In Fall 2018, Duke Kunshan launched a full four-year undergraduate program that includes interdisciplinary and disciplinary components, core courses, electives, and a signature product that culminates the student’s four-year portfolio of study. From fall 2014 to spring 2018, many Duke students traveled to DKU to study in the Global Learning Semester (GLS) program along with students from China and across the world. We anticipate launching a new study-away program at Duke Kunshan in 2020, in which Duke students will again be able to participate in courses for credit.
There are also periodic non-credit opportunities for Duke students at Duke Kunshan, including spring break travel and study experiences. An arts-themed spring break event in 2016 enabled Duke students from a variety of artistic backgrounds to travel to Duke Kunshan to participate with students there in producing art and telling the story of their experiences through the arts upon their return. You can watch a video they produced here. In March 2018, a group of Duke students in an environmental science course spent their spring break studying water and air quality at Duke Kunshan. You can see a video about their trip here. During spring break 2019, two student groups from Duke traveled to DKU: one to participate in a documentary studies program, and another linked to a Duke civil and environmental engineering course. Future spring break activities for Duke students are in the planning stages.
Duke students can also participate in research projects with Duke faculty who have scholarly activities underway at Duke Kunshan. Interested Duke students are encouraged to talk directly with faculty sponsors about opportunities to engage with colleagues at Duke Kunshan on research projects that are of interest to them.
There are scholarships available for Duke graduate students who wish to travel and work in China as part of their educational program. Please contact Liguo Zhang, Director of Global Academic Programs Development for more details on how to apply.