In fact, on the Home Page of the CSC Application System, this question has been explained shortly. But maybe it's hard for a newcomer to understand, so I'm going to explain it in detail to help you have a better understanding of Chinese Government Scholarship Program Categories.
1). What’s CSC and What Programs Do the Chinese Government Scholarship Include?
CSC usually refers to the Chinese Government Scholarship. The full name of CSC is the China Scholarship Council, which is responsible for the enrollment and the administration of Chinese Government Scholarship programs, entrusted by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. So “CSC Scholarship = Chinese Government Scholarship”.
CHINESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS include Bilateral Program, Chinese University Program, Great Wall Program, European Union Program, ASEAN University Network Program, Pacific Islands Forum Program, World Meteorological Organization Program, Chinese Trade Unions Silk Road Scholarship, MOFCOM SCHOLARSHIP-CSC Program, Marine Scholarship of China. For details of these scholarships, please check the CSC official website.
2). What’s Chinese Government Scholarship Program Categories Type A, Type B, Type C?
- CSC Program Category Type C is usually for current students at Chinese schools, not for freshmen. International students who study in China have the opportunity to apply for this scholarship if they do perform well and achieved excellent results in school. It’s usually a partial scholarship, not a full scholarship.
- CSC Program Category Type B = Chinese University Program, for freshmen only. CSC scholarship type B generally refers to scholarship programs responsible by Chinese universities under CGS-Chinese University Program. Applications of Type B will be reviewed by the applied universities. And the coverage of different university scholarship programs is the same.
- CSC Program Category Type A generally refers to the scholarship program that other institutions are responsible for recruiting students except for Chinese universities (means non-Chinese University Programs). Applicants for such programs must fill in the "Agency Number" of the corresponding accepting institution (such as the Chinese Embassy in a certain country), and the submitted applications will be reviewed by the corresponding accepting institution. Bilateral Program, Great Wall Program, European Union Program, ASEAN University Network Program, Pacific Islands Forum Program, World Meteorological Organization Program, Chinese Trade Unions Silk Road Scholarship, MOFCOM SCHOLARSHIP-CSC Program, Marine Scholarship of China program are all belongs to Chinese Government Scholarship Program Category Type A.
3). Similarities and Differences Between Types A, Type B, and Type C of CSC Scholarships Program Categories.
Type A scholarship and Type B scholarships are for freshmen and most are full scholarships, Type C scholarship only for current students who already studying in China and is partial scholarship usually. So my explain will focus on the similarities and differences between China scholarship type A and China scholarship type B.
CSC Scholarship Type A & Type B Similarities:
- The admission announcement time of both type A & B scholarships usually be before July 31.
- Receiving schools for both CSC type A & B students are within these 289 Chinese universities.
- If it is a full scholarship in type A and type B, then that scholarship covers at least tuition, accommodation, medical insurance, and a monthly stipend.
- Need to fill in the Agency Number at the time of application no matter type A or B.
CSC Scholarship Type A & Type B Differences Aspects:
- Application Time: CSC type B application time is generally from the beginning of January to April. However, some scholarship which belongs to type A should be applied for from November to next year February. Please consult the designed agency for the specific application time of different scholarships.
- Scholarship Coverage: some scholarships from Type A cover more money, such as air tickets fee, more stipend, one-time resettlement fee, not only cover tuition, accommodation, medical insurance, and general monthly stipend as the type B scholarship covers.
- Agency: The agencies responsible for type A CSC scholarships are different types of dispatching authorities. (eg: European Union, Chinese Embassy, AUN Secretariat, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, etc.) And for type B CSC scholarships, students just need to apply to the targeted Chinese universities.
- Degree: Type B scholarships only accept applicants to apply for a postgraduate degree. But type A scholarships available for undergraduate applicants, postgraduate applicants, general scholars, and senior scholars.
- Age: Type B Chinese Government Scholarships require the applicants no more than 25 when applying for the undergraduate programs, no more than 35 when applying for the master’s programs, and no more than 40 when applying for the doctoral programs. But some scholarships of type A allow the applicants to be older than the type B standard.
- Enrollment Target: The enrollment of the type B scholarship is for ordinary students from all over the world. Type A scholarships maybe for people from specific groups. For example, the Chinese Government Scholarship - Marine Scholarship of China requires applicants with ocean-related knowledge. And PIF Program is for encouraging students from Pacific Island Countries.
Well, above is the all content that I can sum up. If you want to check more information about Chinese Government Scholarship Program Categories Type A, Chinese Government Scholarship Program Categories Type B, and Chinese Government Scholarship Program Categories Type C, just visit the official website of the Chinese Scholarship Council freely.