Selection of institution and field of specialization, enrollment standard, elementary Chinese language study and courses taught in English
2003/11/14
1. Selection of institution of higher learning and field of specialization
There are 83 institutions of higher learning open to foreign students who enjoy Chinese government scholarships. Those who apply to study in China on Scholarships shall choose institutions and field of specialization from these 83 institutions. Preferences other than the 83 institutions are invalid. Please visit for Directory of the Chinese Institutions of Higher Learning Admitting Students on Scholarship and Their Fields of Specialization and Address of Chinese Institutions Admitting Foreign Students.
There are 400 institutions or so open to foreign students (including the 83 institutions which are open to scholarship students).
Self-supporting students shall choose their preferences and fields of specialization from these 400 institutions. Please visit the website of the CSC.

2. Enrollment Procedures
The CSC, after processing the application materials, shall send the materials to relevant institutions on the basis of the applicants抭ualifications. The institutions shall make the decision of enrollment on merit basis. If already been admitted by a Chinese institution listed in the Directory, the applicants are kindly requested to attach the institution抯 invitation letter along with their application materials so as to speed up the enrollment. For those countries which China has requested to send only high level candidates such as postgraduates and advanced scholars, please make sure that candidates are dispatched according to these qualifications.

3. Category of the Applicants and Enrollment Requirements

1) Undergraduates
Applicants shall have finished senior high school and be under the age of 25. Their Chinese Proficiency Test(HSK), Tests of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry for undergraduates of science, engineering, agriculture or medicine and Test of Mathematics for undergraduates of economics, trade or management, shall reach the required standard.

2) Master's degree candidates
Applicants shall submit certificate higher than a bachelor's degree and be generally under the age of 35. The Chinese institutions will decide the enrollment through evaluation. If they pass all the graduate courses for the first year of major study (not including the time spent in Chinese language training), they can continue their study, and with a successful defense of their thesis, will be granted a Master's degree. Those who fail to pass the examination shall immediately leave their institution and will only receive a certificate of advanced studies instead of a diploma.

3) Doctoral degree candidates
Applicants shall submit certificate higher than a master's degree and be generally under the age of 40. They will be enrolled in accordance with the requirements set by the Chinese institutions. Usually, they will be enrolled as senior scholars for one year, and the institution will decide whether they can be transferred to a regular doctoral degree candidate on the basis of the examination performance during the candidates' study in the institution.

4) General Scholars
Applicants shall have finished two years of undergraduate study and be under the age of 45. The duration of study shall not exceed two years. Advanced scholars will receive a certificate for their study upon completion of the program. No academic degrees will be granted.

5) Senior Scholars
Applicants must hold master's degree of higher, or they shall obtain the academic title of associate professor or higher and be under the age of 50. The duration of study shall not exceed one years. Advanced scholars will receive a certificate for their study upon completion of the program. No academic degrees will be granted.

4. Elementary Chinese Study
Applicants without certain mastery of Chinese shall study Chinese before pursuing their major study. Undergraduates in literature, history, philosophy, traditional Chinese medicine and traditional Chinese pharmacy shall study two years of Chinese before their major study, and undergraduates of other fields of specialization shall spend one year on Chinese before their major study.

5. Courses Taught in English
At present, a number of subjects in certain institutions can be taught in English. Applicants whose native language or official language is English can apply to pursue doctor's degree, master's degree or advanced studies directly taught in English. Please visit the website of the CSC for Directory of the Chinese Institutions of Higher Learning Admitting Students on Scholarships and Their Specialities for the courses that can be taught in English. Undergraduates of all majors shall be taught in Chinese.
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