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Many of you have come to me privately asking about how to still get a job or even move to China if you are being rejected by recruiters for jobs as a Non-native English speaker. If you still REALLY want to go to China, my answer is this: APPLY FOR THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP AND GET YOUR MASTER'S DEGREE OR PHD IN CHINA.

I did this. I received my MA from a university in Shanghai and everything was free. My dorm, my classes, and I received a monthly stipend from the Chinese government to live off of. So, I will now share with you all about this process if you are interested in such a thing.

- THERE ARE BOTH CHINESE-TAUGHT PROGRAMS AND ENGLISH-TAUGHT PROGRAMS. In my case, my program was all in Chinese with little to no English. I had to have New HSK level 5 to do my master's program and the University gave me one year to study Chinese and take the HSK. If I didn't pass, I lost my scholarship and couldn't continue. EACH UNIVERSITY HAS DIFFERENT REQUIREMENTS FOR DIFFERENT MAJORS. So please check the website of the University you are interested in for what their requirements are for pursuing your major.

- FOR ENGLISH-TAUGHT PROGRAMS, YOU MUST HAVE EXCELLENT ENGLISH. The scores you need are (typically) the following:
Above 550(paper based) and 80(computer based) in TOEFL
6.5 in IELTS
Basically, a C1 level according to European framework of grading language proficiency. Some universities accept B2 but not as often.

NOTE: IF YOU HAVE A CONNECTION WITH THE UNIVERSITY YOU CAN HAVE SOMEONE VOUCH FOR YOUR ENGLISH BEING GOOD ENOUGH. I sent one of my Polish students to a program in China without any test scores because I vouched for his English. I have colleagues at this University because I used to teach there and have a long history with it, and because they know me personally they accepted him and wrote a second letter of recommendation for him on my behalf. So, if you know anyone who has connections like that, feel free to use them. (And yes, my students' English was good enough and I personally prepared him for the program for a year and eight months. In China, connections are your best friend.)

- THE MORE FAMOUS THE SCHOOL AND THE LARGER THE CITY, THE MORE FIERCE THE COMPETITION IS. You will have a higher chance of success in cities outside of Shanghai and Beijing if you don't have a very impressive academic record or connections with that school. You will need two VERY strong letters of recommendation and an EXCELLENTLY WRITTEN study plan to get in. The Chinese government needs a REASON to accept you; just saying that it's your dream to study/live in China is not good enough. I had to correct my student's study plan/letter of intent at least five times before it was acceptable. The Chinese government cares about what you can contribute to China or how you can improve China's image in your home country with what you plan to do. Therefore, please try to find someone to look over your letter of intent/study plan before submitting it.

If you don't want this pressure, then try for schools in lesser well-known but still large cities such as Suzhou, Xiamen, Dalian, etc. Most universities are still eager for foreign students and you will have a much easier time getting in.

- GENERALLY SPEAKING, YOU NEED TO APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP BETWEEN DECEMBER AND MARCH ALONG WITH APPLYING FOR THE SCHOOL AT THE SAME TIME. Go to the Chinese Scholarship Council's website for details; just type Chinese Scholarship Council into Google and you'll find the website.

- THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT UNIVERSITIES TO CHOOSE FROM WITH MANY DIFFERENT PROGRAMS. No, I will not tell you which ones offer which programs; Google yourself or ask the University you went to if they have any relations to Chinese universities. In fact, if a Chinese university has connections with your university, it's easier for you to possibly get connections to do your MA or PhD if your university has such connections.

I hope this is useful for you!

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