Duke Kunshan University (DKU)

Duke Kunshan University
Undergraduate Global Learning Semester
Study a Semester in China
& Earn Duke University Credit
Students of Duke Kunshan University
EXPERIENCE China as a part of a close-knit community of students, faculty and staff from around the world.

ENHANCE your undergraduate major by taking courses the following areas of studies:
  • Global Health
  • Chinese language
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Physical & Natural Sciences
  • Business & Economics
ENGAGE with Chinese culture through numerous co-curricular activities designed to develop cultural awareness, build camaraderie and elicit creativity.

ENJOY easy access to Shanghai and Suzhou as you live and learn at the new Duke Kunshan University campus.

EMERGE from your semester at DKU as a global citizen with deep China insights as you prepare for your career.
Duke Kunshan University (DKU) is a Sino-American partnership between Duke University and Wuhan University to create a world-class, liberal arts research university in the city of Kunshan, China. The DKU Global Learning Semester is an innovative liberal arts semester-long education program for undergraduate students from around the world currently enrolled in other accredited institutions, generally in their second or third year of undergraduate studies, with a ranking in the top 25% of their class. The language of instruction is English, and written and spoken English proficiency is required. Students who are not native English speakers can provide language evaluation test scores (such as the CET and/or TOEFL) with their application materials. Students may be required to have a personal interview prior to an admission decision.
Learn More
Fall 2015 Semester Priority Deadline: March 1, 2015
Final Deadline: April 1, 2015

Merit-Based Scholarships Available
Summer 2015 Civic Engagement & Internship Opportunities Available
For more information, please visit the DKU homepage:
Please fill out the Enquiry Form on the right, and a DKU admissions representative will contact you.
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The DKU semester is divided into two 7-week sessions, and students have the option to select four intensive for-credit classes per semester according to their personal interests and course requirements at their home institutions.

  • Writing Across Cultures
  • Science Fiction
Global Health
  • Social Determinates of Health
  • Fundamentals of Global Health
  • Global Health Ethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • Research Methods in Global Health
Social Sciences
  • US/China Relations
  • Themes in American History
Students on Campus at DKU Physical & Natural Sciences
  • Physics 141
  • Complex Systems
  • Climate Change
Business & Economics
  • International/China Economics
English Language
  • US Academic Writing for EFL Students
Chinese Language
  • First/Second Third Year Level 1, 2
  • Fourth Year: Special Topics
To learn more the faculty and courses at DKU and to see course description videos, click here.
Living in Kunshan
Kunshan’s location between Shanghai and Suzhou allows easy access to these major metropolitan centers by high speed train.

The Duke Kunshan University campus blends traditional Chinese elements with advanced educational technology in a spacious, modern setting. An aquatic quadrangle is featured at the center of campus, symbolizing the region’s famous water towns, while leading information technology provides instant connections to colleagues and classmates around the world.

Group of students at Duke Kunshan UniversityThe city of Kunshan lies in the heart of the Yangtze River Delta Region, one of the most developed areas in China. Bordering Shanghai, a large international metropolis, to its east and Suzhou, one of the country’s most renowned cultural and historical cities, to its west, Kunshan is an emerging industrial and commercial city with a history dating back more than 2000 years. As an important county-level city in the southeastern part of Jiangsu province, Kunshan occupies an area of 931 square kilometers (359 square miles), one quarter of which is covered by lakes and rivers. Its superior natural and urban living environment has attracted people from all over the world to live and work in Kunshan.

Widely considered as a successful model for China’s social and economic development, Kunshan has won many titles, including the top of Chinese Mainland’s Best County-level Cities by Forbes China for four consecutive years and the 2010 UN-Habitat Scroll of Honor Award. Three state-level development zones, two provincial-level development zones, and its eight townships have attracted a number of Fortune 500 companies and other leading enterprises to Kunshan.

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