Study at UAlberta

Global Learning Summer Program

July 4-14, 2017 

About the Program 

The Global Learning Summer Program is a 2-week customized summer program offered to students from Beijing Institute of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, and Harbin Engineering University. The purpose of the program is to provide a unique learning opportunity for students to explore our vibrant campus and province and to engage with concepts related to global citizenship. 

The integrated intensive program will include approximately 27 hours of academic lectures and field trips, 10 hours of review and project time, and a cross-cultural seminar consisting of 4 hours. Also included in the program are cultural-immersion activities and an optional recreational weekend trip to the Rocky Mountains. 

Academic Component 

The curriculum for this program will be customized to meet the content requirements of BIT’s Global Learning & Cultural Exchange course, integrating classroom lectures and field trips related to lecture topics. 

Project Component 

The program will allow students to apply their learning by working on a presentation which will be delivered by the end of the two weeks. 

Cross-cultural Seminar Component

An understanding of cross-cultural nuances is an essential part of becoming a global citizen. UAI’s cross-cultural training seminars aim to help students broaden their understanding of Canadian culture and help them perform successfully both socially and academically in international settings. 

Cultural and Recreational Component 

While in Edmonton, students will also have the opportunity to explore Edmonton and interact with Canadian culture through planned social and recreational activities. 


Notable Presenters 

Gordon Houlden
Director, China Institute

Gordon Houlden is the Director of the China Institute, Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies. Professor Houlden joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1976. Abroad he has been posted to Havana, Hong Kong (twice), Warsaw, Beijing (twice - most recently as Minister 2001-2004), and as Executive Director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (2004-2006). Under Professor Houlden’s leadership, the China Institute has focused on contemporary China studies, with an emphasis on Canada’s trade, investment and energy linkages with the People’s Republic of China. Professor Houlden has lectured at international conferences in Canada, the United States (including the U.S. State Department) and China (including the National Defence University PLA China). He has been interviewed by many Canadian, Chinese and other international media on Asian economic, trade and investment issues. 


Xiao Zhang
Cohort Programs Coordinator