Programs in China: Undergraduate

The CIEE Advanced Chinese Studies Program

The CIEE Advanced Chinese Studies Program provides students with a variety of tools with which to learn Chinese, including home-stays, enrollment at Peking University, weekly tutorial sessions, and research. Programs run for one semester and can substantiate 16 semesters of Undergraduate transfer credit. Candidates must be non-Chinese with a stable command of Chinese and a high school GPA of at least 3.0.

Agencies Involved: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Key Dates: Application deadline is April 1, 2013 for Fall 2013 program, and October 15, 2013 for Spring 2014 program


The CIEE Summer Accelerated Chinese Language Program

The CIEE Summer Accelerated Chinese Language Program provides students the opportunity to become fluent in Mandarin Chinese and acquainted with Chinese culture by way of immersion. Students enroll in accelerated Chinese language courses in China while living with a host family, and taking part in volunteer activities. Programs can substantiate 10 semesters of Undergraduate transfer credit. Candidates must be non-Chinese with a high school GPA of at least 3.0.

Agencies Involved: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Key Dates: Application deadline March 15, 2013 for Summer 2013 program


The CIEE Chinese Language and Society Program

The CIEE Chinese Language and Society Program provides students the opportunity to engage in intensive Mandarin language training through coursework, weekly tutorials, and social activities. Programs run for one semester. Candidates must be non-Chinese with a high school GPA of at least 2.75.

Agencies Involved: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Key Dates: Application deadline is April 1, 2013 for Fall 2013 program


The CIEE Intensive Chinese Language Program

The CIEE Intensive Chinese Language Program provides students with a variety of tools with which to learn Chinese, including home-stays, enrollment at Peking University, weekly tutorial sessions, and research. Programs run for one semester and can substantiate 16 semesters of Undergraduate transfer credit. Candidates must be non-Chinese with a stable command of Chinese and a high school GPA of at least 3.0.

Agencies Involved: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Key Dates: Application deadline is April 1, 2013 for Fall 2013 program, and October 15, 2013 for Spring 2014 program


The CIEE Summer Intensive Chinese Studies Program

The CIEE Summer Accelerated Chinese Language Program provides students the opportunity to become fluent in Mandarin Chinese and acquainted with Chinese culture by way of enrollment in accelerated Chinese language courses and group activities. Coursework includes 20 hours of intensive instruction per week. Candidates must be non-Chinese with a high school GPA of at least 2.75, and must have completed at least 135 hours of college-level Mandarin Chinese study before applying.

Agencies Involved: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Key Dates: Application deadline is March 15, 2013 for Summer 2013 program


Boren Scholarships

U.S undergraduate students can apply for the Boren Scholarships to learn a foreign language and study abroad (in any country outside of USA, Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.) Applications can be made for a summer program (minimum 8 weeks; for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math- STEM students only), a semester or a full academic year. All students are expected to have a significant language component as part of their proposed study abroad. In exchange for the scholarship funding, selected candidates must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement.

Agencies Involved: National Security Education Program (NSEP); Institute of International Education (IIE)

Key Dates: The application deadline for 2013-14 is February 13, 2013. Boren-funded programs can begin no earlier than June 1, 2013.


Chinese Government Scholarship Program- Bachelor’s Level

The Chinese Government Scholarship Program (CGSP) allows US high school graduates to study at Chinese institutions for periods of 4-7 years. Applicants can choose 1 academic program and 3 institutions as their preferences from the list of CGSP-designated Chinese institutions. Candidates must be non-Chinese, have high school diploma, and be under the age of 25. Applicants with no command of Chinese are required to take courses in the language for 1-2 years before enrollment. Scholarship extensions are not permitted.

Agencies Involved: Ministry of Education (China), China Scholarship Council

Key Dates:  Applications are accepted between January and April each year


Chinese Government Scholarship Program- General Scholar Level

The Chinese Government Scholarship Program (CGSP) allows US high school graduates to study at Chinese institutions for periods of up to 2 years. Applicants can choose 1 academic program and 3 institutions as their preferences from the list of CGSP-designated Chinese institutions. Candidates must be non-Chinese, must have completed at least 2 years of undergraduate study, and be under the age of 45. Applicants with no command of Chinese are required to take courses in the language for 1 year before enrollment. Scholarship extensions are not permitted.

Agencies Involved: Ministry of Education (China), China Scholarship Council

Key Dates:  Applications are accepted between January and April each year


The Organization of American States (OAS)-China Scholarships - Bachelor’s Level

The Organization of American States (OAS)-China Scholarships provide scholarships for US high school graduates to pursue Undergraduate studies at Chinese institutions for periods of 4-7 years. Applicants can choose 1 academic program and 3 institutions as their preferences from the list of OAS-designated Chinese institutions. Candidates must be non-Chinese, have high school diploma, and be under the age of 25. Applicants with no command of Chinese are required to take courses in the language for 1-2 years before enrollment. Scholarship extensions are not permitted.

Agencies Involved: The Organization of American States, Ministry of Education (China)

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


The Organization of American States (OAS)-China Scholarships - General Scholar Level

The Organization of American States (OAS)-China Scholarships allows US high school graduates to study at Chinese institutions for periods of up to 2 years. Applicants can choose 1 academic program and 3 institutions as their preferences from the list of OAS-designated Chinese institutions. Candidates must be non-Chinese, must have completed at least 2 years of undergraduate study, and be under the age of 45. Applicants with no command of Chinese are required to take courses in the language for 1 year before enrollment. Scholarship extensions are not permitted.

Agencies Involved: The Organization of American States, Ministry of Education (China)

Key Dates:  Check website for updated information