UAB students visiting China in 2014. UAB students visiting China in 2014. Here you will find several opportunities to study Chinese in China for one or more semesters. Each program is selective and accept applications from students of many nations. You may also be interested in Department and other UAB Scholarships.

EOL-LCT Culture and Language Exchange Program

This program sponsors outstanding undergraduate and graduate students from the United States, Britain, and Canada, who are interested in Chinese language and culture. Participants will receive scholarships to study Chinese and relevant courses in Chinese universities for one or two semesters. They will stay in dormitories and tutor Chinese students who are studying English to help them improve their English skills and understand western culture.

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The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

A dragon puppet at the 2013 Chinese New Year celebration. The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce the relaunch of the Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA), made possible by generous support from the Freeman Foundation. Created to assist US students with demonstrated financial need and limited prior experience in East and Southeast Asia, Freeman-ASIA will fund approximately 400 students over the next two academic years, with awards ranging from $3,000 per student for summer study and $5,000 per semester, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad. Students may apply online starting February 1st for awards to study abroad beginning in summer 2016.

Studying in Asia before graduating can give students a competitive advantage in their professional careers, especially when collaborating with international peers. More than half of Freeman-ASIA alumni report being employed in a position related to Asian affairs or requiring knowledge of an Asian language. As more employers seek new hires with meaningful and substantive experience in Asia, it is critical that more Americans learn about and engage with Asian economies, political systems, and cultures.

Prospective students should visit the Freeman-ASIA website for eligibility requirements, full application instructions, and a list of deadlines. The online application opens on February 1, 2016.

UAB students at the Great Wall of China, 2014. Upcoming deadlines:
  • Summer 2016 programs - March 1, 2016;
  • Fall Academic Year 2016 programs - April 1, 2016.

The Confucius Institute Scholarship

This scholarship sponsors students from South Asia to study Chinese in dozens of universities. Students are expected to return to their home countries to teach Chinese language with the sponsorship of Hanban. Learn more about the program and how to apply on the Confucius Institute Online website.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Students dining in a restaurant to celebrate the 2012 Moon Festival. Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. Award amounts are based on the length of time you spend overseas and the cost of the program. Scholarships can provide undergraduate students with up to $20,000, and fellowships can provide graduate students with up to $30,000. Learn more about the program and how to apply on the Boren Awards website.

Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. Formal classroom language instruction is provided for a minimum of 20 hours per week. Extracurricular activities are designed to supplement the formal curriculum, including regular one-on-one meetings with native-speaker language partners for conversational practice, as well as cultural activities and excursions designed to expand students’ understanding of the history, politics, culture, and daily life of their host country. Learn more about the program and how to apply on the CLS website.

Sino-US Cultural Communication Special Scholarship

In order to promote international exchange and communication, the Beijing Institute of Technology offers two kinds of scholarships to UAB students.
  1. Five Sino-US Cultural Communication Special Scholarship for students to pursue Master or PhD degree programs at BIT for the academic year 2016-2017.
  2. Five BIT Scholarship for exchange students to study at BIT for one or two semesters for the academic year 2016-2017.
For further information, please see the links below.