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From the thrilling chaos of Shanghai to the quiet hum of rural Tongzi, China offers burgeoning teachers a startling new perspective on education. Students of the International Development: Education program at East China Normal University (ECNU) will embark on a deeply engaging study of how China’s youth prepare for adult life.

ECNU is a world-class research university that is considered a leader in China’s teacher training. This 4-week internship combines lectures with hands-on teaching experiences at local schools to reveal the full picture of China’s education system. Only eight students are selected for the program, making it a unique and intimate journey.

The first week of classes will cover the history of education in China, extending back to its ancient empires. This detailed history will set the stage for your discoveries over the coming weeks. During week one you will also visit a typical primary school in Shanghai to get a sense of urban schools. During week two you’ll visit the town of Tongzi in Guizhou Province; here you’ll get a chance to be a local English teacher. Students often find this becomes a very meaningful and impactful time as they bond with their Chinese students and host families.

Using the schools you visited for comparison, the last two weeks of the program discuss the gaps between China’s urban and rural school systems. Discrepancy in education quality is a major social issue in China, especially as education is considered critically important. You’ll also explore the intense pressures and challenges faced by Chinese students as they prepare for the future.

Alumni of the International Development: Education internship have marvelled at the perspective and inspiration they gain from this program. Discover how the youth of a completely different culture learn and grow, and how this priceless insight helps you become a better educator yourself.

See here for a video featuring students from 2018: https://v.qq.com/x/page/w0724324bex.html

Visit our testimonials page to find out what past students thought of the program.


  • This program has a minimum number of students to run. If the minimum is not reached, then the program will be cancelled. The CLIC office will inform students as soon as it knows if the program has enough students to run. If the program is cancelled, students will be given the option to cho0se to participate in another CLIC summer program.

Program Specific Eligibility Requirements

Open to students of all backgrounds.

See the How to Apply page for general CLIC eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Apply with your Canadian home university to receive your travel grant.

Complete an application with the China Scholarship Council.

Complete an online registration form with CLIC: https://clic-horizons.symplicity.com.

Complete an registration form with the Chinese host university and send it to Jessie Zhang ([email protected]).

Application Deadlines

Travel grant deadlines vary for Canadian universities. Check with your home university CLIC contact.

Application with the China Scholarship Council application and CLIC online registration. Check our How to Apply webpage.


East China Normal University – Global Education Center
Room 253 International Students Office
Physics Building, East China Normal University,
3663 North Zhongshan Road, Shanghai, China 200062
[email protected]

Discipline: Education Science

Major: Sociology and Educational Culture Studies

Note: This program has a minimum participation requirement and may be cancelled if not enough students apply. The CLIC office will inform you as soon as possible if the program is cancelled.

If this program is not available at your university, contact your home university CLIC liaison and see if they can add it!