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Nankai Summer School

Nankai Belt & Road Initiative Summer School provides students with the opportunity to experience China and combines Chinese language training, the academic program, and professional development with fun excursions and cross-cultural experiences.

Study in English in China this summer at Nankai's Summer School Program. 25 minutes south of Beijing by train, Tianjin is a hub of international commerce and shipping. Explore the cosmopolitan seaport city, from the Five Great Avenues that showcase the mix of Ming and Qing dynasy buildings with a variety of European architectures from the period when half of Tianjin was ceded to foreign powers, to the modern Tianjin Eye, which is both a bridge and a ferris wheel!

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Summer 2024 applications

Priority deadline: January 10, 2024

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required, Min GPA 2.7 - see the Eligibility section below.

This reference will not be collected at time of application but during the partner application step.

Summer 2025 applications

Open November 1, 2024

Program details

The 2020 Summer School Program offers a variety of courses taught in English covering a series of interdisciplinary topics like Chinese Economics, Business, History, Law & Society, Public Policy, Chinese Language & Culture (including fun electives like Tai Chi, Chinese Paper cutting, and Folk music). In addition, field trips will be arranged for participants to experience traditional Chinese culture and explore unique perspectives on China.

  • Weeks 1 & 2 = Doing Business in China, Chinese Language Training, Chinese Cultural Class, Field Trips (on weekends) 
  • Weeks 3 & 4 = Belt & Road Initiative and Chinese Economic Development, Chinese Language Training, Chinese Cultural Class, Field Trips (weekends)

The field trips include a variety of company visits and tours around Tianjin and to Beijing. 

 3 Nankai credits = 3 UCalgary units (1 half-course), so students can earn 6 units from this program.  

June 24 - July 21, 2019 for 4 weeks of courses. 2020 dates are not set yet, but will likely be similar.

  1. Costs

    Students will have to pay for their tuition to UCalgary, flights and food. For Canadians, funding may cover the cost of accommodation. 

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?  
    Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    The University of Calgary is a member of the Canadian Learning Initiative in China (CLIC) consortium. The China Scholarship Council(CSC) subsidizes on-campus accommodation and pays a stipend which is 3000RMB /month.

    Our office administers several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information.

    The Chinese Government has scholarships available for foreign students studying in China. The CSC scholarship is available to all Canadians, and there are also CSC scholarships specifically for Alberta residents.

    HKCBA Award 3 prizes awarded annually. Apply directly to HKCBA ($3000/$2000/$1000)See funding page for more details. Deadline: October 31, 2022

Students will live in Nankai's overseas student dormitory, in a double occupancy room with bathroom facilities and broadband internet.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any UCalgary Faculty, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).

Please do not approach your professor for a reference until after you have been accepted by our office.

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment. In these videos, you will learn much of the basics about Global Learning, which may answer your initial questions.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how this program might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions, please reach out to our office! We offer drop-in advising for general inquiries, and if you have questions about this specific program or any others, you can book an appointment with the responsible advisor.

Please use the link below to find the most up-to-date information about our current advising options.

View the Global Learning Advising page

The exchange advisor for this program is: Flavien Niederst

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.