China Studies – Shanghai


Program Information

China has experienced massive transformation since the 1840’s. China Studies looks at China’s history through the lens of its most rapidly-changing city: Shanghai. In studying Shanghai, you’ll learn about the making of modern China; the city’s pioneering role in cultural change has made it a reflection of the country’s development as a whole.

China Studies will provide a thorough exploration of China’s history over the last 200 years. Of key focus are the sociocultural shifts resulting from wars, revolutions, and globalization – from the remaking of the Qing Central State, to the Boxer Rebellion, to Shanghai’s march into the 21st century. Also examined is the growth of Shanghai, including its urban development and the changes undergone by China’s rural society. You’ll also investigate the power and influence of literature as you study modern Chinese authors. This program incorporates a hands-on learning component in addition to classroom lectures, where multiple field trips bring your cultural studies to life.

To know China’s story is to understand how it engages the world. Specialists of literature, humanities, and geography bring you a multi-faceted understanding worthy of this diverse and complex country and its largest city.

Eligibility Requirements

Only Canadian citizens are eligible to receive CLIC support.

Open to graduate and undergraduate students at all six CLIC member universities.

Note: Credit transfer has only been approved of at the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Montreal, and University of Ottawa. Students from other CLIC member universities must submit course documentation to their faculty for credit transfer approval. Contact the CLIC office ( to help you to get the documents for credit transfer approval.


Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai


July 6, 2017 – August 3, 2017

Application Procedure

Apply with your home university to receive your travel grant.

Complete an application with the China Scholarship Council.

Once you have been accepted by the Canadian CLIC member university, you will be nominated to the program by the CLIC office.

Application Deadline

Check with your home university or the university that recognizes credit transfer. Each Canadian university has its own deadlines for Summer programs.