Students who wish to study in China and Hungary need to gear up for the application opening dates.
The two countries offer scholarships to students in three levels of study – bachelors, masters and doctorates.
Although opening dates for applications has not been confirmed, the Department of Higher Education and Training’s international scholarship’s website says that these are set for later this year or early January 2018.
The Chinese scholarships are offered annually and are implemented jointly by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the China Scholarship Council (CSC).
These scholarships are available in any field of study. However, priority fields will be identified in the call for applications and postgraduate applicants are given preference.
Scholarship recipients at bachelor’s level are only taught in Chinese and applicants must have the required level of Chinese (minimum of HSK4). This applies even where English language programmes are available.
If you want to do a bachelor’s degree in China, you can apply to do non-degree Chinese language training, but you will need to apply for the scholarship again once you are ready to start your bachelor’s degree.
The academic year starts in September and the application period is normally from the previous January until mid-March each year.
Scholarship applicants are required to apply to a Chinese university directly, in addition to submitting a scholarship application.
Hungarian scholarships are part of the agreement between the governments of South Africa and Hungary. One hundred scholarships are offered each year up to South African students, studying at a public university in Hungary. This scholarship programme runs until 2019.
Thirty scholarships for bachelor studies are available. These are offered for the natural sciences and sustainable environment, engineering and information technology, agricultural science and food science.
Another 60 master scholarships are offered for:
- Natural sciences (especially biotechnology, bioenergetics and renewable energy)
- Engineering (especially mining engineering and information technology)
- Business and management studies and tourism
- Agricultural Science and Food Science
- Physical Education and Coaching
- Adult Education
- Human Resources Development
- International Relations and European Studies
- Hungarian Language Studies.
Doctorates are offered in all fields of study.
Applications for the academic year, which begin in September 2018, will open in December 2017 or January 2018.
Applicants are not required to apply separately to a Hungarian university, as this will be done as part of the selection process.