In order to support the development of Confucius Institutes, facilitate Chinese language promotion and Chinese cultural exchanges, cultivate qualified Chinese language teachers and talented Chinese language students, Confucius Institute Headquarters(Hanban) (hereinafter referred to as Hanban) has launched the Confucius Institute Scholarship Programme to provide scholarships to students, scholars and Chinese language teachers from other countries to pursue their studies in relevant universities in China (hereinafter referred to as “host institutions”).

As a host institution, the Open University of China (OUC) admits overseas Chinese learners according to the following conditions:

I. Categories & Admission Requirements

OUC Confucius Institute Scholarship categories:
1.One Academic Year
2.One Semester
3.Four Weeks

Applications are open to non-Chinese citizens, aged between 16 and 35, in good health (Applicants currently working in a Chinese language teaching position should not be older than 45. Undergraduate students should not be older than 20).

1. One Academic Year Scholarship

This category provides a sponsorship for 11 months. Applications are open to Confucius Institute (Classroom) students, overseas Chinese language teachers, Chinese language majors, and people who have achieved outstanding performance in the HSK test. International students who are now studying in China are not eligible for the scholarship. Applicants should have a minimum score of 180 at HSK level 3, and 60 at HSKK beginner level. Alternatively, applicants should hold a minimum score of 180 in BCT (A) and a minimum score of 180 BCT (Speaking).

2. One Semester Scholarship

This category provides a sponsorship for five months. Applicants should have no prior experience of studying in China, but have a minimum score of 120 at HSK level 2 and a minimum score of 40 at HSKK beginner level. Alternatively, applicants should have a minimum score of 100 in BCT (A) and a minimum score of 120 in BCT (Speaking).

3. Four-Week Scholarship

This category provides a sponsorship for four weeks of study, mainly focusing on Chinese language studies. Applications are open to Confucius Institute (Classroom) students, people who have achieved outstanding performance in the HSK test, and outstanding Confucius Institute Magazine club members. Applicants should submit a HSK or BCT score report, and have no prior experience of studying in China.

“Chinese Bridge” (Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students) Winners who have been awarded a Confucius Institute Scholarship Certificate can apply for admission according to the scholarship specified in the certificate.

II. Entry Time for Admission

Entry time for admission for students of the one year and one semester scholarships is on either 1st September or 1st March each year. Applications are made on a rolling basis; entry for September of the current year and March next year is open for application after 1st January each year. Admission closes when the student quota is filled.

Students on four-week study courses are to be arranged in separate classes of usually no less than ten students and the study time is flexibly designed. Applicants from Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) should submit their applications three months in advance.

III. Scholarship Coverage, Criteria and Academic Assessment

The Confucius Institute Scholarship provides full coverage for tuition fees, accommodation fees, living allowance, and comprehensive medical insurance.

The living allowance is granted by the host institutions on a monthly basis. The allowance per person is as follows:

* One year/one semester study: RMB 2,500 per month

Enrolment status is based on the host institutions’ semesters. Students who enrol before the 15th (or on the 15th) of the admission month are entitled to the full allowance for that month. Students who enrol after the 15th of the 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 confirmation of graduation status by the host institution.

During the study period, any student who is absent from China for personal reasons for more than 15 days (excluding legal holidays) will have their allowance suspended. The allowance will be terminated in case of suspension or if the student drops out for personal reasons.

Comprehensive medical insurance is purchased by the host institutions in accordance with the relevant regulations on international students stipulated by the Ministry of Education. The insurance fee per person is RMB800 per year.

Students on one year and one semester study programmes are required to take a Chinese language proficiency test before graduation.

IV. Admission Procedure

Scholarship recruitment is open all year round on a trial basis. For applicants, recommending institutions and host institutions, please find admission procedures and scholarship recruitment results on the Confucius Institute Scholarships website (

1. To apply, please log on to the Confucius Institute Scholarships website ( to register, complete the application form, and upload scanned copies of relevant supporting documents.
2. Entrusted by Hanban, Confucius Institutes (independent Confucius Classrooms) in different countries, overseas Chinese language testing centres, educational and cultural sections of Chinese embassies and consulates, and host institutions in China act as recommending institutions to engage in applicant selection, review of materials, connections with host institutions, and the collection and distribution of applicants’ documents to host institutions.
3. Once the application materials have been verified by the Scholarships Division, host institutions will then review the eligibility of the applicants and submit the admission list to Hanban.
4. Hanban will conduct an overall assessment of all applications and admit applicants on the basis of competitive selection. Normally, the admission results will be announced within 45 working days after the application materials have been verified.
5. After confirming with the successful applicants, host institutions are required to post the “Letter of Admission”, “Visa Application Form for Foreigners to Study in China” (JW202 Form), a copy of the scholarship certificate, and other relevant documents to the recommending institutions.

V. Disclaimer

1. Incomplete or unqualified applications will not be processed.
2. Applicants will be disqualified in the case of fraudulent application materials or application materials completed and submitted by a third party.
3. Scholarship winners who cannot register with the host institutions on time should inform the host institution in written form within 15 days of the admission date. Those who fail to register as requested will have their scholarship cancelled.
4. Scholarships will be canceled in the event of a failed physical examination, if the student drops out, or if the student is suspended.

VI. Contact Us

The Chinese Language Centre, The Open University of China


Ms. Zhang Xiangwen
Tel.:0086 (10)-57519167
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Ms. Zhang Rongzhn
Tel: 0086(10)-57519166
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Add.: Room A0727A, No. 75 Fuxing Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100039


Required Application Documents for Confucius Institute Scholarships

Recommending institutions and host institutions should examine the completeness, validity, and accuracy of the applicant’s name, nationality and permanent address on their passport. If the following documents are not in Chinese or English, notarisation documents should be provided.

I. For all applicants

1. A scanned copy of the passport photo page. Applicants under the age of 18 should have documentation signed by their entrusted legal guardians in China.
2. HSK, HSKK or BCT, BCT (Speaking) test results. “Chinese Bridge” winners may submit their award certificate and “Confucius Institute Scholarship Certificate”.
3. A recommendation letter signed by the head of the recommending institution (please provide objective comments on the applicant, including whether the applicant is a student of a Confucius Institute. Chinese language teachers should submit an employment verification letter and a reference letter provided by the institutes they work for.)

II. Host institutions will contact applicants directly if other materials are required.