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Study in China

The Confucius Institute can help students of the Institute and The University of Manchester find a route to China via our Scholarships.

The Confucius Institute provides a variety of scholarships to both students enrolled in Institute courses and those at the University of Manchester; these scholarships allow them to study in China for 2 weeks, one year, or entire MA and PhD programmes. Please see more information about these scholarships and their selection criteria in each section of:

  • CI Scholarships (open for recruitment all year round)
  • Study China Programme (applications for the Summer 2017 programme accepted until Thursday 1 March 2018)
  • Confucius China Study Plan
  • Short programmes at BNU 


Study China Programme

Study China Programme provides a three-week study experience at leading Chinese universities, covering Chinese language, culture, and business. Interaction with Chinese students, academic staff, local families, and businesses is structured into a programme of accredited language courses, workshops, trips, and excursions.

The Study China Programme is managed by The University of Manchester and generously funded by The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. All tuition and accommodation fees are provided, but students must finance their own travel costs.

Applications for Summer 2017 are now being accepted and the application process will close at: Midday on Monday, 15 May.


Confucius China Study Plan

If you are currently doing a PhD on a China-related area, you may wish to apply for Joint Research PhD Fellowship. This scheme supports doctoral students registered with non-Chinese universities to come to China for study, research, and writing of their doctoral dissertations from 6 months to 2 years.

A number of Manchester PhD students have participated the scheme and benefited from the generous funding for their language study, as well as fieldwork in China under the supervision of Chinese academics.

If you plan to pursue your PhD in China, you may wish to apply for PhD in China Fellowship, which supports non-Chinese students to pursue full-time Ph.D. degrees in the humanities and social sciences at Chinese universities.

Applications from the University of Manchester must be supported by the Confucius Institute.

For more information on the programme and on how to apply, see the Confucius China Study Programme website or email

Short Programmes at BNU (Beijing Normal University)

BNU is the partner university for the Confucius Institute and they are offering a number of scholarships for the students of the Institute and UoM for attending their short programmes in China. Currently we are recruiting for the following programmes in 2017.

Looking China (applications accepted until 31 March)

Philosophy Summer School (applications accepted until 31 March)

Summer Intensive Language School (applications accepted until 31 March)

Looking China

Looking China is a cultural experience programme sponsored by Huilin Foundation that has been successfully run since 2011 and is receiving increasingly extensive influence both in China and abroad. In 2016 100 participants from 36 universities of 25 countries made short documentary films about China through their different international lenses. This program has become a significant part of the brand of BNU, showcasing the enchanting aspects of China and promoting Chinese culture.

The CI will nominate one candidate for the 2017 programme and that student will spend two weeks from 4 - 21 July 2017 in Changchun, China filming together with other participants and Chinese students under the supervision of one academic staff member. For successful candidates, all the expenses including the international fare, accommodation and living expenses are fully covered.

The application process is now open for 2017 Looking China.

Applicants must be a student of the University of Manchester or a student of the Manchester Confucius Institute. Candidates are also expected to have the technical competence of making short films (including editing) and must submit their previous work as part of the application process.

Please submit your CV and a description of your related experiences on film and video productions to no later than 31 March 2017.

Successful candidates will agree to let CI use the short film for non-commercial use such as for the promotion of future programmes and sharing the cultural experience with other organisations.

Philosophy Summer School

The Philosophy Summer School is designed for international university students who are curious about traditional Chinese culture and its impact on the contemporary culture of China. The Summer School has run for two successful sessions in 2015 and 2016. The invited speakers are world-renowned scholars who offer unique insights into traditional Chinese philosophy and thought-provoking discussions on contemporary China. The Summer School also presents a unique opportunity to meet young people from around the world who share a passion to explore the treasures of Chinese civilization.

The Summer School will run from 9 to 23 July 2017, on the theme of Daoist Philosophy. Daoism is a religious or philosophical tradition of Chinese origin which emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao (道, literally "Way"). Taoism differs from Confucianism by not emphasizing rigid rituals and social order. In general Daoism tends to emphasize wu wei (effortless action), "naturalness", simplicity, spontaneity. Laozi and Zhuangzi are the founding fathers of this school of philosophy.

The Application process is now open for 2017 Philosophy Summer School.

Applicants must be a student of the University of Manchester or a student of the Manchester Confucius Institute and aged between 18-30.

Please submit a 300-500 word statement including that details why you wish to apply for this summer school, how you will benefit from the course and how you will make the most of your time in China (including what you expect to gain from the experience and how you will take this experience forward and any subsequent activities after your visit) to no later than 31 March 2017.

The scholarship will cover your tuition, accommodation and social programme of the two-week study. Successful candidates will have to cover the cost of international flights and daily expenses.

Summer Intensive Language School

If you have started to learn Chinese and would like to practice and improve your language, this two-week summer intensive school can help you to achieve this.

If you haven't started your Chinese learning yet then there is no better place to kick start your learning than Beijing, the capital of China at a prestigious Chinese university like Beijing Normal University (BNU).

The dates are: 8 to 21 July 2017.

Upon arrival, you will be streamed into a class based on your language level. You will have spare time to explore the city of ancient civilisation and modernity and meet other learners from across the globe.

The application process is now open until 31 March 2017.

Please submit a 300- 500 word statement outlining your current level of Chinese and how you are going to benefit from learning Chinese academically, personally and in terms of your career to

Please note you must be aged between 18-30 and have studied for 3 months or 40 hours Mandarin at Manchester Confucius Institute (or be a student of the University of Manchester) at the time of application. If you have not studied with Manchester CI before, then you must be willing to undertake 40 hours of Mandarin study which will be discounted.

The scholarship will cover your tuition, accommodation and social programme of the two-week study. You are expected to pay for your international flights and daily expenses.