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[Principal Woolf in Hong Kong]
Visitors from partner universities of the Canada Learning Initiative in China tour the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute, March 2019. (Photos by Zachary Kenny)

The Queen's-China Connection

The strong ties Queen’s already has to China promise to become even more extensive and important in coming years. Students from China account for the largest proportion of international students enrolled at Queen’s, and our graduates maintain a large and active network in Hong Kong.

In 2007, with the opening of our China Liaison Office on the campus of Fudan University in Shanghai, Queen’s became the first Canadian university to establish an office in China.

Queen's-China ties continue to extend into training and research and collaborations and opportunities.

Opportunities for Chinese students to study at Queen's

School of English

Among its many language programs, Queen’s School of English offers an English-language bridging program, QBridge, which can support Chinese undergraduate students by offering intensive language instruction in advance of their studies.

Bader College

Chinese students can study at Bader College, Queen’s campus in the UK, by way of exchange agreements with:

  • Fudan University
  • Jilin University
  • Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
  • University of Hong Kong

China Scholarship Council

Queen’s has agreements with the China Scholarship Council that provide funding for PhD candidates attending:

  • Chongqing University
  • Fudan University
  • Jilin University
  • Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

2+2 Articulation Programs

Chinese students from the following universities can complete two years at their home university and spend the next two years at Queen’s. They are awarded a degree from both universities.

  • Jilin University – for undergraduate studies in Computer Engineering
  • Tongji University – for undergraduate studies in Environmental Science
  • Beijing Normal University – for undergraduate studies in Biology

See also: Degree Programs...

Opportunities for Queen's students to study in China

Study Abroad

Fudan-Queen’s Semester in Shanghai Program: A joint program in which approximately 15 Queen’s students per year study at Fudan University for 15 weeks in the fall term; Queen’s and Fudan students take academic courses together and participate in joint research projects.

School of Policy Studies, Fudan program: A study-abroad program in which up to 15 Queen’s students enrolled in the Master of Public Administration Program study for six weeks in spring term in academic courses at Fudan University.

Exchange opportunities and joint programs for Chinese and Queen's students

Students attending schools in China and students attending Queen's can participate in the following programs.

Exchange Programs

Participating institutions in China include (please note that some opportunities are program-specific):

  • Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
  • China Europe International Business School
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • East China Normal University
  • Fudan University
  • Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
  • Guanghua School of Management, Peking University
  • Hobai University
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Nankai University
  • Renmin University
  • Shandong University
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
  • South China Normal University
  • Southern University of Science and Technology
  • Sun Yat-sen University
  • Tongji University
  • Tsinghua University
  • University of Hong Kong
  • Xi'an Jiaotong University
  • Zhejang University

For more information on exchanges, please go to our Exchange Partner Institution database...

Queen’s Master of Finance - Beijing

Queen's Master of Finance in Beijing is offered at Renmin University's Hanqing Advanced Institute of Economics and Finance in Beijing, China. Classes are taught in English by outstanding faculty from both schools. The program enables students to earn a Queen's Master of Finance degree in one year, while continuing to work. Renmin University of China is one of the most prestigious universities in China, and has produced many influential figures in China's reform and development.

Learn more: Queen’s Master of Finance - Beijing

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Participants in the Canada-China Field Course. Learn more about this course...

Joint Field Study Programs

Joint Field Course in Geography: Students from Queen’s and students from Beijing Normal University (BNU) undertake field study in physical, economic, human and cultural, urban and political geographies. The field course sites will alternate between Canada and China biannually.

Joint Biology Field Study Program and Canada-China Field Course in Aquatic Biodiversity & Environmental Assessment: Students from Queen’s and other Canadian universities and students from participating Chinese universities undertake field study of aquatic environment and ecosystems along

  • the Yangtze River in the vicinity of the Three Gorges Dam Project, and along
  • the St. Lawrence River and Frontenac Arch region of eastern Ontario

Queen’s is the lead Canadian university and Tongji University is the lead Chinese university for the International Research Lab. Other participating Chinese universities are:

  • Fudan University
  • Beijing Normal University
  • Southwest University

Collaborations also include faculty and graduate student exchange and training, other joint research involving the Yangtze River basin, the World Wildlife Fund, low-impact urban development and aquatic ecosystem remediation, and monitoring environmental change using remote sensing and GIS technology.

China Liaison Office

in 2007, Queen’s became the first Canadian university to establish an office in China. The Queen’s China Liaison Office is located on the campus of Fudan University in Shanghai.

The responsibilities of the Liaison Officer include seeking and promoting opportunities for academic and research collaboration with Chinese universities and government offices, recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students for degree programs at Queen’s, and maintaining links with Queen’s alumni in China.

Dr. Zhiyao Zhang, Director, China Liaison Office

Dr. Zhang was born and raised in China and received his MA and PhD in Political Science at Jilin University. He taught at Jilin for a number of years and also served as the associate dean of political studies there for three years. Subsequently, he held visiting fellowships at universities in the U.S. and the U.K. before moving to Canada. He has taught at the Royal Military College of Canada and at Queen's.

[Zhiyao Zhang]
Zhiyao Zhang is the director of Queen's China Liaison Office

Sunny Wang, Admission Coordinator

Sunny Wang, MIR'13, spends her days fulfilling her duties as Admission Coordinator on campus and raising Queen’s profile in China, speaking with students and giving presentations at high schools and education fairs about the advantages of studying at Queen’s and living in Canada.

Ms. Wang attended Anhui University and worked in Shanghai before moving to Canada in 2008 to further her education. She wanted to pursue studies in human resources and enrolled at Western University for an honours bachelor’s degree in human resources and psychology before coming to Queen’s for the Master of Industrial Relations program.

Knowing the education systems in both countries, Ms. Wang can help ease any fears about studying in a foreign country and the students, she says, appreciate having someone who’s lived and studied in both places to guide them and their parents through important decisions.

[Sunny Wang]
Sunny Wang is an Admission Coordinator based on campus in Kingston.

Contact Queen's China Liaison Office
Room 610,The Training Centre of the School of Journalism
Fudan University, 400 Guoding Road, Shanghai, China, 200433

中国 上海市 国定路400号 复旦大学新闻学院培训中心610室200433
Tel/Fax: 86-21-55120256

Dr. Zhiyao Zhang: Mobile: +86 158 0054 0636, zhang.zhiyao@queensu.ca
Ms Sunny (Xingbei) Wang: sunny.wang@queensu.ca
Mr. Hyman Haoyong Xu: Mobile: +86 191 4560 6590, haoyong.xu@queensu.ca

Alumni Branch Network

Queen's Alumni Branches in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong have been served by a strong and committed group of volunteers for the past few decades. Branch volunteers organize and plan a variety of activities for alumni. These events have included hosting a networking evening with Queen’s Admissions to a reception with Queen's Principal and Provost. The Branches have a strong relationship with the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and the Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai, who have also helped Queen’s host numerous events. Queen’s Principal and Provost make regular visits to the region to maintain the close partnership.

Learn more about Queen's alumni branches...

[Principal Daniel Woolf with alumni]
Queen's former principal, Daniel Woolf, attended an alumni reception in Hong Kong in March 2016
[Great Panda Society logo]

The Great Panda Society is a student club at Queen's that explores the history, language, art and cuisines of China with all who share an interest. It cultivates friendships and organizes events and activities (both academic and recreational) for members of different backgrounds. The club also helps new Chinese international students to overcome culture shock and feel at home in Canada as soon as possible.

[students celebrating the new year]

Other Chinese cultural clubs include:

Chinese Catholic Community
Chinese Students and Scholars Association
Chinese Students Association
Hong Kong Students’ Association
Kingston Chinese Christian Fellowship
Chinese and Korean Pop Dance Club
Canadian Asian Student Society – Queen’s

​Search the Student Clubs directory​...

[people at table signing a document]
Representatives, including signatories Song Changqing, Executive Dean of Geographical Science at BNU, and Barbara Crow, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Science at Queens, at the November 2018 Beijing Normal University signing ceremony in China.
[people at table signing a document]
The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts hosted the Beijing Guitar Duo in October 2018 as part of the International at Home Series. (Photo by Csilla Volford)