China is set to provide funding for 18,000 students to study abroad in 2013. The government-backed China Scholarship Council (CSC) are aiming to increase the amount of Chinese students studying abroad. The CSC offers scholarships on the proviso that students should return to China on completion on their studies. The scheme hopes to increase the amount of high-quality graduates within China.
A further 2,000 Chinese students who hope to study abroad will be offered scholarships in 2013; up from 16,000 in 2012. The number of scholarships available through the CSC has risen sharply since it was first offered in 2006, although it still only supports a small minority of Chinese students studying abroad. In 2010, almost 300,000 students from China set out to study abroad, most of which funded their studies through other means. Whilst the increase in funding positions by the CSC will be welcomed by prospective Chinese students wishing to study abroad, there is still a long way to go to support a significant percentage of those who study elsewhere.
The scholarships will be available for both undergraduates and graduates and applications close in December.
The CSC offers a similar programme for students wishing to study abroad in China. More students are now looking at studying in China, and with the growing shift in power between Western and Eastern universities means study abroad destinations like China will continue to grow over the next few years.
Find out more about studying in China on our Study in Asia directory.
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