Chinese Experiential Health Seminar


Program Information

Shanghai is home to an integrated mix of traditional and Western medicine. In this program you’ll investigate the industry for yourself through hands-on field placements at notable medical institutions.

The China Health Experiential Seminar takes place both in the classroom and out in the field. Students will volunteer two half-days per week at a variety of distinguished hospitals and clinics, getting a true look at China’s public health system. Sites include the Children’s Hospital of Shanghai, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, and Natural Path Academy. You’ll experience a wide range of medical practices to expand your understanding of public health.

Back in the classroom you’ll learn about the medicalization of America and China. With each topic, students will review various ethnographic case studies that examine changing values and rituals in medicine. Throughout the program you’ll refine your observational, research, and reporting skills and keep a field journal of your experiences.

The bustling metropolis of Shanghai provides opportunity to study how the public health system tackles issues like gentrification, rural-urban migration, and health risks posed by a high-density population. Students will also look at the influence of ancient Chinese customs including ancestor worship and filial obligations.

In just one month, this program will add invaluable international perspective – plus real-world experiences – to your medical studies.

Eligibility Requirements

Only Canadian citizens are eligible to receive CLIC support.

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

Note: Credit transfer has only been approved of at the University of Alberta, University of Montreal, 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.


Fudan University, Shanghai


July 2nd – 27th, 2018

Application Procedure

Apply to your home university for a travel grant.

Complete an application with the China Scholarship Council.

Application Deadline

Check with your home university. Each Canadian university has its own deadlines for Summer programs.