Scholarship Opportunities to Study Abroad in High School

With studying in China on the rise, there are more and more opportunities for students in higher education to get scholarships and fellowships to China, but what about high schoolers?

Most research on language study shows that the younger you start, the easier language acquisition is, so why not go to China as early as possible? We’ve put together a list of programs for high schoolers of programs with funding options (including their deadlines)!

1. National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) – Oct 29th


The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program was launched in 2006 to promote critical language learning among American youth. The U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with American Councils for International Education, awards and administers merit-based scholarships to high school students for participation in summer and academic year immersion programs for Mandarin study. NSLI-Y immerses participants in the cultural life of China, giving them formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.


2. Yale Young Global Scholars – Beijing – Oct. 15th


The Yale Young Global Scholars-Beijing Program (YYGS-Beijing) is a week-long program designed for outstanding high school students from around the world who are in 9th and 10th grade at the time of the program. YYGS-Beijing is a residential program where admitted students will live together under adult supervision and attend seven full days of programming at the Yale Center Beijing. On-site accommodation is mandatory, and will be provided for all students, along with three meals a day.


3. BP Global Citizens of Tomorrow – Oct. 12th


The BP Global Citizens of Tomorrow scholarship program provides financially-challenged students the opportunity to study abroad and gain the intercultural skills needed to succeed in a global economy. The goal of the program is to increase students’ intercultural awareness and second-language skills. The China program allows students to discover a land of centuries-old temples and imperial palaces set amidst gleaming skyscrapers; become part of one of the most dynamic societies in the world while living with a host family and attending an academically elite school.


4. School Year Abroad – Merit Scholarships – Feb 1st


School Year Abroad offers sixteen Merit Scholarships to assist families with providing their children an outstanding high school study abroad experience.  The Merit Scholarship program recognizes students who demonstrate exceptional academic ability, commitment to their school communities and passion for exploring other cultures.  Applicants for the Merit Scholarship are considered without regard for financial need.  Expenses for travel, books, incidentals and pocket money are not covered by the scholarship grants.


5. CIEE High School Abroad – Scholarships & Grants – Nov. 15th


CIEE provides students with the opportunity to explore Greater China with programs and study centers in Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, and Taipei. Every year, CIEE awards more than $3 million in scholarships and grants for study abroad. The approach addresses three distinct areas to reach students of diverse academic, ethnic, and economic backgrounds:

  • Academic Excellence Scholarships – for students who excel in academic pursuits and are devoted to specialized areas of study
  • Access Grants and Scholarships – for students who have historically been unable to study abroad because of financial circumstances
  • Ambassador Grants – for motivated, high-achieving, students who are committed to capturing and sharing the many transformative benefits of international education after they return to campus.


Be sure to take advantage of these awesome opportunities and pass them along to any high schoolers who might be interested!

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