Green Path – China is a 12-week summer experience that transforms people’s lives. It takes qualified high school graduates from the People’s Republic of China and turns them into first-year university students at Canada’s highest-ranked university.
The program was launched in 2005 when 15 students from top-tier Chinese high schools came to Canada to study at the University of Toronto Scarborough (U of T Scarborough). Since then, hundreds more of China’s top high school graduates have taken advantage of this unique opportunity to realize their educational and career-path ambitions.
The U of T Scarborough Green Path program comprises four parts:
- A 12-week summer residential experience on the U of T Scarborough campus, from mid-May to early August
- A 12-week Academic Preparation program, completed during the residential period
- A University of Toronto half-credit course: "Exploring Inter-Cultural Perspectives in Academic Contexts"
- For students who successfully complete the Academic Preparation program, admission to a four-year degree program at U of T Scarborough.
More than 2,450 students have successfully studied at the University of Toronto through Green Path – China during its 14-year history. The University has worked to establish meaningful relationships with partner schools and with parents, making sure that Green Path students get off to a great start in Canada. Each year, a group arrives in late May and lives in residence. The students take classes, go on field trips and pursue activities that prepare them for life in Canada — and, specifically, for undergraduate life at U of T Scarborough in the fall.
The Green Path focuses on English language skills, life skills and orientation to Canadian culture and society. Once a student successfully completes the Academic Preparation program, they go directly into undergraduate studies. The success of the Green Path has helped to deepen the relationship between U of T Scarborough and the top source countries of international students, including the People's Republic of China. This, in turn, has led to new scholarship and Co-op opportunities for Green Path students with companies across China — for example, at the Bank of China headquarters in Beijing and the Fairmount Hotel Nanjing.