Canada is a well-developed country with an advanced higher education system that attracts foreign students worldwide. In China however, there is an immense population, yet there exists a considerable insufficiency of post-secondary education opportunities, especially degree education. Many young Chinese students wish for an opportunity to study in Canada, however, their chances are limited for a number of barriers. Admission is restricted due to lack of proficiency in English, while costs of studying in Canada are also a problem. Combined with the complicated process and visa application, studying in Canada is unfortunately out of reach for many eager students.
To overcome these obstacles and open up an attractive, reliable, safe and easily accessible path, both for Chinese students wishing to receive further education in Canada and for Canadian universities wanting to recruit qualified Chinese students, CNEEC, in cooperation with prestigious Chinese universities, has initiated the General Study Program (GSP). This initiative has effectively developed a supplementary potential student market in China.
At present, two highly ranked Chinese universities, Shandong University (SDU) and Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU), have partnered with CNEEC to run the GSP.