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2003-11-18
Notice to Foreigners to Study in China for the Academic Year of 2000/2001
 
Since the reform and opening-up policy in 1987, China has received over 300 thousand overseas students from more than 160 countries. They include language students, undergraduates, postgraduate (MA and PhD), senior visiting scholars and general scholars. Financially, they are divided into two groups: scholarship students and self-supporting students.  
The China Scholarship Council (CSC) takes charge of  
(1) the applications for and management of the Chinese government scholarships for foreigners' study in China.  
(2) the application and enrollment of candidates recommended by overseas academic institutions, educational organizations or non-governmental  friendly associations.  
(3) individuals's  application to study in China as self-supporting student.  
The CSC has established wide contact with 400 Chinese institutions of higher learning or so and thus is able to provide first rate consulting and other services. The CSC  welcomes outstanding young students, scholars and teachers selected by all other countries coming to study or do research at institutions of higher learning in China.  

Chinese government scholarship programs and application

1. Chinese government scholarship programs  
1) Foreign Student Scholarship  
It is set by the educational exchange program signed or the understanding reached by China and other countries, organizations or institutions. It is divided into full scholarship and partial scholarship. Applicants can apply to the Australian government organizations or relevant organizations in charge of students studying abroad, or to the Chinese embassy or consulate in Australia.  
2) The Great Wall Scholarship  
It is set for the candidates recommended by the United Nations Educational, scientific and cultural Organization (UNESCO). It is full scholarship. Applicants can apply to the UNESCO or its branches.  
3) HSK Winner Scholarship Program
It is established for the candidates with excellent performance in HSK test (Chinese Proficiency Test). It is full scholarship. Applicants can apply to China Scholarship Council (CSC) through the test holding unit ( The Chinese Department of New South Wales University in Sydney, ) or the Chinese embassy  (consulate).  
4) Chinese Culture Research Fellowship
It is established for overseas scholars who are engaged in the study of Chinese culture. It is full scholarship. Applicants can apply to the CSC through the recommendation of relevant Chinese institutions, professors or the Chinese embassy (consulate) or directly to the CSC.  
5) Distinguished Foreign Students Scholarship  
It is established for students with excellent performance both in conduct and study who have finished one level of study in China and continue to pursue a higher level degree study in China. It is full scholarship. Applicants can apply to the CSC through the recommendation of their institution.  
6) Short-term Studies Scholarship Program for Foreign Teachers Teaching Chinese  
It is established for foreign Chinese language teachers. It is full scholarship. Applicants can apply to the CSC through relevant Chinese institutions or the  Chinese embassy (consulate) or directly to the CSC.  

2. Types of Chinese Scholarship  
The Chinese Scholarship is divided into two types: full scholarship and partial scholarship:  
1) Full Scholarship:  
Full scholarship covers tuition, medical care, learning material, lodging and living allowance.  
2) Partial Scholarship:  
It covers one or several of the first four items of full scholarship.  
International air ticket
According to the agreement signed or the understanding reached, the CSC will provide international air ticket to China, return ticket or round-trip ticket. Other  
students shall bear their own expenses.  

Annual Review of Foreign Students' Scholarship Status of  Chinese Government Scholarship

According to the system of Annual Review of Foreign Students' Scholarship Status, foreign students who have been approved to study in China for more than one year shall go through the procedures of review of their qualifications needed to continue to receive the scholarship in the following academic year.  
1. The Content of Review  
Attitude towards study, examination results, attendance, conduct, rewards and punishments received (different institutions set different standards of review)  
2. Procedures of review  
1) Scholarship students should apply for and fill out the Form for Annual Review of  Foreign Students' Scholarship Status and turn the completed Form to the institution. The institution will submit the form after offering their comments to the CSC for examination and approval.  
2) Those who pass the review of the CSC will have the qualifications to receive the scholarship for the next academic year.  
3)  Those who fail will have their qualifications suspended. The duration lasts for one year.  
4)  Those who have their qualifications suspended can apply to continue their study as self-supporting students and ask for exemption of certain fees. After one year of suspension and continuation of study in China, those involved may apply to resume their scholarships. The institution, after commenting, will submit the application to the CSC for approval. Those who stop their study after suspension of their scholarship cannot resume their scholarships.  

Application for self-supporting students  

There are 400 universities and colleges in China which receive foreign students of different levels. Applicants can apply to CSC through Australian educational organizations, non-governmental friendly associations, or directly to CSC. Applicants can also apply directly to the Chinese higher education institutions.  
People who are interested in studying in Chinese higher education institutions may ask the Education Office of the Chinese Consulate-General in Sydney for detailed information, or can visit CSC website: http://www.csc.edu.cn , from which you can get information regarding the addresses and telephone numbers of the Chinese higher education institutions which receive foreign students.  
Expenses for self-supported study in China  
Liberal arts  
    Undergraduates or general scholar: 14,000-26,000 yuan (per person per year)  
    Master's  candidate or senior scholar: 18,000-30,000 yuan (per person per year)  
    Doctor's  candidate: 22,000-34,000 yuan (per person per year)  
    Short-term candidates: 3,000-4,800 yuan (per person per month)  
Science, engineering and agriculture:  
    10% to 30% higher than liberal arts students  
Medicine, physical education and arts:  
    50%-100% higher than liberal arts students  
Application fee: 400-800 yuan  
Lodging: If living in the institution, it is charged in accordance with its standard for students living in the institution.  
Other expenses: Living allowance, medical care in the institution, teaching material and fees of experiments, teaching practice, touring outside the teaching plan shall be on the students.  
Note: At present, CNY 100 yuan roughly equals to US$ 12.  

Test of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)

1. Test of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry  
Applicants for undergraduates in science, engineering, agriculture or medicine shall take the tests of mathematics, physics and chemistry organized by the Chinese embassy entrusted by the CSC. The minimum score for admission is 180. Undergraduates in economics, trade or management shall take part in the test of mathematics. The minimum score for admission is 60.  
The CSC will entrust the Chinese Embassy or Chinese institutions of higher learning to hold the Test of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. The examination is usually held in March. After the examination, the holding unit will provide the testees the certificate of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry Tests.  
2. Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)  
HSK is a standardized test to measure the Chinese proficiency non-native speakers. It is held in some Chinese embassies or Chinese institutions of higher learning by the State HSK Committee. Applicants for undergraduates of Chinese literature, history, philosophy, traditional Chinese medicine and traditional Chinese pharmacy shall reach Medium C level (level 6). Applicants for undergraduates of other majors shall reach Primary C level (level 3).  
For details, please consult the Chinese Department of University of New South Wales(Tel: 02-93852416; Fax: 02-93851090), or the Education Office of the Chinese Consulate General in Sydney or directly consult the State HSK Committee.  
Education Office of the Chinese Consulate General in Sydney:  
    Tel: 61-02-96973869, 96621723  
    Fax:61-02-96973368  
    Address:
            19 Anzac Parade  
            Kensington NSW 2033  
            Australia  

Office of State HSK Committee  
     Tel: 0086-10-82303682  
     Fax:0086-10-82303915  
     Address:  
           No 15 Xueyuan Lu, Haidian District  
           Beijing, PRC, 100083  

The application form and relevant materials applicants are required to submit
 
1. Application Forms  
There are two types of application forms: one for Chinese government scholarship and the other for self-supporting students.  
The first type include application form for Foreign Student Scholarship, Distinguished Students Scholarship, Chinese Culture Research Fellowship, HSK Winner Program and short-term Studies Scholarship Program for Foreign Teachers Teaching Chinese.  
The applicants should submit the application form on the basis of the scholarship they apply.  
Applicants recommended by the overseas academic institutions, educational organizations, or non-governmental friendly associations or individual applicants who apply to study in China as self-supporting students shall fill out and submit the application form for self-supported study in China.  
Applicants must use the forms printed by the CSC and fill out the forms with the required language. Incomplete forms, or the forms filled out in languages other than the required ones or without the applicants' signature are invalid. Each applicant must submit one original form and one photocopy. Please contact the local Chinese Embassy or Consulate for the Application Forms.  
2. Relevant application materials  
1) Physical Examination Record for foreigner and Blood Test Report  
According to China's  quarantine regulations, foreign students whose study in China exceeds 6 months must submit the photocopies of Physical Examination Record for Foreigner and Blood Test Report in duplicates. Applicants¡¯ medical examinations must cover all the items in the Physical Examination Record for Foreigner taken by a public hospital with qualified test facilities. Incomplete records or  those without a sealed photograph of the applicant are invalid. Since a completed physical examination record is effective only for six months from the date of examination, the applicants shall decide the date of taking the physical examination accordingly. If enrolled, the applicants shall bring the original copies of the records and the blood test reports when they come to China. Applicants shall be responsible for all the consequences caused by any false results of their medical examinations. Those without the original copy or with incomplete forms shall take the medical examination again at their own expenses.  
2) Highest diploma obtained, transcripts and document of being university students  
Applicants shall submit two notarized photocopies of highest diploma obtained and transcripts in Chinese or in English. If they are university students, applicants shall also submit documents of being university students.  
3) Recommendation letters  
Applicants who apply for master's degree, doctoral degree and those who apply to be associated professors (or people holding equivalent academic titles). Applicants who apply for Chinese Culture Research Fellowship or Short-term Studies Scholarship program for Foreign Teachers Teaching Chinese shall submit one or two recommendation letters or the documents of their institution.  
4) Art work  
Applicants for music shall submit one cassette of recorded audio materials of art work. Applicants of fine art shall submit 6 photographs of work (including two sketches and two colour paintings)  
5) Certificate of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry Tests  
Applicants for undergraduate studies of science, engineering, agriculture and medicine shall submit the Certificate of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry Tests. Applicants for undergraduate studies of economics, trade and management shall submit the Certificate of Mathematics Test.  
Application materials for scholarships shall reach the CSC within the set time via the Embassy in China or the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the dispatching country  which takes charge of selecting candidates.  
Application material for self-supported study must reach the CSC by May 31st,  2000.  Dossiers that fail to reach the CSC within the set time will not be processed. The application materials will not be returned.  

Selection of  institution and field of specialization, enrollment standard, elementary Chinese language study and courses taught in English  

1. Selection of institution of higher learning and field of specialization
There are 83 institutions of higher learning open to foreign students who enjoy Chinese government scholarships. Those who apply to study in China on Scholarships shall choose institutions and field of specialization from these 83 institutions. Preferences other than the 83 institutions are invalid. Please visit  http://www.csc.edu.cn/foreign_stu/99/notes.htm for Directory of the Chinese Institutions of Higher Learning Admitting Students on Scholarship and Their Fields of Specialization and Address of Chinese Institutions Admitting Foreign Students.  
There are 400 institutions or so open to foreign students (including the 83 institutions which are open to scholarship students). Self-supporting students shall choose their preferences and fields of specialization from these 400 institutions. Please visit the website of the CSC.  
2. Enrollment Procedures  
The CSC, after processing the application materials, shall send the materials to relevant institutions on the basis of the applicants¡¯ qualifications. The institutions shall make the decision of enrollment on merit basis. If already been admitted by a Chinese institution listed in the Directory, the applicants are kindly requested to attach the institution¡¯s  invitation letter along with their application materials so as to speed up the enrollment. For those countries which China has requested  to send only high level candidates such as postgraduates and advanced scholars, please make sure that candidates are dispatched according to these qualifications.  
3.  Category of the Applicants and Enrollment Requirements  
1) Undergraduates  
Applicants shall have finished senior high school and be under the age of 25. Their Chinese Proficiency Test(HSK), Tests of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry for undergraduates of science, engineering, agriculture or medicine and Test of Mathematics for undergraduates of economics, trade or management, shall reach the required standard.  
2) Master's  degree candidates  
Applicants shall submit certificate higher than a bachelor's  degree and be generally under the age of 35. The Chinese institutions will decide the enrollment through evaluation. If they pass all the graduate courses for the first year of major study (not including the time spent in Chinese language training), they can continue their study, and with a successful defense of their these, will be granted a Master's  degree. Those who fail to pass the examination shall immediately leave their institution and will only receive a certificate of advanced studies instead of a diploma.  
3) Doctoral degree candidates  
Applicants shall submit certificate higher than a master's degree and be generally under the age of 40. They will be enrolled in accordance with the requirements set by the Chinese institutions. Usually, they will be enrolled as senior scholars for one year, and the institution will decide whether they can be transferred to a regular doctoral degree candidate on the basis of the examination performance during the candidates' study in the institution.  
4) General Scholars  
Applicants shall have finished two years of undergraduate study and be under the age of 45. The duration of study shall not exceed two years. Advanced scholars will receive a certificate for their study upon completion of the program. No academic degrees will be granted.  
5) Senior Scholars  
Applicants must hold master's degree of higher, or they shall obtain the academic title of associate professor or higher and be under the age of 50. The duration of study shall not exceed one years. Advanced scholars will receive a certificate for their study upon completion of the program. No academic degrees will be granted.  
4. Elementary Chinese Study  
Applicants without certain mastery of Chinese shall study Chinese before pursuing their major study. Undergraduates in literature, history, philosophy, traditional Chinese medicine and traditional Chinese pharmacy shall study two years of Chinese before their major study, and undergraduates of other fields of specialization shall spend one year on Chinese before their major study.  
5. Courses Taught in English
At present, a number of subjects in certain institutions can be taught in English. Applicants whose native language or official language is English can apply to pursue doctor's  degree, master's  degree or advanced studies directly taught in English. Please visit the website of the CSC for Directory of the Chinese Institutions of Higher Learning Admitting Students on Scholarships and Their Specialities for the courses that can be taught in English. Undergraduates of all majors shall be taught in Chinese.  

The Issuance of Admission Notice, Visa Application and Registration in China

1. Admission Notice  
1) The Chinese Government scholarship students  
The institutions will send the Admission Notice to the CSC after enrolling the candidates. The CSC will send Admission Notice, together with Visa Application for Foreigners Wishing to Study in China (JW201) by July 31st, 2000 to the embassy in China or the Chinese embassy in the dispatching country, relevant dispatching organization or the applicants. It is kindly requested that authority concerned sent these two documents to the candidates in time so that the candidates can register at he required time.  
2) Self-supporting Students..  
The self-supporting students who are included in the bilateral exchange program or recommended by overseas academic institutions, educational organizations or non-governmental friendly associations will be arranged among the 83 institutions which are open to Chinese government scholarship students. The issuance of the Admission Notice and the Visa Application are the same as the scholarship students.  
Individual application for self-supported study will be processed by the 400 institutions which are open to foreign students. They take charge of the enrollment and are responsible for  direct sending the Admission Notice and Visa Application for Foreigners Wishing to Study in China (JW202) by July 31st , 2000.  
2. Visa Application  
According to the regulations of the Ministry of Public Security, foreign students whose stay in China exceeds 6 months shall bear general passport and student visa (X), and those whose stay in China within 6 month inclusive shall bear general passport and F visa. All foreign students shall bring the original copies of Admission Notice, Visa Application for Foreigners Wishing to Study in China (JW201) and Physical Examination Record for Foreigner to apply for the Visa to China and enter China with the above original documents. Those with other passports, visas or without the original forms of above mentioned documents cannot register at the institution, and they cannot apply for residence permit in China.  
3. Registration  
Students shall register at the time set on the Admission Notice. Those who cannot register at the set time shall direct ask for leave from the institution and must get approved. Those who fail to register at the set time without valid reasons are regarded as giving up the admission. The scholarship will not be retained for the candidates as well.  
International air ticket and transfer  
1) Those who are entitled to the Chinese government air ticket can apply to the Chinese embassy for the air ticket purchased by the CSC. They shall bear other expenses.  
2) In-service university and college teachers who are nominated by the developing countries to study in China on the government exchange programs are entitled to the round-trip international air ticket purchased by the CSC, provided that they submit, together with their application material, the documents about their in-service teachers' status which is signed by the university president and are attested by the Chinese embassy  together, otherwise they will be regarded as giving up the right for the air ticket.  
3) Students should try to book train or air tickets that can direct get them to the cities where their institutions are located and register on their own. Those who have to make a stopover in cities other than Beijing shall take care of themselves on their own expenses.  
For those who have to make a stopover in Beijing , the CSC entrusts Beijing Language and Culture University to take charge of the transfer during August 28th to September 5th , 2000.  Those who arrive in Beijing before or after the above-mentioned period of time will have to take care of themselves. Foreign embassies in China, Chinese embassies in the dispatching country or applicants are kindly asked to inform Beijing Language and Culture University of the date of arrival as well as the number of the flight or train in advance. The address of Beijing Language and Culture University is:  
                    No. 15 Xueyuan Lu, Haidian District  
                    Beijing, 100083  
                    Tel:0086-10-82303050  
                    Fax: 0086-10-82303922  
The expenses of scholarship students occurred during the stopover will be settled by Beijing Language and Cultural University according to relevant regulations. Self-supporting students shall bear relevant fees charged by the university.  
The application for change of institution or major and the extension of study of scholarship students  
1). The institution, major, research subject and duration of each scholarship student having been set when enrolled, in principle, they cannot be changed. If there do exist valid reasons to change, the students shall contact relevant institutions on their own (within the 83 institutions), they should get approved from the institution they are studying at and the institution they want to transfer to. The foreign embassy in China shall note the CSC together with the approval letters from relevant institutions. After approval, they can make the change.  
2) scholarship students who finish the planned study and want to extend their study in China shall apply to the institution., If agreed, the institution will give the students approval letters. If they want to change to other institutions, they shall submit the approval letter from the institution they plan to go. The foreign embassy in China shall note the CSC together with the approval letter, and be sure to include the students in the quota of the exchange program before April 30th, 2000.  
For enrollment procedures and requirements for both the Chinese government scholarship programs and self-supported study in China, please visit   http://www. csc. edu. cn .
You can download the application form for different programs.  

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