Annually, two China Direct Exchange Scholarships are available for study at Nankai University in Tianjin and Nanjing University in Nanjing. KU students can study intermediate or advanced level Chinese language and/or conduct graduate research.
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Applicants must be degree-seeking KU students, graduate or upper-level undergraduate, in good academic standing (a minimum GPA of 3.0 is usually required) with at least two years of college-level Chinese or its equivalent. Applicants must demonstrate academic interest and commitment to Chinese language, literature, history, philosophy, economy, government, society and other related subjects. Preference will be given to applicants who are US citizens or who have permanent residence status.
China Direct Exchange scholars receive a waiver of tuition and a stipend for room and board from the host university. International travel and other miscellaneous expenses must be covered by personal funds. China Direct Exchange Scholars must also pay Study Abroad fees in order to maintain their KU enrollment and earn KU credit for their studies in China.
Competition for these scholarships opens in February of each year. Each applicant must submit the completed Chinese Direct Exchange Application Formwhich includes three letters of recommendation, a language proficiency report, a statement of purpose in English, an autobiographical essay in English and Chinese, and official transcript(s). The KU China Exchange Committee will then interview each of the prospective candidates. The scholarship is not official until the partner university has accepted the KU nominee.
For further information and for application forms, please contact Professor Keith McMahon, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Chair, KU China Exchange Committee, 2118 Wescoe, 864-3100; or Sue Lorenz, Director of Fulbright Programs and International Agreements, International Programs, 300 Strong Hall, 864-6161.
The Office of Study Abroad can do personalized financial aid and scholarship advising for students. Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment. KU students who qualify for financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Federal Grants, and KU or outside scholarships may apply the aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program.
KU Study Abroad supplemental scholarships are available to KU degree seeking students. Applications are available online. The scholarship application deadline is March 1 for Summer and Fall and Academic Year programs and October 1 for Spring, Winter Break and Spring Break programs.