By Rabia Choudhry
To gain experience in China, Asia Institute is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Chinese Government Scholarship. This scholarship will be covering all of the expenses of tuition, on-campus accommodations, health insurance and a living allowance for eligible BenU students.
Students are able to study at one of the major universities recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education in China and can either go to China for one semester or a whole academic year under this scholarship.
“The purpose of this grant is that the Chinese Government wants more education exchange between China and different countries to increase the understanding of different cultures and economies around the world,” said Elsie Yuan, director of Asia Institute. “Benedictine University is one of the few universities who are receiving full scholarships for their students.”
In the past two years, four BenU students have been awarded with this scholarship.
Senior, Adam Baldocchi, recently came back from China where he was studying at Xi’an Jiao Tong University in Xi’an, China. “I had a wonderful experience in China,” shared Baldocchi. “I learned a lot about the culture and having the Chinese Government Scholarship helped me in focusing more on the learning experience.”
All full-time Benedictine University students are eligible for this scholarship. The applicants must be non-Chinese citizens and should have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Those students who have completed one or two semesters of Chinese language study will be preferred.
“I want to expand my horizons, meet new people, learn more about my culture and hope to do business in China someday. The Chinese Government Scholarship will provide me with everything I need to explore more about life,” said student Jasmine Ni
Applicants must apply with a cover page including their names, ID numbers, major/program and contact information. They also need to send their unofficial transcripts, a study/research plan, letters of recommendation from professors and the application for the Chinese Government Scholarship by March 9, 2012.
Once the applications have been processed, interviews will be conducted the week of March 12-16, 2012. For any further assistance, please contact the office of Asia Institute located in Scholl.