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In order to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese people and people from all over the world, and to develop cooperation and exchanges in fields of politics, economy, culture, education and trade between China and other countries, Chinese government has set up a series of scholarship programs to sponsor international students, teachers and scholars to undertake studies and researches in Chinese higher education institutions (Chinese HEIs).

International students under Chinese Government Scholarship Programs (hereinafter referred to as scholarship students) will be allocated in Chinese HEIs designated by the Ministry of Education of P. R. China (hereinafter referred to as MOE) to pursue their proposed studies in the areas related to science, technology, agriculture, medicine, economics, law, management, education, history, liberal arts and philosophy.

MOE formulates Chinese government scholarship plans on an annual basis, and entrusts China Scholarship Council (hereinafter referred to as CSC) to manage the recruitment and carry out the routine management of Chinese Government Scholarship Programs.

Outstanding students, teachers and scholars from all over the world are welcome to undertake studies and researches in China!


Chinese Government Scholarship Program (scholarship quota specified according to inter-governmental agreements)

It is established by MOE in accordance with educational exchange agreements or MOUs signed between Chinese government and South African governments to provide both full scholarships and partial scholarships. The program supports students who come to study in China on undergraduate and postgraduate programs, Chinese language training programs, general scholar and senior scholar programs.

Applicants shall apply for the scholarship through Department of Higher Education & Training or the Chinese Embassy in Pretoria.


1. Chinese Government Scholarship falls into two categories: full scholarship and partial scholarship.

1) Full scholarship

-Exempt from registration fee, tuition fee, fee for laboratory experiment, fee for internship and fee for basic learning materials, and accommodation fee for dormitory on campus;

-Living allowance;

-One-off settlement subsidy after registration for new student;

-Fee for outpatient medical service, Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Protection Scheme for International Students in China;

-One-off inter-city travel subsidy (each for coming-in and leaving China): A hard-seat train ticket (hard-berth train ticket for overnight trip) will be provided for scholarship students traveling

From the port of entry upon registration to the city where the admitting institution or Chinese language training institution or preparatory education institution is located;

From the Chinese language training institution or the preparatory education institution to the city where the university for major study is located;

From the city where the institution is located to the nearest port for departure upon graduation.

In principle, the port of entry is Beijing, or a port of entry near where the university is located.

2) Partial scholarship

One or some items of the full scholarship (one-off settlement subsidy and one-off inter-city travel allowance excluded).

* International travel expenses: Applicants are expected to pay for their own international travel expenses.

For more information about the scholarships above, please refer to Application Procedures.


1. Time for Application

The application period for the Chinese Government Scholarship Program is from January to 15 March, 2012. South African applicants please contact with Education Section of Chinese Embassy in Pretoria, E-mail: edu_za@163.com.

Applicants shall consult DHET & Chinese Embassy about details on the application period and procedures.

2. Application Mode

-Applicants shall meet the basic qualifications prescribed in the Application Procedures.

Applicants shall fill in and submit the application form online first and then submit the printed version and the supporting documents required by CSC to Chinese Embassy.

The CSC Online Application System for Study in China is available on http://laihua.csc.edu.cn

Those who cannot apply online shall ask Chinese Embassy for the application form and submit the documents to Chinese Embassy.

-Applicants shall fill in the Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship truly, correctly and completely. They also need to provide supporting documents including notarized photocopies of diplomas, transcripts, study plan, health certificate and recommendation letters. Please include a photocopy of passport if available.

- Application documents shall reach CSC before the deadline via Chinese Embassy. Application documents received after the deadline will not be processed. (Please see Application Procedures)

-Application documents will not be returned.

-Crucial documents such as original copies of diplomas and Foreigner Physical Examination Form must be properly kept by the applicants themselves.

-Dispatching authorities for Chinese Government Scholarship Programs are as follows:

Education Section, Chinese Embassy in South africa

225 Athlone Street

Arcadia 0083


3. Selection of Institutions and Specialities

Applicants for Chinese Government Scholarship Program shall choose their host institutions and subjects from the Chinese HEIs under the Program. Please check the Directory of the Chinese Institutions Admitting International Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Program or visit http://www.csc.edu. cn/laihua/ for further information. Chinese government scholarship candidates will not be placed in universities or majors which are not listed in the Directory.

4. Language of Instruction

-Chinese HEIs generally conduct courses in Chiense language. Applicants with no command of Chinese are generally required to take Chinese language courses for 1-2 years before their major studies. Applicants who apply for study in science, engineering, agriculture, medicine (western medicine), economics, management and law are required to take Chinese language courses for 1 year. Applicants who apply for study in literature, history, philosophy, and medicine (traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese herb medicine) are required to take Chinese language courses for 2 years.

-Chinese is the only instruction language for undergraduate programs. Some of the Chinese HEIs could conduct postgraduate programs and non-degree courses for general and senior scholars in English. Please check the Directory of the Chinese Institutions Admitting International Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Program (http://www.csc.edu.cn/laihua/). Candidates who choose English taught programs can be exempted from preparatory courses.

5. Undergraduate Foundation Program

According to the regulations of MOE, from 2010, applicants coming for undergraduate studies under the Chinese Government Scholarship Program are required to attend the college preparatory courses in the universities appointed by CSC for one to two years, which include the fundamentals of Chinese language, mathematics, physics and chemistry. Only by passing the examinations of these preparatory courses can they start their undergraduate studies upon due time.

CSC entrusts Beijing Language and Culture University, Tianjin University, Shandong University, Nanjing Normal University, Huazhong Normal University, Tongji University and Northeast Normal University to offer the college preparatory courses in 2012/2013 academic year.

New students could be exempted from the college preparatory courses if they:

-Complete their secondary education in Chinese: an official letter from their school of secondary education certifying that Chinese language is the instruction language for the compulsory courses must be submitted.

-The students should reach the certain level required by the host university. A photocopy of the HSK Certificate must be attached to the application documents. The validity of the HSK test is two years.


1. CSC will assess all the application documents and will make necessary adjustments on the proposed institutions, specialties and duration of study. The application will not be accepted if applicants fail to meet the eligibility or submit incomplete documents.

2. The qualified applications will be forwarded to Chinese HELs for recruitment and the Chinese HEIs will forward their nominations to CSC for approval. If the applicant has been accepted by an institution prior to application, the applicant is required to enclose the  admission letter in the application documents.

3. Scholarship applicants accepted by Chinese HEIs will be officially awarded the Chinese Government Scholarship with the approval from CSC.

4. CSC will send the Admission Notice and Visa Application Form for Study in China (JW201) to DHET & Chinese Embassy by July 31st , 2012, who will forward the documents to the students.

5. Each applicant can only apply for ONE scholarship under the Chinese Government Scholarship Program. Applicants should note only one scholarship may be granted, even if they apply for more than one scholarship or more than one institution. CSC reserves the right to choose a scholarship or a university for the applicant.


1. Visa Application

Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Program should apply for visa to study in China at the Chinese embassy or consulate-general with the original documents and one set of photocopies of the Admission Notice, Visa Application for Study in China (JW201) and Foreigner Physical Examination Form and valid passport. Those who will study in China for more than 6 months need to apply for "X" visa, and those who will study in China less than 6 months (including 6 months) can apply for."F"..visa. The scholarship students must come to China and register with institutions with the original copies of the above documents. Students who come to China with other types of passports, visas or without the original documents will not be able to register with institutions, nor will they be able to apply for the residence permit in China.

2. Registration

Scholarship students must register with the institutions within the set time with original Admission Notice, Visa Application for Study in China (JW201) and Foreigner Physical Examination Form. Those who are unable to register on time must get permission from the institution directly. Those who fail to register without the prior consent of the institution will be considered as voluntarily giving up the scholarship which will be automatically withdrawn.

3. Health Verification and Residence Permit

Health verification: Scholarship students who are to stay in China for more than 6 months are requested to bring their passports, Admission Notice, the original Foreigner Physical Examination Form and the Blood Test Report to the local health quarantine office to have their medical examination reports verified. Scholarship students who do not meet the requirements of the above authority will be required to re-take the medical examination. Those who refuse to re-take the medical examination or are diagnosed with diseases that are not permitted to stay in China according to the Chinese laws and regulations will be required to leave China.

Residence Permit: After the health verification, the scholarship students must apply for residence permit to the local police authority with their passports, Admission Notice and Visa Application Form for Study in China (JW201) within 30 days upon their arrival.

Expenses incurred in the procedures above shall be born by the scholarship students themselves.


The Transfer Service Station for Chinese Government Scholarship students in Beijing Language and Culture University will provide transfer service to new scholarship students who have to make a stopover in Beijing to other cities between August 25th and September 15th, 2011. Detailed services provided during the stopover are as follows:

1. Free accommodation on campus (double room) for full scholarship students and partial scholarship students.

2. One-off settlement subsidy for full scholarship students.

3. Medical service needed during the transfer for full scholarship students and partial scholarship students whose scholarship covers medical care service.

4. A hard-seat or hard-berth train ticket from Beijing to the city where the institution is located.

Chinese Embassy in SA, Embassy of SA in China or South African students themselves are kindly requested to inform the Transfer Service Station of the arrival date as well as the flight or train number one week in advance.


Transfer Service Station for Chinese Government Scholarship Students:

Tel: 0086-10-82303706

Fax: 0086-10-82303326

E-mail: zhongzhuan@blcu.edu.cn

Add: No. 15 Xueyuan Lu, Haidian District, Beijing, P.R. China

Post Code: 100083

The full scholarship students who arrive in Beijing before or after the transfer service period or those who make a stopover in cities other than Beijing shall go to their universities by themselves. They will be reimbursed the hard-seat or hard-berth train ticket between the port of entry and the city of their institutions after registration (please submit the train ticket). They will receive the one-off settlement subsidy after registration.


Scholarship students are not permitted, in principle, to change their subjects, institutions or the duration of study specified in the Admission Notice and the Visa Application Form for Study in China (JW201).


1. In accordance with the Measures for the Annual Review of Chinese Government Scholarship Status, scholarship students who will study in China for more than one year must participate in the annual review of Chinese Government Scholarship Status. Entrusted by CSC, the hosting institutions will make a comprehensive review on the scholarship students' performance, including academic record, learning attitude, class attendance, behavior, rewards and punishment.

2. Those who are qualified in the annual review are entitled to continue to enjoy the scholarship for the following academic year. For those who fail in the annual review, their scholarships will be suspended or terminated for the following academic year.

3. If students whose scholarship has been suspended but wish to continue to study in China, they still enjoy the comprehensive medical insurance provided by Chinese government during the suspension.

4. If students have financial difficulty during the suspension, they can apply to their host institutions for expense deduction. If they wish to resume the scholarship status, they must apply to participate in the annual review for the next academic year. Their scholarship status will be resumed if they are qualified for the annual review.

5. Students who have got their scholarship terminated are not permitted to apply for scholarship resumption.

Please refer to the Measures for the Annual Review of Chinese Government Scholarship Status for details.


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