Study in China

Chinese Government Scholarships | CI Scholarships | Other Chinese Language Study Programs

Students from George Mason University and northern Virginia have been going to China on scholarships provided by the Chinese government and Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters since 2004. Studying for either one academic year or one semester, or as part of the one-month summer introduction program, over 60 local students, from George Mason University and other educational institutions, have been able to study Chinese in China on these scholarships.

Chinese Government Scholarships

Online Application Deadline: March 15, 2017

Applications are being accepted for the Chinese Government Scholarship to study Chinese language in China for one year or one semester in an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral program. (Students wishing to enroll in a Master’s degree program may apply for multiple year scholarships.)

Chinese Government Scholarships provide for tuition expenses, double-occupancy dormitory accommodations, monthly food allowance, one-time move-in allowance, and local medical services during a year of study at a Chinese university. Scholarship winners are assigned to universities throughout China based on their program of study and regional preferences.

For undergraduate students at George Mason University with a demonstrated interested in Chinese, if you can meet the following criteria, you are encouraged to apply. The teachers at the Confucius Institute at Mason can assist you with the application process.

1) degree-seeking Mason student or recent graduate (ages 18- 35)
2) completed Chinese 210 or equivalent by spring 2015
3) cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Interested candidates need to apply online by no later than April 1, 2016 and attach all the relevant documents required, including diploma or proof of student status, transcript, study plan, personal statement about why you want to study in China, and Foreigner Physical Examination form. Full details on Chinese Government Scholarships can be found through the links below.

2017/18 Chinese Government Scholarship Forms
Application requirements (English version)
Application requirements (Chinese version)
Online application instructions
Foreigner Physical Examination Form page 1
Foreigner Physical Examination Form page 2

For further information, go to:
Chinese Scholarship Council  or
CSC Study in China  or

Online Application Deadline:  March 15, 2017
If you have questions or need assistance with the online application, please call our office at 703-993-7780 or to arrange an appointment with Xiaoliang Wang at the Confucius Institute at Mason, or you may contact Prof. Karl Zhang, Chinese Program Director of the Modern and Classical Languages Department at Mason.

Confucius Institute Scholarships

Beijing Language and Culture University
Application Deadline:  rolling admission – apply online

Applications for Confucius Institute Scholarships at Beijing Language and Culture University for one-year, one-semester or summer four-week study of Chinese language during the 2016-2017 academic year are being accepted now through the Confucius Institute at Mason. Eligible applications must be non-Chinese citizens, ages 18 – 35 years old, who are degree-seeking university students or university graduates with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants wishing to study in China for one-year or one-semester must have attained a minimum of 180 on the HSK Level 3 Chinese written test and and 60 on the HSKK – Elementary Level Chinese oral proficiency exam (not required for summer four-week program).

Interested applicants should submit their transcript, reference letter from a professor, resume, HSK/HSKK test scores and a personal essay about why they want to study in China to Prof. Lili Ren at Confucius Institute at Mason and make an appointment to submit their online application with Prof. Ren.

Applicants wishing to study at other universities in China may apply throughout the year directly on the Hanban/Confucius Institute Scholarship webpage or through the Confucius Institute at Mason. Applicants need to keep in mind deadline requirements for the Chinese university of their choice when apply for a Hanban scholarship.

Confucius Institute Scholarship Application Guidelines

All Confucius Institute Scholarships include tuition and class fees, shared-room dormitory and access to student services including health clinic. One-year and one-semester scholarships additionally provide a monthly stipend for meals and move-in expenses. Complete scholarship details can be found on the Hanban/Confucius Institute webpage.

Other Chinese Language Study Programs

Chinese language programs are offered by various organizations in the U.S. and abroad. The list below is provided for the convenience of students interested in learning Chinese.  The Confucius Institute at Mason does not recommend, endorse, or support any of the programs listed. Families should carefully evaluate programs based upon their needs.

Programs in the U.S.

About: weekend and after-school language enrichment programs
Age group: 18 months – 8 years old
Duration: varies
Location: Washington, D.C./Tenleytown & Falls Church, VA

Language Stars
About: Mandarin classes
Age group: 12 months – 10 years old
Duration: varies
Location: Washington, D.C. & Northern Virginia
About: online Mandarin classes
Age group: middle school and high school students
Duration: semester
Location: virtual

Northern Virginia Chinese School
About: elective Chinese language and culture classes
Age group: varies
Duration: varies
Location: George Mason High School

UVA’s Summer Language Institute
About: intensive Mandarin program
Age group: advanced high school students (rising juniors and seniors), graduate and undergraduate students, professionals, and members of the local community
Duration: 8 weeks
Location: University of Virginia

Chinatown Community Cultural Center
About: private tutoring on Chinese language for high school/college students, adult language-learning conversational classes
Age group: varies
Duration: varies
Location: 616 H Street NW Suite 201, Washington DC 20001


The Confucius Institute at Mason will NOT be processing applications for the 2014 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American high school students.  However, the Confucius Institute at College of William and Mary (CI-CWM) and the Confucius Institute at Maryland (CI-Md) will be accepting applications. 

Virginia residents should apply to the CI-CWM and Maryland residents should apply to the CI-MD. Residents of Washington, DC may apply to either institute.


The Confucius Institute of China (Hanban) has sponsored American high school students to live and travel in China for a two-week study abroad program since 2009.  From 2009 – 2011, the Confucius Institute at Mason sent over 75 local high school students from Virginia, West Virginia and Washington D.C. to China under this program.  The students spent  ten days living at a residential high school in one of China’s provinces where they participated in a program of beginning Chinese language and cultural classes and had the opportunity to meet some local students.  Participants also went to Beijing for several days to visit the important historical and cultural sites there.  All expenses in China, including dormitory accommodations, meal plan, beginning Chinese classes, domestic airfare, local transportation, and  sightseeing were paid by China.  Students paid for their international airfare, visa fees, medical evacuation insurance, and personal expenses.

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