Canada Learning Initiative in China (CLIC) Funded Programs

Take advantage of amazing funding opportunities for students to study in China!

The Canada Learning Initiative in China has connected select Canadian universities with the Chinese Ministry of Education to cover many of the costs of studying in China on a number of different approved programs.

Key information


Mainland China


English, Mandarin


Summer, Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



Summer 2024 applications

Deadline January 10, 2024

Program-specific additional requirements

Open to Canadian citizens only.

2024-25 applications

Priority Deadline January 10, 2024

Fall 2024 applications

Deadline March 15, 2024

Winter 2025 applications

First come first considered until October 15

Student experience

Read the CLIC testimonials, both UCalgary students and other CLIC students from across Canada!

Program details

The following UCalgary programs have been approved for CLIC funding:

Beijing Normal University (Winter 2024/Fall 2024/Winter 2025)

Nankai University (Winter 2024/Fall 2024/Winter 2025)

Nankai Summer School (Summer 2024 program cancelled)

Tsinghua University (Winter 2024/Fall 2024/Winter 2025) *some limitations on funded spaces 

Beijing Language & Culture University (Winter 2024/Fall 2024/Winter 2025)


The following non-UCalgary summer programs have been approved for funding:

International Development Internship (Education) (Summer 2024)

SDU Archeology (Summer 2024) 

Entrepreneurship in China (Summer 2024) 

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Summer Research Program (Summer 2024) 

Nankai Summer Research in Chemistry (Summer 2024 program is cancelled) 

Shandong Summer Research (Summer 2024)

HIT Summer Research (Summer 2024)

Harbin Intensive Summer Program (Summer 2024) - please email if you are interested in this program.

CLIC funding is provided through two different sources: the CLIC Member Institution and the China Scholarship Council (CSC).

CLIC-CSC funding is provided to all Canadian students of CLIC Universities studying in China. This funding includes:

- housing subsidy at the host university (if living in on-campus housing)

- monthly stipend (paid in China)

- free Chinese medical coverage (although students will still be required to purchase a Canadian travel medical plan to supplement the Chinese coverage)

The CLIC Member Institutions have also provided funding towards these programs. University of Calgary students will receive this funding in one of two ways:

  1.  CLIC Grant (amount to be determined based on number of eligible participants.) Apply via the Global Learning grant application.  
  2. Students participating in Research Programs should apply for a Research Grant worth $3000. 

Be a full time student at a CLIC member university and a Canadian citizen under the age of 45. Students may only receive CLIC support for one summer program throughout their academic career. There are no restrictions on semester exchanges.

See the individual program pages for each program's eligibility requirements.


Accommodation that is booked through the host university is eligible for the CLIC funding. Accommodation sourced independently is not covered by CLIC. 

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 advisor for the scholarship is: Veronica V. Cardoso

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.