What's it all about?

Interested in studying Chinese language in the spice heartland of Chongqing, or in one of the fastest developing cities in Asia, Shanghai? If so, there are six 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 to help with day-to-day expenses. You will need to pay for return flights (£400-700), travel & medical insurance, and visa costs.

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 100 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).
  • On track to receive or have achieved a 2:1 grade at university
  • 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 five different joint provincial scholarships on offer, partnering with a total of 10 universities across Shanghai, Zhejiang, Tianjin, Wuhan, and Chongqing. The choice is yours! Many scholars choose to take an intensive course in Chinese language, with extra modules where possible to learn about Chinese business and culture. 

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 1100-1600 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 insurance 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 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 for the 2017/18 academic year are closed.

To find out more about each scholarship, please view the programme headers below. 

When’s the deadline?

The deadline to apply to programmes vary between the British Council China Scholarship and the joint provincial scholarships. For information on each of the provinces, please see below.

British Council China Scholarships

The British Council in China is offering up to five scholarships for outstanding British students who wish to study at mainland Chinese universities in September 2017 or February 2018 for one semester or one year.

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 3,000 RMB per month.

How can I apply? 

For this scholarship, you must apply directly to the China Scholarship Council (CSC) via post by 16 April 2017. Please complete the British Council China Scholarship application form on their website and follow all other instructions.

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. 

Applications are closed. 

 

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).

Think 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. 

Apply Here

Applications are closed.

 

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 at one of three participating schools, and is for studying English-taught non-degree courses at Master’s level in one of the pathways below:

  • Finance – September 2017 intake only.
  • Politics and International Relations - September 2017 intake only.
  • Law – February 2018 intake only

Please note, this programme does not include any Chinese language study. If you are interested in studying Chinese language, please take a look at some of the other programmes on offer.

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. 

 Apply here 

Applications are closed.  

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.

Apply Here

Applications are closed.  

 

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. The scholarship is for one semester of study (about five months) and includes a living stipend of 1,600 RMB per month (this is approximately £120 a month).

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.

Apply Here

Applications are closed. 

 

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.

Apply Here

Applications are closed.  

 

Got more questions?

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