7 Fully Funded Scholarship In China For Undergraduate

Fully funded scholarship in China for undergraduate students are available annually and ongoing. All information on the specific scholarships with their requirements and application details are in this blog. Have a great read!

This blog on fully funded scholarship in China for undergraduates encompasses a host of scholarships for both citizens and foreigners who want to study for a bachelor’s degree program in China. These scholarships are offered by the Chinese Government and Chinese Universities.

When you began your search for a fully funded scholarship in China for undergraduate, I am sure you came across the Chinese Scholarship Council also known as CSC and the Chinese Government Scholarship, which must have confused you quite a lot – it did confuse me initially – but do not worry, we will clear up that confusion in this blog and ensure that you leave here fully satisfied.

Of course, you will also take home a wealth of information on the scholarship that brought you here in the first place.

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There are thousands of scholarships in China and finding them on your own is such a hassle, but with the aid of this guide, you will find scholarships that are specific to your needs with all of their necessary details and application link so that you can apply on the spot.

You should also know that there are fashion design scholarships in China and Chinese language scholarships in China and beyond that you can look into whether they meet your specific needs and apply for them as well.

Having said that, let’s dive into the main topic.

Fully Funded Scholarship In China For Undergraduate

Fully Funded Scholarship in China for Undergraduate

A fully funded scholarship covers tuition fees, living allowance, accommodation, and study materials. It may be for just one year or the duration of your undergraduate program.

Below are the fully funded scholarship in China for undergraduate:

1.     Hebei Provincial Government Scholarship

The Hebei Provincial Government Scholarship is awarded to international students enrolled in undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral degree programs in colleges and universities located in Hebei Province. This scholarship award is only for non-Chinese citizens who are in excellent physical and mental condition with good academic and behavioral performance.

Undergraduate applicants must have graduated with a high school diploma and have an HSK Level 4 with a minimum score of 180. The HSK is a Chinese language proficiency test. The duration of the scholarship is for the period of your academic study. The scholarship value to undergraduates is ¥5,000/year. Both old and new students can apply.

The documents for the Hebei Provincial Government Scholarship are:

  • Application form
  • A scanned copy of the passport data page
  • A scanned copy of a valid HSK score report or IELTS score report
  • Recommendation letters.
  • Applicants for music studies are requested to submit a CD of their work, while applicants for fine arts must submit a DVD of their work (two sketches, two color paintings, and two other works).
  • Applicants under the age of 18 shall provide guarantee letters signed by their entrusted legal guardians in China.
  • Applicants shall also provide any additional documents required by the university.

Note that documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized Chinese or English translations.

For further inquiries on the Hebei Provincial Government Scholarship, you can reach the institution via the contacts below:


Scholarship Inquiries: scholarship@mail.hebtu.edu.cn

2.     Jiangsu Government Scholarship

On our next list of fully funded scholarship in China for undergraduate is the Jiangsu Government Scholarship. The eligibility criteria to apply for this scholarship state that you must be a non-Chinese applicant born with the nationality of a foreign country from Chinese parent(s), permanent resident(s) of the country, need to be holders of a valid foreign passport or nationality document of no less than 4 years, with a residence record in your home country for two years or longer by April 30 of the year of school registration (as evidenced by the entry and exit stamp dates on their passport with an accumulated nine-month stay within a Year in their home country being regarded as one year of residence).

Similar to the scholarship above, the Jiangsu Government Scholarship is also for bachelor and master students but we shall only concentrate on the undergraduate aspect. You must be in a good state of health to be eligible for this scholarship award, have goodwill towards China, be between 18 to 30 years of age, and have your high school diploma.

If you are applying for a Chinese-taught program, you must have a minimum of HSK Level 4 while TOEFL or IELTS is needed for English-taught programs, have an outstanding academic performance, be in good conduct without absence from class and do not violate any school or Chinese laws and rules, and you must not hold any other full scholarships like the Chinese Government Scholarship and the Confucius Institute Scholarship.

The scholarship value is RMB 50,000 per year for each student for four years of bachelor’s study and another RMB 15,000 per year for each student for four years of bachelor’s study to cover tuition, accommodation, and living expenses. The required documents for application are as follows:

  • An electronic copy of the passport page
  • A scanned copy of the notarized highest academic degree and transcript of the highest academic degree.
  • Language proficiency proof
  • A physical examination record done within 6 months
  • Publications
  • Professional works
  • Other supporting documents including awards and attended conferences

To apply for Jiangsu Government Scholarship, Log onto the Jiangnan University International Student Online Application system via the link provided below then click Application and select Jiangsu Government Scholarship to complete an online application. The application is usually only from January to May of every year and this is when you should apply. Late applications will not be considered.

Scholarship Link

3.     Chinese Government Scholarship (China Scholarship Council)

The Chinese Government Scholarship and the China Scholarship Council usually cause a lot of confusion among students seeking scholarships in China. Maybe a Chinese citizen would understand it but an international student would most likely not understand it and they need to because the scholarship is only for international students coming to study in China. Do not worry, I will clear up the confusion.

I had to put the Chinese Scholarship Council in the bracket right in front of the Chinese Government Scholarship so that you would know that they are related, kind of. Let me just make it clear right now that the Chinese Government Scholarship is the most popular in China for international students.

Also, you might see where the China Scholarship Council is written as CSC Scholarships and used in place of Chinese Government Scholarship, don’t get confused, they are still the same thing.

Now, to clear up your confusion, the Chinese Government Scholarship is a large scholarship fund provided by the Chinese Government – well, you already know from the name – which is a project set up by the Chinese Ministry of Education to attract students from different parts of the world to advance education, cultural interchange, political cooperation, and intercultural understanding between China and other nations.

As part of the project, an organization was set up to be responsible for the admission, enrollment, and administration of Chinese Government scholarships to 279 Chinese universities. This organization is the China Scholarship Council, an organization on a mission to provide financial assistance and support services for international students in China. The organization manages over 50,000 scholarships for international students to study in China.

So, if anyone refers to the Chinese Government Scholarship as the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship, they are also correct. The 279 universities that receive this fund are not just selected at random, they are universities that are affiliated with the CSC.

So, if you want to receive the CSC Scholarship award, you must be an international student enrolled in one of the 279 CSC-affiliated universities. Application for this scholarship is online, open every year from December to April and results are announced at the end of July. Successful students will join their host institution at the beginning of September.

The scholarship covers tuition fees, accommodation, a stipend of CNY 2,500 per month, and comprehensive medical insurance of CNY 800 per person per year.

To be eligible, you must be from any country aside from China, be in good mental and physical health, have an excellent high school diploma or its equivalent, be under 25 years old, pass the HSK Level 3 for a Chinese-taught program, and meet the admission requirements of the university of preference in terms of language proficiency and academic ability, among others, when applying for a program taught in a language other than Chinese.

Application documents are:

  • Application form for the Chinese Government Scholarship which will be filled out online
  • A scanned copy of your Passport Information Page
  • Diploma and certificate of highest education
  • Academic transcripts. Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English shall be attached with notarized translations in Chinese or English.
  • Certificate of language proficiency. HSK Level 3 score report for Chinese-taught programs or IELTS/TOEFL test score for English-taught programs.
  • Study or research plan written in Chinese or English with no less than 200 words/characters.
  • A copy of the Foreigner Physical Examination Form done within 6 months
  • An applicant for the arts or design program shall provide his/her works (such as videos and paintings).
  • An applicant under the age of 18 shall submit the legal documents of his/her legal guardian(s) in China.
  • A police clearance certificate is issued within 6 months before the submission date of the application.

To apply, you will need the agency number of your host institution which you can find here.

Below is a breakdown of the application process:

  • Reach out to your preferred university for admission documents
  • Reach out to an application receiving agency for a recommendation
  • Fill and submit the application form for the Chinese Government Scholarship here.
  • The application receiving agency shall submit the recommended candidates list and their application documents
  • The CSC will organize designated universities and experts concerned to examine applicants’ eligibility and academic performance before finalizing the short-list candidates;
  • The CSC will notify the admission results to the application receiving agency will subsequently have the applicant informed.

The Chinese Government Scholarship is one of the best fully funded scholarship for international students in undergraduate program.

4.     Confucius Institute Scholarship (CIS)

Would you like to study Chinese language at a Chinese university for free? If yes, the Confucius Institute Scholarship is the one for you. It is one of the most popular scholarships in China supporting international students who want to pursue Chinese language studies in China.

For the purpose of cultivating qualified Chinese language teachers and facilitating the promotion of Chinese language and culture, the CIS was launched by the Confucius Institute Headquarters to support outstanding students, scholars, and currently employed Chinese language teachers recommended by Confucius Institutes, independently operated Confucius Classrooms as well as some HSK test centers.

The Confucius Institute Scholarship are entrusted to 150 Chinese universities. So, if you want to be a recipient of CIS, you must be accepted to study Chinese language at one of those universities. This scholarship provides full and partial scholarships. The full scholarship covers tuition fee, accommodation fee, living allowance, and comprehensive medical insurance expenses while the partial scholarship covers everything in the full scholarship except living allowance.

To be eligible, you must be a citizen of any country aside from China, be in good physical and mental condition, have excellent academic and behavioral performances, aspire to become a Chinese language teacher, be under 25 years old, graduated with a high school diploma, and have a minimum score of 210 in HSK test level 4 as well as 60 in HSKK test (Intermediate Level).

Below is a breakdown on how to apply for the Confucius Institute Scholarship:

  1. Visit the Confucius Institute Scholarships website to choose a recommended institution, and select your host university.
  2. Complete the Confucius Institute Scholarships Application Form online, and upload the scanned copies of relevant supporting documents.
  3. The recommending institutions are engaged in the applicant selection, materials review, and collecting and handing over applicants’ documents to your host university.
  4. Your host university will then review your eligibility and submit the admission list to Hanban.
  5. Hanban will conduct an overall assessment of all applications and admit applicants on the basis of competitive selection. The results will be notified two months before enrollment of the admitted students.
  6. Scholarship holders need to confirm with their host university to go through the procedures of studying in China, print out CIS certificate online, and register at the university at the designated date and time as per the letter of admission.

Confucius Institute Scholarship is one of the best fully funded scholarship in China for undergraduates, but it is only for international students. Master’s students can also apply but the information provided here, and for the other scholarships on this list, are only for undergraduate students.

5.     Peking University (Overseas Students) Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2012 to support outstanding students to study an undergraduate degree at Peking University. The scholarship has two categories; full and partial scholarships. The full scholarship covers tuition fees, a monthly stipend or CNY 2,000 per month, and medical insurance whole the partial scholarship only covered tuition fees. The scholarship duration is for 1 year.

To be eligible, you must be an overseas student newly accepted to study at Peking University and has not received any other scholarship funding. Students enrolled in a professional degree program, joint degree program, or English taught program are not eligible to apply. The application is open every year between March and April.

To apply for the Peking University (Overseas Students) Scholarship, below is a breakdown of the application process:

  1. Visit the PKU Online Application System, click on “Scholarship Application” – “New student”, fill in the application form and submit. 
  2. Submit the letter of appeal in person to ISDPKU or mail them before the deadline.
  3. Your application will be assessed by the committee.
  4. The list of selected candidates will be submitted for final review
  5. The list of successful candidates will be announced.

Scholarship recipients will have to undertake an annual appraisal in April annually in order to enjoy the scholarship for the following year.

Scholarship Link

6.     Beijing Government Scholarship

The Beijing Government Scholarship offers financial support to international students who are studying or going to study in Beijing. The scholarship is divided into two; First Class and Second Class. Students who receive First Class will pay only ¥5000/year as tuition and those who receive Second Class will pay half the tuition which is about ¥13,000/year.

This scholarship is for students who are not citizens of China, are in good health and have no criminal record. The applicant must meet the admission requirements of their host institution which must be a university in Beijing, be under the age of 30, and meet the language requirement for English or Chinese-taught program of your host institution.

Application materials are scanned copy of passport information page, notarized copies of your senior high school diploma, non-criminal record certificate, health examination certificate, study plan or no less than 400 words, CV, two recommendation letters, and foreigner physical examination form. Applicants under 18 years of age are required to provide legal documents of their legal guardians in China.

Scholarship Link

7.     Local Government Scholarships in China

I had already discussed Beijing Government Scholarship before I realized it is one of the Local Government Scholarship. The Local Government Scholarship is administered across universities in some of the provinces across China and their requirements are similar to the Beijing Government Scholarship above.

Follow the link below to see all the universities receiving Local Government Scholarships with their specific requirements and application process.

Scholarship Link


Turns out most of the fully funded scholarships in China for undergraduate are for international students. The reason for this is because the nation wants to attract students from around the world to study in China and put the country on the map as one of the top study hubs like Canada, US, and Australia.

Most of these scholarships curated here also extends to graduate students but I only focused the requirements for undergraduates as the topic says. So, the information you are getting here to direct and first-hand.