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.