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Site helps foreigners get stipend to study in city

SHANGHAI has set up a website where foreign students studying at local universities can apply for scholarships in a push to encourage more outstanding students to study in the city, educational authorities said yesterday.

Students can apply on the website, which was launched by the Shanghai Education Commission for scholarships of up to 40,000 yuan (US$6,420). The website is in English, Japanese and Korean.

"The scholarships were offered by the city government to encourage more outstanding students to enroll in long-term degree programs, those of over half a year, in the city," Yang Weiren, the commission's director of international cooperation and exchange said yesterday.

The number of international students in the city has been increasing in recent years. About 51,000, mainly from South Korea, Japan and the United States, were studying in Shanghai in 2012, but only a third of them were in long-term degree programs. The commission hopes the number of foreign students will increase to 70,000, a 37 percent gain, by 2015, said Yang.

Moreover, the scholarship is expected to help at least 70 percent of foreign students studying in long-term degree programs, he added.

Foreign students coming to the city to receive postgraduate educations at local universities can receive 40,000 yuan per year in scholarship. It can be used for tuition, living expenses and insurance for foreign students.

Those who come to study undergraduate courses in the city can receive up to 20,000 yuan per year.

The city government will also offer 4,000 yuan to 8,000 yuan per year in scholarships for outstanding foreign students who have been studying at local universities, according to the commission.

The city began offering scholarships to international students in 2005 and Yang said over 25 million yuan are granted to students every year.


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