International Admitted Student Experience | Duke Kunshan University

International Admitted Student Experience

IASE 2019 Schedule

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We are very excited to welcome all admitted international students to our International Admitted Student Experience from April 25 to April 28, 2019. This campus event will provide an opportunity for international students to explore our campus, visit the surrounding area, and meet faculty and future classmates.

Duke Kunshan University will assist admitted students with the cost of travel and accommodation. Hotel reservations will be provided by the university and airfare reimbursements are also available (more details below). Students will be responsible for obtaining their own Chinese visa, which is necessary for all foreigners entering China. Parents who wish to accompany their son/daughter will also be responsible for their Chinese visa and the cost of their flights and extra accommodation. Please move quickly and carefully through the steps on the ‘To Do List’ below to ensure all travel arrangements can be made in time for the event. 

To do list (in order of priority)

  1. Make sure you have a passport with at least 6 months of validity and at least two blank pages. Scan the picture page of your passport in order to have a digital copy ready for use.

  2. Fill out the admitted student experience registration form here.

  3. Find the link to your country’s Chinese embassy here. If your country isn't listed there, please find it here

  4. Read the visa application requirements and prepare all the required documents. Requirements differ between countries. Please take care to carefully check the requirements and provide the necessary documents. DKU will provide an invitation letter for all registered visitors (students and accompanying parent or guardian) to obtain an ‘F’ Visa, which is designated for short-term visits. If you need assistance with certain documents, please contact us at

  5. Follow instructions on the Chinese embassy’s website to submit your documents, either in person at the embassy/consulate or through one of the suggested courier services. Be sure that the documents are complete in order to avoid any delays.

  6. Upon receiving confirmation of your visa by the Chinese embassy/consulate in your country, proceed to book your roundtrip economy airfare ticket to Shanghai Pudong airport (PVG). Please be sure to arrive in Shanghai on Thursday, April 25, 2019, between 8:00 AM and 6: 00 PM CST time (China time). Arriving in time to take bus # 1-3 (see schedule below) will ensure that you can take part in the dinner and performances planned on the evening of the 25th. Bus #4 will only provide transportation directly to the hotel. If you can only arrive in Shanghai after 6:00 PM, we will help coordinate alternative transportation. We suggest your return ticket home to be sometime in the afternoon/early evening on April 28 in order for us to coordinate transportation back to the airport.

    Duke Kunshan will provide economy airfare reimbursements, subject to the following limits:



    East Asia

    Southeast Asia

    Rest of Asia

    Africa, Oceania, Europe

    North America

    South America, Central America

    Maximum Reimbursement   (USD)







  7. Please fill out the following reimbursement form with your banking information. Please note that the form must be typed and signed. You will also need to provide the flight itinerary with the economy airfare amount and the boarding pass of the inbound journey. Submit these documents once you arrive on campus.

    Overseas Bank Account Information Form

    Mainland China Bank Account Information Form

  8. After you have completed your airfare booking, please send the arrival information to to coordinate airport pickup.

  9. See you in China!

Event Information

Registration survey: Be sure to complete the registration form by Monday, April 1st so we can prepare for your arrival.

Airport Pickup in China: The University will provide pickup service at Shanghai Pudong airport (PVG). Your flights should arrive on Thursday, April 25, between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM CST (China time). Please send your flight info to in order to arrange pickup.

 The University shuttles will run between PVG airport and your assigned hotel according to the following schedule: 







11:00 AM

2:00 PM

4:00 PM

7:00 PM

After proceeding through immigration and retrieving your luggage, you will be welcomed by Duke Kunshan representatives at the arrivals hall who will guide you to the next available bus. 

Visas: Please follow the instructions above to find your country’s Chinese embassy website. The website will provide the necessary requirements and instructions.   

Letter of invitation: Once you have completed the online registration form for the International Admitted Student Experience, you will receive an invitation letter from Duke Kunshan University, which is necessary for your Chinese visa application.

Accommodation: All students will be housed in nearby hotels. DKU will arrange reservations and share hotel information shortly after you register for the event. Each student will have a private room that can accommodate two people (either two beds or a king size bed). Transportation will be provided between the hotel and the DKU campus.

Duke Kunshan University is unable to provide any additional accommodations for parents or family members. Here are other nearby hotel options for family members to consider:

- Schotel

- Crown Plaza Kunshan

Courtyard Kunshan

 *Please note that a shuttle service to campus will only be provided for guests staying at Schotel. 

Food Cost: All meal costs for admitted students will be covered by Duke Kunshan University. Parents, guardians or other family members will need to cover their own meal costs. Guests may purchase meal cards on campus.

Program information: A detailed schedule of events will be posted here soon. Formal programming will take place from the morning of April 26 to the evening of April 27, however there will be optional acivities on April 25 when students arrive on campus. You are welcome to book your return flight sometime in the afternoon/early evening on April 28.   

If you require any further assistance, please contact