The Confucius Institute of Washington at UW is offering students who are interested in studying abroad in China a Confucius Institute Scholarship opportunity. The deadline for applications is May 10, and students can set up an account and find the application at http://cis.chinese.cn
Confucius Institutes are a nonprofit initiative of the Hanban, the executive body of the Chinese Language Council International, a non-governmental and nonprofit organization affiliated to the Ministry of Education of China. There are nearly 100 Confucius Institutes in the United States. Their goals are to increase the amount of students entering higher education and the workforce who demonstrate Chinese language efficiency, and to increase the number of schools and colleges offering Chinese programs. This deep commitment to academic and cultural service is reflected in the mission statement of the Confucius Institutes:
“Confucius Institutes devote themselves to satisfying the demands of people from different countries and regions in the world who learn the Chinese language, to enhancing understanding of the Chinese language and culture by these peoples, to strengthening educational and cultural exchange and cooperation between China and other countries, to deepening friendly relationships with other nations, to promoting the development of multiculturalism, and to construct a harmonious world.” – Constitution of Confucius Institutes.
Following their mission statements, they have offered this scholarship as a way to enhance the understanding of Chinese culture. This scholarship sponsors foreign students, scholars, and Chinese language teachers to study Chinese in universities in China. There are five categories of student eligibility: Scholarship for Students of Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL), Scholarship for Students of One-Academic-Year plus MTCSOL, Scholarship for Students of Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (BTCSOL), Scholarship for One-Academic- Year Students, and Scholarship for One- Semester Students. Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens, in good health, and between the ages of 16 and 35. Scholarship winners are exempt from tuition, accommodation fees on campus, and are provided with monthly living allowance, and comprehensive insurance for foreign students studying in China. For Bachelor’s Degree Students, One-Academic-Year Students and One-Semester Students, the monthly living allowances are roughly $400 USD, and for Master’s Degree Students it’s roughly $483 USD. The host institutes will contact successful applicants by July 1 with information on how to proceed.