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I.carranza

I'm truly overwhelmed by the complexity of the process to get a Chinese scholarship. I'm pursuing a undergraduate scholarship.

Ironically, workers from the Chinese embassy and the local office of international affairs of my country seem a little unprepared and hesitant when answering my questions about the process, they only refer me to the official websites and I have several questions that are not listed in any website or forum.

Just to mention one of my questions:

I need to choose between a language scholarship or an undergraduate scholarship, in the website says I must be no older than 25 "WHEN APPLYING", I am currently 24, the application process closes on March, I turn 25 on July,12th. The person in charge of the scholarship section at the embassy had never seen a case like mine so he asked me to call the CSC offices at Beijing and ask them, I called them and they referred me back to my local Chinese embassy because they apprently did have an answer for me either. The office of international affairs told me to apply with them anyway since they think I'm eligible. (I have to apply thru them with cooperation of the Chinese embassy) That's maybe my major concern because I don't want to lose my time gathering all the documents they need for the embassy to tell me that I am not elegible before even letting me apply. If I can't apply for this one I would rather invest my time on gathering all the requirements for the language scholarship which is only for one year (I am looking forward to stay more than one year tho, that's why my main choice is the 4 year degree) and the age limit is higher. Anyway, I'm about to pay this guys from www.china-admissions.com which promise to check if I'm eligible or not before paying and if they consider I am eligible they will ask for a $USD800 fee to help me thru all the process, if I don't get accepted they will refund $USD 500. What should I do, they appear to be more knowledgeable than the people from the Embassy. Please share your thoughts. Thanks.

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roddy

I don't think we have any info on china-admissions. Same people as China Global Education Services, if you want to search for that as well.

 

I'm dubious about the way businesses are inserting themselves into the scholarships processes. The point of a scholarship is to get people who couldn't otherwise afford to study, to study. If being able to pay USD800 up front gets you an advantage, that seems unfair. If it doesn't get you an advantage - then there's no need to pay it, unless you're saving USD800 worth of your time. 

 

"The person in charge of the scholarship section at the embassy had never seen a case like mine so he asked me to call the CSC offices at Beijing and ask them, I called them and they referred me back to my local Chinese embassy because they apprently did have an answer for me either. The office of international affairs told me to apply with them anyway since they think I'm eligible"

The fact they can't handle simple queries like yours, though, means there'll be a market for hand-holding and reassurance, even if it doesn't make any difference to your chances. 

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somethingfunny

Try emailing the university you're interested in applying to and see if they can give you any information.

 

I hate these third party businesses, especially application services.  The market for helping Chinese students to apply to universities abroad is HUGE and obviously some people are trying to see if they can make money doing the same thing for overseas students applying for study in China.  I usually try and avoid this kind of thing and do everything myself, although I have to admit I have used similar services (like getting a visa in Hong Kong), but only when reasonably priced.  $800 dollars seems outrageous to me.  I wouldn't pay anything over 800RMB.

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chona

this agency is not accredited to peking university as per university admissions office

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