Undergraduate Degree Program
The 4-year undergraduate program at Duke Kunshan provides a pioneering and innovative Duke education in the liberal arts and sciences. Enhanced by a lived experience that is deeply immersed in Chinese society and culture, the program is designed to inform and prepare students to engage critically with the world. It is founded on seven key principles, namely: rooted globalism, collaborative problem solving, research and practice, lucid communication, independence and creativity, wise leadership and a purposeful life. Dynamic in nature, the program enables students to take a broad range of courses and narrow down to a major as they progress in their studies, thus selecting a degree that matches their individual interests. Classes are discussion-based, experiential and academically rigorous, with a focus on critical thinking, collaboration and creativity. With support from faculty and advisors, students build signature pathways that combine curricular and co-curricular elements, such as research and experiential education. Students also have the opportunity to study abroad at Duke or at other universities during their junior year. After completing the program, students earn a dual degree from Duke University and Duke Kunshan University.
Undergraduate Global Learning Semester
The Global Learning Semester (GLS) at Duke Kunshan was offered between 2014-2018 as a semester-long, undergraduate study away program featuring courses taught by faculty from Duke, Duke Kunshan, and other universities. GLS ran for a total of eight semesters, from Fall 2014 through Spring 2018, with approximately 500 participants. The program offered an intensive liberal arts experience emphasizing small classes, interactivity, and pedagogical innovation. Duke students studied abroad in the GLS program alongside students from China and from other countries around the world. Currently, as Duke Kunshan continues to build out its undergraduate academic programs, the GLS is not offered. We anticipate that a similar opportunity will be available to Duke undergraduates starting in Fall 2020.