and the deadline is very strict. Make sure you apply on time!


Most scholarships last for the entirety of a programme, which can be anywhere from four to seven years for undergraduates, three to five for Master’s programmes, and one to two for doctoral degrees. There are age limits for these scholarships, which also depend on the type of programme. For more information, click here.


Peking University Academic Excellence Scholarships

Peking University in Beijing offers scholarships for international third-year undergraduates, masters, and doctoral degree students. Faculty at this university will recommend a number of students in each department in mid-September of each year, and decisions will be made by a panel and revealed in mid-November.


The awards for the Peking University Academic Excellence Scholarships are as follows:

  • 30 undergraduate students will receive 3,000 RMB (£325)
  • 15 Masters students will receive 4,000 RMB (£430)
  • 10 Doctoral students will receive 5,000 RMB (£540)
  • 5 Doctoral students will receive 10,000 RMB (£1075)


The panel likes to give money to students that show strong research abilities, good grades, and creative thought. Click here for more information!


Undergraduate Scholarships at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU)

This university offers 72 scholarships to international students in a range of awards. There are five classes of scholarships and a freshman scholarship, ranging from full tuition, living allowance, accommodation subsidy and insurance to a one time allowance of 5,000 RMB (£540).


Applicants to SJTU will be considered for scholarships depending on entrance exam scores and overall application. SJTU is a public university that puts an emphasis on research, and in turn has received praise for engineering and science programmes. For more information on the scholarships, look at their website.


China, like many countries, is recognising the need for international students to strengthen their education system and better compete in the global economy. Most universities in China have individual scholarship programmes for international students, and you can find more information on their international office website. The Chinese government wants to help you study abroad in China, why not begin applying? Get started by looking for the perfect course below.