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Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS)- University Program at Xiamen University

Opportunity Detail

  • Language Requirement TOEFLIELTSHSK ( Chines )
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • LevelBachelor MasterPH.D
  • Eligible Region/Countries All
  • Medium of Instruction English Chinese
  • Field of study Different Fields
  • Funding Type Fully Funded
  • DurationVaried by degree level

Opportunity Description

Applications are open for the Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS)- University Program at Xiamen University (XMU). The Chinese Government Scholarship-University Program aims to promote the Chinese higher education brand globally. Xiamen University (XMU) is one of the prestigious universities designated to directly recruit international students for degree programs through this scholarship scheme.

Important Details

  • Organized by: Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS)
  • Host University: Xiamen University (XMU)
  • Level of Study: Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD
  • Application Deadline: February 28, 2023

Scholarship Duration

  • Bachelor’s: 4 or 5 years
  • Master’s: 2 or 3 years
  • Doctoral: 4 years

Fields of Study

Bachelor Programs: Consider C for Chinese and E for English Medium

  • Humanities (Pilot Class) (C)
  • Journalism and Communication (C)
  • Sociology (C)
  • Economics (C)
  • Accounting (C)
  • Business Administration (C)
  • Management Sciences and Engineering (C)
  • Law (C)
  • Public Administration (C)
  • English Literature (C)
  • Japanese Literature (C)
  • French Literature (C)
  • Russian Literature (C)
  • German Literature (C)
  • Spanish Literature (C)
  • Physics (C)
  • Aerospace Engineering (C)
  • Electronic Science (C)
  • Mathematics (C)
  • Chemistry (C)
  • Chemical Engineering and Technology (C)
  • Materials (C)
  • Biological Science (C)
  • Marine Science (C)
  • Environmental Science and Engineering (C)
  • Computer Science (C)
  • Software Engineering (C)
  • Architecture (C)
  • Civil Engineering (C)
  • Political Science (C)
  • Pharmacy (C)
  • New Energy Science and Engineering (C)
  • Public Health and Preventive Medicine (C)
  • Chinese Language (C)
  • Clinical Medicine (E)

Note: Find the details for the English program here and the Chines programs here

Master Programs:

  • Statistics (E)
  • Finance (E)
  • Quantitative Economics (E)
  • Management Economics (E)
  • Civil and Commercial Law (E)
  • International Law (E)
  • Fiscal and Tax Law (E)
  • Chemical Engineering (E)
  • Physical Chemistry (E)
  • Marine Affairs (E)
  • International Relations (E)
  • Finance (Degree of Management) (E)
  • Accounting (E)
  • Chinese Literature (C)
  • History (C)
  • Philosophy (C)
  • Journalism and Communication (C)
  • Anthropology and Ethnology (C)
  • Sociology (C)
  • Accounting (C)
  • Corporate Management (C)
  • Management Science (C)
  • Tourism and Hotel Management (C)
  • Finance (C)
  • Marketing (C)
  • Energy Policy (C)
  • Law (C)
  • Intellectual Property (C)
  • Politics (C)
  • Public Administration (C)
  • Public Policy (C)
  • Psychology (C)
  • English Language and Literature (C)
  • European Language and Literature (C)
  • Foreign Language Education (C)
  • Japanese Language and Literature (C)
  • French Language and Literature (C)
  • Fine Arts (C)
  • Physics (C)
  • Astronomy (C)
  • Mechatronic Engineering (C)
  • Instrument and Electrics (C)
  • Automation (C)
  • Aircraft (C)
  • Power Engineering (C)
  • Electronic Science (C)
  • Electromagnetic Acoustic (C)
  • Electronic Engineering (C)
  • Microelectronics and Integrated Circuits (C)
  • Mathematical Sciences (C)
  • Chemistry (C)
  • Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (C)
  • Materials Science and Engineering (C)
  • Biomaterials (C)
  • Life Sciences (C)
  • Ocean and Earth Sciences (C)
  • Environment and Ecology (C)
  • Computer Science and Technology (C)
  • Information and Communication Engineering (C)
  • Artificial Intelligence (C)
  • Software Engineering (C)
  • Medicine (C)
  • Architecture (C)
  • Civil Engineering (C)
  • Urban Planning (C)
  • Southeast Asian Studies (C)
  • Education (C)
  • Pharmaceutical Science (C)
  • Energy (C)
  • Public Health (C)

Note: Find the rest of the English programs here and enter this link for Chinese.

Ph.D. Programs:

  • Western Economics (E)
  • Finance (E)
  • Quantitative Economics (E)
  • Statistics (E)
  • International Law (E)
  • Law of the Sea (E)
  • Physical Chemistry (E)
  • Chemical Engineering (E)
  • Biochemical Engineering (E)
  • Industrial Catalysis (E)
  • Marine Affairs (E)
  • Finance (Degree of Management) (E)
  • Accounting (E)
  • Technology Economics and Management (E)
  • Intellectual Property Law (E)
  • English Language and Literature (E)
  • Linguistics and Applied Linguistics in Foreign Languages (E)
  • Condensed Matter Physics (E)
  • Mechatronic Engineering (E)
  • Opto-Electronic Engineering (E)
  • Electromagnetic Field and Microwave Technology (E)
  • Physics Electronics (E)
  • Circuits and Systems (E)
  • Microelectronics and Solid Electronics (E)
  • Computational Mathematics (E)
  • Fundamental Mathematics (E)
  • Applied Mathematics (E)
  • Zoology (E)
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (E)
  • Hydrobiology (E)
  • Cell Biology (E)
  • Genetics (E)
  • Environmental Science (E)
  • Environmental Engineering (E)
  • Ecology (E)
  • Environmental Management (E)
  • Computer Science and Technology (E)
  • Higher Education (E)
  • Physical Oceanography (E)
  • Marine Biology (E)
  • Marine Chemistry (E)
  • Marine Geology (E)
  • Marine Physics (E)
  • Marine Biotechnology (E)
  • Chinese Language and Literature (C)
  • History (C)
  • Philosophy (C)
  • Journalism and Communication (C)
  • Anthropology and Ethnology (C)
  • Sociology (C)
  • Accounting (C)
  • Corporate Management (C)
  • Marketing (C)
  • Management Science (C)
  • Tourism and Hotel Management (C)
  • Finance (C)
  • Energy Policy (C)
  • Law (C)
  • Intellectual Property Research (C)
  • Politics (C)
  • Public Administration (C)
  • Public Policy (C)
  • Marxism (C)
  • English Language and Literature (C)
  • Foreign Language Education (C)
  • European Language and Literature (C)
  • Physics (C)
  • Astronomy (C)
  • Mechatronic Engineering (C)
  • Instrument and Electrics (C)
  • Aircraft (C)
  • Power Engineering (C)
  • Automation (C)
  • Electronic Science (C)
  • Electromagnetic Acoustic Research (C)
  • Electronic Engineering (C)
  • Microelectronics and Integrated Circuits (C)
  • Mathematical Sciences (C)
  • Chemistry (C)
  • Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (C)
  • Materials Science and Engineering (C)
  • Life Sciences (C)
  • Ocean and Earth Science (C)
  • Environment and Ecology (C)
  • Computer Science and Technology (C)
  • Information and Communication Engineering (C)
  • Artificial Intelligence (C)
  • Software Engineering (C)
  • Medicine (C)
  • Civil Engineering (C)
  • Southeast Asia Studies (C)
  • Education (C)
  • Pharmaceutical Science (C)
  • Energy (C)
  • Public Health (C)

Note: Find the rest of the English programs here and enter this link for Chinese.

Scholarship Coverage

Chinese Government Scholarship University Program will cover the following costs:

  • Tuition costs
  • Free university dorm or a subsidy for lodging;
  • Stipend:
  •  Undergraduates receive CNY 2,500 per month
  •  Master’s students receive CNY 3,000 per month
  •  Doctoral students receive CNY 3,500 per month.
  • Full medical insurance: CNY 800 per person per year

Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to non-Chinese citizens
  • Applicants must meet the requirements of the programs for which they are applying.
  • Education and age restrictions (as of September 2023):
  •   Bachelor’s Programs: be an academically excellent high school diploma or equivalent holder under the age of 25
  •   Master’s Programs: be an academically excellent Bachelor’s degree or equivalent holder under the age of 35
  •   Doctoral Programs: be an academically excellent Master’s degree or its equivalent holder under the age of 40
  • Applicants to Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) or foreign language studies programs are ineligible.
  • CGS awardees are not allowed to accept any other scholarships (except one-time bonuses) sponsored by Chinese governments of different levels.
  • Applicants must be in good mental and physical health.

Language Requirements

Requirements for Chinese proficiency in Chinese-medium programs

  • Applicants for humanities, economics, management, and the law must have a Chinese language proficiency certificate of HSK 5 with a score of 210 or higher.
  • Applicants for sciences, engineering, and medicine must have a certificate of HSK band 4 with a score of 210 or higher.
  • Applicants who have completed all Chinese courses in high school or during their previous degree studies are waived from the HSK certificate requirement but must provide a high school and university medium-of-instruction certificate.

English proficiency requirements for English-medium programs

  • Applicants must present a TOEFL iBT certificate with a score of 80 or higher or an IELTS Academic certificate with an overall score of 6.0. TOEFL DI Code for XMU is C310.
  • Applicants who have completed all English courses in high school or previous university degrees are exempt from the TOEFL iBT or IELTS certificate requirement. Still, a high school and university medium-of-instruction certificate are required. This requirement is waived for native English speakers.

Required Documents

  1. Bachelor’s Degree:
  • Scanned copy of the 1st page of the passport (Valid till October 31, 2023)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Parents’ Identity documents
  • High School diploma/certificate
  • Academic Transcripts of high school
  • Language proficiency certificate
  • English/Chinese language proficiency certificate
  • Letter of Recommendation (In Chinese or English)
  • Personal Statement (min. 800 words)
  • Inbound Travelers’ Physical Examination Record
  • Statement of Financial Support Guarantee and its supporting documents (Accompanied by a copy of the financial sponsor’s valid passport or identification certificate)
  • Certificate of no criminal record
  • Other supporting documents

Note: Please check the guides here.

2. Master’s Degree:

  • Scanned copy of the 1st page of the passport (Valid till October 31, 2023)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Parents’ Identity documents
  • Bachelor’s degree certificate
  • Academic transcripts of Bachelor’s degree studies
  • Study or research plan (min. 1000 words, written in English or Chinese, depending on the program’s medium of instruction)
  • Two Recommendation letters (In Chinese or English)
  • English/Chinese language proficiency certificate
  • CV (In Chinese or English)
  • Inbound Travelers’ Physical Examination Record
  • Financial Support Guarantee Statement and its supporting documents (Accompanied by a copy of the financial sponsor’s valid passport or identification certificate)
  • Certificate of no criminal record
  • Other supporting documents

Note: Please check the guides here.

3. Doctoral Degree:

  • Scanned copy of the 1st page of the passport (Valid till October 31, 2023)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Parents’ Identity documents
  • Bachelor’s and master’s degree certificate
  • Academic transcripts for both Bachelor’s and master’s degree studies
  • Study or research plan (min. 1000 words, written in English or Chinese, depending on the program’s medium of instruction)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation, whether in Chinese or English;
  • English/Chinese language proficiency certificate
  • CV (In Chinese or English)
  • Inbound Travelers’ Physical Examination Record
  • Financial Support Guarantee Statement and its supporting documents (Accompanied by a copy of the financial sponsor’s valid passport or identification certificate)
  • Certificate of no criminal record
  • Other supporting documents

Note: Please check the guides here.

Important Notes

Language Requirements:

  • Applicants who do not fulfill the entry requirements for the Chinese proficiency level and wish to take remedial Chinese courses before majoring in Chinese must also present the HSK certificate when applying.
  • Applicants for humanities, economics, management, law, arts, and traditional Chinese medicine must have a Chinese language proficiency certificate of HSK band 4 with a score of 180 or above.
  • Applicants for sciences, engineering, and medicine must have a certificate of HSK band 3 with a score of 180 or higher.
  • They could only begin the significant study if they passed the required HSK test within the first year and met the entry requirements of the relevant degree program.

Scholarship Recipients:

  • Scholarship recipients must participate in the annual review per the scholarship’s management regulations.
  • Those who pass the review can apply for and receive scholarships in the following academic year.
  • Scholarship recipients who do not pass the review will have their scholarships suspended or denied.
  • The particular regulations and methods of the annual review shall be governed by the most recent notice issued in the current year.

How to Apply?

  • Applicants must apply online here (Program Category: Type B; XMU Agency Number: 10384) and print the Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarships. The Scholarship Application Form must be in Chinese or English and signed by the applicant.
  • Applicants must fill out another online application here and upload a scanned copy of the Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarships. Paper application materials are not required to be mailed.

Note: Scholarship applications will be considered after the applicant has been admitted to one of the XMU academic programs approved by the China Scholarship Council

Apply for the Chinese Government Scholarship

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Selection and Result Notification

  • A comprehensive analysis of the applicant’s academic record, language proficiency, overall merits, research achievements, and comments from their prospective supervisor will be conducted.
  • The names of shortlisted applicants will be forwarded to the China Scholarship Council for final approval.
  • In August, the final results will be available here.

For more details about the Chinese Government Scholarship, please visit XMU’s official announcement.

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