Chinese Gov’t Scholarship programs open for application now

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Chinese Government Scholarship programs for the academic year 2020-2021 are open for application now! The following is information for applicants:

Why study in China?

China is the second largest economy in the world. Since the implementation of Open and Reform policy in 1978, China has made great achievements in social and economic development and has built an advanced higher education system. Today, China has more than 2,900 universities and colleges, providing high-standard tertiary education to more than 38 million domestic students and nearly 500 thousand international students.

To help the Gambian Government in its efforts of capacity building, China has been providing various scholarship programs for Gambian students since the resumption of diplomatic relations in 2016. Until today, more than 120 Gambian students have successfully applied to study in China through the Chinese Government Scholarship programs. These students are not only benefiting their own careers from the programs, but are also bringing back China’s cutting-edge technologies and development experience so as to contribute to The Gambia’s future.

What are included in the scholarship packages?

All applicants who are successfully admitted to Chinese universities through the Chinese Government Scholarship programs will be offered:

Full tuition waiver.

Free accommodation for students living in the university dormitories, or monthly/quarterly accommodation subsidies for students living off campus.

Monthly stipend for students’ daily life.

Comprehensive medical insurance.

In addition, part of this year’s programs include flight tickets from The Gambia to China and back.

What are the requirements for applicants?

Applicants of undergraduate degree programs should meet the following requirements:

Between the age of 18 to 25.

Graduated or will be graduating from senior secondary school by June 2020.

Having won “excellent” in at least three (3) subjects and having none failed subject in a WASSCE held in 2018 or 2019, or having performed very well in other academic tests such as the GCE Advanced Level.

Applicants of postgraduate degree (master/PhD) programs should meet the following requirements:

Under the age of 35 for master degree applicants, and under the age of 40 for PhD applicants.

Having a notarized bachelor’s degree for master degree applicants, and having a notarized master’s degree for PhD applicants.

Good academic performance in previous university studies.

Once admitted, undergraduate degree students will study Chinese language for their first year in China, and their subsequent courses will be mainly taught in Chinese. Language learning will not be requested for postgraduate degree students, and their courses will be taught in English.

How to apply?

Applicants should follow the following steps:

Registration and nomination: applicants are requested to register at the Ministry of Higher Education and submit a copy of their notarized highest degree certificates, WASSCE/other academic test result-checking sheets, academic transcripts and other relevant materials to the Ministry prior to Friday 20 December 2019, and participate in tests/interviews arranged by the Ministry.

Interview: candidates nominated by the Ministry will be invited to an interview held by the Chinese Embassy in January 2020.

Online application: candidates who are considered suitable for the programs will be guided to apply online in February 2020.

Admission: results will be available for checking by the end of June 2020.

Applicants are kindly reminded that the only official websites for the Chinese Government Scholarship programs are https://www.csc.edu.cn/ and http://www.campuschina.org/. No third-party agent has been authorized to publish information or provide service about the programs, and no fee will be requested by the Chinese Embassy, the China Scholarship Council (CSC) or any school in China in the application process.