A CAPI China Youth Leadership Program group at SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet), a First Nations territory just outside of Victoria.

China Youth Leadership Program

As part of CAPI's mandate to foster and deeped UVic's connection to the Asia-Pacific region, we are proud to provide an international experience to undergraduate students from China. Partnering with eleven universities in China (all members of the "Union of Northern International Universities"), we have created a week-long program that provides students with an experiential learning experience through a balance of on-campus academic lectures and off-campus field trips covering global leadership; local history, arts and culture; gender, sexuality and identity; and environmental and Canadian studies.

Now in its fifth year, the program runs duirng the months of April through June and September through December, with an average class size of 45 students. With a focus on optimizing learning outcomes, students are taught by faculty from the University of Victoria, CAPI Associates and PhD candidates from the faculties of Law, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Field trips are designed to parallel lectures and include trips to the Royal BC Museum, the BC Legislature, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Craigdarroch Castle, Goldstream Provincial Park and SṈIDȻEȽ, a First Nations territory.

During a cultural exchange at the ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School, W̱SÁNEĆ students teach a traditional drum song to students participating in the China Youth Leadership Program.

A typical week…

Day Activities
  • Official Welcome
  • Exploring UVic
  • Tour of Downtown Victoria
  • Local History (lecture)
  • Visits to the BC Legislature and Royal BC Museum
  • Art History in Victoria (interactive lesson)
  • Visit to the Victoria Art Gallery and Craigdarroch Castle
  • Environmental Law (lecture)
  • Lunch with the Tsartlip First Nation and visit to the Tod Inlet environmental restoration project
  • Gender and Society (lecture)
  • Closing Ceremony



CAPI's China Youth Leadership Program is led by Helen Lansdowne, CAPI Associate Director, and Keren Huang 黄可人, CYLP Program Coordinator.

For more information, please contact Keren 黄可人 at  or call +1.250.721.7131