Ever thought about...
travelling in China?
experiencing home life in China?
The Confucius Institute has partnered with twenty-five universities across China to offer a scholarship for four weeks study abroad and homestay in China. Participants will receive four-weeks of Chinese language and culture courses at accredited universities and accommodation with local Chinese families for all or part of the time. If you ever thought about learning Chinese, would like to quickly improve your Chinese, or simply want to learn more about China, this is an experience you can’t afford to miss. The scholarship will cover expenses associated with tuition, accommodations with a Chinese family, and medical insurance. Students only need to cover airfare, food, and visa fees.
Can I apply?
You just need to meet these minimum requirements:
- Non-Chinese citizen
- Between 18-35 years old
- No major medical problems
- Are currently enrolled or have been enrolled in Confucius Institute Classes*
- Have taken the HSK (Chinese Proficiency Exam) examination or BCT (Business Chinese Test) hosted by the Confucius Institute*
- No prior experience studying abroad in China
- Willing to do homestay or visit with a local Chinese family
*If you do not meet these requirements, you can enroll in low-cost Confucius Institute classes at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and sign up for the HSK examination before the program begins. There is no minimum requirement on the HSK score to be eligible. Please contact the Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL CI) for help in meeting requirements.
Where can I study in China?
You can choose from 25 universities across China and rank up to two preferred institutions. Since the Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln is partnered with Xi’an Jiaotong University, Nebraskans are given priority if they apply to Xi’an Jiaotong University, increasing your chances greatly of obtaining the scholarship. You can apply to the following universities in China:
- Xi’an Jiaotong University (Xi’an, Shaanxi Province)
- Beijing Institute of Technology (Beijing)
- Beihang University (Beijing)
- Open University of China (Beijing)
- Tianjin University (Tianjin)
- Hebei University (Baoding, Hebei Province)
- Hebei Institute of International Business and Economics (Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province)
- Shanghai Jiaotong University (Shanghai)
- Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (Shanghai)
- East China Normal University (Shanghai)
- Donghua University (Shanghai)
- Jiangsu University (Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province)
- Zhejiang Normal University (Jinhua, Zhejiang Province)
- Zhejiang University of Science and Technology (Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province)
- Dalian University of Technology (Dalian, Liaoning Province)
- Liaoning University (Shenyang, Liaoning Province)
- Jilin University (Changchun, Jilin Province)
- Changchun University of Science and Technology (Changchun, Jilin University)
- Haerbin Engineering University (Haerbin, Heilongjiang Province)
- Haerbin Normal University (Haerbin, Heilongjiang Province)
- Guangxi Ethnic Minority University (Nanning, Guangxi Province)
- Guangxi Normal University (Guilin, Guangxi Province)
- Southwestern Forestry University (Kunming, Yunnan Province)
- Sichuan Normal University (Chengdu, Sichuan Province)
- Xinjiang Normal University (Urumqi, Xinjiang Autonomous Region)
For more information, here is the full list of participating Chinese universities and term dates.
Which Chinese university should I apply for?
Not sure which school is right for you? It depends on what you’re looking for. Each Chinese university offers Chinese language classes but some have different topical focuses in their culture classes. Also, they have different dates for their program. Check here for the full list of dates and programs. All of these universities are located in major cities, but another thing to consider, is that certain universities are more competitive than others; universities in major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai receive many applications and are thus more competitive, but universities in lesser known cities often don’t receive enough applications, so consider applying somewhere most people don’t think about. Also, applicants through the Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln will get priority at Xi’an Jiaotong University if they apply there, because Xi’an Jiaotong University is a partner of UNL. Xi’an Jiaotong University is a great choice. Not only is it one of the top ranked universities in China, but it’s also home to China’s ancient capital, one of the few major cities in China that has preserved its city walls, and most importantly for those interested in Chinese history, the location of the tomb of the First Emperor of China and the fabled terracotta soldiers, dating back to the third century BCE. We highly recommend applying for Xi’an Jiaotong University.
As a point of information, don’t be discouraged if the name of the university does not sound like it fits your major. When Chinese universities were originally founded, they often had concentrations such as engineering, science, or teacher training (normal universities), which is reflected in their name, but since the 1990s, most Chinese universities have branched out into comprehensive universities with multiple majors outside of their namesake disciplines. That is to say you don’t have to be an engineering student or have any interest in engineering to go to a university such as Haerbin Engineering University.
Ultimately, which university you choose is up to your own interest and what kind of experience you want. Want to experience big city life? Then maybe Shanghai is best. Interested in Chinese history? Maybe Xi’an is best. Want to see beautiful scenery and nature? Perhaps you should consider Guangxi Province. Or do you want to do something completely different and more adventurous? Xinjiang would certainly be different. If you need help in making a choice and want advice, then contact the Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. We’re here to help.
How do I apply?
The application has two steps:
Step One: Submit a pre-application to the Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. If you meet or will meet the qualifications, the UNL CI will recommend your application for approval. Those accepted will be contacted by UNL CI.
To apply fill out this webform.
Download this form and send it to the Confucius Institute at:
The Confucius Institute
PO BOX 880542
Lincoln, NE 68588-0542
Step Two: After receiving approval notification from the UNL CI, go online to the Confucius Institute Scholarship and fill out the online form. The scanned copies of the following documentation will be required for the online form:
- Scanned copy of passport photo page
- Scanned copy of HSK, HSKK, or BCT examination score
- Scanned copy of diploma for highest degree obtained (or proof of expected graduation)
- Scanned copy of official transcripts
- Recommendation letter from the Confucius Institute
I still have questions about study abroad in China and this scholarship
No problem. Contact us and we’ll try our best to answer your questions and help you apply.
The Confucius Institute
The University of Nebraska – Lincoln (City Campus)
W. 205 Nebraska Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0542
Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
except federal, UNL, and Chinese national holidays