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 2021 research applications

Deadline passed

Program-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below. Open to Canadian citizens only.

Summer 2021 applications

deadline passed

Fall 2021 applications

Deadline passed

Winter 22 applications

First come, first considered for remaining spaces until October 15, 2021

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 (Fall 2021/Winter 2022)

Nankai University (Fall 2021/Winter 2022)

Nankai Summer School (Fall 2021/Winter 2022)

Tsinghua University (Fall 2021/Winter 2022)

Beijing Language & Culture University (Fall 2021/Winter 2022)


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

International Development Internship (Education) (Summer 2021)

Nankai Social Anthropology (Summer 2021)

Entrepreneurship in China (Summer 2021)

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Summer Research Program (Summer 2021) *confirmed to run

Nankai Summer Research in Chemistry (Summer 2021)

Shandong Summer Research (Summer 2021)

HIT Summer Research (Summer 2021)

Harbin Intensive Summer Program (Summer 2021) *cancelled

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 International Study Travel 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. Students may only receive CLIC support for one summer program throughout their academic career. 

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. 

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Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange 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

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The advisor for the scholarship is: Tara Jorgensen.

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 study abroad 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 Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.