CLIC - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This program is an introduction to entrepreneurship in the Chinese context. Site visits will be arranged to local and international businesses in the area.

Zhejiang University is located in gorgeous Hangzhou, a UNESCO world heritage site famous for the West Lake and picturesque landscapes.

Key information


Hangzhou, China





Program type

Exchange (consortium)

Application information

Application status



Virtual Summer 2022 applications

First come, first considered until March 31

University-specific additional requirements

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

Summer 2023 applications

Open November 1, 2022

Student experience

"Idea Explorer" Innovation & Entrepreneurship Global Summer Camp @ SOM-ZJU

Program details

Zhejiang has modified their Innovation & Entrepreneurship program to a virtual format! They have confirmed it will be online again in 2022, but please see the 2021 information for now:

Time: June 17 to July 2, 2021

Theme: Digital Economy

Contents: More than 10 interesting mini lectures, cultural e-visits, et. most pre-recorded. 

Credit: No credit offered by Zhejiang University

Certificate: 30 spots for certificate track (students in certificate track has to finish a group project at the end); unlimited non-certificate track spots

Cost: Free for nominated students from partner universities!

This program looks at Entrepreneurship in the Chinese context and includes a mix of business lectures, a project as well as cultural  activities and some survival Chinese. It is designed for students with some business or economics background.

Please speak to your academic advisor as to if you will receive ENTI or ECON credit for this program.

June 17- July 2, 2021  (2022 dates TBC)

  1. Costs

    Students are responsible for their flights, health insurance, visas, vaccinations, food, and their additional travel budgets.

    While many of the in country costs during the program are covered by the CLIC funding described below, students should plan to have access to sufficient funds for the first month of their program as the stipend functions more like a reimbursement since it's not disbursed until at least 2-4 weeks into the program.

  2. Funding

    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 students of CLIC Universities studying in China. This funding includes:

    -tuition costs paid to Zhejiang University

    - housing subsidy at Zhejiang University (if living in on-campus housing)

    - monthly stipend (paid in China, usually towards the end of the program)

    - 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 through the CLIC Grant (amount to be determined based on number of eligible participants.) Apply via the International Study Travel Grant application.  

This exchange is open to regular, full-time  students at the University of Calgary, 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 note: Only Canadian citizens under 45 years old are eligible to apply.

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

Accommodation is provided as part of the program. 

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Global Learning 101

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 program is: Tara Jorgensen.

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 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.