Beijing Normal University at Zhuhai

Saint Mary's has had a partnership with Beijing Normal University Zhuhai (BNUZ) since 2002, encompassing a number of study-abroad programs, transfer credit agreements, and a Saint Mary's satellite campus at BNUZ.

The connections built between BNUZ and Saint Mary's have helped the City of Halifax and the Province of Nova Scotia develop relationships with businesses in China. The Mayor of Halifax visited China in June 2017. A letter of intent was signed with the Mayor of Zhuhai to explore establishing a partnership between Halifax and Zhuhai.

International Chinese Studies Summer Program 

Since 2012 Saint Mary's has collaborated with BNUZ in offering an annual five-week summer study abroad program on Chinese history and culture for Canadian students. Approximately 12-15 students from Saint Mary's participate each year.

Field School in Cross-Cultural Communication

Since 2012 Saint Mary's has offered an annual three-week summer program for students from Beijing Normal University and Beijing Normal University Zhuhai. The program focuses on North American culture and English language.

From 2012 to 2015 Saint Mary's collaborated with Acadia University to hold the program on both campuses. Since 2016, Saint Mary's has delivered the entire program on our campus in Halifax. Approximately 40 students participate each year.


Our 2+2 agreements in Business, Science and Arts enable BNUZ students to complete the first two years of university study on their home campus and then transfer to Saint Mary's to complete the final two years of their degree here in Halifax. The Arts 2+2 is the only such agreement in Canada, and possibly in the world.

The first cohort of 40 students arrived at Saint Mary's in September 2017.

Summer Institutes

Saint Mary's and BNUZ collaborate in offering professional development institutes for academic faculty and administrative staff from their two universities. Saint Mary's has hosted four such programs for BNUZ, and BNUZ hosted the first institute for a Saint Mary's delegation in June 2017. Close to 150 BNUZ faculty and staff have taken the program thus far.

This is a bilateral organizational change initiative. The BNUZ focus is development of teaching and pedagogy, and the Saint Mary's focus is intercultural development.

Sobey School of Business at BNUZ

In 2014 a satellite campus of Saint Mary's was established in order to offer the Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance Major) in China. Students take two years of the degree from BNUZ faculty, and for the final two years they are instructed by Saint Mary's professors from the Sobey School of Business. Students can stay in China and take a Saint Mary's degree on site at BNUZ.