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USF Confucius Institute Scholarships Provide Opportunities for Study Abroad
June 19, 2014

With a growing interest in China, the USF Confucius Institute (CI) continues to expand its support to the Chinese language and cultural programs at USF. Each year, the CI provides 2-3 language instructors from Qingdao University to support the Chinese program at the USF World Languages Department, which enrolled approximately 170 students in Chinese language courses in 2013-14. The Confucius Institute is enhancing this interest in China through CI Scholarship and other opportunities.

Over the last six years the USF Confucius Institute (CI) has awarded 25 CI scholarships to Florida college students, the majority being USF students. Through the CI scholarship, participants usually spend up to one academic year studying at a university in China (some go for the two-year MA program), and with over 100 Chinese universities to choose from, students can take advantage of numerous academic and cultural immersion opportunities.

To be considered for the CI scholarships, students are required to pass the Chinese Language Proficiency Test (HSK). Typically students will have one or more years of language instruction before they can pass the test. In addition to the test, students submit an application, essay and recommendation letters from the CI and their academic advisor. Once the applications are complete the USF CI staff will make recommendations to the Confucius Institute Headquarters who will give final approval and disseminate the scholarships. USF CI Director, Kun Shi spent countless hours assisting students with the application; and since 2011, all qualified students who were recommended by the USF CI have received scholarships.

The CI Scholarship includes full tuition waiver, room and board, basic health insurance and a stipend.  The USF students who received CI Scholarships, the majority of them minor in Chinese through the World Language Department and major in International Studies or Business.

Scholarships are awarded annually and an announcement for applications will be posted in early spring. Visit the Confucius Institute website for more information about the CI Scholarship and Chinese Language Proficiency Test, http://global.usf.edu/confucius/.