This programme is not running for the 2021/22 academic year.
Please check back later for any updates and details of available scholarships for the 2022/23 academic year.
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About the scholarships
Academic scholarships can be used at any mainland Chinese institution approved by the Ministry of Education to accept foreign students. You can decide where you want to be based and which subjects (at a non-degree level) you wish to study. The majority of students choose to study in Beijing.
All scholarships cover tuition fees, accommodation, and a monthly living allowance to help with day-to-day expenses.
Am I eligible?
Generation UK academic scholarships are available to anyone who is:
- aged 18 and above
- a British passport holder (or a British or Irish passport holder if you are domiciled in Northern Ireland).
- a full-time student enrolled at a UK university or a recent graduate (applying within one year of your graduation date)
- on track to receive or have achieved a 2:1 grade at university.
Students already holding offers from Chinese universities can also apply.
Do I need to speak Mandarin?
There are no language eligibility requirements for this programme.
However, please check the course requirements of the Chinese institution you wish to study in. All language courses are suitable for complete beginners in Mandarin. However, there is the opportunity to be placed in classes for intermediate and advanced learners. In this case, you can expect an informal language test upon arrival to make sure you get put in the right class.
If this is your first experience with the Mandarin language, we strongly recommend that you learn a few of the basics before you go.
Why should I go?
With 1.4 billion speakers worldwide, Chinese truly is a global language. Graduates who speak more than one language are highly sought-after, and with China’s increasing role in the world market, Mandarin is becoming a favourite among employers.
Chinese universities attract many international students for their high-quality teaching and offer various scholarships.
This is an opportunity to experience life in a completely different culture, gain new skills and improve your career prospects.