The OJS program is open to all students at participating Ontario universities, including international visa students. However, international visa students are not eligible for scholarship assistance as this assistance is reserved for Canadian students. A list of participating Ontario universities can be found here.
The Ontario/Jiangsu (OJS) Student Exchange Program is now inviting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year for studies at select universities in the Chinese province of Jiangsu. A list of participating Jiangsu Universities can be found here. We seek out and assist qualified undergraduate and graduate Ontario students in all fields who would benefit from one or more terms for study or research in China. Ontario students must have completed 2 years of a recognized degree at their home university to participate in the regular exchange programs and the Summer Research and Innovation programs. However for the Summer Language and Culture Program and the Chinese Language and Food Culture Program, China Studies Profram and Intensive Mandarin Studies consideration will be given to students who have completed one year of study.
Most fields of study in Jiangsu will be open for exchange. Exchange participants will normally study for up to one academic year as non-degree students. For non-Chinese speaking Ontario students wishing to study in Jiangsu, the availability of English medium courses may be a limiting factor in the availability of some programs. However, the Academic Directors for the program will make every effort to ensure that sufficient program credits can be arranged for individual students through reading courses, project courses and/or lab courses.
For 2017-2018 additional opportunities are available to Ontario Students including a Summer Research Program, as well as a Summer Language, History and Culture Program offered at the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a Summer Language and Food Culture Program and a Summer Design School offered at Jiangnan University and a Summer China Studies Program offered at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. For students with a more advanced level of Mandarin, an Intensive Mandarin Program to improve their language comprehension and speaking capabilities is offered at Nanjing Normal University.
A short powerpoint regarding the 2017 Summer Programs can be found here.
Students accepted into the programs receive:
- priority admission to one of the OJS member institutions in Jiangsu;
- a scholarship of $2500 (if going for one term) or $3000 (if going for two terms). This will more than cover the travel costs.
- a scholarship of $3000 for the Summer Research Program
- a scholarship of $2000 for the Summer Language History and Culture, the Summer Language and Food Culture, the Summer Design School, the China Studies Program, and the Intensive Mandarin Program.
- Pre-departure orientation program in Ontario in May
- Counselling and assistance throughout their studentship in Jiangsu through the OJS Offices in Ontario and Jiangsu.
It is worth noting that OJS students do not pay tuition fees at the host university and that living costs in China will be substantially less than in Ontario.
China is an emerging political and economic power. Students will gain an understanding of Chinese history, language and culture that will extend their skills and make them more attractive in the global job market. Students will also have the opportunity to visit a wide variety of cultural amenities of one of the oldest and most exotic cultures in the world. Significant natural wonders are also within relatively easy reach. Students will find the Chinese people friendly and very welcoming to Canadians. Finally, living costs in China are very reasonable compared to North America and Europe. For more information, you can view the OJS Study in China 2017-2018 presentation here.