Duke Kunshan University (DKU) is a partnership of Duke University and Wuhan University to create a world-class university offering a range of academic programs for students from China and throughout the world. Duke Kunshan is located in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, China.
DKU welcomed the inaugural class in its undergraduate degree program in August 2018. The four-year bachelor’s degree program is based in the liberal arts and sciences tradition that emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and exploration. This fall DKU is offering a unique opportunity for a limited number of non-degree undergraduate students to study at DKU.
This experience is open to recent secondary school graduates who have been accepted to a 4-year undergraduate degree program at an English-medium university outside of China and have deferred study in that program. It is also open to matriculated students from universities that permit their students to enroll as a visiting student at DKU. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check whether their intended university places any restrictions on students taking coursework or enrolling in another university while deferring enrollment. Interested students must be able to enter and/or remain in China for the purposes of taking courses in order to be eligible for this program, in compliance with all DKU and governmental travel restrictions and immigration rules.
PROGRAM FAST FACTS
Location: Kunshan, China
Term: Spring 2022
Dates: January 7, 2022 – May 21, 2022
Application Deadline: November 1, 2021 for Spring 2022.
All applicants must submit the signed Home University Approval Form during the application period.
Admission Decisions: Admission notices will be sent by early November following application review.
Commitment Deadline: Admitted students must formally commit to attending DKU on or before November 15, 2021. To commit, admitted students must submit the Decision Reply form, pay the Spring 2022 deposit to DKU, and submit the Deposit Payment Confirmation form. These forms will be located in the applicant’s portal.
Credit Type: DKU credit. Pre-matriculation/transfer credit will be at the discretion of the institution at which the student enrolls for a degree program.
Eligibility: In order to be eligible to apply, you must:
be able to legally enter or stay in China for the purposes of taking classes, AND
have accepted an offer of admission to a 4-year undergraduate degree program at an English-medium university outside of China OR
be matriculated at an English-medium university outside of China that has permitted you to enroll in the DKU Visiting Student Program.
Housing: Residence hall or housing arranged by DKU Residence Life
Contact: Office of International Enrollment Management
US Based Office
Phone: +1 919 613 5416
International Enrollment Office, DKU
410 Swift Avenue
Duke Box 104805
Durham, NC 27705 USA
China Based Office
Phone: +86 512 3665 7675
Duke Kunshan University
No. 8 Duke Avenue
Kunshan, Jiangsu Province,
Duke Kunshan University semesters are offered in two 7-week sessions. The standard course load per session is two DKU courses. Students must enroll in a minimum of four full DKU courses (16 credits) or a maximum of 5 courses (20 credits) per semester, with an upper limit of 2. 5 courses (10 credits) per session. No underloads and no overloads are permitted. All courses must be taken for graded credit. Students may NOT be taking online courses at their home institution or any other college or university while enrolled in a full-time course load at DKU.
All DKU students are responsible for adhering to the DKU Community Standard.
Non-degree students will be assigned an academic advisor and register for courses in December. Prepare to be flexible with your schedule expectations. DKU students will register for Spring 2022 courses in early November. Therefore, some classes may have limited or no capacity. There is no guarantee that there will be space in the courses you want or that they will fit into your schedule.
It is possible that not all DKU courses will be offered in-person due to travel restrictions on some DKU international faculty, although the majority of offered courses will meet in-person (or in hybrid modalities).
Students should note that the decision to accept course work transferred from any institution is made by the institution considering the acceptance of credits or course work. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check whether their intended university places any restrictions on students taking coursework or enrolling in another university while deferring enrollment, taking a leave of absence, or studying away.
All DKU 100-level courses should be suitable for first-year students. 200-level Social Science and Arts and Humanities courses with no pre-requisites should also be appropriate. First-year students should not enroll in 300-level courses. Upper class students should discuss their course selection with both their DKU and their home institution academic advisor to ensure that they have met appropriate pre-requisites. Questions regarding course eligibility should be directed to the DKU Registrar Office firstname.lastname@example.org and Academic Advising email@example.com.
Kunshan city is an emerging, modern metropolis with a history dating back more than 2,000 years. Located at the heart of the Yangtze River Delta region in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, Kunshan neighbors both Shanghai and Suzhou, two dynamic cities. It also boasts a rich collection of cultural heritage, as well as picturesque rivers, lakes, and forests.
Student Activities at DKU encourage co-curricular learning and community involvement, provide personal and leadership development, and support and enhance the student experience throughout a student’s time on campus. DKU offers a wide range of fitness classes and activities. Students may join student organizations and different sports clubs for leisure and recreational purposes, or participate all other student groups and programs, such as the DKU Philharmonic Orchestra and DKU Chorus.
A series of arts and culture programs aim to promote culture and diversity at DKU. Events and workshops in areas such as painting, design, music, film, crafts, photography, entertainment, and performance are regularly offered. They are also exciting learning opportunities for students to have face-to-face conversations with artists and experts from all over the world.
HOUSING AND MEALS
Housing options include on-campus housing as well as dormitory-style accommodations in nearby facilities, with transportation provided. Students will be placed in housing according to availability.
On-campus dining halls are open for three meals a day, seven days a week, but periodically close for major holidays and when the university campus is closed. Email notices will inform students of closures. Halal options are available, but Kosher options are not available at this time. Students with special dietary needs can meet with DKU food services to make arrangements. All meals must be paid for using a pre-loaded DKU ID card or WeChat. The DKU ID Card allows for a 10% discount.
Students are not required to purchase a meal plan at DKU. Students may opt to eat off campus when schedules permit or have food delivered to DKU. The Dayu Bay shopping area, located 10 minutes from campus, offers some additional restaurant options.
The residence hall plans to open in early January. Moving-in information will be updated in December 2021.
The DKU academic calendar is available online.
COST OF ATTENDANCE
Spring 2022 AMOUNT USD (RMB)*
Books and supplies
* Based on an exchange rate of 6.63.
The Tuition and Cost of Attendance is available online.
CAMPUS ACCESS, VISA & PASSPORT
In compliance with DKU and governmental travel restrictions and immigration rules, students must be able to enter China for the purposes of taking courses. Please consult your home country’s Chinese consulate webpage for entry eligibility and further information about COVID-19 related travel restrictions. The current requirements for anyone entering Jiangsu Province from outside of Mainland China are 14-days centralized quarantine followed by 14-days home health maintenance before being allowed campus access. Students traveling from medium- and high-risk areas within Mainland China should contact the DKU Office of Student Affairs firstname.lastname@example.org for the most up-to-date regulations. All campus access policies are subject to change based on government regulations.
Non-Chinese citizens should pay special attention to the visa requirements for their specific citizenship by contacting their country embassy to find out if any visa or travel restrictions are in effect. It will be the student's responsibility to follow their country's requirements for procuring the proper visa for the Duke Kunshan program.
To locate the closest Chinese consulate office to you, please consult the map on the Chinese Embassy website.
All participants must have a valid passport and visa to to be eligible for the visiting student program.
All China Mainland applicants must have a valid Chinese National ID Card (身份证).
All China Hong Kong/Macau/Taiwan applicants must have a valid Travel Permit.
Frequently asked questions
Is financial aid available?
No. Financial aid is not available for this program.
I have already started university abroad and would like to take a leave of absence in the Spring. Am I eligible for this program?
In order to be eligible to apply, you must:
be able to enter or stay in China for the purposes of taking classes, AND
have accepted an offer of admission to a 4-year undergraduate degree program at an English-medium university outside of China, OR
be matriculated at an English-medium university outside of China that has permitted you to enroll in the DKU Visiting Student Program.
Students who have already started in an undergraduate degree program elsewhere are only eligible if they have permission from their home institution to participate in the DKU Visiting Student Program. Students may not take classes at their home institution while enrolled as a visiting student at DKU (no dual-enrollment). All applicants are required to submit the signed Home University Approval Form during the application period.
If I really enjoy my experience at DKU, would I be eligible to transfer in as a degree-seeking student?
DKU does not currently accept transfer students.
Will my intended university accept the credits for my DKU coursework?
The decision to accept course work transferred from any institution is made by the institution considering the acceptance of credits or course work. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check whether their intended university places any restrictions on students taking coursework or enrolling in another university while deferring enrollment.
Will I be able to work at DKU?
This will depend on several factors including availability of employment, your fit for employment opportunities, and your visa status to work in China.
What safety and security measures are in place at DKU?
Duke Kunshan University is committed to maintaining a safe environment for all faculty, students, and staff. For more information about the DKU campus experience, please visit https://dukekunshan.edu.cn/en/student-life.
Will DKU be able to guarantee that the campus and accommodations are free from the risks of COVID-19?
No. Like all institutions, we are unable to guarantee an entirely risk-free environment. As part of your decision to enroll at DKU you will be asked to sign an agreement acknowledging that DKU cannot guarantee that the campus and accommodations are free from the risks of COVID-19. All members of the DKU community, including visiting students, are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated at the earliest possible opportunity,
Duke Kunshan is closely monitoring developments surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and is working hard to protect all students, faculty, and staff on campus and beyond. Please visit https://dukekunshan.edu.cn/en/news/special-message-novel-coronavirus for updates.
Application Deadline: November 1, 2021 for the Spring 2022 semester.
Decision Notification: Admission notices will be sent by early November.
Commitment Deadline: Admitted students must formally commit to attending DKU on or before November 15, 2021.
To commit, admitted students must submit the Decision Reply form, submit the signed Home University Approval form, pay the Spring 2022 deposit to DKU, and submit the Deposit Payment Confirmation form. These forms will be located in the applicant’s portal.
You must complete the Duke Kunshan University online Visiting Student Application form and provided the necessary supporting documentation.
For visiting first-year students, application documentation includes but is not limited to:
A copy of your final high school transcript or current university/college transcript
A copy of your university/college admission letter (if applicable for first year students)
A copy of your university/college deferral approval (if applicable for first-year students)
A copy of all available standardized test results (SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo)
Copy of Chinese ID Card, Chinese HMT Travel Pass, or valid visa allowing study in China
For visiting students who have already completed a semester or more at their home institution, a copy of your home institution’s transcript is required.
For all applicants, a signed “Home University Approval Form”, with official university stamp is required.
Upon an offer of program acceptance, in order to become a fully matriculated visiting student, you must:
Submit the Visiting Program Decision Reply form within 5 days of receiving the offer and provide the necessary supporting documentation, including but not limited to:
A Photo for Identification (passport photo*)
A Copy of your National ID Card (China citizens)
A Copy of your passport and visa (International citizens)
¥7000 ($1,076 USD) Deposit (non-refundable)**
*Photo size must be 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm). Head must be between 1 -1 3/8 inches (25 - 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
**Deposit Refund policy: The deposit is non-refundable, but will be applied towards tuition and fees at DKU. The tuition refund policy will follow stated deadlines in the DKU Bulletin.