STUDY CHINA 2020 FINAL UPDATE
It is with great regret we must inform you that the Study China 2020 programme has been cancelled.
The global outbreak of Covid-19 has meant we are unable to continue with programme preparations. At every step the health and safety of students and staff has been paramount, and this has been the guiding principle behind this decision.
First, we would like to thank you for your application to Study China. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated, and has meant the standard of application this year was one the highest in the programme’s history.
Second, we would like to convey our deepest gratitude for your patience and understanding during the delays in the application process caused by the Covid-19 outbreak. We know how anxious and excited you have been to know your application outcome, to which host university you may have been assigned, and to begin travel preparations. The Study China team, like you, has been awaiting updates and it is only now we have been able to provide a full and detailed notification.
Third and finally, we sincerely hope you find alternative summer travel and study plans. Such experiences and opportunities are essential in developing your soft skills and enhancing your employability, and will help set you apart in the graduate job market.
We appreciate you may have further questions, and in light of this, please see the below FAQ. If your query is not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact the Study China team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Study China 2020: Covid-19 update FAQ
Will there be a 2021 programme?
At this time we are unable to confirm whether the 2021 programme will go ahead. Please visit our website in the Autumn for updates on the 2021 programme.
Can I reapply to Study China?
Absolutely! Even if you have participated on the programme before, we are happy to welcome your application. Your application will not be marked any differently, and you will stand a fair and equal chance of being accepted onto the programme.
Can I upload the same application as I used in this cycle?
Of course. You can always visit the website for extra application writing tips if you want to develop your current application, or not—it’s up to you.
Will my application be valid in/rolled over to 2021?
Since we cannot confirm the running of the 2021 programme, at this time we cannot guarantee any application roll over.
Can I find out my application score/application ranking?
Due to the very high number of applications this year, we are unable to respond to individual requests for application feedback or scores achieved.
What other programmes might I be able to apply for instead?
Many universities now offer summer study programmes overseas to a range of destinations. We would recommend you to contact your international programmes office for further information about opportunities available at your home institution. You may wish to also look up ‘Gotoco’ and ‘GenerationUK’ for funded, China specific opportunities. Please note that the coronavirus has caused disruption to many global mobility programmes.
If the situation improves, might the programme resume/recommence?
Unfortunately, we are unable to resume Study China 2020 preparations, even if the global situation improves. Preparations by our team, host universities, as well as participating students take a long time and a lot of work, and we need many months of coordination to produce a high quality and beneficial student experience.
Can I receive a copy of my application?
Due to the high number of applications, we are unable to respond to individual requests. Hopefully, you may have saved a draft of your application.
Study China, in accordance with GDPR regulations will securely delete applicant data within the legal timeframe.
Can I travel to China this summer as an independent traveller?
Please check Public Health England and FCO advice for daily updates on travel. These bodies are being used by all UK universities to inform their decisions, and provide expert and accurate information.
The situation in China is improving. Why is the programme being cancelled now?
Unfortunately, we are unable to resume Study China 2020 preparations, even if the situation in China is improving. Preparations by our team, host universities, as well as participating students take a long time and a lot of work, and we need many months of coordination to produce a high quality and beneficial student experience. Furthermore, if the cases of the virus continue to rise in Europe, students will struggle to gain a travel visa to China and book international flights.
I received a commitment for extra funding from my home institution. Can I still claim this funding?
Each funding body or opportunity will have its own terms and conditions, so please do contact the funding body directly.
Will my details be kept by the University of Manchester?
In accordance with GDPR legislation, the Study China office will delete any personal and confidential data within the legal timeframe.