For a list of current opportunities, please visit the Asian Institute's Student Resources page.
The Summer Abroad programs at the University of Toronto are designed to enrich students’ academic lives by providing an exciting and educational international experience. Students complete full-year University of Toronto undergraduate degree credit courses from the Faculty of Arts & Science that are relevant to each location. Relatively small classes of about 25 students are taught by University of Toronto professors or faculty from the host university. Through these courses, the locations themselves become “living textbooks.” Students observe and experience many of the things they study, including the language, history, culture, art, religion, business, and politics of the host country.
The Summer Abroad program currently offers courses in the following Asian countries. Please check the Summer Abroad website for course details, application procedures, and prerequisites.
China/Hong Kong: https://summerabroad.utoronto.ca/index.php/program/China-HongKong
Tokyo, Japan: https://summerabroad.utoronto.ca/index.php/program/Japan
The AI has a unique relationship with the School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Fudan University in Shanghai. U of T students who take the China (Shanghai and Beijing) summer abroad course POL376Y0: Transforming Global Politics: Comparative and Chinese Perspectives visit and study with Chinese students, taught by Canadian and Fudan professors including Asian Institute Director and Professor of Political Science Joseph Wong.
Taiwan Field School. In December 2009, the Asian Institute and the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) piloted a field school that brought a delegation of senior undergraduate students to Taiwan for one week. The students met with and interviewed officials in government (including Taiwan’s former Premier), leaders in industry and academia, and social movement/NGO activists. They prepared papers in advance of the trip, which they presented to the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the National Taiwan University and National Chengchi University. The trip was such a great success that the field school has been continued on an annual basis ever since. To apply for a future trip, please check the Current Opportunities section of this page in the fall.
Indonesia Field Schools. The Department of Anthropology in collaboration with the Asian Institute has organized a number of field schools in Indonesia in recent years. Professor Tania Li has led students on ANT 399Y: Producing Wealth and Poverty in Indonesia’s New Rural Economies, and Professors Joshua Barker (Anthropology), Rachel Silvey (Geography), and Amrita Daniere (Planning) have led students to Bandung, Indonesia, to study issues of urban anthropology, migration, development, and planning. For details please visit http://anthropology.utoronto.ca/undergraduate/field-school.
In recent years the Faculty of Arts and Science has allocated annual funding for International Course Modules (ICMs). The purpose of the ICM program is to provide an opportunity for faculty members to incorporate intensive international experiential modules into the framework of existing undergraduate courses. The ICM is designed to supplement and enrich students’ classroom learning through field experience. The Asian Institute’s programs have a high record of success in acquiring ICM funding. Students in the Asia-Pacific Studies capstone course, ASI400Y, have travelled to Korea, Indonesia, and China through the ICM program. To learn more about past trips, click here. Students interested in submitting a proposal for an ICM should consult with their professor in the fall.
The Centre for International Experience offers U of T students a number of opportunities to travel and study abroad. Exchange programs allow students to travel to other countries for one or two semesters and take courses for credit at an affiliated institution. For more information on exchange programs, including eligibility, tuition, and financing, please visit the CIE website. The CIE has partnerships with institutions in China, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan. A partnership with the National University of Singapore offers exclusive international minor programs including Asian Literatures and Cultures and Asian Geographies. For more information on these specialized minor programs, please click here.
The University of Toronto offers a number of writing resources for students. Please visit http://writing.utoronto.ca/ for details.
Knowledge of an Asian language is important for students who wish to work in or closely with partners in Asia. The Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto offers courses in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language. For students who wish to learn Southeast and South Asian languages, there are opportunities to learn outside the university. These resources may be helpful.
By exposing students to current issues and debates in Asia and providing experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom, the CAS program prepares students for a range of careers involving Asian and global affairs. CAS graduates are well equipped to make significant contributions to academic research or to apply their knowledge to careers in such fields as government, law, international business, journalism, and development. The program also offers important networking opportunities, internships, and career panels.
Although not a formal part of the CAS curriculum, internships are an important step towards a career in or relating to Asia. The Asian Institute takes every opportunity to provide internship opportunities for its students, both in Toronto and overseas. In addition to the internship opportunities listed below, the AI will periodically publicize internships accepting applications or organize internship opportunities with partner organizations exclusively for AI students.
Asian Institute Internships. Every year, the Asian Institute hires a number of work-study students to help with office work and event organization. These positions are posted on the U of T Career Centre website each fall. The Asian Institute is also now offering an exciting new summer internship program for students wishing to gain experience in the following fields: business and project management, communications, event coordination, social media marketing, grant research and writing, and film festival coordination.
DFAIT Internships. Internship opportunities at Canadian missions in China provide successful candidates with an opportunity to be involved in governmental affairs and to develop an understanding of the Canada-China bilateral relationship. The internships are currently offered in Beijing and Guangzhou and are six months in duration. Areas of work include media and public affairs, politics, trade, and foreign policy and diplomatic services.
Please visit the scholarships page.