Through the goodwill of the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York, the University of Rochester (UR) has been invited to nominate one – two students to receive a scholarship to study at a Chinese university for one – two semesters in the 2013-2014 academic year. Applicants must currently be enrolled at the University of Rochester as either an undergraduate or graduate student. Applicants who will have completed their UR degree by the time of study in China are eligible. The scholarship is open to students from any discipline at all UR schools. Citizens of the People’s Republic of China are not eligible to apply.
The scholarship allows the selected UR student(s) to study either Mandarin language in a university-affiliated language training center, or an academic field in a degree-granting program, at one of the 115 universities and colleges located all over China which are approved by CSC. The recipient of the scholarship will be entitled to a tuition waiver, living allowance, and medical insurance. Recipients shall cover their own round-trip international travel expenses. Travel scholarships from the University of Rochester may be offered.
Applicants should identify one academic program and three institutions from the list provided by the Chinese Ministry of Education (see below). The University of Rochester encourages applications to Zhejiang University and Nanjing University, both of which are fellow Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) partner institutions. However, students are welcome to apply to any institution listed by the Ministry of Education. Students do not need to formally apply to their nominated universities but invitation letters from faculty from at least one of the nominated host institutions can strengthen an application.
While every effort is made to place students at one of their top three choices (in order of preference), the Chinese government reserves the right to determine the selected institution. Precedence from other participating American universities indicates that approximately 50% of applicants are placed at a university of their choice. However, applicants should be flexible and prepared to be placed by the Chinese government at a university not listed on their application.
Applicants should download the application form and include on the form a statement of purpose and a description of their proposed program of study. Applicants should also scan their two letters of recommendation, their academic transcript(s), and any invitation letters.
Students should submit the application and all supporting materials to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00pm February 8, 2013. Materials can also be delivered in person to the reception desk at 317 Lattimore Hall (located in the Dean’s Unit of the College of the School of Arts and Sciences). All materials must be submitted by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Applications will be reviewed by a UR review committee. Selected candidates will be notified in the first week of February and asked to complete a formal application and a physical exam, which will be forwarded to the Consulate General of People's Republic of China in New York by the end of February 2013. The scholarship award will be formally announced by the China Scholarship Council in July 2013. Other participating American universities have noted that although scholarship recipients are not notified until July, applicants nominated by their home universities are all but guaranteed the opportunity to study in China.
Students who have questions about the scholarship program should contact:
Todd St. Vrain
Manager, International Initiatives