International Scholarships 2018 : Study opportunities in China and Russia

Applications for fully-funded international scholarships for 2018 are now open for South Africans to study abroad.

The Department of Higher Education and Training every year engages in several international scholarship partnerships to provide opportunities for South Africans to study abroad on fully-funded scholarships at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The department facilitates the nomination process for several of the scholarships which are open to all South African citizens with a strong academic record.

“The priority is on postgraduate studies, particularly for students intending to pursue a career in academia or in scarce skills areas,” the department said.

In some instances scholarships are taught in the official language of host countries and will therefore only be awarded to applicants who already have the required level of language proficiency.

“Scholarships for language preparatory courses are available and applicants should successfully complete these language studies first before reapplying for a scholarship for degree studies taught in the foreign language,” the department explained.

Currently, there are two scholarship opportunities with different deadlines open for applications in China and Russia.

The Chinese government is offering 30 scholarships to study at recognised Chinese institutions, at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level with an opportunity to do Chinese language studies.

All programmes at Bachelor’s level are taught in Chinese, while many programmes at postgraduate level are taught in English.

The application deadline for scholarships in China is 7 March 2018. For more information, visit the international scholarships website at

The Russian government is offering 35 scholarships to study courses in participating public universities in Russia. The programmes are offered at Bachelors, Masters and PhD levels, with specific focus on engineering, nuclear physics and technology, aeronautical engineering, natural and physical sciences, and many more.

The application deadline for scholarships in Russia is 28 February 2018. For more information on the scholarships and steps on how to apply, visit

All applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements for entry into a similar programme at a South African university.

The scholarships offer travelling expenses, registration and tuition, accommodation, living allowance and medical insurance.

For general information about opportunities to study abroad and to view information on other scholarships that are open for application, visit