One of the biggest international Scholarships of 2024 is now open for applications in over 260+ verified Chinese Universities which are participating with China Scholarship Council to award CSC Scholarships 2024 to international students directly, or via embassy channel.
I was fortunate enough to be awarded the Chinese Government Scholarship, commonly referred to as the CSC Scholarship, for my Master’s (MS) degree at Nanjing University in 2015. Impressively, I secured this scholarship once again in 2018 for my PhD at the same university. Drawing from this personal journey and the insights I gained along the way, I have crafted this guidance article. My aim is to share the best practices and valuable experiences that I accumulated, with the hope of aiding international students who aspire to pursue their studies in China at no cost. This article is a comprehensive resource, designed to empower prospective students to successfully navigate the process and avail themselves of this incredible opportunity.
Chinese government scholarship 2024 is announced on November 15, 2023, for all subject fields, degree levels, short courses, exchange programs, and even language programs and the last date to apply for this CSC scholarship is March 30, 2024, for the classes starting in September 2024.
Who can apply for China Government CSC Scholarship 2024?
China government CSC scholarship is available for all academic fields such as undergrad or postgrad degree programs, exchange programs, short courses, or language programs.
The CSC Scholarship offered by the Chinese Government for 2024 includes complimentary accommodation, tuition-free education, basic health insurance for students, funding for research expenses, and a monthly stipend of up to 3500 Yuan and the following chart will help you understand the benefits, duration, and age limit requirement of each of those programs offered under the umbrella of CSC scholarship at 260+ Chinese universities in 2024.
|China Government CSC Scholarship 2024 Subjects Scope, Stipend Information, and Age Limit|
|Degree/Courses Levels||Duration||Stipend/mon||Age Limit|
|BS degree||4 Years||CNY 2500||18-25|
|MS degree||3 Yeas||CNY 3000||22-35|
|PhD degree||4 Years||CNY 3500||25-40|
|Exchange programs||1-2 Semesters||CNY 2000||18-35|
|Short courses||Min 2 Weeks||CNY 1500||18-45|
|Language programs||Min 6 months||CNY 1500||18-60|
Common Application Routes for Chinese CSC Scholarship 2024?
The China Scholarship Council (CSC) has announced the application procedures for its 2024-2025 scholarship program, offering three distinct routes for prospective international students who wish to study for free in China as explained below:
1# Embassy Route (CSC Scholarship Type A): China Scholarship Council partnered with higher education governing bodies of most countries to accept CSC scholarship applications via their embassies in most countries. Students will see advertisements in local newspapers, or social media of their country about CSC scholarship 2024. If someone will apply for CSC scholarship via embassy route then Type A needs to be selected in CSC scholarship application form online.
2# University Route: CSC Scholarship Type B:
Type B of the CSC scholarship is the most easy and convenient one because international students can directly submit applications for CSC scholarships at participating Chinese Universities in 2024. This method directly allows international students to apply for admission on China Government Scholarship in over 260 Chinese universities Interested candidates should choose the Type B option on their CSC scholarship application form to utilize the CSC scholarship quota offered by these Chinese universities.
3# Alternate Channels: CSC Scholarship Type C:
The CSC also allocates specific quotas for international universities and international Chinese language institutions through exchange programs. Applicants using these channels should opt for the Type C route on their 2024 CSC scholarship application form.
Simple Steps to Apply for CSC Scholarships in 3 Chinese Universities
International students are given this choice to select 3 Chinese Universities out of 260 Universities to submit applications for CSC scholarship. All these three applications of China government scholarship must be submitted separatly as explained below:
1# Fill Out China Scholarship Council CSC Type B form first:
- Visit the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and complete the CSC Scholarship online application form.
- Choose up to three Chinese universities that you prefer and add their agency numbers.
- Select the ‘Type B’ scholarship route on the CSC application form.
- Fill out the form, submit it, and download a copy for your records and head towards the admission application submission phase as explained below.
2# Apply for Admission to all 3 Chinese Universities separatly:
- Visit international student office (ISO) websites of preferred Chinese universities
- Navigate to their CSC scholarship page and check application deadline
- Start the online admission application process on each university’s website.
- Attach the downloaded copy of your CSC application form as explained in #1.
- Include all required documents: academic records, 2 original letters of recommendation, study plan, motivation letter, physical examination report, research proposal, and foreigner physical exam form.
- Wait for the final results announcement
Remember, while the CSC Scholarship application is done through the CSC’s portal, each Chinese university has its own application system for accepting admission applications. It’s important to carefully follow the requirements for both to ensure your applications are complete and correctly submitted.
What will happen if applicant get selected by multiple Universities for Chinese Scholarships?
International students can apply for CSC scholarships to any of 3 participating Chinese universities but upon selection by multiple universities, candidate has to opt for any one of those. Then that Chinese university after approval from education ministry of China will send documents of admission letter and study visa invitation.
List of documents required to submit an application for China Government CSC Scholarship 2024:
Here’s a table outlining the documents generally required for applying to the China Scholarship Council (CSC) for Bachelor’s (BS), Master’s (MS), and Doctoral (PhD) programs. Please note that specific requirements may vary slightly depending on the university and the program.
|Documents for CSC Scholarship Application Submission|
|Document||Bachelor’s (BS)||Master’s (MS)||Doctoral (PhD)|
|CSC Scholarship Form||✓||✓||✓|
|University Admission form||✓||✓||✓|
|Recommendation Letters||✕||✓ (usually 2)||✓ (usually 2-3)|
|Physical Examination Record||✓||✓||✓|
|Language Proficiency Proof||✓ (if required)||✓ (if required)||✓ (if required)|
|Portfolio/Work Samples||✕ (unless required)||✕ (unless required)||✕ (unless required)|
List of Subjects offered on CSC Scholarships 2024
Here’s a table categorizing the subjects and research areas offered under the Chinese Government CSC Scholarships:
|List of Subjects for CSC Scholarship Admissions|
|Subjects Categories||Subjects/Research Areas|
|A Category Subjects: Humanities & Social Sciences||Economics, Management, Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Business Administration, International Business, Law, Education, English Language and Literature, Chinese Language and Literature, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology|
|B Category Subjects: Science, Engineering & Agriculture||Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Environmental Science, Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries|
|C:Category Subjects Fine Arts & Medicine||Fine Arts, Music, Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Public Health|
This table provides a clear overview of the diverse range of subjects and specializations available under the CSC Scholarship program, spanning from humanities and social sciences to science, engineering, agriculture, fine arts, and medicine.
List of Universities Partnering With China Scholarship Council to Offer CSC Scholarships 2024-2025
Following are top 100 Chinese Universities that parterned with China Scholarship council to offer multiple CSC Scholarships to international students in 2024:
- Peking University
- Tsinghua University
- Fudan University
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University
- Zhejiang University
- University of Science and Technology of China
- Nanjing University
- Beijing Normal University
- Wuhan University
- Sun Yat-sen University
- Harbin Institute of Technology
- Xi’an Jiaotong University
- Tongji University
- Huazhong University of Science and Technology
- Sichuan University
- Renmin University of China
- East China Normal University
- Nankai University
- Shandong University
- Xiamen University
- Beihang University (formerly Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics)
- Southeast University
- University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
- Jilin University
- Dalian University of Technology
- Lanzhou University
- Beijing Institute of Technology
- Tianjin University
- China Agricultural University
- Southwest Jiaotong University
- Beijing Foreign Studies University
- South China University of Technology
- Central South University
- Chongqing University
- Ocean University of China
- Northwest A&F University
- Beijing University of Chemical Technology
- Northeastern University
- China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)
- Beijing University of Technology
- Zhengzhou University
- Hunan University
- Northwest University
- Guangxi University
- Fujian Normal University
- Hefei University of Technology
- Yunnan University
- Capital Medical University
- Shenzhen University
- Qingdao University
- East China University of Science and Technology
- Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
- Nanjing University of Science and Technology
- Beijing Jiaotong University
- Northeast Normal University
- Harbin Engineering University
- Southwest University
- Southwestern University of Finance and Economics
- Shanghai University
- Nanjing Normal University
- Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
- University of International Business and Economics
- Wuhan University of Technology
- Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology
- Kunming University of Science and Technology
- Tongji University
- Nanjing Medical University
- Central China Normal University
- Xidian University
- Shanghai International Studies University
- Jiangnan University
- Soochow University
- Wuhan University of Science and Technology
- Beijing Sport University
- China University of Political Science and Law
- University of Science and Technology Beijing
- Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture
- Dalian Maritime University
- Donghua University
- Shanghai Maritime University
- South China Normal University
- China University of Mining and Technology
- Tianjin Medical University
- Nanjing Agricultural University
- Beijing Language and Culture University
- Northeast Forestry University
- Anhui University
- Ningbo University
- Beijing University of Chinese Medicine
- Guangzhou University
- Henan University
- Jiangsu University
- Shanxi University
- Hangzhou Normal University
- Northwest Normal University
- Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
- Xi’an International Studies University
- China Pharmaceutical University
- Zhejiang Normal University
- Hebei University