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Closing date: 31/07/2018   

The Confucius Institute in Auckland in cooperation with China Scholarship Council (CSC), of China's Ministry of Education offers up to 10 full scholarships for Chinese language study in China each year. The scholarships will be awarded in September (for study beginning in February or March of the following year).

-Applicants must be currently studying at a New Zealand tertiary institution in the final year of a bachelor degree or have completed a degree within the past five years at a New Zealand tertiary institution.
-Applicants need to demonstrate their academic excellence in their field of studies.
-Applicants must be New Zealand citizens.
-Short listed applicants will be required to provide evidence that they have no medical problems which could impact on their year of study in China.
-Final placement in a Chinese university will be the prerogative of the China Scholarship Council.
-The China Scholarship Council does not accept applicants aged over 45.

The Confucius Institute in Auckland will convene a panel to award the scholarships. Selection criteria to include:
-Academic excellence in Chinese language (preferably) and other China related subjects.
-Strength of references.
-Evidence of applicant's commitment to achieving a high level of proficiency in Chinese language.
-The degree to which Chinese language skills are part of the applicant's future work or study plans.
-Evidence of applicant's ability to adapt to living and studying in another culture.
-Involvement in community and extracurricular activities.

The panel reserves the right to make reasonable enquiries in relation to information contained in the scholarship applications. The selection panel's decision will be final. If, in the opinion of the selection panel, no applicant of sufficient merit has applied in any year, the scholarship will not be offered in that year. Successful applicants will be asked to state their preferred university placements. However, final placements will be made by the China Scholarship Council and may not be challenged.

Value and Tenure of Award
The scholarships cover the students’ tuition fees, shared accommodation and medical care during the agreed period of study. A stipend of approximately 1,700 RMB/month contributes to meals and study materials. Students will be responsible for their own airfares, insurance to and from China, required pre-departure medical examination, visa fees, and for any other expenses not explicitly covered by the scholarship. The stipend will be paid monthly by China's Ministry of Education.

Conditions of Tenure
The successful applicants will be required to:
-sign a contract regarding the scholarship's terms and conditions
-comply with the rules and regulations of the China Scholarship Council
-attend an award function, if requested, and cooperate with any promotional publicity related to the scholarship
-provide the Confucius Institute in Auckland with interim and final reports on their scholarship (guidelines will be provided).

Application deadline is 31 July of each year.

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Application cannot be accepted before 30/04/2018.

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