2017 Confucius Institute Scholarship

The Confucius Institute Scholarship is a study in China grant that is open to outstanding Chinese language students of the Ateneo Confucius Institute, its partner educational institutions and aspiring and experienced Chinese language teachers or scholars of Chinese Studies. It offers both short term and long term scholarships in Chinese language and culture, Teaching Chinese, Chinese History, Chinese Philosophy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Music, Chinese Dance, and Taijiquan. It also offers a Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. Applicants must be excellent performers in HSK  and HSKK tests, and have no prior experience of studying in China (except for Bachelor's and Master's degree applicants).  

Deadline of Applications is on 15 May 2017

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I. Eligibility

A.      Language and Culture Scholarships

Application is open to non-Chinese citizens, aged between 16 and 35, in good health, possess good moral character, and has previously studied Mandarin Chinese in the Ateneo Confucius Institute or its partner educational institutions.

B.      Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Teaching Chinese Language Scholarship

Application is open to non-Chinese citizens,  in good health, and possess good moral character.

Master's Degree applicants: Preferably currently working in a Chinese language teaching position. Aspiring teachers are also welcome to apply as long as they can prove that a teaching position is guaranteed to be given to them by a Confucius Institute or a prospective educational institution in the Philippines upon finishing their studies. Individuals up to 45 years old may apply.

Bachelor's Degree applicants: Students of the Ateneo Confucius Institute and its partner educational institutions shall be given priority. Individuals up to 19 years old may apply.

 

II. Scholarship Types

A. Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL)

This scholarship grant is for 2 academic years. Admissions begin on September 2017. Applicant should possess a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. For full scholarship, the applicant must have obtained a score of at least 210 in the HSK Test (Level 5). For partial scholarship, must have obtained a score of at least 180 in the HSK Test (Level 5). In addition, the applicant must have obtained a minimum score of 60 in HSKK Test (Intermediate Level). Teachers currently in teaching positions must provide proof of employment such as notarized employment contract, certificate of employment, etc.

Awardees of the MTSCOL Scholarship must commit to teaching Chinese language in the Philippines immediatelyafter graduation for at least 5 years.

B. Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (BTCSOL)

This scholarship grant is for 4 academic years. Admissions begin on September 2017.  For full scholarship, the applicant must have obtained a score of at least 210 in the HSK Test (Level 4). For partial scholarship, must have obtained a score of at least 180 in the HSK Test (Level 4). In addition, the applicant must have obtained a minimum score of 60 in HSKK Test (Intermediate Level).

C. One-Academic-Year Study

This scholarship grant is for 11 months. Admissions begin on September 2017. Application is open to outstanding students of the Ateneo Confucius Institute or its partner educational institutions. Students who are currently studying in China are not eligible for the scholarship, including those who have experience studying in China in the past.

C.1 Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages Program (One Year Full-Time)
This program is aimed towards Chinese Language Teachers or those preparing to take up graduate studies in Teaching Chinese. Full scholarships for this one year full-time certificate program is available via the Confucius Institute Scholarship. Applicants should have a minimum score of 270 in HSK Test (Level 3), and 60 in in any HSKK test. Accepted applicants must pass HSK Level 5 by the end of the program.

C.2 Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, and Advanced Chinese Philosophy Programs
These programs are aimed towards aspiring Chinese translators and interpreters, students majoring in Chinese Studies, and scholars of Chinese Studies. Applicants should have a minimum score of 180 in HSK Test (Level 4), and 60 in HSKK test (Intermediate Level). Full or partial scholarships will be awarded based on country quota and Chinese proficiency scores of all applicants.

D. One-Semester Study

This scholarship grant is for 5 months. Admissions begin either on September 2017 or March 2018.  Application is open to outstanding students of the Ateneo Confucius Institute or its partner educational institutions. Applicants should have no prior experience of studying in China.

D.1 Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages Program (One Semester Full-Time)
This program is aimed towards Chinese Language Teachers, those preparing to take up bachelor's degree studies in Teaching Chinese, or current Chinese Language majors. Full scholarships for this one semester full-time certificate program is available via the Confucius Institute Scholarship. Applicants should have a minimum score of 210 in HSK Test (Level 3), and 60 in in any HSKK test.

D.2 Traditional Chinese Medicine or Taijiquan
These programs are aimed towards aspiring scholars and practitioners of Chinese Medicine and Taijiquan. Full scholarships for this one semester full-time certificate program is available via the Confucius Institute Scholarship. Applicants who have scored at least 180 in any HSK test are eligible to apply.

D.2 Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, and Chinese Philosophy Programs
Full scholarships for this one semester full-time certificate program is available via the Confucius Institute Scholarship. Applicants should have a minimum score of 210 in HSK Test (Level 3), and 60 in in any HSKK test. Full or partial scholarships will be awarded based on country quota and Chinese proficiency scores of all applicants.

E. Four-Week Study

This full scholarship grant is for 4-week study. Admissions begin either on July 2017 or December 2017.   Application is open to outstanding students of the Ateneo Confucius Institute or its partner educational institutions. Applicant should submit a HSK (any level)  score report, and have no prior experience of studying in China. Courses available include Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Taijiquan.

E.1 Chinese Language with Chinese Family Homestay Experience Program
This is open for groups of 10-15 organized by the Ateneo Confucius Institute. Applicants must be students of the Ateneo Confucius Institute or its partner educational institutions. 

III. Scholarship Coverage

A. Tuition fee

Cover all courses, Chinese language proficiency tests (HSK/HSKK), and cultural and social activities for scholarship holders. Doe not include books and materials, and travel expenses for additional class-related or personal sightseeing. 

B. Accommodation fee

Host institutions shall provide scholarship holders with free dormitory rooms (usually double rooms and communal bathroom). For those who wish to live off campus, and have obtained the permission of their host institutions, are entitled to accommodation allowance on a by month or by quarter basis. The allowance criteria are RMB700 per person on monthly basis.

C. Living allowance

Allowance is granted by the host institutions on monthly basis. Partial scholarship awardees are not eligible to receive living allowance. The allowance criteria per person are:

  • BTCSOL, One-Academic-Year Study, One-Semester Study: RMB2,500 per month
  • MTCSOL: RMB3,000 per month

Enrollment status is based on semesters of host institutions. Students who are enrolled before the 15th (or on the 15th) of the admission month, are entitled to the full allowance of that month. Students, who are enrolled after the 15th of that month, are only entitled to half of the allowance. 

The living allowance for the month of graduation will be granted half a month later upon confirming the graduation status by host institutions.

During the study, for any students who is absent from China of personal reasons for more than 15 days (excluding legal holidays), the allowance will be suspended during absence. Allowance will be terminated in case of schooling suspension or dropping out for personal reasons.

D.  Comprehensive medical insurance

Medical Insurance is purchased by the host institutions in accordance to relevant regulations on international students stipulated by the Ministry of Education of China. The medical insurance fee per person is RMB800 per year for students studying one year or above, RMB 400 for one semester students, and RMB 100 for 4-weeks students.. 

 

IV. Application Procedure

 1.  Obtain HSK and HSKK Certificates

Applicants must possess the appropriate HSK and HSKK certificates for their desired scholarship types. Certificates issued 24 months and older, as well as Old-HSK Certificates are invalid. Applicants who do not have HSK and HSKK scores must retake the exams. For exam date announcements, please follow www.facebook.com/ateneoconfucius.

2.  Interview

Express your intention to apply for the Confucius Institute Scholarship by sending an e-mail to info@ateneoconfucius.com. Attach scanned copies of your HSK and HSKK certificates, résumé, highest obtained diploma, latest academic transcript, valid passport, and a application essay written in Chinese 200-800 characters long. Your documents will be evaluated, and they are in order, you shall be scheduled for an interview with the Confucius Institute Director to get to know your study plans and gauge their interest in learning Chinese language and culture. If the applicant successfully passes the interview, the Confucius Institute Director will write a letter of recommendation for the applicant. 

3. Online Application

Upon receipt of the recommendation letter, the applicant must open an account on http://cis.chinese.cn and fill up the Confucius Institute Scholarship Online Application Form. They must fill up all the information and upload all the necessary documents. 

GENERAL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED DURING ONLINE APPLICATION

  • Passport-sized photo
  • Passport page
  • Recommendation letter from the Ateneo Confucius Institute Director. 
  • Ateneo CI Students: Ateneo Confucius Institute Certificate/s or Completion
  • Ateneo CI partner institution students: Certificate of Enrollment
  • Highest Education Diploma or proof of expected graduation
  • Latest Official Transcript
  • Application Statement
  • Signature

Additional Documents for Master's Degree Program Applicants

  • Certificates of Employment from the from your current school
  • Aspiring teachers must submit a certificate or similar document proving that a teaching position is guaranteed to be given to them by a Confucius Institute or a prospective educational institution in the Philippines upon finishing their studies
  • Two recommendation letters from professors, associate professors, deans, or school president

Applicants may be contacted for additional documents or interviews if needed.

Once this complete, the applicant must complete the submission online by clicking on "Submit" and inform the Institute of the application. The Institute will affix the signature of the referee confirm the submission to Confucius Institute Headquarters. No need to send hard copies to the Institute or to China unless specifically requested.

4.  Assessment by Confucius Headquarters and Universities

After submission and confirmation of the online application form, the applicant shall wait up to 60 days for the decision to come out.  Please be patient as there are thousands of applicants competing for limited slots. Please refrain from contacting the Confucius Institute Headquarters or your preferred institutions about the results of the scholarship.

Successful applicants will be awarded the scholarship, they will be notified by the accepting university though e-mail. After confirming with the successful applicants, host institutions are required to post “Letter of Admission”, “Visa Application Form for Foreigners to Study in China" (JW202 Form), copy of the scholarship certificate and other relevant documents to the recommending institutions within 15 working days.

 

V. Annual Evaluation

Master's degree scholarship awardees are subject to annual academic performance review. Only those who achieve outstanding records in academic and Chinese language proficiency are entitled to a full scholarship for the following year; those who achieve average academic records are entitled to partial scholarships; the others will not be entitled to scholarship any longer. Partial scholarships consist of tuition fee, accommodation fee and comprehensive medical insurance.

Language and Culture scholarship awardees are required to attend Chinese language proficiency tests before graduation. Test fees shall be shouldered by host institutions. Failure to achieve the assigned HSK Level exam may result to the forfeiture of your Chinese language diploma.