Canada Learning Initiative in China (CLIC)

Country: China City: Various

Please note, information on this page is only applicable to full-time students who are Canadian citizens.

Please note, CLIC Support is automatically provided to successful program applicants.


The Canada Learning Initiative in China (CLIC) connects Canadian university students with Chinese universities through unique study abroad programs. Participating in a CLIC program is a great way for Canadian students to have innovative and meaningful educational opportunities in China. Through CLIC, the Ministry of Education in China and CLIC Canadian member universities have partnered to cover a variety of costs for Canadian students who desire to study in China.

CLIC is uniquely tailored to meet the needs of Canadian students. CLIC makes learning opportunities in China more accessible, through significant funding options and improved credit transfers. CLIC is not only beneficial to students, but it will also support and improve Canada's ability to build productive relationships with China, to expand reciprocal trade, and to improve collaboration in business, research, innovation and cultural exchanges.

Canada Learning Initiative in China Website

When can I go?

Summer, Fall, Winter, Full Year

Eligibility Requirements

Only full time students who are Canadian citizens and attending a CLIC Member university are eligible for CLIC support.

CLIC member universities include the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Laval University, University de Montréal, University of Ottawa, Queen's University, University of Toronto, University of Dalhousie, University of British Columbia, University of Saskatchewan.

Funding & Housing

The purpose of CLIC is to make study in China highly accessible and valuable. CLIC is specifically designed to address the challenges students face with studying abroad, including the financial burden. Financial support for travel and study in China includes:

  • Travel Scholarship (the amount is determined by your home university)
  • 3000 yuan (≈$600CAN) per month stipend
  • Subsidized accommodations
  • Free medical insurance


  • Only Canadian citizens are eligible for CLIC support
  • If you are already receiving a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council, you will not be eligible to receive CLIC financial support
  • Students may only receive CLIC support for one summer program throughout their academic career.

How to apply

You will need the following:

  1. The Education Abroad Program - Deadlines:
  • January 23, 2024, for CLIC exchanges (Fall 2024, Winter 2025 and Full-Year) 
  • February 8, 2024, for CLIC-funded summer programs (Summer 2024)

2. The China Scholarship Council (CSC). Deadline: TBD. Please DO NOT apply for this until you have been nominated for your CLIC program.

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Eligible Programs for CLIC Support

Exchange Programs

University level:

Faculty of Medicine:

  • Zhejiang University, Medical School (short-term, special conditions)

School of Business:

Summer Programs Approved for U of A credit

Program Contact

Dr. Zhi Jones

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Funding Opportunities 

Students receive on average between $1,400-$2,000 in funding.

Over 80% of students who apply get funding.

Education Abroad Awards