Course Load

Undergraduate Course Load (for Undergraduate Global Learning Semester): Many of the courses at Duke Kunshan University require substantial amounts of reading, and the 7-week courses are concentrated into a short time frame. This format allows students to focus on fewer subjects at once, but also requires more time outside of class than a typical semester schedule. The standard course load at DKU is 4 courses. If students take one of the full semester language courses, they can choose to take 2 of the 7-week courses in the first session, and 1 in the second, or 1 in the first 7-week session and 2 in the second. If students do not wish to take a full semester language course, then they can choose two 7-week courses in each of the 7-week sessions.

If a student would like to take more or less than a normal course load, the student needs to consult his/her advisor and secure permission from the program associate dean. The Course Overload/Underload Request Form is available for this purpose.

Please take special note that students who have signed “Participation Agreement” through Duke Global Education Office (GEO) must take the normal (not minimum) full credit load of 4 courses. No overload or under load is permitted.

Graduate Course Load: Graduate students should defer to the specific requirements of their program and the advice of their faculty advisors when determining which courses to study over the course of their programs.


DukeHub is the student record application providing students with an array of information and direct access to their academic and personal data. Students can find their course schedule, grades, and personal information by logging into DukeHub with their NetID and password.

Course Registration

For graduate programs, students will be registered in class based on the curriculum of each program. The registration window is usually from 2 to 4 weeks prior to the start of the new semester.

For Global Learning Semester program, prior to the start of each semester, the Registrar Office will send out the Course Selection Survey to gather information about students desired course selections for that semester. Based on students’ feedback, the registrar will generate students’ schedule, which will be available to students via DukeHub. For a preview of courses offered in each semester, click here.


The drop/add period is defined as the period in time after the Registrar Office enrolls the students in class and continues through the first week of all 7-week long courses and the first 2 weeks of all full-semester courses. The dates can be found in the Academic Calendar for each academic year. The MMS: DKU program has drop/add dates that differ from the University calendar. During the drop/add period, students can request to change their schedule without penalty. After the drop/add period ends, students may be permitted to withdraw from a normal course load to an underload by the program associate dean. Such a withdrawal to an underload is possible only prior to the final two weeks of classes for 7-week courses and final four weeks of classes for full semester courses. The Course Withdrawal Request Form is available for this purpose.