Tan Sri Tan was an active champion and generous supporter of education. To this day, this emphasis lives on in the work of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation. Through the decades of its illustrious history, the Foundation has given regularly and generously to numerous schools, research centres and institutes of higher learning both within and beyond Singapore. In continuation of its enthusiastic support of education, and reflecting Tan Sri Tan’s leadership among the overseas Chinese of Singapore, the Foundation made a generous gift to Yale-NUS to support the advancement of Chinese studies and sinological work at the College in 2012. In addition to the establishment of the Tan Chin Tuan Professorship in Chinese Studies and the Tan Chin Tuan Chinese Culture & Civilisation Programme, the endowment supports Yale-NUS students’ study of the Chinese language. Scholarships are available for up to SGD 8,500 per student.
“The limits of my language,” writes Ludwig Wittgenstein, “mean the limits of my world.” In order to cultivate students capable of navigating diverse cultures in an interconnected world, Yale-NUS strives to be a place where the study of foreign languages is vigorously encouraged and supported.
As a liberal arts college whose student population includes many diasporic Singaporean Chinese and international students with strong interests in China, Yale-NUS College is uniquely poised for the education of tomorrow’s leaders in myriad China-related fields. To this end, robust training in Chinese language is crucial. The Scholarship focuses on funding students on full-immersion language programmes over the summer for the costs of tuition and accommodation.
In order to receive the scholarship, students must apply directly – and gain admission – to one of the following seven sites approved by Yale-NUS faculty and administrators:
Upon successful completion of any of these programmes above, students can seek credit transfer for 10 Yale-NUS MCs.
In this list, only Notre Dame’s Beijing Global Gateway, CET Beijing and ICLP offer beginner or advanced beginner level instruction; the rest require either at least one or two years’ of college-level instruction.
Click Chinese-Language-Scholarship-TCT-Approved-Programs-2018 for a table listing the approved programmes and their individual duration, locations, and distinctive features.
Full-time enrolled Yale-NUS students in good academic and disciplinary standing are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Priority consideration will be given to students applying for programmes above the beginner level. Students who have not previously studied Chinese must enrol in Chinese 1 during Semester 2 and successfully complete it prior to starting their summer programme. Failure to enrol in or complete the course could result in withdrawal of the scholarship offer.
Successful applicants will demonstrate the following in a 200-300 word essay:
Wondering what the review committee is looking for in an application? Check out our Summer scholarship application tips. It has the essence of what we share with students in advising sessions.
To log in using your NUSNET ID and password (preferred), please select the option “I have a username and password” when prompted.
If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the online application, please email Lindsay ALLEN (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line Online Application – Chinese Language Scholarship.
Acceptance into this scholarship is conditional upon your participation in a pre-departure orientation at the end of April and submission of reflections post-summer.
If you expect to be taking beginner or advanced beginner courses (i.e. with one semester’s worth of instruction) during the summer, you should apply to CET Beijing and/or ICLP. The rest of the programmes listed above cater to intermediate and advanced levels.
If you’ve studied Chinese through the Singapore school system, HBA, PiB, ICLP, and IUP are more suitable. You will most probably place into the 4th or 5th year level at these programmes. Further, at ICLP and IUP, you will have the opportunity to tailor individual tutorials to your specific interests and proficiency.
If you have taken Chinese at Yale-NUS or the NUS Centre for Language Studies, you should ask your teacher for a recommendation. If you have studied Chinese language prior to Yale-NUS, a recommendation from your former teacher would be ideal. If you are unable to get in touch with your Chinese teacher, or if you have never studied Chinese before, a recommendation from a faculty member who can attest to your language competency will suffice.
For tips on how to request a letter of recommendation, click here.
If you are intent on and able to attend a summer programme regardless of whether or not you receive the Scholarship, please go ahead and submit your complete applications to summer programmes as soon as possible, ahead of the individual deadlines.
Most programmes require a letter of recommendation. If you definitely require funding to participate in a summer programme, you should wait for CIPE’s funding decisions to be announced around December. Once you confirm your funding, you can then request – at least a few weeks in advance – a recommendation letter from your professor to apply directly to the programme. Note the early deadline of mid-January for the HBA programme in particular.
In most cases, your recommendation letter will give the summer programme admission committees a good idea of your level of language competency. In some cases (e.g. for HBA) you will need to provide, in lieu of a transcript without letter grades, a separate, sealed recommendation from your academic adviser or the equivalent. And most for programmes (e..g. for ICLP), you are welcome to submit high school grades if you believe that will give them a fuller picture. Please contact the respective external summer programmes coordinators directly to check.