NYCOS Essay Competition

The New York Chinese Opera Society (NYCOS) is proud to announce that it is now accepting submissions for its annual essay contest.  The 4th New York Chinese Opera Society Essay Competition, co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute and Global Asian Studies Program at Pace University, is open to all students at Pace.  The purpose of the contest is to spurn more in-depth research in Chinese culture and increase the interest and participation of Pace students in Chinese cultural studies.

Essays can be on any topic related to Chinese art, history or culture.  Past winners have written about such topics as Daoism, the Great Wall, Chinese cinema, and women in Chinese society.  Applicants should submit only one essay, ten to twelve pages (excluding the title page and bibliography), double-spaced with a 12 point font, completely documented with references, carefully proofread, and following a standard form such as MLA, APA, or Chicago.  Entries should include the application form, complete with a signature from the Pace faculty member who is nominating the essay for the competition as well as from the chair of the department that the student represents.  Previous awardees will not be eligible.  The deadline for submitting essays is October 31, 2014.  

The essays will be evaluated by a committee, who will recommend the best three essays to the New York Chinese Opera Society for awards. 

The winners will be recognized at the Winter Cultural Festival in early December as well as the annual President’s Scholarship Dinner in April.  The first place winner will receive a $600 cash prize while the 2nd and 3rd place finalists will receive $300 and $200 respectively.  For more information please contact us at or 212-346-1880.

Confucius Institute Scholarships

With the rapid development of China’s economy there has been a trend among Americans to study, work and live in China. In response to this demand, the Chinese government is providing 10,000 U.S. students scholarships for studying in China. In our role as a bridge between the US and China, we help our students take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by offering Confucius Institute Scholarships.  These scholarships are only available to students who have received a minimum score on the HSK exam, have never studied in China before, and who are between ages 16-35. 

There are 3 types of scholarships available:

1. One semester study scholarship – Must receive a score of 120 or higher on HSK exam level 2 and a score of 40 or above on the Primary Level HSKK.

2. One year study scholarship – Must receive a score of 180 or higher on HSK exam level 3 and a score of 60 or above on the Primary Level HSKK

3. Two-year Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) scholarship – must have a Bachelor’s degree, a score of 180 or higher on HSK exam level 5, and a score of 50 or above on the Intermediate Level HSKK. Applicants must also make a written commitment to teach Chinese for 5 years after graduation.  Chinese teachers up to age 45 can apply for this scholarship.

The scholarships include tuition, lodging, insurance, and stipend.

If you are interested in qualifying for the scholarship you may take courses or have one on one tutoring sessions at the Confucius Institute.  

Registration can be done on-line at for the HSK and HSKK exams and at for the scholarship.   

More detailed information about the scholarship and application procedures is available at or by contacting the Pace CI at or by calling 212-346-1880.