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**This year's application process is over, so please join us in the CSC Scholarship Results - 2013 topic for discussion on results.
We've decided to make a new thread for the next round of CSC scholarship applicants. The plan is to make a fresh one each year. So this one's for you 2013 kids.
Before we start: please check out the posts from the past - it's a lot of information to sift through but it will answer the majority of your questions. The 2012 archived thread may be found here with the discussion on last year's results found here.
This topic is for general CSC scholarship discussion. For specific questions/information go to the American/EU topic or the Other applicants topic for discussion on non US/EU applicants.
Information and Eligibility: http://en.csc.edu.cn...f3da38f99.shtml (READ THIS)
Application Forms: http://en.csc.edu.cn...lt.aspx?cid=277
Online Application (not really): http://laihua.csc.edu.cn
Not sure if the online application works, but fill it out anyway (search 2010 thread for comments)
List of Universities: http://en.csc.edu.cn...hua/Search.aspx
This thread is ONLY about the Chinese Government Scholarship - none of the others listed on the website. Here, we will discuss the steps of getting the Chinese Language scholarship. The process for those getting degrees is similar... you should be able to figure it out the small differences if that's what you're trying to do.
To apply, contact and send your application to a Chinese embassy/consulate located in your home country. For example, Australians must apply at a Chinese embassy in Australia, and Americans must apply at a Chinese embassy in America. People currently in China can also apply, but they still have to mail their applications to a Chinese embassy in their home country!
What We Know
Very close to absolutely nothing. None of us know how this process works - and no one that is part of the process can tell us how it works. This is because even they don't know how it works. So just follow the rules. Trust me. Try calling the CSC people. I dare you.
Deadlines are mostly in April - the deadline is different for each country/region/state/province. I encourage people to post and share their respective deadlines for 2013.
The deadlines haven't been officially updated for 2013, yes something as basic as the deadline is unknown, but here is our best guess:
U.S.-April 30th 2013
Try to apply before March 15th
EU-April 30th 2013
Try to apply before March 31st
Canada-December 15th 2012
British Columbia-January 2013
Ottawa-December 20th, 2012
Australia-December 26th 2012
Philippines-April 30th 2013
Morocco-March 30th 2013
The EU has its own CSC Scholarship. There are 100 full one-year scholarships.
The PIF (Pacific Islands Forum) countries also has its own CSC Scholarship. There are 10 full scholarships. Airfare is included. I have no idea which countries are part of this forum.
For everyone else, there are two types of scholarships: Full and Partial
The full scholarship covers tuition, books, shared dorm, insurance, a monthly stipend, and (maybe) airfare. Airfare is ONLY covered if your specific country has this included in their agreement with China - it is limited to developing nations.
For partial, you get to choose what you would like covered on the application.
For people that are only applying for Chinese Language (as opposed to a degree), you can choose between 1 or 2 years. For people who are pursuing a degree, you can request 1 or 2 years of Chinese Language study BEFORE taking your classes if you either can't speak Chinese or need it improved.
WE DO NOT KNOW THE CHANCES OF GETTING THIS SCHOLARSHIP FOR ANY COMBINATION OF THESE CHOICES. We don't know if we have a better chance of getting a partial or full scholarship, or if it's easier to get it if you request 1 or 2 years. Nor do we know how much your GPA matters, or if already having Chinese language skills hurts/helps you, or if having been to China before means you get extra points, or if having six toes will increase your chances. Whatever it is, we don't know. Quit asking. Please.
You MUST start in September at the start of the new academic year (Generally. Some universities have their own December deadlines for Spring semesters. But you're on your own for that.) ... and SUMMER CLASSES are NOT included in the scholarship.
If you already received the scholarship and wish to extend it you will need to apply again. First talk to your school or any contact to see what your options are.
This is where your application will be going:
1. You send your application to a third party representative of CSC (maybe your school).
2. The third party (OR you can apply directly) sends application to your native country's China Embassy.
3. Your native country's China Embassy sends your application to the Beijing CSC office.
4. The Beijing CSC office sends your application to your selected schools.
5. If and when a school accepts you, your acceptance is sent to the Beijing CSC office.
6. The Beijing CSC office sends your acceptance to your native country's China Embassy.
7. The China Embassy sends your acceptance and all needed documentation to you.
At any step of this process your application may be rejected. Again we don't know why, how, or when the decision is made. In the end, the school gets a final say on whether you receive the scholarship or not.
Here is the application I submitted last year and was awarded the scholarship:
1. Proposed Study in China: Chinese Language Student
2. Duration of the Major Study: For people learning Chinese - you can study for either one or two years, starting in September.
3. Study or Research Plan: In the previous years, they required all applicants to write something like a personal statement that was no less than 400 words (THIS IS STILL TRUE FOR EU APPLICANTS and probably for "degree" applicants), but now, you can just write in a few sentences that you would like to learn Chinese. Feel free to write a full "study plan" if you'd like - check out the archived thread for more information. Member Kdavid has provided us with his study plan for a successful application that you may use as a reference. The attachment is at the end of the post.
4. Organization/Person Recommending You: I say go for anything that sounds official: Use your university, your professor, the company you work for, this forum, whatever.
5. The Guarantor: Anyone you know in China - CSC will not call or contact them. You can make this part up if you want. For people who want a real person, extrapages has volunteered to be your guarantor. Maybe. If you participate in this thread. She is not a fan of giving her real name, address, and phone number to strangers. Seriously.
6. Letters of Recommendation: We have heard reports that letters of recommendations are NOT required for those studying Chinese and not pursuing a degree. This is also written on the website. Include them if you wish. Those who are pursuing a degree will need TWO letters of recommendation from professors/employers.
7. You need a notarized copy of your most recent transcript, and your high school diploma (for those who are still in university) or degree (if you already graduated from college). If it is not in English or Chinese, you need to get it translated into one of those two languages.
8. They want TWO copies of the application. We're not sure of that means the whole application (including any documents) or just the application form - so we recommend that you send two of everything.
Here is a list of the known agency numbers. It is best to input the agency number of the embassy you are applying to, so U.S. applicants should input 8401 (number of the Chinese embassy in D.C.).
If you cannot find the agency number then try the number for your first pick university. This will automatically fill in that school as your first choice.
10006 - Beihang Univ. (BUAA) 10007 - Beijing Institute of Technology 10008 - Univ. of Science and Technology Beijing 10010 - Beijing Univ. of Chemical Tech. 10013 - Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications 10019 - China Agricultural Univ (CAU) 10022 - Beijing Forestry Univ. 10026 - Beijing University of Chinese Medicine 10027 - Beijing Normal Univ. 10028 - Capital Normal Univ. 10029 - Capital Institute of Physical Educations 10030 - Beijing Foreign Studies University 10031 - Beijing International Studies Univ. 10032 - Beijing Language and Culture Univ. 10034 - Central Univ. of Finance and Economics 10036 - Univ. of International Business and Economics 10038 - Capital Univ. of Business and Economics 10040 - China Foreign Affairs Univ. 10043 - Beijing Sport University 10045 - Central Conservatory of Music 10047 - Central Academy of Fine Arts 10048 - The Central Academy of Drama 10050 - Beijing Film Academy 10052 - Central University For Nationalities 10053 - China University of Political Science and Law 10054 - North China Electric Power University 10055 - Nankai University 10056 - Tianjin Univ. 10057 - Tianjin Univ. of Science and Technology 10062 - Tianjin Medical University 10063 - Tianjin Univ. of Traditional Chinese Medicine 10065 - Tianjin Normal Univ 10066 - Tianjin Univ. of Technology and Education 10068 - Tianjin Foreign Studies Univ. (TFSU) 10140 - Liaoning University 10141 - Dalian Univ. of Technology 10145 - Northeastern University 10151 - Dalian Maritime Univ. 10159 - China Medical University 10161 - Dalian Medical University 10165 - Liaoning Normal University 10166 - Shenyang Normal University 10172 - Dalian Univ. of Foreign Languages 10173 - Dongbei Univ of Finance and Economics 10183 - Jilin University 10184 - Yanbian Univeristy 10186 - Changchun Univ. of Science and Technology 10200 - Northeast Normal Univ. 10201 - Beihua Univ. 10203 - Jilin Normal Univ. 10210 - Heilongjiang Univ. 10213 - Harbin Institute of Technology 10217 - Harbin Engineering Univ. 10222 - Jiamusi University 10224 - Northeast Agriculture Univ. 10231 - Harbin Normal University 10246 - Fudan Univ. 10247 - Tongji Univ. 10248 - Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ. 10251 - East China Univ. of Science and Technology 10252 - Univ. of Shanghai for Science and Tech. 10255 - Donghua Univ. 10268 - Shanghai Univ. of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 10269 - East China Normal University 10270 - Shanghai Normal Univ. 10271 - Shanghai International Studies Univ. 10272 - Shanghai Univ. of Finance and Economics (SUFE) 10277 - Shanghai Univ. of Sport 10278 - Shanghai Conservatory of Music 10280 - Shanghai University 10284 - Nanjing Univ. 10285 - Soochow Univ. 10286 - Southeast University 10287 - Nanjing Univ. of Aeronautics and Astronautics 10288 - Nanjing Univ. of Science and Technology 10290 - China Univ. of Mining and Technology 10294 - Hohai University 10295 - Jiangnan University 10300 - Nanjing Univ. of Information Science and Tech. 10307 - Nanjing Agricultural University 10315 - Nanjing Univ of Chinese Medicine 10335 - Zhejiang University 10337 - Zhejiang Univ of Technology 10338 - Zhejiang Sci-Tech Univ. 10345 - Zhejiang Normal Univ. 10355 - China Academy of Art 10357 - Anhui University 10358 - Univ. of Science and Technology of China (USTC) 10359 - Hefei Univ. of Technology 10370 - Anhui Normal Univ. 10384 - Xiamen Univ. 10403 - Nanchang Univ. 10408 - Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute 10422 - Shandong University 10423 - Ocean University of China 10445 - Shandong Normal University 10459 - Zhengzhou University 10486 - Wuhan University 10487 - Huazhong Univ of Science and Tech 10491 - China Univ. of Geosciences (Wuhan) 10497 - Wuhan Univ. of Technology 10504 - Huazhong Agricultural Univ. 10511 - Huazhong Normal University 10520 - Zhongnan Univ. of Economics and Law 10560 - Shantou University 0081 - Embassy of P.R. China in Albania 0121 - Embassy of P.R. China in Algeria 0241 - Embassy of P.R. China in Angola 0281 - Embassy of P.R. China in Antigua and Barbuda 0311 - Embassy of P.R. China in Azerbaijan 0321 - Embassy of Argentina in P.R. China 0361 - Consulate - General of P.R. China in Sydney 0401 - Embassy of P.R. China in Austria 0441 - Embassy of P.R. China in Bahamas 0481 - Embassy of Bahrain in P.R. China 1041 - Embassy of P.R. China in Myanmar 1081 - Embassy of P.R. China in Burundi 1121 - Embassy of P.R. China in Byelorussia 1321 - Embassy of P.R. China in Cape Verde 1401 - Embassy of P.R. China in Central Africa 1441 - Embassy of P.R. China in Sri Lanka 1481 - Embassy of P.R. China in Chad 1521 - Embassy of P.R. China in Chile 1701 - Embassy of P.R. China in Colombia 1741 - Embassy of P.R. China in Comores 1781 - Embassy of P.R. China in the Republic of Congo 1801 - Embassy of P.R. China in the Democratic Republic of Congo 1881 - Embassy of P.R. China in Costa Rica 1911 - Embassy of P.R. China in Croatia 1921 - Embassy of Cuba in P.R. China 1961 - Embassy of P.R. China in Cyprus 2031 - Embassy of P.R. China in Czech 2041 - Embassy of P.R. China in Benin 2081 - Embassy of P.R China in Denmark 2121 - Embassy of P.R. China in Dominica 2141 - Office of Development Commercial of P.R. China in Dominicana 2181 - Embassy of P.R. China in Ecuador 2261 - Embassy of P.R. China in Equatorial Guinea 2301 - Embassy of P.R. China in Ethiopia 2321 - Embassy of P.R. China in Eritrea 2331 - Embassy of P.R. China in Esthonia 2421 - Embassy of P.R. China in Fiji Islands 2461 - Embassy of P.R. China in Finland 8041 - Embassy of P.R. China in Ukraine 8071 - Embassy of P.R. China in Macedonia 8081 - Embassy of P.R. China in Egypt 8261 - Embassy of P.R. China in United Kingdom 8341 - Embassy of P.R. China in Tanzania 8401 - Embassy of P.R. China in U.S.A. 8581 - Embassy of P.R. China in Uruguay 8601 - Embassy of P.R. China in Uzbekistan 8621 - Embassy of P.R. China in Venezuela
Applying to the university of choice before applying is OPTIONAL. We don't know if you get a better chance of either getting the scholarship or getting your first choice if you do get the scholarship. Also, there is no guarantee that you will get your first, second, or third choice that you list. There have been some people last year that didn't get any of their three and were sent to a random university.
If you do apply beforehand, the university will send you an acceptance letter (which you would include with your scholarship application) and a student visa form that you will use to apply for your Chinese visa.
You are normally not allowed to change universities, but it is possible. By possible I mean nearly impossible. A fellow Canadian classmate was only allowed to switch schools after getting a recommendation from 大山 himself. If you don't know who 大山 is, then look at it this way...have your country's ambassador talk to the head of the CSC on your behalf.
The Foreigner Physical Examination Form
You can get it filled out by your family doctor, internist, or a doctor from a clinic. It usually takes no more than 20 minutes. You don't need a "seal," as stated - the signature of the doctor and a stamp with the doctor's name and address and contact information of the hospital/clinic is fine. As for the "photo section" - it requires either a signature or stamp on the photo and paper (half on/half off at the same time) so that it can act as a seal to prove that it is your photo and has not been tampered with.
For those of you currently in Beijing needing a physical examination it may be done here.
DO NOT send the ORIGINAL Foreign Physical Examination Form with either the CSC application or your visa application. Send copies. You keep the ORIGINAL with you - treat it like your passport (even though you'll never use it again).
Notification: If you get the scholarship (notification is sent to you sometime around May/June - some people were notified as late as August), CSC will send you a package filled with information on the selected school, an admission letter from that school, a letter reminding you that you must register at the school between certain dates, and the Visa Application Form for Study in China (JW201) already filled out by CSC. All you need to do is get the visa, book your flight, and come to China.
Stipend: All fees are taken care of. The only thing you need to manage is your stipend. Some universities will give you an ATM card that gets money deposited in it every month, while others will require you to pick up cash from a certain office. the stipend is generally handed out at the end of the month. The stipend starts at 1400 RMB a month - and a normal person will blow that in about a couple weeks or so eating out, exploring the city, buying daily necessities, partying - but it is POSSIBLE to live off just that if you just stay home and study, eat at the cafeteria, and have no life. My school did say starting next year that the stipend would be doubled, so for example I would get 3400/mo as a master's student (1700x2). I'll believe it when I see it.
Housing: The housing provided is the cheapest international students' accommodations the school offers. Usually, it's a tiny room with two desks, two closets, and two beds - without a private bathroom (you use a shared one with the rest of the floor). At some schools you can move to a nicer dorm, even to a single - as long as you pay the difference. However, in ALL cases, if you decide to move off-campus, you will lose the housing money altogether. They will not help you with your rent.
Insurance: The scholarship pays for crap insurance. If you have health issues or would like to have comprehensive insurance, pay for your own plan before you get to China. You don't want to be on this insurance if something serious happens to you. You're going to get third-world country treatment and nothing more.
I found a strange CSC Liaison Officer Contact Page. It gives you contact information of people in Beijing. Yeah. Good luck with that.
There are AGE LIMITS for those applying for the scholarship. Please read the CSC page on eligibility for more information.
JOIN THE DISCUSSION - SAY HELLO
Hello. Where are you applying from? Just studying Chinese or pursuing a degree? What did your local Chinese embassy say? Where and how did you get your papers notarized? Did you apply for your school of choice beforehand? Where did you get your Physical Exam done? Anything else you learned or would like to share?
Please refrain from discussion on which schools to apply to. There is a lot of information you may find around these forums. If you find the application process is too overbearing, we are here for you. Yet, keep in mind this is how things are done in China, so consider the commitment of living there.
I want to thank everyone that has been/is/will be a part of this project - including all the admins, members, lurkers - everyone, especially extrapages. Extrapages has helped out thousands over the years and helped spread awareness that the Chinese government will pay you to study in China. It's a huge collaborative effort, and I'm glad we're in this together. Good luck, boys and girls. See you in China!