Curriculum

We have created a program that fully integrates classroom education and professional training to prepare students for the active engagement necessary to devise solutions for global technical challenges. This training allows students to develop into technical leaders of the global world. In addition, our customized curriculum further facilitates student growth, providing them with the knowledge and ability to cultivate their interests and pursue long-term career development in various fields such as business, management, and medicine.

Our program takes place over 4 semesters and 10 courses for a total of 30 credits. Of these 10 courses, 8 are technical courses and 2 are industry preparation courses. Each course is worth 3 credits, and students are required to take additional language and professional training courses (0 credits per course). Students are expected to spend their first year in China, complete a summer internship, and then spend their second year in the United States.

  1. Two industry preparation courses (6 credits total): Management of High Tech Industries; Business Fundamentals for Engineers
  2. Three ECE concentration electives (9 credits total) from one of the following focus areas: computer engineering; big data
  3. Two graduate technical electives (6 credits total)
  4. Three approved electives (9 credits total)
  5. Language and professional training courses (0 credits)
  6. Summer internship (0 credits)

Typically, students will complete four technical courses during their first year at Duke Kunshan University to acquire the necessary technical background in ECE and its related fields. They are also expected to complete two language and professional training courses, which will improve their linguistic knowledge as well as their skills in presentation, writing, communication, academic integrity, and socializing. After their first two semesters at Duke Kunshan University, students will pursue a summer internship in order to gain relevant industry knowledge.

During their second year, most students will spend two consecutive semesters at Duke. Their second-year curriculum will include another four technical courses to further enhance their technical depth, and two industry preparation courses to improve their business and management acumen for engineering and technology.

At the end of their second year, students will receive a Master of Engineering degree in ECE from Duke University. They will also have the opportunity to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Upon approval of their OPT, students will be eligible to work for the US industry, further expanding their work experience and industry knowledge in an American environment. If a student wishes to remain at Duke Kunshan University for his/her second year, he/she will not be eligible for OPT. Eligibility requires a student to study in the United States for two consecutive semesters.