Study in China Scholarships

Work with AASCU’s staff to secure a scholarship award for short-term or long-term study in China.

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ASCU students at the Forbidden Palace with Chinese colleagues.
AASCU students at the Forbidden Palace with Chinese colleagues.

Scholarships promote student mobility, mutual understanding, cooperation and exchanges.

The AASCU-designated Chinese Government Scholarship is a scholarship program offered by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and administered by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The program provides support to students enrolled at AASCU member institutions, as they prepare to study abroad in China. The scholarship is designed to sponsor students interested in short-term or long-term study, at over 250+ designated Chinese universities.

AASCU students at the Great Wall
AASCU students at the Great Wall.

Who should apply?

  • U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents in the United States
  • Full time/part-time students enrolled in AASCU institutions
  • Students pursuing any major, with the ability to demonstrate a strong interest in Chinese language and culture
  • Students with an overall GPA of 3.0 or above

How will you benefit?

  • Flexible programs: semester-long or year-long options available
  • Over 250 eligible Chinese universities to choose from
  • Tuition waiver, accommodation, monthly stipend, travel/conference allowance fees and medical insurance
  • Experience Chinese language, culture and academic discipline/area of expertise through immersion
  • Explore and expand options for potential career pathways internationally


AASCU designated scholarships available annually.


Number of years AASCU has partnered with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to select students specifically from AASCU institutions.


Students who have received AASCU designated scholarships.

Applying for the Scholarship 

The scholarship allows students to study the Chinese language and/or other available academic subjects taught in English for either one semester or one academic year. Applications are accepted through January 31 each year. Applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee organized by the Chinese Embassy and recommended to CSC for approval.

The scholarship amount, which is valued at approximately 10, 000 USD, offered by China Scholarship Council (CSC), is disbursed to the Chinese universities, not to the individual student. Applicants awarded this Chinese government scholarship, are not allowed to simultaneously receive other scholarships provided by Chinese universities or Chinese local governments.

Candidates are encouraged to apply to the AASCU recommended Chinese partner universities listed below in the Resource Section.

More detailed information about the scholarship can be found on the China Scholarship Council’s website.

Applications are open until January 31.

Applicant must be:

  • a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States and be in good health.
  • full time/part-time students enrolled in an AASCU institution.
  • a bachelor’s degree holder under the age of 35 if applying for master’s programs.
  • a master’s degree holder under the age of 40 if applying for doctoral programs.
  • a master’s degree holder or an associate professor (or above) under the age of 50 if applying for senior scholar programs.

The scholarship covers the following expenses for each participating student:

  • Tuition at the Chinese institution
  • On-campus accommodation
  • Health insurance
  • Monthly stipend
  • Undergraduate – CNY 2500/mth
  • Masters – CNY 3000/mth
  • Doctoral – CNY 3500/mth

The scholarship does NOT cover:

  • Tuition at the American institution
  • International airfare
  • China visa application fees
  • Submit your application online through China Scholarship Council by January 31.
  • Download a completed copy of your application and email together with the following documents to Sufei Li, director of China and Asia Programs, at the same time.
    • passport page
    • academic transcripts
    • personal statement outlining the applicant’s study objectives
    • two recommendation letters (from academic advisors or senior administrators)
  1. Complete and submit completed CSC online application with supporting documentation no later than January 31.
  2. Applicants also email a copy of completed CSC application and supporting documents to AASCU at the same time.
  3. AASCU will recommend qualified students to the Chinese Embassy in April.
  4. The Embassy of China will send out the award notification and congratulation letters to the applicants in May.
  5. Candidates will receive the final admission letters from CSC and Chinese universities by July 31.
  6. Scholarship finalists apply for the Chinese visa in August.
  7. Students depart for China in Late Aug/Early Sept.
AASCU recommended Chinese institutions
  • 东北农业大学 Northeast Agriculture University
  • 贵州大学 Guizhou University
  • 海南大学Hainan University
  • 华侨大学 Huaqiao University
  • 江苏大学 Jiangsu University
  • 南京师范大学 Nanjing Normal University
  • 南京艺术学院Nanjing University of the Arts
  • 南通大学 Nantong University
  • 陕西师范大学Shaanxi Normal University
  • 苏州大学 Soochow University
  • 西安石油大学 Xi’an Shiyou University
  • 扬州大学Yangzhou University
  • 长安大学 Chang’an University
  • 重庆师范大学 Chongqing Normal University

For more questions throughout the Application procedures, please contact Sufei Li.

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