Program Outline

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

The scholarship is offered for undergraduate (Bachelors) studies in the identified fields. Bachelor's degree
scholarships are taught in Chinese and only one year of Chinese language training will be provided as
part of the scholarship before degree studies commence.

289 Chinese universities are eligible to host scholarship recipients. The Department has identified possible
universities and programmes for you to apply to as listed below.

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;
-   Applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements for entry into a similar programme at a
    South African university;
-   Be willing to study in Chinese after a year of language training;
-   Be under 25 years old.
-   Preference will be given to the following priority subject areas in the Senior Phase and FET:
                -   Agricultural Sciences
                -   Agricultural Technology
                -   Civil Technology
                -   Computer Applications Technology
                -   Electrical Technology
                -   Engineering Graphics and Design
                -   Information Technology
                -   Life Sciences
                -   Mathematics
                -   Mechanical Technology
                -   Physical Sciences
                -   Technical Mathematics
                -   Technical Science
- Preference will be given to applications from students studying towards a teaching degree in the
  Senior and Further Education and Training Band will be preferred.

Language of Instruction

According to the regulations of the Chinese Ministry of Education, all undergraduate programmes for
scholarship students are taught in the Chinese language.

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.

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.

Applications should be submitted to at least one of the following institutions and programmes:

Zhejiang University

Bachelor: Education

Beijing Normal University

Bachelor: Education

Tongji University

Bachelor: Education

Tongji University

Bachelor: Science Education

Tongji University

Bachelor: Chinese Language Education

Northeast Normal University

Bachelor: Science of Education Technology

Northeast Normal University

Bachelor: Pre-School Education

Beijing Foreign Studies University

Bachelor: Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages

Central China Normal University

Bachelor: Special Education

Central China Normal University

Bachelor: Pre-school Education

Zhengzhou University

Bachelor: Education


What the scholarship offers

The Chinese Government provides the following:


Tuition (RMB per year)*

Accommodation (RMB per year)

Stipend (RMB per year)

Medical Insurance (RMB per year)

Bachelor’s degree





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

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 .

- Submit the DHET application form with supporting documents listed below to by 15 January 2020

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

- 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

1. Completed DHET application form
2. Copy of South African ID
3. Copy of 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

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.



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 Basic Education and the 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:          Applicants will be nominated on the outcome of the interview, questionnaire and
                            reference check.

Stage five:         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

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.


All queries should be forwarded to 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


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.