Innovation & Entrepreneurship Fundamentals and Global Immersion Program

July 29-August 18, 2018 (3 weeks)
Phase 1: Duke Kunshan University: July 29-August 4, 2018;
Phase 2: Duke University: August 4-August 18, 2018            

About Duke Kunshan University

Duke Kunshan University is a Sino-American partnership of Duke University and Wuhan University to create a world-class liberal arts and research university offering a range of academic programs for students from China and throughout the world. Among the unique features of Duke Kunshan University are:

  • Heavy commitment to developing global citizens through “rooted globalism”
  • Joint venture structure that embodies multicultural collaboration
  • Deep China-US people-to-people and cultural exchange
  • Academic programs designed to address society’s future needs through a curriculum based in the liberal arts tradition
  • Global learning environment that challenges students to apply their knowledge during the learning process

Program Overview

Duke Kunshan University (DKU) will provide the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Fundamentals and Global Immersion Summer Program (“IEFGI”) to up to 35 outstanding students from universities in China and all over the world. The IEFGI will be conducted from July 29, 2018 to August 18, 2018. The overall length of the program will be three weeks, including one week at Duke Kunshan University of P. R. China, and two weeks at Duke University of the U.S.A. The contents of the IEGIP include lectures and case studies on entrepreneurship and innovation, site visits to business and organizations, language skills development, and cultural exchange activities. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of attendance from Duke Kunshan and Duke University. The program will not award academic credit.

What you will learn during the program

  1. Understand the global and China context of innovation and entrepreneurship;
  2. Recognize a set of tools such as intellectual property law, leadership, cost-benefit analysis to accelerate the development of innovation and entrepreneurship;
  3. Identify a variety of enterprises and evaluate their roles and positions; 
  4. Discuss how to identify opportunities, develop products and manage a startup finance;
  5. Express how to make a marketing strategy and build a business plan;

Benefits for attending the program

  • Immersive global learning though participation in activities both at Duke Kunshan University in China and at Duke University in Durham, NC, USA
  • During the first week in Kunshan, China, participants will learn about innovation and entrepreneurship through lectures and field trips. In addition to lectures on leadership, strategy and innovation, students will visit traditional manufacturers, high-tech companies, start-ups and venture capital funds, to get an overview of a variety of enterprises and start to learn how to evaluate opportunities.
  • The 2 weeks at Duke University will focus on the successful creation and early execution of a new venture. It will teach students marketing, finance and business planning within the context of forming a start-up. Core concepts include: establishing a value proposition; identifying an opportunity; intellectual property and technology management; marketing & financing a start-up; and exiting a company. Lectures will focus on technology, but many of the concepts apply to any start-up activity. Students will form teams to go through all the steps required to form a business, stopping short of executing legal agreements to do so. The experience is an ideal springboard for students who want to start a company or be part of an early-stage company in the future.

Requirements and Prerequisites

  1. The undergraduates from the outstanding universities worldwide; no limitations on majors or disciplines;
  2. Strong interests in Innovation & Entrepreneurship issues;
  3. High English proficiency required for non-native English speakers, TOEFL (80) or IETLS (6.5) preferred; online interviews will be conducted for the students without TOEFL or IETLS scores;
  4. Excellent academic performance, minimum GPA 3.0;
  5. Previous Internship Experience preferred;
  6. A proposal describing your ideas on Innovation & Entrepreneurship issues is required to submit online (maximum 600 words);

Important Dates

Application Open

February 26, 2018

Early Decision Deadline

March 30, 2018

Early Decision Interview for the Applicants without qualified TOEFL or IETLS scores

April 9-13, 2018

Early Decision Admission Decision Announcement

April 17, 2018

Early Decision Payment Deadline

May 04, 2018

Regular Application Deadline

April 20, 2018

Application Interview for the Applicants without qualified TOEFL or IETLS scores

May3-8, 2018

Application Admission Decision Announcement

May 17, 2018

Normal Application Payment Deadline

May 27, 2018

Program Dates

July 29-Aug 18, 2018

Phase 1: Duke Kunshan University:

July 29-August 4, 2018

Phase 2: Duke University:

August 4-18, 2018

Program Fee

Including: administrative fee, local transportation, lodging (double-room), one meal per day, field trips, insurance, coffee break, welcome reception, end of program dinner

Not include: International airfare, personal expenses and shopping, visa & passport, etc.

Early Decision Application

Regular Application

4,950 USD

5,500 USD

  • 10% discount will be offered to all Early Decision applicants
  • Seats are limited for Early application


Duke Kunshan University will provide overall 10,000 USD as the scholarship for this program, including 2 winners of first prize ($2,000 for each), 3 second-prize winners ($1,000 for each), 6 third-prize winners ($500 each). The scholarship will be granted to the qualified participants upon completing the program, according to their performance. (Number of winners are subject to change due to the class size.)

Online Application

Note: before initiating your online application, please make sure you have the official transcripts already on your hand.