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The Li Ka Shing Intensive Chinese-Language Study Awards

Primary/Original address: http://www.mcgill.ca/arts/awardsgrants/li-ka-shing-exchange-initiative/intensive-chinese-language-study-awards

To further enrich scholarly ties between the two institutions, each year, up to fifteen (15) students from McGill University’s Faculty of Arts will be given the opportunity to travel to Shantou University for an intensive 4-week Chinese language program.  This will include immersive language study, as well as opportunities to experience Chinese culture through organized off-campus excursions.

Students who meet the following criteria are welcome to apply:
- Be currently registered (winter 2015) in the Faculty of Arts (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Work degree)
- Have a minimum CGPA of 2.70 or greater
- Have a minimum of beginners’ level Chinese (equivalent to EAST 230)

Program Dates: May 1 to 31, 2015

Program Information:
- An intensive 4-week program at Shantou University, Shantou, Guangdong Province, China
- Instructional classes in the mornings and extracurricular activities in the afternoons
- Focus on oral component of Chinese (Mandarin) language skills
- Program eligible for three (3) transfer credits

Application Procedures:
1. Submit the following documents to shantou [dot] arts [at] mcgill [dot] ca:
a. Application -  application_shantouuniversity_may2015.pdf
b. Letter of Intent – indicate the reasons why you believe this opportunity to study Chinese at Shantou University is relevant to and will enhance you program of study and larger educational objectives, up to a maximum of 500 words;
c. Curriculum Vitae; and
d. One (1) Reference Letter – from a McGill University professor or teaching assistant; must be mailed directly from your referee to shantou [dot] arts [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

Application Deadline: FEBRUARY 15, 2015

Value per Award: Up to $7,000 CAD to cover travel, tuition and living expenses to Shantou, China.

Reporting Requirements:
Upon their return, students must submit a detailed report of their visit, indicating how they have benefited from the experience (maximum 5 pages).

Due date: TBD.

Timeline: This award must be used by the end of May 2015.

Write to Des Sitaras, Administrative Assistant, Li Ka Shing Initiative, at shantou [dot] arts [at] mcgill [dot] ca.


Initially established by a donation from the late Mr. W.A. Scott, founding member and Honorary President of Victoria's Canada- China Friendship Association in memory of Dr. Norman Bethune. Awarded to an outstanding student at the conclusion of the first or intermediate year in the Faculty of Arts, with preference given to a student who is registered in any program relating to Chinese studies. Awarded upon recommendation of the Department of East Asian Studies.
Value: $400.


Founded in 1969, the Canadian Chinese Cultural Society of Montreal Inc. offers an annual scholarship to an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Chinese Studies. Candidates must be Canadian citizens able to demonstrate financial need and registered as full time students in the third or fourth year of undergraduate studies or in a graduate program.
Value: $1,000
Deadline: April 30


Each year the Ministry of Education in Taiwan awards Huayu Enrichment Scholarships to Canadian Students at McGill University. Students who are Canadian Citizens with a good academic record are eligible to apply for periods of study of three, six, nine, or twelve months. 

Value: Approximately $760 per month

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Thursday, March 19, 2015

Professor Philip Buckley
Department of East Asia Studies
688 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 425
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0E9 

 The application documents include:

- completed Huayu Enrichment Application Form (.pdf)

- photocopy of passport or any other documents that can verify the nationality of the applicant

- photocopy of the certificate of the highest credential and transcript

- photocopy of the applications to the Mandarin Language Centre (List of Mandarin Language Centre.pdf)

- The terms of agreement with applicants’ signature (.pdf)

For more details, please see the 2015 Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship page