International Development: Education


Program Information

China’s rural to urban migration is considered as one of the largest human migrations in history. Millions of rural migrants come to cities each year, carving out a whole new population segment with unique values and needs. The International Development: Internship Program reveals how this shift has a tremendous impact on China’s education system, as migrant workers have less government support for educating their children. By examining challenges and solutions for the children of mass migration, you’ll explore what it means to educate.

The first three weeks of this program will focus on coursework covering the basic theories of education and mental development. You will also learn about China’s regional challenges with educational equality, and the developmental trends of urban vs. rural areas. Later in the program students will visit a key primary school, which will serve as a basis of comparison for their internship at a school serving the migrant population.

During the final week of the program you will complete your internship at a school for migrant children. The children of migrant workers – sometimes known as “the lost generation” or “left-behind kids” – aren’t entitled to the same set of welfare benefits as urban children. This school setting will highlight the regional differences in China’s educational system and their impacts on this new generation. Students will practice their teaching skills by delivering a course (such as English or math). You’ll gain a deep appreciation for the social issues facing China and the nature of education as you engage with children of migrant workers.

Note: This program has additional costs of about $350 that are not covered by CLIC. Click here for a list of additional costs.

Eligibility Requirements

Only Canadian citizens are eligible for 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 Calgary. 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.


East China Normal University, Shanghai


June 17 – July 17, 2018

Application Procedure

Apply with your home university to receive your travel grant.

Complete an application with the China Scholarship Council.

Complete an application form with the host university and send it to Jessie Zhang (

Application Deadline

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