Monday, April 23, 2018

Hanban Confucius Institute Scholarships for Non-Chinese Students in UK, 2018-2019

Confucius Institute is a non-profit public educational organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, whose aim is to promote Chinese language and culture, support local Chinese teaching internationally, and facilitate cultural exchanges.

The Confucius Institute program began in 2004 and is overseen by Hanban (officially the Office of Chinese Language Council International). The institutes operate in co-operation with local affiliate colleges and universities around the world, and financing is shared between Hanban and the host institutions. The related Confucius Classroom program partners with local secondary schools or school districts to provide teachers and instructional materials.

China has compared Confucius Institutes to language and culture promotion organizations such as Portugal's Instituto Camões, Brazil's Centro Cultural Brasileiro, Britain's British Council, France's Alliance Française, Italy's Società Dante Alighieri, Spain's Instituto Cervantes and Germany's Goethe-Institut. However, unlike these organizations, many Confucius Institutes operate directly on university campuses, thus giving rise to unique concerns related to academic freedom and political influence.


  • Non-Chinese citizens are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants shall be non-Chinese citizens in good health, aged between 16 and 35. 
  • Chinese language teachers currently in post should be age below 45. 
  • Applicants for undergraduate studies should be age below 25.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Application Materials:
All applicants must provide:

  • Scanned copy of passport photo page.
  • Scanned copy of HSK and/or HSKK results.
  • A recommendation letter from the head of recommending the institute.

Applicants for MTCSOL SCHOLARSHIP and BTCSOL SCHOLARSHIP should also provide:

  • Highest degree certificate or diploma (or proof of expected graduation)
  • Academic transcript
  • Applicants who are currently working as a Chinese language teacher should provide proof of employment and a reference letter from the employer.
  • Applicants under the age of 18 should provide certified legal guardian documents in China.
  • Applicants should also provide any additional documents required by the host institutions.

Recipients of full scholarships are exempt from tuition fees, accommodation fees on campus, and are provided with a monthly living allowance as well as comprehensive medical insurance for foreign students studying in China.  These benefits do not come with the Four-week scholarship.

How to Apply:
To apply please visit the Confucius Institute Scholarship website at, where you can set up an individual account, get more information as well as an introduction to the range of participating host Higher Education institutions along with details as to which scholarships are offered. The system is now open.

If you would like to apply for a Confucius Institute Scholarship through the Confucius Institute for Scotland, please submit your scholarship application via the Scholarship Website, meeting the deadlines set out below. For a summer 4-week scholarship (July entry), applications should be submitted by April 20, 2018;
For a September 2018 entry, applications should be submitted by May 31, 2018;
For March 2019 entry or a winter 4-week scholarship, applications should be submitted by September 20, 2018.