Undergraduate Global Learning Semester 2014-2018

The Global Learning Semester was a one-semester long program divided into two seven-week sessions featuring courses taught in English by Duke faculty as well as DKU faculty and faculty from other universities as well. Under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Haiyan Gao, Associate Dean Andrew Field, and with the support of many from Duke University and Duke Kunshan University, this program ran between fall 2014 and spring 2018 for a total of eight semesters. It offered an intensive liberal arts-style education with small class sizes and lots of interactivity. In addition to taking four courses, students also participated in plenty of extra-curricular social activities and student clubs supported by our Student Affairs team led by Associate Dean Howard Wang. While most GLS students were from universities in Mainland China, the program also attracted students from Duke University and several other liberal arts colleges in the USA, and also students from Shiv Nadar University in India. International students also had the opportunity to study Chinese language and culture. Here are some vital statistics about the GLS program, which was a very important precursor to the launch of our undergraduate degree program in fall 2018.

Between Fall 2014 and Spring 2018:

  •  500 students completed the GLS program including 446 students from around 50 different universities in China and 54 students from Duke and other universities abroad
  • 54 professors from Duke and 19 professors or instructors from DKU and other universities taught a wide range of courses in natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, writing and language (English and Chinese) for the GLS program
  • We developed 61 distinct courses for the program including 14 in Humanities and Arts, 8 in Languages and Writing, 15 in Natural Sciences and Engineering, and 24 in Social Sciences
  • Altogether we ran 120 courses (including repeats of some courses), including 25 in Humanities and Arts, 24 in Language and Writing, 22 in Natural Sciences and Engineering, and 49 in Social Sciences
  • Our GLS professors and staff took students on class field trips to many different locations including:
    1. Suzhou Broadcasting Station
    2. US Consulate
    3. Shanghai TV Production Center
    4. Amity Foundation
    5. Nanjing Zijinshan Observatory
    6. Shanghai Sheshan Observatory
    7. Arconic Kunshan
    8. Shanghai Library
    9. Chinese ”Comfort Women” History Museum
    10. Tongli Wetland
    11. Taihu Lake
    12. Musical play
    13. Shanghai Science History Museum
    14. Kunshan Chinese Traditional Hospital
    15. Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility 
  • Students who completed the GLS program, after graduating from their home universities, went on to attend graduate programs at prestigious institutions including: Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Duke University, Harvard University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, John Hopkins University, University of South California, Columbia University, Northwest University, Georgetown University, University of Minnesota, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, The London School of Economics and Political Science, University College London, The University of Edinburgh, University of Nottingham, The University of Manchester, Lancaster University, HEC Paris, Université de Lorraine, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Duke Kunshan University, Fudan University, Hong Kong University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore, The University of Melbourne, Peking University, Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.