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1 HSK – Chinese Proficiency Test

1.1 Overview
HSK is an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic, and professional lives. HSK consists of a writing test and a speaking test, which are independent of each other.​ 

The next test opportunity in 2023 is 20 August. The deadline for registration and payment is 9 July. Results should be out by 20 September.

1.2 Test Application: 汉语考试服务网​/ Chinese Test Service Website (CTSW)                                      
1. Do your application at least six weeks before the test date. 
2. Payment should be received at least six weeks before the test date.
3. You must enter your full name as it appears on your ID document. You may not omit or abbreviate any parts of these names.
4. Make sure you upload an ID photo of the head and shoulders (not the full body); this picture will appear on your HSK certificate.
5. Send a copy of your ID documen​t to Title the email HSK + Name + ID Document
6. Join the WhatsApp group to be informed of the latest developments (venue). 
1.3 Payment
1. Payment should be made to Stellenbosch University, and not to CTSW.
 ​ Account holder: University of Stellenbosch 
  Bank: Standard Bank
  Account number: 073006955 
  Branch code: 050610
  Swift code : SBZAZAJJ 
  R5533-5597-HSK-your surname
2. Upload your proof of payment here, as well as to the admin of the HSK whatsapp group.​

1.4 The HSK test
1​. You will be required to present your original ID document (or passport) on the day of your test.
2. You may only write your test using a 2B pencil
3. You must arrive 30 minutes before the start of the test.
4. HSK exam length varies by level. 
HSK 1 takes 40 minutes (R150)
HSK 2 takes 55 minutes (R250)
HSK 3 takes 90 minutes (R350)
HSK 4 takes 105 minutes (R450)
HSK 5 takes 125 minutes​ (R550)
HSK 6 takes 140 minutes​ (R650)

1.5 HSK Materials & Preparation
1. CISU has HSK books and provides Chinese lessons.
2.​ HSK training courses exist online and on Coursera.​

Opportunities to study and apply for scholarship in China

The Chinese government and numerous Chinese universities offer opportunities to students from all over the world to study in China every year, some of which are scholarship programs.

Xiamen University (XMU) is located in the southeast coastal city of Xiamen and is known as one of the most beautiful campuses and one of the best universities in China. Now that China has fully opened, we warmly welcome you to study and experience life there.

Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University (CISU) was jointly established by Xiamen University and Stellenbosch University, providing South African students with Chinese classes, Chinese cultural activities, and assisting them to apply to study in China.

If you are interested in applying for the programs or have any questions, you are welcome to contact the Confucius Institute.

Phone number: 021-8089158

Web of XMU Admissions

Important notice:

XMU Prospectus for International Students 2023:

2023 Online Info Sessions for International Students:


Master's students:

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List of programs:

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Physical Examination Record:

Financial Support Guarantee Statement:

Supervisor Pre-acceptance Letter for XMU International Applicants:

Guarantee Statement for International Students under the Age of 18:

List of Documents Required for Preliminary Review of Citizenship Status:

Chinese government scholarships:
Chinese Government Scholarship- University Program for 2023:

Marine Scholarship of China for 2023:

MOFCOM Scholarship-CSC Program((Xiamen University)):

China-OECD LLM Programme on Taxation for 2023 (International Students):

Chinese Government Scholarship-Bilateral Program (Xiamen University):

Scholarships related to Center for Language Education and Cooperation:
2023 Ph.D. Fellowships of China Studies Program of Xiamen University:

International Chinese Language Teachers Scholarship:

Other scholarships:
Fujian Provincial Government Scholarships for 2023:

Application Form for Fujian Provincial Government Scholarships:

Xiamen Tan Kah Kee Scholarships for 2023:

Prospectus for Xiamen Tan Kah Kee Scholarships((PDF)):

Application Form for Xiamen Tan Kah Kee Scholarships and Certification of Chinese Origin:

Xiamen University New International Students Scholarships for 2023:

Application Form for Xiamen University Scholarships:

Sustainable Coastal Development Scholarship of Xiamen University for 2023:

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