CI Scholarship


Confucius Institute Scholarship

Scholarship Categories

†ØScholarship for Master's Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) Students

؆Scholarship for Bachelor's Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (BTCSOL) Students

†ØScholarship for One-Academic-Year Study Students

†ØScholarship for One-Semester Study Students

؆Scholarship for Four-Week Study Students

Scholarship Eligibility & Requirements

†ØScholarship for Master's Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) Students provides a sponsorship for 2 academic years. Applicant should own a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, a minimum score of 180 in HSK Test (Level 5), and a minimum score of 50 in HSKK Test (Intermediate Level). Applicant who is able to provide the employment agreement or certification upon finishing the study from designated working institutions is preferred.

†ØScholarship for Bachelor's Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (BTCSOL) Students provides a sponsorship for 4 academic years. Applicant should hold a high school diploma or above, a minimum score of 180 in HSK Test (Level 3), and a minimum score of 40 in HSKK Test (Intermediate Level).

†ØScholarship for One-Academic-Year Study Students provides a sponsorship for 11 months. Application is open to Confucius Institute (Classroom) students, overseas Chinese language teachers, Chinese language major students and excellent performers in HSK test. International students who are now studying in China are not eligible for the scholarship. Applicant should have a minimum score of 180 in HSK Test (Level 3), and 60 in HSKK test (Beginner Level). Alternatively, applicant should hold a minimum score of 180 in BCT (A) , and a minimum score of 180 BCT (Speaking).

†ØScholarship for One-Semester Study Students provides a sponsorship for 5 months. Applicant should have no prior experience of studying in China, but have a minimum score of 120 in HSK Test (Level 2), and a minimum score of 40 in HSKK (Beginner Level). Alternatively, applicant should have a minimum score of 100 in BCT (A), and a minimum score of 120 in BCT (Speaking).

†ØScholarship for Four-Week Study Students provides a sponsorship for 4-week study which is mainly focusing on Chinese language. Application is mainly open to Confucius Institute (Classroom) students, excellent performers in HSK test, and outstanding club members of Confucius Institute Magazine. Applicant should submit a HSK or BCT score report, and have no prior experience of studying in China.

Note: 1. Chinese Bridge” (Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students) Winners who have been awarded the 2016 “Confucius Institute Scholarship Certificate” can apply for admission according to the scholarship specified in the certificate. 2. Application is open to applicant who owns a non-Chinese citizenship, aged between 16 and 35, in good health condition, (Applicant is currently working in a Chinese language teaching position shall not exceed the age limit of 45. Undergraduate student shall not exceed the age limit of 20).

Scholarship Coverage & Criteria

Scholarship holders are exempt from registration fees, tuition, accommodation fees on campus, and are provided with monthly allowance and comprehensive insurance for foreign students studying in China.

Living allowance is granted by Southwest University on monthly basis. The allowance criteria per person are:

BTCSOL, One-Academic-Year Study, One-Semester Study: RMB2,500 per month

MTCSOL: RMB3,000 per month

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.

The degree scholarship program applicants (Category 1, 2) 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. The One-Academic-Year Study and One-Semester Study programmers is required to attend Chinese language proficiency test before graduation. Test fee is reimbursed by Southwest University.

Application & Recruitment Procedures

؆For application, please log on to the Confucius Institute Scholarships website ( to register, complete the Confucius Institute Scholarships Application Form online, and upload the scanned copies of relevant supporting documents.   

†Entrusted by Hanban, Confucius Institutes (independent Confucius Classrooms) in different countries, overseas Chinese language testing centers, educational and cultural sections of Chinese embassy and consulate, and Southwest University in China are working as recommending institutions to engage in the applicant selection, materials review, Southwest University connection, and collecting and handing over applicants’ documents to Southwest University.

†Once application materials are verified by the Division of Scholarships of Hanban as valid, Southwest University will then review the eligibility of applicants and submit the admission list to Hanban.

†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 are confirmed as valid.

†After confirming with the successful applicants, Southwest University will 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.

Application Documents

ØRecommending institutions and Southwest University should examine the completeness, validity and accuracy of applicant’s name, nationality and permanent address on the passport. If the following documents are not in Chinese or English version, notarization documents should be provided. 

†ØConfucius Institute Scholarship Application Form

؆A scanned copy of the passport photo page. Applicants under the age of 18 shall submit relevant documents of entrusted legal guardians in China.

؆Score reports of the HSK, HSKK or BCT, BCT (Speaking). Winners of the finals of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions may submit the award certificate and the “Confucius Institute Scholarship Certificate”.

†ØRecommendation letter signed by the head of the recommending institutions (please provide objective comments on the applicant, including whether the applicant is a student of Confucius Institute or other identity. Chinese language teachers shall submit an employment verification letter and a reference letter provided by the institutes they work for.)

؆Certification of the highest education diploma (or proof of expected graduation), and an official transcript.

†ØApplicants of the Scholarship for MTCSOL Students students are required to provide 2 reference letters from professors or associate professors. Those who can provide an employment agreement or related documents with the designated teaching institution are preferred.

†ØApplicants are required to submit two photocopies of Foreigner Physical Examination Form (please keep the original record for study visa application).


؆Incomplete or unqualified applications will not be processed.

†ØApplicants will be disqualified from application in case of fraudulent application materials or application materials are completed and submitted by someone else. 

؆Scholarship winners who cannot register with the Southwest University on time should inform the host institution about the reasons in written form within 15 days before the admission date. For those who do not register as requested without reason, the scholarship will be canceled.

†ØScholarship will be canceled for those who do not pass the admission physical examination, drop out, or take schooling suspension during the study.

Deadline of Application and Date of Admission

؆MTCSOL Students and BTCSOL Students should apply before May 15, 2016. One-Academic-Year Study Students, One-Semester Study Students and Four-Week Study Students can apply throughout the year.

؆Admission for students of MTCSOL and BTCSOL is on September 5th, 2016, and one-Academic-Year Study and one-Semester Study is either on September 1st, 2016 or March 1st, 2017.

؆Four-Week Study courses are available from July 15th - August 14th, 2016, or December 15th, 2016 – January 14th, 2017. Courses at other durations throughout the year as one individual class can only be arranged on the condition of recruiting 10 students minimum, otherwise they may be nominated to study in various classes with other international students based on the actual level of Chinese or the result of placement test, and applicants from Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) should initiate your application 3 month in advance.

Contact Information

International Students Admission Office, Southwest University

Add: No. 2, Tiansheng Road, Beibei District, Chongqing 400715, P. R. China

Tel: +86-23-68367823, +86-23-68366002

Fax: +86-23-68253497, +86-23-68367823