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How to apply for Confucius Institute Scholarship

Basic qualifications required

Scholarship for Students of MTCSOL

Applicants are required to have bachelor degrees or its equivalent with a score of at least 180 on the HSK (level 5) and a score of at least 50 on the HSKK (intermediate level), and make a written commitment stating that he/she will be engaged in Chinese language teaching for at least 5 years after graduation.

Scholarship for One-Academic Year Students

Applicants should achieve a score of at least 180 on the HSK (level 3) and at least 60 on the HSKK (primary level), or complete their study at a Confucius Institute for over 120 hours.

Scholarship for One-Semester Students

Applicants should achieve a score of at least 120 on the HSK (level 2) and at least 40 on the HSKK (elementary level), or complete their study at a Confucius Institute for over 60 hours.

The requirements are flexible. Please talk to Prof. Wu at the Confucius Institute at UCT.

Procedures for applying

Applicants should log on to the Confucius Institute Scholarship website at, set up an individual account, read information and introduction of host institutes and majors, complete and submit the Confucius Institute Scholarship Application Form online. Then print out a hard copy and bring it to Prof. Wu Qianlong at the Confucius Institute at UCT

Confucius Institutes (independently set-up Confucius Classrooms), overseas Chinese test centers, educational and cultural offices (sections) of Chinese embassies (consulates), host institutes and institutions of higher education in those countries with no Confucius Institutes are entrusted by Hanban as the recommending institutions. The recommending institutions shall exam the qualification and application materials of applicants, and submit the list of recommended applicants to Hanban byApril 25th, 2014.

Host institutes are responsible for reviewing the qualification of applicants and submitting the proposed enrollment name list of qualified candidates to Hanban by May 25th, 2014.

Hanban will organize an expert panel to make the final selection, and publish the name list of successful applicants on the Scholarship website by June 15th, 2014. Hanban will also inform the host institutes and the recommending institutions, which will inform the applicants.

The host institutes will post "Admission Notice", "Enrollment Instructions", "Visa Application Form for Foreigners to Study in China" (JW202 Form) and other related materials to successful applicants through their recommending institutions by July 1st,2014.

Credentials to submit while applying online

Applicants must log onto the Scholarship website, fill out the "Confucius Institute Scholarship Application Form", and attach the electronic files of the following materials:

  1. Photocopy of Passport Photo Page
  2. Photocopy of HSK and HSKK Result Report
  3. Notarized highest education diplomas attained or proof of study
  4. Reference Letter and Letter of Commitment. Students attending Chinese language programs of universities in countries with no Confucius Institutes established shall attach a reference letter signed and issued by the university President. The Master's Degree Scholarship applicants are required to submit reference letters provided by two professors or associate professors (in Chinese or English). A written commitment stating that the applicant will be engaged in Chinese language teaching for at least 5 years after graduation (written in Chinese and sign with signature).
  5. Applications under the age of 18 shall submit relevant legal documents of entrusted legal guardians in China.
  6. Winners of the finals of the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competitions for Foreign College Students and for Foreign High School Students in China shall submit the scholarship certificate. Winners of preliminary rounds of the"Chinese Bridge" Proficiency Competitions in their countries shall provide award proof and reference letter provided by the organizers.
  7. Chinese language teachers shall submit certificate of employment and recommendation letters provided by institutes they work for.
  8. Other materials required by host institutes.

Recepients of Scholarship 2011-12

Recepients of Scholarship 2013