Check out this great video of Fall 2012 CET Shanghai alumnus, Oscar Wang, courtesy of Haverford College. Oscar describes his experience interning with the Essential Learning Group of Shanghai, one of the only schools within all of China that specializes in education. As an education minor at Haverford, this specific internship component was very important to Oscar when choosing a study abroad program in China. Find out more about the CET Shanghai program here: http://cetacademicprograms.com/programs/china/chinese-studies-internship-shanghai/
Recipients of the CET Scholarship must meet all PHBS admission requirements and submit their application materials prior to April 15, 2013. The five most outstanding CET alumni to apply for their Master’s programs will automatically receive a full-tuition scholarship, sponsored directly by the school.
Peking University HSBC Business School offers two-year, all-English Master’s programs in Management, Economics, and Quantitative Finance. Internationally accredited and led by a diverse faculty, PHBS is unique within China due to its cohesion of Chinese and international teaching styles and in its support for international students looking to take advantage of China’s growing financial market.
Currently PHBS is seeking qualified international applicants for the 2013-2014 academic year. International applicants are encouraged to apply before April 15th, 2013, and admission is decided on a rolling basis. Although located in PKU’s southern campus in Shenzhen, PHBS upholds the academic standards of Peking University and attracts top Master’s candidates from around the world.
For information on how to apply, please follow this link<http://english.phbs.pku.edu.cn/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=lists&catid=621>, or contact int [dot] admissions [at] phbs [dot] pku [dot] edu [dot] cn<mailto:int [dot] admissions [at] phbs [dot] pku [dot] edu [dot] cn>
Apply for a full scholarship to pursue a post-graduate degree at Donghua University in Shanghai. Unlike your undergraduate study abroad experience, you will not be studying in a program geared towards foreigners. Instead, you will be a fully matriculated, fully funded graduate student completing a degree in Chinese alongside Chinese peers. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Donghua University in Shanghai, a CET partner, is offering ten full postgraduate scholarships to foreign students to commence studies in fall 2013. Donghua is home to a wide variety of Master’s and Doctoral programs, all of which are open to scholarship recipients. (Note that Donghua does not offer a graduate degree in Chinese Language, Linguistics or Literature.) The scholarship application deadline is March 29, 2013.
- Monthly stipend
- Up to one full year of Chinese language instruction at Donghua before the start of postgraduate studies (as necessary, according to scholarship recipient language level)
CET is not involved in the scholarship selection process. Scholarship details are below. For inquiries, please contact:
Ms. Liu Wensheng, Admissions Officer
International Cultural Exchange School
International Students Admissions Department
Email: ices [at] dhu [dot] edu [dot] cn (include DHU 3.29 postgraduate scholarships in the subject line)
Phone: 86-21-6237-8595, ext.11
Donghua University Graduate Scholarship Information
The Donghua University scholarships come from two government sources: the China Scholarship Council (CSC) or the Shanghai city government.
- Doctoral study: 3 to 4 years (4 to 5 years if recipient takes DHU Chinese language courses)
- Master’s study: 2.5 to 3 years (3.5 to 4 years if recipient takes DHU Chinese language courses)
Course of study selection:
- Scholarship recipients must pursue a Chinese language-instructed DHU Master’s/doctoral degree program (full list included below).
- Scholarship recipients are rarely permitted to change their academic program or duration of study once specified.
- Note that DHU does not offer a degree in the study of the Chinese language.
- On-campus accommodation in DHU’s international student housing
- Monthly allowance of 1,700RMB for Master’s students, 2,000RMB for doctoral students, including Chinese language instruction period
- Enrollment in the medical insurance and benefit plan for international students in China
- Partial coverage of outpatient medical fees
Scholarships do not cover:
- Plane tickets, transportation costs, visa expenses, and any other fees not listed above
How to Apply
Step One: Confirm your eligibility
- Applicant must be a non-Chinese citizen.
- Applicant must be in good health.
- Applicant must not be studying in China at the time of application.
- Applicant must have completed at least three semesters of college-level Chinese at the time of application.
- Applicants for doctoral degree studies must be under the age of 40 and have in hand a Master’s degree by fall 2012.
- Applicants for Master’s degree studies must be under the age of 35 and have in hand a Bachelor’s degree by fall of 2012.
Step Two: Apply
All items below must be received by 5am EST March 29, 2013.
Items to submit online:
- China Scholarship Council application. Instructions:
- Open CSC website: http://laihua.csc.edu.cn (use Internet Explorer for best results)
- Log in and choose ‘CHINESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP’ > click ‘Next’ > enter ’10255′ in the ’Agency No.’ field
- Complete and submit the application. Please note that you will also need to download, print and sign two copies of this application when completed.
Note: The Chinese government’s CSC website is notoriously unreliable/inaccessible so start working on this early. Scholarship application deadlines will not be extended because of difficulties encountered with the CSC website.
Items to mail via post:
- Two completed and signed copies of completed CSC application.
- Official transcripts from all schools and study abroad programs attended as an undergraduate. Doctoral degree program applicants must submit official transcripts from all schools and study abroad programs attended as a Master’s degree student. Doctoral degree program applicants are not required to send undergraduate transcripts but may do so if they wish.
Mailing address: International Student Admissions Dept.; Attn: Liu Wensheng; Donghua University; International Cultural Exchange School; 1882 Yan’an Rd. West; Shanghai 200051, China. All the items above must be mailed together in one envelope and received by 5am EST March 29, 2013 as noted above.
Items to submit electronically:
- Color scan of applicant’s valid passport.
- Color scan of applicant’s bachelor’s degree/ Master’s degree diploma. Applicants in the last semester of their bachelor’s degree/ Master’s degree studies must submit proof that they are on track to graduate at the end of the Spring 2013 term and must submit a color scan of their diploma by 6/15 at the latest. Scholarship recipients who fail to graduate in good standing at the end of the Spring 2013 term and submit a color scan of their degree by 6/15 will forfeit their scholarship.
- Scan of personal statement in English or Chinese with applicant’s signature.
- Scan of research proposal in English or Chinese with applicant’s signature.
- Doctoral degree program applicants are additionally encouraged to contact DHU faculty in their intended field of study before they submit their application. All relevant correspondence to this effect should be emailed along with the items listed above.
The items listed above must be emailed to ices [at] dhu [dot] edu [dot] cn. Applicants may break this up into multiple emails, but all items must be received in the same one-hour time window and prior to 5am EST March 29,2013. Applicants should include the subject line ‘DHU 3.29 postgraduate scholarship applicant [your name]‘ on all emails.
Letters of Recommendation:
- Two letters of recommendation are required. A third letter of recommendation is permissible.
- For Master’s degree program applicants, one recommender must be a professor or associate professor that has taught the applicant.
- For doctoral degree program applicants, one recommender must be a professor or associate professor that has taught the applicant in their Master’s degree program.
- Recommenders must email their recommendations to ices [at] dhu [dot] edu [dot] cn directly.
- When submitting, recommenders should use the subject line: ’DHU 3.29 postgraduate scholarship applicant [your name]‘
- Recommenders must be informed that they may submit their recommendation in the body of the email or as an attached document.
- Recommenders must be informed that they are not to cc the applicant when submitting.
- Recommenders must be informed that their recommendation will kept strictly confidential.
- Recommenders must be informed that they may be contacted by ICES for verification and/or further applicant information.
Review and Selection
Completed applications will be reviewed by relevant DHU schools and colleges and then scholarship recipients and alternates will be selected by the Donghua University Review Committee on Scholarships for International Students. Applicants may be asked to do a phone interview at any point during this process.
DHU will notify scholarship recipients and alternates of next steps on April 12, 2013. Alternates will be notified of their rank (first alternate, second alternate, etc.) and will receive alerts via email as they move up in rank. Once 3.29 scholarships are finalized, some alternates will likely be offered less-comprehensive DHU scholarships according to their rank.
Once all formalities are completed and scholarship recipients finalized, scholarship recipients will be announced in an email to all applicants who submitted completed applications.
DHU Postgraduate Programs Instructed in Chinese
Master’s program only – one asterisk*
Both Master’s and Doctoral programs offered – two asterisks**
Doctoral program only – three asterisks***
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As a Chinese major planning to work in China following graduation, I never intended my study abroad experience to be an extended vacation or some sort of enlightenment episode. My priority was more practical: I wanted to learn to speak Chinese well so I could work there effectively someday.
With this in mind, I chose a program specializing in language instruction and cultural immersion. I was drawn to it because it avoided superficial tourism in favor of a practical focus. With a language pledge that required us to speak Mandarin at all times, a rigorous course schedule consisting entirely of classes taught in Mandarin, and the opportunity to live with a Chinese roommate, it promised to provide the training and preparation I sought.
While in China I studied through two programs. The first was a January language intensive stint in Beijing, and the second was a spring semester in Hangzhou, a smaller city about an hour southwest of Shanghai.
The Beijing program was a crash-course on life and language in China. In addition to several classroom hours each day, we spoke with Chinese people throughout Beijing and the surrounding area, including interviewing elderly Chinese in a city park and rural Chinese families.
In mid-February I arrived at Zhejiang University of Technology in Hangzhou, where I’d spend the next four months. The program quickly proved itself to be demanding—almost overwhelmingly so—both academically and culturally. Three hours of daily classroom language instruction were followed by nightly memorization of dozens of characters, plus weekly tests and papers.
We were expected to display in-depth understanding of our subjects both verbally and in writing.
Perhaps the most demanding part of the curriculum was the tutorial, in which we discussed a topic of our choosing in one-on-one conversations with an instructor. We were expected to display in-depth understanding of our subjects both verbally and in writing. My topic was China’s economic reform since the 1970s. This challenging class, coupled with extensive requirements from other courses, improved my language skills exponentially within a brief period.
We 17 American students were also encouraged to be independent outside the classroom. During our first week on campus we were given a dorm room, a meal card, and a brief tour—and then we were on our own. Although the program director was available in case of trouble, we were expected to solve our own problems. This self-sufficiency forced us to confront our outsider status and brought us face-to-face with language and cultural barriers, preventing us from forming an idealistic view of China.
Through our daily interactions with our roommates, teachers, other students, and locals, we confronted many jarring contrasts between Chinese and American culture—both pleasant and otherwise. The positives included the amazing variety of delicious cuisines as well as the friendliness of the Chinese people. The negatives included the prevalence of smoking, spitting, and butting into line. Though some of these matters were tough to get used to, our Chinese roommates helped us acculturate. I spent much time with my roommate, with whom I quickly formed a close bond. With him as my guide, I began to make sense of my surroundings and settle into the unfamiliar environment.
By the end of my months in China, the intensive immersive experience had paid off. My language skills had improved beyond recognition, and my understanding of Chinese culture had also increased. Just as importantly, I’d learned what it’s like to be an outsider, trying to understand and grow accustomed to an unfamiliar society—an experience that will serve me well in the years ahead.
Read Sam’s original blog post on the Macalester College website: http://www.macalester.edu/news/2012/11/eastern-immersion