The Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) offers six different scholarships to students, scholars, and Chinese language teachers who want to earn a degree or further their studies at a university in China. The scholarships cover tuition fees, accommodations, and medical insurance, and also provide a monthly living stipend. Applicants may select to affiliate with one of 150 Chinese universities offering courses in a variety of disciplines, including Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages, Chinese Language and Literature, History, Philosophy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Music, Dance, and more. For more information on the host institutions, click on the Application Form on the Confucius Institute Scholarships Website (http://cis.chinese.cn).
The six available scholarship opportunities are briefly introduced below. Registration for the scholarship program usually begins in late winter / early spring and will be announced on the UCLA Confucus Institute homepage.
1. Masters Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL)
This scholarship fully funds a two-year masters program in Chinese language instruction at an accredited Chinese university. Applicants should have a bachelors degree or equivalent, a minimum score of 180 on the HSK Test (Level 5), and a minimum score of 50 on the HSKK Test (Intermediate Level). Applicants able to provide an employment agreement or certification upon completion of the degree program are preferred.
2. One-Academic-Year Study + MTCSOL
Fully funds three years of academic study: two years for the masters degree program and one additional academic year for language study. Applicants should provide an employment agreement from a designated Confucius Institute or a prospective working institution. Applicants should hold a bachelors degree or its equivalent, a minimum score of 180 in HSK Test (Level 3), and a minimum score of 60 in HSKK Test (Beginner Level).
3. Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (BTCSOL)
Supports four academic years of study. Applicant should have a high school diploma or above, a minimum score of 180 in HSK Test (Level 3), and a minimum score of 40 in HSKK Test (Intermediate Level).
4. Scholarship for One-Academic-Year Study Students
This scholarship fully funds tuition and living expenses for 11 months of study. Confucius Classroom students, overseas Chinese language teachers, Chinese language major students, and students with exemplary HSK test scores are invited to apply. International students currently studying in China are not eligible for this scholarship. Applicants should have a minimum score of 180 on the HSK Test (Level 3), and 60 on the HSKK test (Beginner Level). Alternatively, applicants should hold a minimum score of 180 on the BCT (A) , and a minimum score of 180 BCT (Speaking).
5. One-Semester Study
Supports five months of study in China. Applicants should have no prior experience of studying in China. The program requires a minimum score of 120 in HSK Test (Level 2), and a minimum score of 40 in HSKK (Beginner Level). Alternatively, applicants should have a minimum score of 100 in BCT (A), and a minimum score of 120 in BCT (Speaking).
6. Four-Week Study
This scholarship supports a 4-week program of study focusing on Chinese language. Confucius Classroom students, students with exemplary HSK test scores, and outstanding club members of the Confucius Institute Magazine are invited to apply. Applicants should submit a HSK or BCT score report and have no prior experience of studying in China.
“Chinese Bridge” (Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students) Winners who have been awarded the 2016 “Confucius Institute Scholarship Certificate” can apply for admission according to the scholarship specified in the certificate.