Miami Dade College

Confucius Institute

Scholarships for Studying in China

The Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College connects students and teachers in South Florida to the opportunity to study in China for a semester, a year or even the course of an advanced degree program. These opportunities are possible through funding from Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters.

1. Scholarships for Language and Culture Summer Camps in China

High School Students (and their chaperone K–12 teachers)

Each year, the Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban in China sponsors the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for United States High School Students. For the length of two–weeks in July, American students, ages 14–18, have a first–hand experience of Chinese language, culture, and society. Interactive camp activities include language learning, cultural programs, field-trips to historical sites, sightseeing, visits to host families, shopping, and interaction with Chinese students of their age group.

College Students (and their chaperone instructors)

Each year, the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Beijing International Chinese College (BICC) sponsor and organize the “Learning Chinese Language, Experiencing Chinese Culture” Summer Camp for College Students. For the length of two weeks in July, students of ages 18–25, are hosted at the Beijing International Chinese College for Chinese language learning, traditional Chinese arts engagement and cultural immersion opportunities. Students take Mandarin classes on campus and outside of class participate in traditional Chinese arts such as tai–chi, paper-cutting, Chinese yo–yo playing, painting, calligraphy and tea ceremonies.  After classes, they meet with Chinese families and visit world famous cultural sites such as the Great Wall of China, local universities, high schools and local attractions. Students and teachers are responsible for the costs of round–trip air tickets and international travel insurance but the program will assume all the costs for accommodations, local transportation, and all group activities and sightseeing for students and group teachers during their stay in China.

2. Scholarships for semester–long, year–long and degree–granting programs in China

Source of these programs and descriptions: Hanban

Scholarship for One–Semester Students

The scholarship is provided to outstanding students of Confucius Institutes, winners of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions for Foreign College Students and for High School Students, overseas local Chinese language teachers, outstanding graduates of Chinese language programs across the world, and outstanding performers on the HSK. The scholarship winner may choose to study Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History or Chinese Philosophy. The time of entrance is in the autumn or spring and the grant term is one semester. Applicants must have minimum scores of 120 on the HSK (level 2) and of 40 on the HSKK (elementary level), or complete their study at a Confucius Institute for over 60 hours.

Scholarship for One–Academic Year Students

The scholarship is provided to outstanding students of Confucius Institutes, winners of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions for Foreign College Students and High School Students, overseas local Chinese language teachers, outstanding graduates of Chinese language programs across the world, outstanding performers on the HSK, and those who intend to become Chinese teachers. The scholarship winner may choose to major in Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History or Chinese Philosophy. The time of entrance is in autumn and the grant term is one academic year. Applicants must have minimum scores of 180 on the HSK (level 3) and of 60 on the HSKK (primary level), or complete their study at a Confucius Institute for over 120 hours.

Scholarship for Master’s Degree for Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL)

The scholarship is provided to outstanding students of Confucius Institutes, overseas local Chinese language teachers, outstanding performers on HSK exams, winners of the "Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions for Foreign College Students and High School Students, and outstanding graduates of Chinese language programs across the world interested in the MTCSOL degree. The scholarship winner shall begin the study in autumn, and the grant will cover two academic years. Applicants are required to have a bachelor´s degree, or its equivalent, minimum scores of 180 on the HSK (level 5) and of 50 on the HSKK (intermediate level), and commit to teaching Chinese language for at least 5 years after graduation. Hanban will then provide support for outstanding graduates to return to their countries to teach.

Scholarship for Students of One-Academic–Year + MTCSOL

The scholarship is provided to Confucius Institute students from Africa and Latin America who would like to teach Chinese Language. Applicants are required to have a bachelor´s degree, or its equivalent, and minimum scores of 180 on the HSK (level 3) and of 60 on the HSKK (primary level). Those who pass the first-academic–year assessment and score at least 180 on the HSK (level 5) can continue studying in China and pursue the Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. Hanban will provide support for graduates returning to their countries to teach Chinese language by recruiting them as local teachers and providing wage subsidies, etc.

Scholarship Coverage and Criteria

Scholarship winners receive free tuition to their selected program, basic learning materials, free on–campus accommodations, a one–off resettlement subsidy, monthly allowance, free outpatient medical service and comprehensive insurance for foreign students studying in China. Students however must cover the costs of their own visa fees, flight tickets and all food and travel expenses to and from China. Also be aware that neither Miami Dade College nor the Confucius Institute is responsible for any costs incurred by applicants in case entry visa to China is denied.

For more information on any of these scholarship opportunities and how to apply, please visit our office at Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus, Room 1201 or e–mail our director Dr. Jim Yu for details and individualized guidance.

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