International Programs Office

International Programs Office

International Programs Office

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The Canada Learning Initiative in China (CLIC) is a national study abroad program that supports Canadian students studying in China. Its purpose is to establish significant and pioneering routes for Canadian students to pursue educational opportunities in China. Queen’s University is a member of the CLIC university consortium, founded in February 2016, made up of six Canadian U15 universities including Laval Université, Queen’s University, Université de Montréal, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and University of Ottawa.

CLIC provides students financial support for study in China. CLIC also offers administrative support and hands-on, experiential learning that includes a variety of cultural activities and excursions, allowing you to explore the country and culture on a deeper level.Canada Learning Initiative in China logo

  • Program: Canada Learning Initiative in China (CLIC).
  • Funding Organisation: China Scholarship Council (CSC) and Queen's University.
  • Number of Scholarships: 40 (single semester, shared across all faculties at Queen's).
  • Program Duration: Minimum of one term.
  • Benefits: Accommodation, health insurance, monthly stipend from CSC (typically 3,000 yuan (≈CAN$600) per month). Queen's will also fund successful applicants (to a maximum of 40) with a $1,000 travel stipend. Payment for the travel stipend is made through Queen's Student Awards typically one month prior to departure for China as a credit on SOLUS.
  • Application and Eligibility: You must successfully apply to a program that is a minimum of one semester (e.g., the Arts and Science exchange program to study in China (including Semester in Shanghai)). Applicants must have Canadian citizenship to apply for CLIC funding, and be receiving academic credit for the program. Follow the funding application instructions on the CLIC website.
    • CLIC funding is also available to students in other faculties, e.g., through exchange and the MPA Interchange.
  • Application Deadlines: March 6th for Summer, Fall semester, and full year programs. October 10th for Winter semester programs. Please note these deadlines may change - consult the CLIC website for up-to-date information.

It is recommended that students arrive in China with ample start-up funds as CLIC payment can in some instances take up to 3 weeks to be transferred to the student.

Please note that students in receipt of CLIC funding may not apply for funding via the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Queen's University and the Consulate General in Toronto, or the Canada-China Scholar's Exchange Program.

You must be nominated by your Faculty office and receive notification from the IPO that you may apply for CLIC funding before applying for CLIC funding.