Testimonials

See what CLIC alumni have to say about their experiences in China!

My experience at Shandong University has solidified my hopes to pursue neuroscience research and has also made me consider further studies in China. Ever since I got back, I’ve been recommending CLIC to everyone and anyone. It’s a great way to see and experience China while completing studies or research. I can confidently say that participating in CLIC is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried many new things in the lab and off campus. Most importantly, I made many lifelong friends and some great memories along the way.

Read more about Maryam’s experience.

Maryam Sekandary, Research Internship, Shandong University

My time in China has been enlightening. I was able to participate in a research process where I was able to apply knowledge from my degree in a practical way. Additionally, I was fully immersed in Chinese culture and was able to explore many different historical places and learn more about the country. The program was an amazing opportunity to internationally collaborate with scientists and learn more about the customs and traditions of China.

Angela Si Tu, Summer Research Internship, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

After 2 semesters of deferral, I became one of the first groups of Canadian students to travel to China  since the Covid-19 pandemic. My exchange was funded for the most part by CLIC via the China Scholarship Council and Canadian home university. I am so thankful for every level of support I received that made this exchange trip possible. During this once in a lifetime experience, I was able to reconnect with my Chinese heritage, developed important skills, and mature as an individual. If you have been considering studying abroad in China, don’t hesitate anymore, you will not regret it!

Read more about Cecilia’s experience.

Cecilia Xu, Fall Exchange Program, Tsinghua University

Eight Canadian students. Four weeks. Two Chinese provinces. One unforgettable experience.

This CLIC program has undoubtedly change my life path – I am eager to start seeing how I can help the youth in my neighborhood, and perhaps even globally.

Read more about Kori’s experience.

Kori Liversage, International Development: Education, East China Normal University

Because of my experience this summer, I hope to return to China next year, to pursue a PhD.

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Alex Hunter, Master's Research, Fudan University

I saw studying in China as an incredible opportunity for me to gain some international educational and life experiences that will undoubtedly help guide me in my future professional endeavors.

Read more about Parker’s experience.

Parker Maris, Fall Semester Exchange, Tsinghua University

I’ve been fortunate to stay in a typical Chinese city with awesome spicy food, very good language teacher, and welcoming people. I thank CLIC for this awesome experience!

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Pierre-Luc Lepage, Fall Semester Exchange, Hunan Normal University

I’m an Education student who recently attended Shanghai Jiaotong University to study China’s culture and creative industry. It was awe-inspiring to see students from different nations and ethnicities all gather at the fourth-ranking university in China.

Read more about Priscilla’s experience.

Priscilla Luu, Summer Program, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

The exchange program was an awesome experience. Shanghai is a lovely city with lots of things to do. The exchange was not just about discovering a new culture, landscape and way of life in China; I found the experience opened up new perspectives and horizons.

Read more about Hanane’s experience.

Hanane Gouriny, Fall Semester Exchange, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

Unsure of what to expect, I went on an exchange semester to Nanjing University in Jiangsu province, China. Within few weeks, I was mesmerized by the history, culture and most of all, the kind, and welcoming locals. Nanjing is filled with great tourist attractions, such as Purple Mountain, Nanjing Massacre Museum, Nanjing City Wall, Confucius Temple, Sun-Yat Sen Mausoleum and more. I am absolutely grateful and honoured to have received the CLIC scholarship which enriched my experience, and allowed me to truly maximize my time in China. Not only have I had the opportunity to make life-long friendships, but I was also able to develop and enlarge my global perspective, open mindedness, as well as patience and persistence especially when studying Chinese! I was also very excited to share with my curious Chinese friends about Canada, our environment and culture! My experience in China has truly been incredible, beyond my expectations.

Min Ji Kim, Fall Semester Exchange, Nanjing University

Students should try to incorporate some world travel into their lives. It opens up new possibilities and shows you a world impossible to understand through books alone. Studying abroad is the perfect way to inject some energy and excitement into your life. See new things, meet new people, and settle into a new routine. In other words, studying abroad could be just the change you need! Travelling teaches you a lot about the people and places you visit, but often you learn just as much, if not more, about yourself.

Mirline Eustache Leande, Industrial Relations, Renmin University of China

I signed up for a summer abroad in China on a bit of a whim. I had just started learning Mandarin at the University when Dr. Fried came to our class and told us about the trip. As a mature student living on my own, a trip to China for a month sounded great; it also seemed unrealistic as I normally needed the entire summer to save up or pay off debt. When Dr. Fried explained how minimal the out-of-pocket expenses were due to funding and scholarships, visiting China became possible for me. I received scholarships from CLIC as well as the Chinese government, and with those I was able to pay for my entire return flight, and had extra spending money while in China.

Read more about Brendon’s experience.

Brendon Cunningham, Intensive Language Program, Harbin Institute of Technology

The Harbin summer program struck a good balance between daily intensive classes and free time for study, activities, and exploring the city. It was a fascinating mix of Chinese, Russian, and other cultural influences. This program allowed me to reach my two-part goal of improving my Mandarin skills while also having a great time experiencing part of northeast China.

Read more about Finola’s experience.

Finola Hackett, Intensive Language Program, Harbin Institute of Technology