Announcement OAS-China 2015 - Organization of American States

OAS – CHINA 2015 SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
OAS Partnerships Program for Education and Training (PAEC)
The purpose of the Scholarship and Training Programs of the Organization of American States (OAS) is to
help the member states in their efforts to achieve their objectives of integral development while supporting
the development of their human resources in priority areas of the Organization. With this purpose, the
Government of China, through the Ministry of Education of China (MOE), in cooperation with the OAS
Department of Human Development and Education, is offering partial scholarships to citizens of OAS
member states to pursue studies in China, in any field of study available to international students, starting
in September 2015. The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is responsible for the enrollment of international
students and carries out the routine management of Chinese Government Scholarship Programs.
PROGRAMS:
Chinese language training, undergraduate and graduate programs in Chinese
universities accepting international students
MODALITY:
Onsite in China
LANGUAGE:
Chinese and/or English (see more details below)
DURATION:
1 to 5 years, based on category of applicants
DEADLINE:
Scholarship: April 15th, 2015
BENEFITS:
Registration, Tuition and Books, and Study Materials; Accommodation;
Subsistence; Medical Insurance; and Local Transportation
IMPORTANT DATES
April
April
15th
2015
June
2015
September
2015
2015
2015
Scholarship Application
Deadline
April June
Pre-selection of
candidates by OAS
Final Selection of
candidates by CSC
and OAS
Start of study
Announcement of
program
in China
Scholarship
Recipients
1. CATEGORIES OF APPLICANTS AND DURATION OF SCHOLARSHIP
Categories of Applicants
Duration of
Studies
Bachelor’s degree students
Master’s degree students
Doctoral degree students
Chinese language students
General scholars
Senior scholars
4-5
2-3
3-4
1-2
1
1
Duration of Remedial Chinese
Language Training
Academic Years
1-2 college preparatory courses
1-2
1-2
none
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1
Duration of
Scholarship1
4-7
2-5
3-6
Up to 2
Up to 2
Up to 2
2. LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
It is strongly recommended that all applicants have a good command of the English language.
Chinese institutions of higher education generally use Chinese as language of instruction. Applicants with
no command of Chinese are generally required to take Chinese language courses for 1-2 years before their
major studies.
Undergraduate programs are instructed in Chinese. Applicants with no competency in Chinese are generally
required to take Chinese language courses for 1-2 years before starting their academic programs.
Only by passing the examinations after the college preparatory courses, students can start their university
studies.
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1 year of Chinese language training is required for studies in the following fields:
 Science
 Engineering
 Agriculture
 Medicine (western medicine),
 Economics, management and law.
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2 years of Chinese language training are required for studies in the following fields:
 Literature
 History
 Philosophy
 Medicine (traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese herb medicine)
Some courses set for general scholars, senior scholars and postgraduate students in some universities may
be conducted in English. Please refer to the Directory of Chinese Higher Education Institutions.
Note: Students are not permitted, in principle, to change their subjects, institutions or the duration of study
specified in the Admission Notice and Visa Application Form for Study in China (JW201).
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Duration of scholarship specified at the time of admission CANNOT be extended in principle.
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3. PREPARATORY COLLEGE EDUCATION
According to the regulations of the MOE, applicants for undergraduate studies leading to a bachelor’s
degree in the fields of science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, and economics, are required to take a
one-year foundation courses (preparatory education). These courses include the fundamentals of Chinese
language, mathematics, physics and chemistry. Students who pass the examinations of foundation courses
can start their undergraduate studies on time, as specified in their Admission Letters. As stated in the chart
above, this preparatory period is contemplated in the scholarship.
Tonji University and Northeast Normal University are the institutions designated by CSC to offer the
foundation courses in the 2015/2016 academic year.
4. BENEFITS OF THE OAS-CHINA SCHOLARSHIPS2
The OAS/China scholarship recipients will receive the following benefits:
A. Registration, Tuition and Books, and Study Materials:
I.
Registration, tuition, laboratory experiments, and internship fees.
II.
Costs of the laboratory experiments or internship beyond the university’s arrangements
should be covered by the student.
III.
Basic learning materials fee that covers the necessary learning materials required by the
host institution. Other materials shall be the expense of the student.
B. Accommodation:
I.
Accommodation on campus, in shared dormitories and bathrooms.
II.
Students who wish to be provided with private accommodation will have to specifically request
this at the time of their application and cover the costs themselves.
III.
An initial Accommodation Allowance: After registration, the following lump sum will be paid
upon arrival in China:
a)
b)
CNY 1,000 Yuan for new students who will study in China up to six months
CNY 1,500 Yuan for new students who will study in China for one academic year or more
C. Subsistence:
I.
Monthly living allowance provided to students by the host institution at the following rates
(CNY Yuan per month):
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The provision and payment of all scholarship benefits, together with all arrangements necessary for assuring the
Scholarship Recipient is able to complete his/her intended course of studies in China, are the sole and exclusive
responsibility of the Government of China, except for the visa, travel to and from China, and certain course materials,
which are the sole and exclusive responsibility of the Scholarship Recipient. Therefore, the acceptance of a
scholarship shall imply the Scholarship Recipient’s waiver of any and all claims against the OAS, its organs, and its
personnel, that may arise in relation to the scholarship, the benefits thereof, and his/her presence in China under the
scholarship, and if asked, the Scholarship Recipient will reaffirm that waiver in writing.
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Undergraduates: CNY 1,400 Yuan
Chinese language students: CNY 1,400 Yuan
Master’s degree students, general scholars: CNY 1,700 Yuan
Doctoral degree students, senior scholars: CNY 2,000 Yuan
II.
Scholarship recipients shall receive their monthly allowance after registration. New students
who register before the 15th of the registration month will receive the full amount of the living
allowance of that month. Those who register after 15th will receive half the amount of that
month. Scholarship recipients will receive an additional living allowance equivalent to 15 days,
after the graduation date set by the university. The allowance will be terminated the month
after the student suspends, drops, or completes his/her studies.
III.
The monthly allowance covers school holidays and can be received during or after the holiday
break. The allowance will be suspended for one month for those students who do not register
on time without permission from the university, leave for non-medical reasons or are absent
from the university for over a month.
IV.
Students who have to suspend their studies because of serious medical reasons should return
to the home country and cover their own airfare. The living allowance will be suspended at the
time of departure. With the university’s approval, the scholarship status can be reserved for a
maximum of one year. The scholarship will be terminated for those who suspend their studies
for other reasons.
D. Medical Insurance:
I.
Outpatient medical service and a Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Benefit Plan for
International Students in China fees. Fee for outpatient medical service refers to the outpatient
expense in the institution’s hospital or the hospitals entrusted by the institution. The students
should pay for a certain percentage of expense in accordance with the institution’s relevant
regulations.
II.
Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Benefit Plan for International Students in China is
provided by MOE (Ministry of Education of China) to scholarship students in case of serious
hospitalizing and accidental injuries. The institutions or the entrusted medical assistance
agency provide advancement service for insurance expenses and prepare claims for
compensation with relevant payment receipts from the insurance company according to the
stipulated insurance articles. Claims from the individual student will not be accepted by the
insurance company.
E. Local Transportation:
I.
Inter-city travel subsidy (one on arrival in China and one for departure from China). Scholarship
students are supposed to choose the nearest port to their admitting institutions for inter-city
travel and a hard-seat train ticket (hard-berth train ticket for overnight trip) will be provided for
new scholarship students transferring from the port of entry in China upon registration to the
city where the admitting institution, Chinese language training institution, or preparatory
education institution is located.
II.
Transportation will also be provided for students transferring from the Chinese language
training institution or the preparatory education institution to the city where the university is
located, as well as for students transferring from the city where the institution is located to the
nearest port for departure upon graduation. Expenses for food during the trip and excess of
baggage are the responsibility of the student.
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RESPONSIBILITY OF STUDENTS:
THE STUDENT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR COVERING:
1.
Some of the learning materials
2.
Roundtrip air tickets, to and from China.
3.
Student visa fees3
IMPORTANT Note:
1. Students might be charged some set-up fees upon arrival in China (that is, student ID card,
internet, rent deposit, residence permit, bank account, etc.).
2. It is recommended that students bring between US$500 and US$800 to cover those
settlement expenses while awaiting the first scholarship disbursement.
5. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
A. General Provisions:
I.
Applicants must:
 Be Non-Chinese citizens
 Be citizens or permanent residents of an OAS Member State.
 Be in good health to successfully undertake and finish the program of study.
 Return to countries of origin and reside for at least two years upon completion of the
program of study in China.
II.
Education background and age limit:
 Applicants for undergraduate programs must have senior high school diploma with
good academic performance and be under the age of 25.
 Applicants for master’s degree programs must have bachelor’s degree and be under
the age of 35.
 Applicants for doctoral degree programs must have master’s degree and be under the
age of 40.
 Applicants for the Chinese language program must have senior high school diploma and
be under the age of 35.
 General scholar candidates must have completed at least two years of undergraduate
studies and be under the age of 45, and may study all majors except the Chinese
language.
 Senior scholar candidates must have master’s degree or above, or hold academic titles
of associate professor or above, and be under the age of 50.
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CSC will issue a certification letter that selected candidates must take to Consulate or Embassy of China to obtain
proper travel visa.
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6. SELECTION CRITERIA
A. The merits and overall credentials of the applicant, including academic and/or professional
experience will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
I.
The quality of the written essays including how well the candidate explains the impact they
believe their studies will have on their institution/community/country
II.
For graduate student candidates:
i. the candidate’s university grade point average (GPA) and class ranking which
should be considered superior by his or her country/institution
ii. academic papers, writing and art works published
iii. The level of completeness of the required documentation and the detail put into
the preparation of the application.
iv. The quality of the recommendation letters which attest to the candidate’s ability to
perform and to succeed as a scholarship recipient.
v. The references should additionally describe what contribution and impact the
recommender believes the candidate will have on the
institution/community/country.
B. The potential and commitment of the candidate to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to the
development of the sponsoring country.
7. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS
A. The applicants shall apply through the Chinese Government Scholarship application system (online
application).
B. The applicants shall apply to the OAS through the OAS Fellowship Management System (online
application).
C. The applicants shall mail all documents, as indicated in section 9 below, to the OAS no later than
April 15th, 2015
D. Applicants may refer to the relevant authorities for details. Application materials will not be
returned regardless of the outcome of the application process.
8. SELECTION OF INSTITUTIONS AND SPECIALTY
A. Applicants may choose one academic program and up to three institutions as personal preferences
from the list of Chinese higher education institutions designated by the MOE.
B. Please check the Directory of Chinese Higher Education Institutions Admitting International
Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Program (http://www.sino-
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education.org/cmt.doc) & Academic Programs or the website of the CSC
(http://en.csc.edu.cn/Laihua/programsearchen.aspx4) for details.
C. Applicants are required to fill in their preferences of institutions and academic programs strictly in
accordance with those listed in the Directory.
9. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
A. Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship:
Complete the application form for Chinese Government Scholarship (CSC).
This form must be completed in Chinese or in English and is available at
http://laihua.csc.edu.cn/inscholarship/jsp/student/StudentLogin.jsp
Please note the following steps to complete the Chinese Government Scholarship Application
Form.
Step 1: Log http://laihua.csc.edu.cn/inscholarship/jsp/student/StudentLogin.jsp
The applicants should register for a username and password before logging in.
Step 2: After signing into the system, please read the ‘ONLINE APPLICATION GUIDANCE’ and follow the steps.
Step 3: Click the ‘NEXT’ button and select the scholarship for which you wish to submit an application. Please select
the Chinese Government Scholarship.
Step 4: Please note that the ‘AGENCY NO.’ is one of the most crucial parts of your online application. It is listed
in the first blank space under the ‘PERSONAL DATA’. Please make sure that you fill it in correctly,
otherwise you will not be able to continue your online application.
The ‘AGENCY NO’ is 8401, which is the Education Office of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Step 5: Please complete the online application form as accurately as possible, following the steps listed
on the left of the application page.
Applicants are required to select the disciplines before choosing their majors. For any inquiry about the disciplines and
majors, please refer the Disciplines Index, which can be downloaded from the “Help” section located on the left side
menu of the application.
Step 6: Review the application form after completing and submitting it online.
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Only programs that have the red star (*) are in Higher Education Institutions admitting international students.
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Step 7: Download the completed application form by clicking the button ‘DOWNLOAD
APPLICATION’ and print two copies.
Step 8: Prepare the following supporting documents.
B. Supporting Documents:
I.
Highest diploma obtained (notarized copy). If applicants are university students or already
employed, they shall also provide proof of enrolment or employment verification documents.
Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized translations
in Chinese or English.
II.
Transcripts: applicants for undergraduate studies are required to provide a notarized copy of senior
high school transcripts. Applicants for the other categories of studies also need to provide relevant
notarized transcripts from previous degrees obtained. Transcripts in languages other than Chinese
or English must be attached with notarized translations in Chinese or English.
III.
A study or research plan in Chinese or in English (no less than 200 words for undergraduates, no
less than 500 words for other categories of applicants as indicated in section 1 on page 1). Detailed
research plan (additional paper can be attached) is required for graduate studies applicants or
scholars for advanced studies. PLEASE WRITE AN ANALYTICAL ESSAY AND DO NOT COPY A LISTING
OF THE PROPOSED COURSE CATALOGUE OFFERINGS.
IV.
Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation in Chinese or English from professors or
associate professors or current or previous employers. Applicants who apply while currently
pursuing studies in China for master’s or doctoral degree studies must submit the Admission Notice
or Invitation Letter issued by the targeted university.
V.
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Applicants for music programs are requested to submit one CD recording of the applicants’
own work.
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Applicants for fine arts programs must submit one CD recording of the applicants’ own
work (including two sketches, two color paintings and two other works).
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Applicants under the age of 18 should submit the legal documents of their legal guardians
in China.
Photocopy of Foreigner Physical Examination Form (issued by the Chinese quarantine authority and
only for those whose period of study in China is more than six months) completed in English. The
medical examinations must cover all the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form.
Incomplete records or those without the signature of the attending physician, the official stamp of
the hospital and a sealed photograph of the applicant will be considered invalid. The medical
examination results are valid for 6 months. All applicants are kindly requested to take this factor
into consideration when determining when to take the medical examination.
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Step 9: Complete and submit the OAS/China Scholarship application form and upload the above
required documents in the space provided in this application form.
Step 10: Send 2 copies of each document in the application package to the
following address:
Organization of American States
Department of Human Development and Education
th
1889 F Street, N.W., 7 floor
Washington, DC 20006
Att.: OAS-China Scholarships
C. Additional Note and Contact Information:

Applicants are encouraged to apply for admission to the universities indicated in the Chinese
Government Scholarship application. Applicants should apply for admission by April 15th, 2015.
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When mailing the application package, please indicate “OAS-China Scholarships” on the envelope.
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Please include the copies of Physical Examination Report and Blood Examination Report in the
package and keep the original reports with you for later use when you go to China and register at
the university.
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The deadline to submit your application package to the OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C. is
April 15th, 2015.
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Internet Explorer (6.0 or 7.0) is strongly recommended, otherwise inconvenience may be caused by
other browsers.
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Only Chinese and English are accepted for the online application.
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All pertinent information is available at the China Scholarship Council website:
http://en.csc.edu.cn/
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For further information or assistance regarding the Chinese Scholarship application form, please
contact: Mrs. Xiaofang Yu at [email protected]
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If you have any questions about the OAS/China Scholarship application form, please contact:
Miguel Duncan at [email protected] .
10. SELECTION PROCESS AND NOTIFICATION OF AWARD
A. CSC will assess all application documents and CSC reserves the right to make necessary adjustments
to the proposed institutions, specialties and duration of study. Qualified applications will be
forwarded to the academic institutions and they will forward their nominations to CSC for
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agreement. Applications will be regarded as invalid and will not be accepted if they fail to meet the
enrollment requirements or if the application documents are incomplete.
B. If overseas applicants for degree programs with exemption of examinations are academically
ineligible to the proposed programs, the institution reserves the right to decide the academic
program they could attend or whether to give them conditional offers for their proposed programs.
Students who attend Chinese language courses prior to their university study or those who attend
the college preparatory program must pass the university entrance examinations or other
examinations required before they start their major studies. Students attending the college
preparatory program who fail to pass the required examinations within the allotted period will
finish studying in China as a language student, hence they will not begin their
undergraduate/graduate course of study in China.
C. Applicants are required to enclose the relevant admission notice from Chinese Higher Education
Institutions, if they have one, in the documents submitted to the OAS. Scholarship applicants
academically accepted by Chinese HEIs will be officially awarded the Chinese Government
Scholarship with approval from the CSC.
D. Students are required to sign their Admission Notice, if they have no objection with the placement,
and are not permitted, in principle, to change their specialties, institutions or the duration of study
specified in the Admission Notice.
E. The OAS will conduct a pre-selection process in April 2015.
F. The OAS will officially announce the pre-selected scholarship awardees in April 2015, and will
forward Admission Letters and Visa Application Forms for Study in China (JW201) to the selected
candidates starting in April 2015.
G. The CSC will conduct a final selection from April to June 2015.
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