Study in China

What's it all about?

Interested in studying Chinese language in the sub-tropical climate of Xiamen, or in one of the fastest developing cities in Asia, Shanghai? If so, there are seven different Generation UK – China academic scholarship programmes to choose from, ranging from 5-11 months in length, and you can start in either September or February within the same academic year.

All scholarships cover tuition fees, accommodation, and a basic monthly living allowance. All you need to pay for are return flights (£500-700), travel & medical insurance and visa costs (less than £100).

You can decide in which amazing location you want to be based and what subjects (at a non-degree level) you wish to study. With over 150 places available, we strongly encourage you to apply!

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 isn’t a gap year. It’s not your chance to get a cheap holiday. Yes, you’ll have a great time, and yes, you will get to experience life in a completely different culture, but it’s about gaining new skills to make you more employable in the future. You will:

  • Truly experience China, which is increasingly valued by employers. Studying in China will give you an insight into Chinese culture, and make you more aware of cultural differences and similarities.
  • Gain knowledge of Mandarin and develop a connection with China, which will enhance your employability. Remember, China may soon overtake the USA as the world’s largest economy. 
  • Make your CV stand out from the crowd, which is necessary as the job-market becomes more and more competitive due to globalisation.

Am I eligible?

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, then you need to make sure you’re eligible to apply. Generation UK-China academic scholarships are available to anyone who is:

  • A British passport holder (for NI domiciled only, British or Irish passport holder)
  • A full-time student enrolled at a UK university or a recent graduate (applying within one year of your graduation date).
  • Aged 18 and above.

How long does it last?

Programmes are flexible and vary, with courses lasting from a single semester to a whole year. It really just depends on where you want to go. You can choose to start your programme in either September or February, within the same academic year.

What courses are available?

We have seven different joint provincial scholarships on offer, partnering with a total of 15 universities across Shanghai, Fujian, Zhejiang, Tianjin, Shandong, Wuhan, and Chongqing. Many scholars choose to take an intensive course in Chinese language, while others prefer to learn about key disciplines such as Business, Economics, and Engineering in China. The choice is yours!

We also offer the British Council China Scholarship in partnership with the China Scholarship Council to offer you a scholarship that can be used for any non-degree study of your own choice, at any mainland Chinese university, and with a tuition fee up to 30,000 RMB. The application process and deadline for this programme varies from our joint provincial scholarships so do double check the details listed below the programme.

How much will it cost?

The cost of living in China varies greatly depending on the province you choose to visit and your lifestyle choice. Each scholarship is jointly funded by the British Council and the individual Provincial Education Department, and should cover all your basic living needs. To get the full experience of all that China has to offer, it would be a good idea to have some extra cash handy to cover any additional costs during your time on the programme such as travel and leisure activities etc.

You will receive:

  • accommodation at the university
  • tuition fees paid for
  • a basic monthly allowance of 1000-1600 RMB depending on your province (1000RMB is currently approximately £100)
  • a settlement allowance of 1000RMB in your first month to assist you with set-up costs i.e. utilities, mobile sim card, internet, text books etc. (not applicable to all programmes*)

You’ll need to cover the costs of flights and arrange the necessary visas, travel and medical insurancem and vaccinations, but there’s plenty of help and advice available on these through the British Council website. Take a look at the Useful Links section for more information on these.

*NB: The settlement allowance will not be included in the Shanghai, Fujian, Tianjin and Zhejiang scholarship programme.

Do I need to speak Mandarin?

No, all scholarship courses are suitable for complete beginners in Mandarin. However, there is also 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’d strongly recommend you learn a few of the basics before you go so that you can hit the ground running.

How do I apply?

Applications open at various points in the year depending on the programme you are applying for and the availability. To find out more about each scholarship, please view the programme headers below and complete the online application form. Application instructions are available to download at the bottom. You can apply for more than one programme and places are limited so we’d advise you to apply as early as possible. 

Applications for September 2017/18 scholarships will open in early January 2017.

When’s the deadline?

The next round of scholarship applications will open in 2017 and the deadline to apply to programmes vary between the British Council China Scholarship and the joint provincial scholarship. For information on each of the provinces, please see below.

British Council China Scholarships

The British Council in China is offering up to seven scholarships for outstanding British students who wish to study at mainland Chinese universities in September 2016.

Where can I go? 

Academic scholarships can be used at any mainland Chinese institution approved by the Ministry of Education to accept foreign students. 

What does it cost? 

Scholarships can be used for non-degree programmes of up to one academic year with tuition fees of 30,000 RMB/year or less. Do consult the list of non-degree programmes at the university you hope to apply to. The scholarship will include a monthly living stipend of 3,000RMB per month.

How can I apply? 

For this scholarship, you must apply directly to the China Scholarship Council (CSC) via post by 15 March 2016. Please complete the British Council China Scholarship application form on their website and follow all other instructions here.

The British Council China Scholarship is funded by the British Council in China and administered by the China Scholarship Council. The initial application and selection process, including supporting applications to Chinese universities, is handled by CSC. Students already holding offers from Chinese universities can also apply.

Application deadline: 15 March 2016 

Chongqing Scholarship

The British Council – Chongqing Scholarship is jointly funded by the British Council in China and the Chongqing Municipal Education Commission. The scholarship is for one semester of study (about five months) and includes a living stipend of 1,200 RMB per month (1,000 RMB is approximately £100).

Thing Chongqing

Chongqing is one of China’s five national central cities, located in the south-west, and nicknamed ‘The Mountain City’. It is a port town, traversed by both the Yangtze and the Jialing River, and has dense forests, Karst Mountains and incredible gorges and caves to visit. As one of China's fastest growing cities, Chongqing has a breadth of business opportunities, and has witnessed a period of rapid economic growth and development, now referred to as one of China’s ‘CHAMPS’.  It has also developed an exciting night life, yet has still managed to preserve its cultural heritage. There is truly something here for everyone!

What can I study? 

A total of three universities across Chongqing are participating in this initiative. Scholarship awardees will undertake intensive Chinese language training, with opportunities to learn about China’s culture, economy and business environment. Language training courses will include approximately 20 hours of taught classes per week. There will also be opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities such as cultural classes and sports.

The universities that you can choose to apply from are:

  • Chongqing University
  • Chongqing Normal University
  • Chongqing Business and Technology University

How can I apply?

To apply for the British Council – Chongqing Scholarship programme, please submit your application online using the link below and ensure you have prepared all the necessary documentation. For more information, check out our application instructions at the bottom of the page.

Application deadline: 23:59 on 17 April 2016 

Fujian Scholarship

The British Council – Fujian Scholarship is jointly funded by the British Council in China and the Fujian Provincial Education Department. The scholarship is for one semester of study (about five months) and includes a living stipend of 1,600 per month (1,000 RMB is approximately £100).

Think Fujian

Fujian is a relaxed area of China with a tropical climate, sandy beaches and an abundance of history and culture. It has a very slow and tranquil pace of life which is reflected in the people of Fujian who are warm and welcoming. When you’re not in classes, do go and check out the famous Fujian Tǔlóu’s which was once the home of China’s Hakka population! It is a fantastic place to practice your Chinese and the cost of living is cheaper than some of the bigger cities in China. Fujian is one of the more affluent provinces in China with many industries spanning tea production, clothing and sports manufacturers. Many multinational firms have operations in Fujian. They include Boeing, Dell, GE, Kodak, Nokia, Siemens, Swire, TDK and Panasonic.

What can I study?

A total of two universities across Fujian are participating in this initiative. Scholarship awardees will undertake intensive Chinese language training, with opportunities to learn about China’s culture, economy and business environment. Language training courses will include approximately 20 hours of taught classes per week. There will also be opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities such as cultural classes and sports.

The universities that you can choose to apply from are:

  • Fujian Normal University
  • Xiamen University

How can I apply?

To apply for the British Council – Fujian Scholarship programme, please submit your application online using the link below and ensure you have prepared all the necessary documentation. For more information, check out our application instructions at the bottom of the page.

Application deadline: 23:59 on 17 April 2016 

Shandong Scholarship

The British Council – Shandong Scholarship is jointly funded by the British Council in China and the Shandong Provincial Education Department. The scholarship is for one semester of study (about five months) and includes a living stipend (including a settlement allowance of 1,000 RMB and an additional 1,000 RMB per month (1,000 RMB is approximately £100).

Think Shandong

Shandong offers students a rich history and culture with temples, mountain ranges and a section of the Great Wall to explore. It is the home of Confucius, the influential Chinese philosopher and retains a special connection to his teachings to this day. The province also boasts three UNESCO world heritage sights, including the revered Mount Taishan. Recently, Shandong has seen its economy explode and has become particularly well known for its beer, wine and electronic industries. As Shandong becomes an increasingly international province there has been an explosion of clubs, restaurants and opportunities to enjoy music and theatre. Shandong has become particularly well known for the Qingdao International Beer Festival and is a popular destination for beach goers!

What can I study? 

A total of three universities across Shandong are participating in this initiative. Scholarship awardees will undertake intensive Chinese language training, with opportunities to learn about China’s culture, economy and business environment. Language training courses will include approximately 20 hours of taught classes per week. There will also be opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities such as cultural classes and sports.

The universities that you can choose to apply from are:

  • University of Jinan
  • Shandong Normal University
  • Qingdao University

How can I apply?

To apply for the British Council – Shandong Scholarship programme, please submit your application online using the link below and ensure you have prepared all the necessary documentation. For more information, check out our application instructions at the bottom of the page.

Application deadline: 23:59 on 17 April 2016  

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Scholarship

The British Council – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Scholarship is jointly funded by the British Council in China and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The scholarship is for one semester of study (about five months) and includes a living stipend of 1,600 RMB per month (1,600 RMB is approximately £160).

Think Shanghai

Shanghai is a fascinating mix of East meets West. Originally a small, relatively unknown fishing village, Shanghai’s growth has exploded over the last 20 years to become China’s largest city by populace and a global financial hub. Its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. Across the Huangpu River rises Pudong’s futuristic skyline, including 632m Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, with its distinctive pink spheres. Now a fast-paced metropolis boasting international brands whilst retaining its distinct heritage and history, Shanghai is a fantastic city to learn Chinese, explore the Former French Concession, travel to nearby hotspots such as the Yellow Mountains, and see first-hand some of China’s incredible development!

What can I study?

This scholarship can be undertaken at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and is a combined programme of Chinese language study plus elective courses in one of the pathways below:

  • International Business/Economics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Politics and International Relations

We will currently not be offering the Law programme for September 2016/17.

How can I apply?

To apply for the British Council – Shanghai Scholarship programme, please submit your application online using the link below and ensure you have prepared all the necessary documentation. For more information, check out our application instructions at the bottom of the page.

Application deadline: 23:59 on 17 April 2016 

Tianjin Scholarship

The British Council – Tianjin Scholarship is jointly funded by the British Council in China and the Tianjin Municipal Education Commission. The scholarship is for one semester of study (about five months) and includes a living stipend of 1,200 RMB per month (this is approximately £120 a month).

Think Tianjin

Tianjin offers students a rich history and culture with temples, mountain ranges and a section of the Great Wall to explore. Recently, Tianjin has had a year on year growth rate of 16.6 percent making it the fastest growing region in China. This means that Tianjin has witnessed a dramatic expansion of modern apartment blocks and office towers which offer a sharp contrast to this antiquity. As Tianjin becomes an increasingly international city there has been an explosion of clubs, restaurants and opportunities to enjoy music and theatre. All of this is only a 30 minute train journey from Beijing!

What can I study?

Scholarship awardees will undertake intensive Chinese language training at The Tianjin Foreign Student Foundation College, with opportunities to learn about China’s culture, economy and business environment. Language training courses will include approximately 20 hours of taught classes per week. There will also be opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities such as cultural classes and sports.

How can I apply?

To apply for the British Council – Tianjin Scholarship programme, please submit your application online using the link below and ensure you have prepared all the necessary documentation. For more information, check out our application instructions at the bottom of the page.

Application deadline: 23:59 on 17 April 2016  

Wuhan Scholarship

The British Council – Wuhan Scholarship is organised by the British Council in China, the Hubei Provincial Education Department and the Hubei participating universities, and is for UK students looking to undertake one semester of study (approximately five months) in Wuhan. 

Think Wuhan

Wuhan, the sprawling capital of central China’s Hubei province, is a commercial centre divided by the Yangtze and Han rivers. The city contains many lakes and parks, including expansive, picturesque East Lake. Wuhan is steeped in ancient history, with the nearby Hubei Provincial Museum displaying relics from the Warring States period and even played a role as the de-facto capital of China in the 1930s. Over the years, it has seen an enormous amount of development, making it one of China’s largest cities and major hubs in central China.

What can I study?

A total of three universities across Wuhan are participating in this initiative. Scholarship awardees will undertake intensive Chinese language training, with opportunities to learn about China’s culture, economy and business environment. Language training courses will include approximately 20 hours of taught classes per week. There will also be opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities such as cultural classes and sports.

The universities that you can choose to apply from are:

  • Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST)
  • Hubei University
  • China University of Geosciences

How can I apply?

To apply for the British Council – Wuhan Scholarship programme, please submit your application online using the link below and ensure you have prepared all the necessary documentation. For more information, check out our application instructions at the bottom of the page.

Application deadline: 23:59 on 17 April 2016 

Zhejiang Scholarship

The British Council – Zhejiang Scholarship is jointly funded by the British Council in China and the Zhejiang Provincial Education Department. The scholarship is for one academic year of study (about eleven months) and includes a living stipend of 1,100 RMB per month (1,000 RMB is approximately £100).

Think Zhejiang

Situated right next to Shanghai, Zhejiang Province has followed its own development model, coined the “Zhejiang model”, which is based on supporting entrepreneurship. This model has made Zhejiang one of the most affluent regions in China and the “Zhejiang spirit” has become something of a legend throughout China. International investment in cities such as Hangzhou, Ningbo and Wenzhou is growing rapidly, while Zhejiang’s countryside has a reputation for lush, beautiful scenery, including the infamous West Lake in Hangzhou.

What can I study?

A total of two universities across Zhejiang are participating in this initiative. Scholarship awardees will undertake intensive Chinese language training, with opportunities to learn about China’s culture, economy and business environment. Language training courses will include approximately 20 hours of taught classes per week. There will also be opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities such as cultural classes and sports.

The universities that you can choose to apply from are:

  • Hangzhou Normal University
  • Zhejiang University of Technology 

How can I apply?

To apply for the British Council – Zhejiang Scholarship programme, please submit your application online using the link below and ensure you have prepared all the necessary documentation. For more information, check out our application instructions at the bottom of the page.

Application deadline: 23:59 on 17 April 2016 

Got more questions?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions to find out more about the programme.

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