Program Outline

The Chinese Government is offering scholarships for South African students to study at Chinese institutions
starting in the 2020/21 academic year. The Department of Higher Education and Training (the
Department) is responsible for nominations. For more information about the Chinese Government
scholarship please visit the China Scholarship Council website .


There are also two additional scholarships offered by the China University of Geosciences, kindly follow
this link to see the list of eligible programmes taught in English


The scholarship is offered for undergraduate (Bachelors) studies in the identified scarce skills,
postgraduate (Masters or PhD) or non-degree Chinese language studies. Bachelor's degree scholarships
are taught in Chinese and will only be awarded to applicants who already have the required level of
Chinese proficiency (HSK 4 or above).

289 Chinese universities are eligible to host scholarship recipients. The Department has identified possible
universities for you to apply to, click here to get list of universities. Applicants are also allowed to apply to
other eligible universities outside this list.

Criteria and Eligibility

-    South African citizens in good health (medical check will be required for successful applicants);;
-    Strong academic record with a minimum 65% average in previous studies;
-    Availability to study in China from September 2020;
-    Demonstrated interest in China and commitment to the development of South Africa;
-    Applications in all fields of study except medicine will be considered;
-    Preference will be given to postgraduate applicants, previously disadvantaged applicants and
     applications in the following fields:
    -   Agriculture
    -   Biotechnology
    -   Chinese language studies
    -   Computer Science
    -   Environment and Climate change
    -   Engineering sciences
    -   Food sciences
    -   Hydrogeological Engineering
    -   Maritime Studies
    -   Natural and physical sciences
    -   Nuclear and renewable energy
    -   Space science and technology
    -   Telecommunication
- Applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements for entry into a similar programme at a
South African university.
- Bachelor's applicants must have HSK 4 level language certificate and be willing to study in Chinese,
applications without a HSK level 4 language certificate will be automatically disqualified.

Important: The scholarship does not support any medical degrees and preference will be given to
applications for postgraduate studies.



Education requirements and age limits:

STUDY PROGRAM

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

AGE (AS OF SEPTEMBER 2020)

Chinese language studies (non-degree)

National Senior Certificate (or equivalent) with a university entrance pass (a minimum of 70% average is recommended). Applicants with a post school qualification will be given priority.

Under 35

Bachelor’s degree

National Senior Certificate (or equivalent) with a university entrance pass (a minimum of 70% average is recommended)
HSK 4 (or higher ) certificate

Under 25

Master’s degree

Bachelor’s degree (honours) or NQF 8 qualification (a minimum of 65% average is recommended)

Under 35

Doctoral degree

Master’s degree (a minimum of 65% average is recommended)

Under 40

Language of Instruction

According to the regulations of the Chinese Ministry of Education, all undergraduate programmes for scholarship students are taught in the Chinese languageBachelor's degree applicants interested in pursuing a Bachelor's degree must have at least an HSK Level 4 or higher.

At Master's and PhD level, programmes taught in both English and Chinese are eligible for the
scholarshipCheck the language of instruction available for the identified programme, as not all courses
are available in English.

Institutions and Programmes

Scholarship applicants are required to apply directly to the institution of their choice prior to applying for
the scholarship.Evidence of the submitted application must be provided.

If the university is not yet accepting applications, proof of university application will be requested should you be invited to participate in an interview.

NB: Applicants are advised to submit applications for admission to at least three universities to increase
their chances of admission, the scholarship will not be awarded without proof of a university application
having been submitted.

It is the responsibility of each candidate to do research into available programmes, institutions, language
of instruction and programme-specific entrance criteria. PhD applicants must engage with the university
of choice and secure potential supervisors.

Please refer to the list of programmes and participating universities.

Approximate duration (years) of scholarships

STUDY PROGRAM

DURATION OF PROGRAM

DURATION OF PREPARATORY CHINESE LANGUAGE COURSE

DURATION OF SCHOLARSHIP

Chinese language studies

1

None

Up to 2

Bachelor’s degree

4-5

1-2

4-7

Master’s degree

2-3

1-2

2-5

Doctoral degree

3-4

1-2

3-6

Studies must be completed within the duration of the scholarship, as specified in the Admission Notice.

 

What the scholarship offers

The Chinese Government provides the following:

 

STUDY PROGRAM

Tuition (RMB per year)*

Accommodation (RMB per year)

Stipend (RMB per year)

Medical Insurance (RMB per year)

Chinese language studies

20000-27000

8400

30000

800

Bachelor’s degree

20000-27000

8400

30000

800

Master’s degree

25000-34000

8400

36000

800

Doctoral degree

33000-45000

12000

42000

800

 

*Should tuition fees for the identified programme exceed the above stated amounts, the Scholarship
Recipient will be responsible for paying the difference.

The South African Government provides the following (subject to the availability of funds)::

    -    One return economy airfare;
    -    Monthly stipend;
    -    Once-off settlement allowance;
    -    Research funding (postgraduate only)
    -   Visa costs;
    -   Compulsory orientation programme before departure.

Successful scholarship applicants will be required to sign a contract and return to South Africa upon
completion of studies.

How to Apply

- Complete the DHET application form and start with the Chinese Government online application on www.campuschina.org. .

- Submit the DHET application form with supporting documents listed below to Internationalscholarships@dhet.gov.za by 15 January 2020

- Applicants MUST apply to a Chinese university and submit proof of university application with
  their scholarship application.

- All PhD applicants must identify and make contact with a supervisor at their university of choice
  and submit proof of this engagement with the application form.

- Applicants are not required to do a health examination at this stage of the application, but will
  be requested to do a medical test only if they are nominated.

Supporting Documents Checklist:

                 

Applications for Bachelor’s or Chinese Language programmes

Applications for Master’s programmes

Applications for PhD’s programmes

1. Completed DHET application form 1. Completed DHET application form 1. Completed DHET application form
2. Copy of a South African ID 2. Copy of a South African ID 2. Copy of a South African ID
3. Copy of a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a Bachelor’s pass OR a certificate of equivalence (from the Matriculation Board) if a school leaving certificate other than the NSC was obtained. 

 

A minimum of 70% average is required, excluding Life Orientation.

Marks of pre-requisite subjects for chosen field of study (eg for Engineering applicants, NSC Maths and Physics marks OR for social sciences, NSC English marks) will be reviewed separately

3. Copy of degree certificate(s), which must be a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with Honours, or a full qualification equivalent to South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 8.

 

SAQA verification for any degrees obtained outside South Africa is required.

A minimum of 65% average is required.

3. Copy of degree certificates, which must include a Master’s degree, or full qualification equivalent to South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 9.

 

SAQA verification for any degrees obtained outside South Africa is required.

A minimum of 65% average is required for the Master’s degree.

4. Official transcripts of all previous university studies. 4. Transcripts of all previous university studies.

 

5. A maximum 1 page letter of motivation for the scholarship AND personal reasons for choosing the field of study. 5. A maximum 1 page letter of motivation for the scholarship AND personal reasons for choosing the field of study.
6. Research proposal issuing following headings:

Title
Objectives
Rationale
Methodology
Relevance of study
(plus any other scholarship requirements)
References

6. Research proposal issuing following headings:

Title
Objectives
Rationale
Methodology
Relevance of study
(plus any other scholarship requirements)
References

4. A maximum 1 page letter of motivation for the scholarship AND their choice of field of study.
5. Two reference letters, signed and on an official letterhead, with a contact number and email address.

 

At least one reference must be from a school teacher. The second letter can be from either a teacher or work supervisor.

The letters must attest to the following: reliability, integrity, academic excellence and suitability for an international scholarship.

7. Two reference letters, signed and on an official letterhead, with a contact number and email address.

 

At least one reference must be from a lecturer or professor. The second letter can be from either a lecturer or work supervisor.

The letters must attest to the following: reliability, integrity, academic excellence and suitability for an international scholarship.

7. Two reference letters, signed and on an official letterhead, with a contact number and email address.

 

At least one reference must be from a lecturer or professor. The second letter can be from either a lecturer or work supervisor.

The letters must attest to the following: reliability, integrity, academic excellence and suitability for an international scholarship.

All documents uploaded must be clear and in PDF format (no photographs of documents will be accepted).

 

 

DEADLINE: 15 JANUARY 2020

Use the subject line: Chinese Scholarship Application, [Your surname]

All applications received by the DHET will be acknowledged by email within 2 working days except for
applications received between 13 December 2019 and 2 January 2020. Please follow up if you do not
receive an email acknowledgement. Applications received on or after 13 December will be acknowledged
after 03 January 2020 due closure of the Department. The DHET is unable to consider any applications
that are not received by 15 January 2020 or are incomplete.

Review process

Applications will be assessed by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training as
follows:

Stage one:         All applications will be screened based on meeting the minimum requirements for
                             eligibility for the scholarship.

Stage two:         Applications will be ranked according to academic performance and a limited number of
                            applications will move forward to Stage three.

Stage three:       Applicants who pass the second stage will be invited to attend an interview in person, or
                            via skype in special circumstances. Candidates will also be required to complete a
                            questionnaire at the time of the interview. No interviews will be done telephonically. Any
                            candidate who does not arrive on time for their confirmed interview without informing us
                            in advance, will be immediately be disqualified, regardless of the reason. Candidates who
                            cannot be contacted on the phone number provided will be disqualified.

Stage four:          A limited number of PhD applicants will be reviewed by two academics.

Stage five:          (i) Bachelor's and Master's applicants will be nominated on the outcome of the interview,
                            questionnaire and reference check
                            (ii)PhD applicants will be nominated based on the combined outcome of the interview,
                            questionnaire, reference check and the academic review.

Stage six:          Nominated candidates will be informed that they have been nominated for the
                          scholarship and requested to finalise their Chinese online application as well as undertake
                           medical test. Their documents will then be reviewed in China, where the final decision
                           will be made regarding the award of the scholarship.

Please note that nomination are based on competitive process due to the limited number of available
scholarships.

Nominated candidates may be given a limited amount of time to submit further documents. These
documents include medical tests, and/or academic assessments. Institutions in the host country may also
require online or telephone interviews. You will be advised accordingly.

Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email. Unfortunately individual explanations cannot be
provided to unsuccessful applicants.

Successful candidates will be informed by 31 July 2020 and all students who accept the scholarship will
be required to attend an orientation in Pretoria before departure. Orientation is meant to assist successful
candidates with preparation for departure and provide necessary information.

Contacts

All queries should be forwarded to internationalscholarships@dhet.gov.za alternatively refer to
Frequently Asked Questions.

Documents and links

- China Scholarship Council website
- list of programmes and participating universities
- Frequently Asked Questions
- DHET Application form
- Printable guide for South African Applicants

Note

Please note this scholarship is not offered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Applicants
are required to undertake their own research into programmes and institutions and are responsible for
ensuring that the qualifications will be recognised in South Africa. If there are any discrepancies in the
details provided regarding the scholarship, the information given by the sponsor supersedes the details
provided above. No additional financial support will be provided by the Department of Higher Education
and Training other than stated above.