After a decade of dedicated and exciting work at USF and in the west Florida communities, the USF Confucius Institute (CI) will close on December 31, 2018.

It has been a privilege to partner with Qingdao University and to extend the understanding of Chinese language at USF and across Tampa Bay and Florida. The CI leaves a legacy of collaborations across USF, the K-12 education and community organizations and we know that the CI will be fondly remembered by the many thousands of Floridians who enjoyed the events and activities of the Center.

The website will remain open at this time for those looking to use the resources embedded in these pages. Thank you for joining us over the past ten years. Zàijiàn.....

Confucius Institute (CI) Scholarship

In order to support the Chinese language and culture education programs, and to increase cultural exchange, the Confucius Institute Headquarters provides the “Confucius Institute (CI) Scholarship” program to offer financial aid for students and scholars in such majors as Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History and Chinese Philosophy (for one semester or one academic year). The Scholarship also supports Chinese language teachers (or those who want to become Chinese language teachers) to proceed to a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) in Chinese universities.
The CI Scholarship provides

  • full tuition waiver
  • room and board
  • stipend

For more information about the CI Scholarship application requirements, scholarship benefits, and online application procedure, please visit

All CI Scholarship applicants are required to take HSK (Chinese Language Proficiency Test) and HSKK (HSK Speaking Test). The minimum score for one semester scholarship applicants is 120 at Level 2 of HSK, and 40 at Primary Level of HSKK. The minimum score for one year scholarship applicants is 180 at Level 3 of HSK, and 60 at Primary Level of HSKK. For more information about HSK/HSKK and online registration, visit

Each year, our CI sends several students on CI Scholarships to study in various universities in China. We expect more students from USF and other Florida colleges taking advantage of this opportunity in the years to

If you meet the eligibility and have questions or need a CI recommendation letter, please contact us at

If you are interested in other scholarships to study in China, please visit

Confucius China Studies Program

In order to foster deep understanding of China and the Chinese culture among young people around the world, increase the growth of China studies, and enhance the friendly relationship between peoples of China and other countries, the Confucius Institute Headquarters established the “Confucius China Studies Program” (CCSP) in 2013. The Program consists of the following six subprograms in the academic areas of Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Joint Ph.D. Fellowship
  • Ph.D. in China Fellowship
  • “Understanding China” Fellowship
  • Young Leaders Fellowship
  • International Conference Grant
  • Publication Grant

The CCSP fellowships and grants provide great opportunities to graduate students and faculty of USF and other colleges in Florida. To learn more about the CCSP fellowships and grants, including eligibility, funding levels and online application procedures, please visit (Funding for fellowships includes international travel.)

If you meet the eligibility and have questions or need a CI recommendation letter, please contact us at

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