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Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program.

Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program 2023

Global Affairs Canada and the Chinese Ministry of Education are offering short-term scholarships “Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program,” to Canadians wishing to study in China for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Applicants desiring to follow post-secondary academic study, research, Chinese language training, or a combination of the activities at participating Chinese institutions are eligible. More than 20 scholarships are available for students from Canada.

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Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program

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The Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program (CCSEP) was established in 1973. CCSEP is part of Global Affairs Canada’s International Scholarships Program.

Why apply this CCSEP? Through this CCS Exchange Program, Canadian scholars have brought new perspectives to their host country and returned to Canada with enhanced knowledge and understanding of China.

Application Deadline: January 20, 2023, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: Global Affairs Canada and the Chinese Ministry of Education
  • Department: All
  • Course Level: Post-secondary academic study, research, or Chinese language training
  • Award: Tuition fees, a monthly stipend, and On-campus accommodation.
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: 20+
  • Nationality: Canadian citizens
  • The award can be taken in China

Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program.


  • Eligible Countries: Canada
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: The grant will be awarded for post-secondary academic study, research, or Chinese language training.
  • Admissible Criteria: The applicants must meet all the following criteria:
  • Interested applicants can apply for scholarships for studies, research, language studies, or a combination of studies and language studies in China.
  • To be eligible, candidates must be Canadian citizens who:
  • Either: a full-time teaching or research staff at a post-secondary or research institution in Canada; or a student enrolled in either a college, undergraduate, or graduate program at Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada; or a mid-career professional from a Canadian government, media or cultural organization, or a national education association, who has a graduate (Master’s or doctoral) degree and has had managerial, policy development or decision making responsibilities within this organization for at least three years.
  • Have achieved the required level of written and spoken Chinese by the host institution in China, if applicable. Where Chinese is the language of instruction, proficiency must be HSK level 3 for undergraduate studies and HSK level 4 for graduate studies;
  • Be undertaking studies in an approved subject area in a Chinese institution;
  • Not be seeking a degree in China;
  • Be under 45 years of age if applying under the “General Scholar” category of the China Scholarship Council (CSC); and
  • Be under 50 years of age if applying under the “Senior Scholar” category of the CSC.

Applicants agree to:

  • Be enrolled at their host university for the time periods approved by the China Scholarship Council (CSC). The Chinese institution must gain permission for late enrollment
  • Return to Canada upon completion of their exchange program
  • Not concurrently hold other bursaries offering similar aids
  • Apply for an X1 or X2 Visa and hold a valid passport for the period of their stay in China
  • Have appropriate medical insurance coverage for the duration of the award
  • Focus on their studies, research and/or Chinese language training at the Chinese host institution
  • Not undertake paid employment in China during their grant

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: Candidates must complete a three-step application
  1. Step one: Complete and submit the online application form of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) available on this site and provide the supporting documents as requested.
  2. Step two: Complete and submit the CSC online application on the China Scholarship Council (CSC) website as well as print and mail the application package to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) in Ottawa, Canada.
  3. Step three: Mail additional supporting documents to CBIE.
  • Candidates are required to submit both the DFATD application form and the CSC application form to be considered for the scholarship.
  • Supporting Documents: All documents must be in either English or French.
  • DFATD application form – Certificate of pre-admission or copy of correspondence, Proof of citizenship, Copy of official transcripts, Study or research proposal, Copy of diploma, and Proof of registration for studies in progress.
  • CSC online application form – Two letters of recommendation, Proof of Chinese language proficiency, CV, and Samples of work. Submit additional supporting documents by mail to the scholarship administrator at:
    Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
    Attention: Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program
    220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1550
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1P 5Z9
  • Admission Requirements: Selected applicants agree to be enrolled at their host university for the time periods approved by the China Scholarship Council (CSC). Apply for an X1 or X2 Visa and hold a valid passport for the duration of their stay in China.
  • Language Requirement: Proof of Chinese language proficiency


Scholarships are awarded for four to 12 months for students and eight weeks to 12 months for mid-career professionals, faculty members, and researchers. There are two components to the CCSEP scholarship.

1) The Chinese Government Scholarship component covers:

  • Tuition fees at participating Chinese institutions;
  • A monthly stipend (approximate values): 1) 2,500 Yuan for undergraduate students, 2) 3,000 Yuan for Master’s students/general scholars, and 3) 3,500 Yuan for Doctoral students/senior scholars.
  • On-campus accommodation or a subsidy for off-campus accommodation (if permitted by the host institution); and comprehensive medical insurance.

2) The Global Affairs Canada scholarship component covers the cost of travel to and from the destination in China via the most cost-effective route between the scholarship recipient’s point of origin and the final destination.

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