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YES Program

Youth of Excellence Scheme of China (YES China)—Master Program is a high-level Master program with Chinese government scholarship, which is to promote the mutual understanding and friendship between China and other countries, and to provide education opportunities to the youths worldwide who enjoy good potentials in their career development.

Program Overview

The Chinese Government established the “Scholarship for Youth of Excellence Scheme of China – Master Program (YES China)” with the aim of providing financial support to young professionals pursuing a Master’s degree. The Institute of China Studies Master’s degree at Zhejiang University was elected among 7 leading Chinese universities to carry out the YES-Program successfully.


Program Goals

Institute of China Studies engages YES students through participatory teaching approaches, with an emphasis on studying the issues in contemporary China from the perspective of Chinese tradition and cross-cultural comparison. INSTITUTE OF CHINA STUDIES-YES is designed to allow graduates to acquire the knowledge of modern Chinese business, media, policy, communication, culture and arts. Proficiency in mandarin Chinese is essential for anyone who wants to understand China. Alongside core classes the INSTITUTE OF CHINA STUDIES will provide intensive language courses both elementary and intermediate levels.    


Degree requirements:

Institute of China Studies offers a one-year length Master of China Studies Degree under the framework of YES China Program. To obtain the degree a completion of minimum of 24-credits courses and lectures are required. This also includes the final thesis of no less than 20,000 words approved by the Institute’s Committee.


Qualifications for Applicants:

1. Under 35 years old with healthy condition

2. A bachelor degree or higher

3. A minimum of 3 years’ work experience (fields or occupation relevant to the studies of China is preferred)

4. Specific occupation includes (but not limited to): government agency, company or research institute with positions such as section director or Chief of Office, a senior manager, or highly qualified scientific researchers.

5. Able to demonstrate English proficiency that can fully match the courses level. Minimum requirements for reference: IELTS (Academic) total score 6.0, or TOEFL Internet score 80.

6. Have a strong development potential in his/her career, and willing to promote cooperation and exchanges between China and his/her home country. 

Application Deadline: March 31, 2018

To Apply: 

An applicant should submit the scanned copies of the following documents to emails: or

1.Application Form for YES CHINA Program with a 2-inch photo and the applicant’s signature. Please go to the website of the China Scholarship Council(CSC)(, complete the online-application for YES CHINA Program and download the form as a copy prepared to send us. 

2.Personal statements in English and no less than 500 words.

3.Copies of bachelor’s degree certificate(s) and academic transcript(s).

4.Two recommendation letters from applicant’s employers and/or professors. Telephone numbers and email addresses of the referees must be included in the letters.

5.Employment verification.

6.English proficiency certificates, if any.

7.Copy of the passport page of personal information.

Program Timeline

Academic PeriodAgenda
Academic Week November 2017■ Select the topic and supervisor(s)
■ Write the thesis proposal
End of December, 2017 -- Beginning of January  2018Thesis proposal
■ Submit the thesis proposal  (minimum 3,000 words)
■ Thesis proposal presentation
January 2018 --March 2018Thesis writing
■ Thesis consultation with supervisor(s)
■ Finish the first draft
■ Thesis draft defense to the Progress Report Committee
March 2018-Thesis Submission DeadlineThesis revisionperiod
■ Thesis consultation with supervisor(s)
■ Revise the thesis based onthe supervisor’s advices as well as feedbacks from the Progress Report Committee
Thesis Submission DeadlineSubmit the final thesis
Thesis Submission Deadline to May 2018■ Peer-reviewing period
■ Thesis Final Defense
■ Degree application
June 2018Degree completion

Course We Offer 2017-2018 Academic Year

1.Public Chinese Course

2.China Survey

3.Modern China: Culture and Society

4.Family & Society in Contemporary China

5.Topic on Chinese Business

6.Chinese Calligraphy

7.Topics on China’s Economic Development and Policy

8.Targeted Chinese Language Course

9.Chinese Tutor Course

10.China Studies Academic Seminar

11.Practice on China Studies