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In order to strengthen the mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples of China and Botswana, and to help Botswana to develop high level human resources, the Chinese government has been providing scholarships for Botswana students studying in Chinese higher education institutions since 1980s. As a follow-up action of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Friendship which was held in November 2006, the Chinese Government increased the scholarships from 5 to around 20 for each academic year since 2007, which also serves the support for Botswana to accelerate the achievement of Vision 2016.

The Ministry of Education of China (hereinafter referred to as MOE) formulates Chinese government scholarship plans, and entrusts China Scholarship Council (hereinafter referred to as CSC) to handle the enrollment of international students.

For the academic year of 2009/2010, the Chinese government will provide 22 full scholarships for Botswana students who wish to study in China as postgraduates for master or doctoral degrees, Chinese language students, general scholars and senior scholars. Among all the scholarships, 12 of them have been distributed to Botswana Government officials while the rest 10 are for the public.


The specified Application requirements for Chinese Government Scholarships are as follows:

I. Categories of Applicants and Duration of Scholarship

Categories of Applicants

Duration of
Major Studies

Duration of Remedial Chinese Language Courses

Duration of

Academic Years





Master degree students




Doctoral degree students




Chinese language students



Up to 2

General scholars



Up to 2

Senior scholars



Up to 2

II. Application Period

The application period for the Chinese Government Scholarship is from 2nd March to 10th April, 2009. Application materials received after the deadline will not be processed.

III. Applicants Eligibility

-Applicants must be Botswana citizens in good health.

-Education background and age limit:

1. Applicants for undergraduate programs must have senior high school certificate with good academic performance and be under the age of 25.

2. Applicants for master degree programs must have bachelor's degree and be under the age of 35.

3. Applicants for doctoral degree programs must have master's degree and be under the age of 40.

4. Chinese language students must have senior high school certificate and be under the age of 35, will study Chinese language program in China.

5. General scholar candidates must have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies and be under the age of 45, may study all majors besides Chinese language.

6. Senior scholar candidates must have master's degree or above, or hold academic titles of associate professor or above, and be under the age of 50.

IV. Application Materials

Applicants must fill in and provide the following materials truly and correctly (in duplicate). Application materials will not be returned regardless of the result of application.

1. Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship (printed by CSC) should be filled in Chinese or in English. It can be downloaded from CSC website (http://en.csc.edu.cn/ ).

2. Highest diploma (notarized/certified photocopy). If applicants are university students or already employed, they shall also provide studying certificates or employment documents. Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with certified translations in Chinese or English.

3. Applicants for undergraduate studies are required to provide certified copy of senior high school transcripts. Applicants for other categories of studies also need to provide relevant certified transcripts. Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized translations in Chinese or English.

4. A study or research plan in Chinese or in English (no less than 200 words for undergraduates, no less than 500 words for scholars). Detailed research plan (additional paper can be attached) is required for postgraduates or scholars for advanced studies.

5. Applicants for master or doctoral degree studies and senior scholars must submit two letters of recommendation in Chinese or English by professors or associate professors. Applicants who apply in China for master or doctoral degree studies must submit the Admission Notice or Invitation Letter issued by the targeted university.

6. Applicants for music programs are requested to submit one CD recording of the applicants' own work. Applicants for fine arts programs must submit one CD recording of the applicants' own work (including two sketches, two color paintings and two other works).

7. Applicants under the age of 18 should submit the legal documents of their legal guardians in China.

8. Photocopy of Foreigner Physical Examination Form (printed by Chinese quarantine authority and only for those whose period of studies in China lasts up to six months) filled in English. It can be downloaded from CSC website (http://en.csc.edu.cn/). The medical examinations must cover all the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. Incomplete records or those without the signature of the attending physician, the official stamp of the hospital or a sealed photograph of the applicants are invalid. The medical examination results are valid for 6 months. All applicants are kindly requested to take this factor into consideration while determining the time to take medical examination.

All of the above mentioned materials should be submitted to the Chinese Embassy in Botswana. Individual applications will not be accepted by CSC.

V. Selection of Institutions and Specialty

Applicants may choose one academic program and three institutions as personal preferences from the list of Chinese higher education institutions designated by MOE. Please check the Directory of Chinese Institutions Admitting International Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Program, Chinese Education Organizations Admitting International Students. Applicants can find the above mentioned information from the website of CSC (http://en.csc.edu.cn/ ) or the reception desk of Chinese Embassy in Botswana for details.

Applicants are required to fill in their preferences of institutions and academic programs strictly in accordance with those listed in the Directory.

VI. Language of Instruction

The Chinese institutions of higher education generally use Chinese as instructional language. Applicants with no command of Chinese are generally required to take Chinese language courses for 1-2 years before their major studies. Applicants who apply for study in science, engineering, agriculture, medicine (western medicine), economics, management and law are required to take Chinese language courses for 1 year. Applicants who apply for study in literature, history, philosophy, and medicine (traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese herb medicine) are required to take Chinese language courses for 2 years.

Undergraduate programs are instructed in Chinese. In some universities, some courses set for general scholars, senior scholars and postgraduate students can be offered in English.

VII. Preparatory College Education

According to the regulation of MOE, applicants who apply for the bachelor degree of science, engineering, agriculture, medicine and economics are required to take a one-year foundation course (preparatory education) including the fundamentals of Chinese language, mathematics, physics and chemistry. Students who pass the examinations of foundation courses can start their undergraduate studies on time as specified in their Admission Notices.

CSC entrusts Tianjin University, Nanjing Normal University and Shandong University to offer the foundation courses in 2009.


I. Review of Application materials by CSC

The Chinese Embassy in Botswana will send all the application materials to CSC for further review. CSC is authorized to make necessary adjustments on the proposed institutions, specialties and duration of the applicant's study in China. The applications will not be processed if they fail to meet the enrollment requirements or the application materials are incomplete.

II. Universities make the final decision

Qualified applications will be forwarded to universities and the final decision whether to admit the applicants or not will be made by them. If the applicant has been accepted by an institution prior to application, the applicant is required to enclose the relevant admission letter in the application materials.

Scholarship applicants accepted by Chinese institutions of higher education will be officially awarded the Chinese Government Scholarship with the approval from CSC and submitted to MOE for record.

III. Admission Notice

CSC will send the List of Accepted Students, Admission Notice and Visa Application Form for Study in China (JW201) to the Chinese Embassy in Botswana by 31st July 2009, who will forward the documents to the students.


I. Fees

For full scholarships, the Chinese government will cover the following fees:

1. Registration fee, tuition fee, fee for laboratory experiment, fee for internship, fee for basic learning materials and accommodation on campus;

2. Living allowance;

3. One-off settlement subsidy after registration;

4. Fee for outpatient medical service, Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Benefit Plan for International Students in China;

5. One-off inter-city travel subsidy.

Accepted students are expected to pay for their own international travel expenses.

Special Notes:

1. Costs of the laboratory experiment or internship beyond the university's arrangements should be borne by the students themselves.

2. Fee for basic learning materials covers the necessary learning materials prescribed by the host institution, and other materials shall be at self expenses.

3. Monthly allowance is provided to students by the host institution at the following rates (Chinese Yuan per month, 1Yuan equals 1.2 Pula):

- Undergraduates: CNY 1,400 Yuan

- Chinese language students: CNY 1,400 Yuan

- Master degree students, general scholars: CNY 1,700 Yuan

- Doctoral degree students, senior scholars: CNY 2,000 Yuan

Scholarship students shall receive their monthly allowance after registration. New students who register before 15th (15th included) of the registration month will get the full amount of living allowance of that month, and those who register after 15th will get half amount of that month. Students upon graduation will be given a living allowance for another 15 days after the graduation time set by the university. The allowance will be terminated from the next month after students suspend their studies, drop school or complete schooling from the university. Monthly allowance covers school holidays. Scholarship students who do not get the monthly living allowance during holidays can get that upon their return on campus. For those students who do not register on time without permission from the university, leave for non-health reasons or are absent from the university over a month, the allowance will be suspended for one month.

Students who have to suspend their studies because of serious diseases should go back to the home country and pay for the international trip by themselves. With the university's approval, the scholarship status can be reserved for at most one year, and their living allowances will be suspended at the same time. The scholarship will be terminated for those who suspend their studies for other reasons.

4. New students will get one-off settlement subsidy upon arrival in China.

- CNY 1,000 Yuan for new students who will study in China up to six months

- CNY 1,500 Yuan for new students who will study in China for one academic year or more

5. Fee for outpatient medical service refers to the outpatient expense in the institution's hospital or the hospitals entrusted by the institution. The students should pay for a certain percentage of expense in accordance with the institution's relevant regulations.

6. Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Benefit Plan for International Students in China is provided by MOE for the scholarship students in China in case of hospitalizing for serious diseases and accidental injuries. The institutions or the entrusted medical assistance agency provide advancement service for insurance expenses, and claim for compensation with relevant payment receipts from the insurance company according to the stipulated insurance articles. The claim of individual student will not be accepted by the insurance company.

7.One-off inter-city travel ticket (each for coming-in and leaving China) : Scholarship students are supposed to choose the nearest port to their admitting institutions for inter-city travel and a hard-seat train ticket (hard-berth train ticket for overnight trip) will be provided for new scholarship students transferring from the port of entry upon registration to the city where the admitting institution or Chinese language training institution, preparatory education institution is located, for students transferring from the Chinese language training institution or the preparatory education institution to the city where the university for major study is located, and for students transferring from the city where the institution is located to the nearest port for departure upon graduation. Expenses for food during the trip and excess of baggage should be self-afforded.

II. Transfer Service

The Transfer Service Station for Chinese Government Scholarship students in Beijing Language and Culture University will provide free transfer service to new full scholarship students who have to make a stopover in Beijing between August 25th and September 15th, 2009. Detailed services provided during the stopover are as follows:

1. Free accommodation on campus (double room) is provided for full scholarship students who are exempt from accommodation fee.

2. One-off settlement subsidy is given to full scholarship students.

3. Medical service is provided during the stopover for full scholarship students whose scholarship cover medical care expenses.

4. Hard-seat or hard-berth train ticket from Beijing to the city where the institution is located is provided for full scholarship students.

Transfer Service Station for Chinese Government Scholarship Students contact information:

Tel: 0086-10-82303706

Fax: 0086-10-82303326


Add: No. 15 Xueyuan Lu, Haidian District, Beijing, P.R.China

Post Code: 100083

Those who arrive in Beijing before or after the transfer service period or who make a stopover in cities other than Beijing have to go to their universities by themselves. The universities shall reimburse the hard-seat or hard-berth train ticket between the port of entry and the city where the university is located and give the one-off settlement subsidy according to relevant regulations.

III. Change of Academic Program or Institution and Extension of Study

Students are not permitted, in principle, to change their specialties, institutions or the duration of study specified in the Admission Notice and the Visa Application for Study in China (JW201) once after registration.

Part Five: The Annual Review of Chinese Government Scholarship Status

In accordance with the Measures for the Annual Review of Chinese Government Scholarship Status, scholarship students who will study in China for more than one year must participate in the annual review of Chinese Government Scholarship Status. Entrusted by CSC, the hosting institutions will make a comprehensive review on the scholarship students' performance, including academic record, learning attitude, class attendance, behavior, rewards and punishment.

Those who are qualified in the annual review will continue to enjoy the scholarship for the following academic year. For those who fail in the annual review, their scholarships will be suspended or terminated for the following academic year.

If students whose scholarship has been suspended wish to continue to study in China, they still enjoy the comprehensive medical insurance provided by Chinese government during the suspension.

If students have financial difficulty during the suspension, they can apply to their host institutions for expense deduction. If they wish to resume the scholarship status, they can apply to participate in the annual review for the next academic year. Their scholarship status will be resumed if they are qualified for the annual review.

Students who have been disqualified from the scholarship status are not allowed to apply for scholarship resumption.

Part Six: Contacts

1. Education Assistant:

Mr. Keem Jappie

Tel: 3180076-8034

Cell: 71240177

2. Political Attaché:

Ms. Cecilia Wang

Tel: 3952209

3. Chinese Embassy in Botswana

Plot 3096, North Ring Road, Gaborone, Botswana

( Near the back entrance of the State House )

Open: Monday-Friday, 08:30-12:00, 14:30-17:00


Chinese Embassy in Botswana


1st March 2009

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