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Why Duke KunShan


1. Have the opportunity to study and live in China and the U.S.
At Duke Kunshan University, students have the opportunity to study and ...

2. Learn from leading faculty in and beyond classrooms
Duke Kunshan University has a student-faculty ratio of 10:1. Courses....

3. Experience the value of interdisciplinary learning
Unlike traditional disciplinary majors, each major in Duke Kunshan’s ...

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Duke Kunshan University offers undergraduate students a Duke-quality education and academic experience culminating in a Duke University degree. Students will have the opportunity to study and live in both China and the U.S., and thus develop broad international perspectives and greater access to global opportunities.

1. Earn a top-10 ranked U.S. education and a Duke degree while studying in China

Duke Kunshan University provides students a unique opportunity to live and study in China and the U.S. while pursuing a world-class education that leads to an undergraduate degree from Duke University, an institution consistently ranked among the top 10 U.S. universities by U.S. News & World Report.

2. Have the opportunity to study and live in three countries

At Duke Kunshan University, students have opportunities to study and live on as many as three campuses. From Kunshan, China, to Durham, USA, and beyond through Duke Kunshan’s global study-abroad partners, the adventure awaits.

3. Become part of Duke’s 150,000 strong global alumni network

Duke Kunshan students become part of something much greater than their individual class or even the Duke Kunshan campus – our alumni are also members of the Duke University Alumni Network.

4. Learn from leading faculty members and beyond classrooms

Duke Kunshan University has a student-faculty ratio of 10:1. Courses at Duke Kunshan University will be primarily taught by Duke Kushan and Duke faculty members in discussion-based settings of fewer than 20 students per class.

5. Value interdisciplinary learning

Unlike traditional disciplinary majors, each major of the Duke Kunshan undergraduate degree program is designed with a dual structure that consists of broad-based interdisciplinary core components and a disciplinary focus. We believe this crossing of traditional academic boundaries leads to great insights and discoveries.

6. Find mentors in the classroom and beyond

In addition to close interactions with professors, each student will be assigned two advisors who will guide them throughout the four-year journey. A primary faculty advisor is responsible for advising on academics, aiding in the selection of courses, majors, signature pathways and experiential activities. A secondary advisor is responsible for focusing on the student’s area of study and career path once he or she has selected an interdisciplinary or disciplinary area of study. In addition, we have a career center that will provide opportunities for students to explore the intersection of their education, values, goals, skills and experiences in order to identify and realize their aspirations, and to enhance their resourcefulness and responsibility in career development.

7. Surround yourself with excellence and prepare for advanced studies

Our innovative, integrated and interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum in a residential, personable, all-English, and interactive learning and teaching environment with great research opportunities will prepare our students extremely well for advanced studies in graduate schools or career opportunities. We expect our inaugural undergraduate class to be brilliant, adventurous and global. Become one of the pioneering students from all over the world!

8. Be a specialist in your field while also being a well-rounded global citizen

At Duke Kunshan University, students will develop skills and ways of thinking that can be applied to any career path. Our liberal arts and sciences approach to education shapes students into well-rounded citizens with an in-depth understanding of their chosen fields. Students will have opportunities to explore their interests broadly, and in the meantime, develop their expertise through divisional foundations, disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies, electives and a signature project. Students can also work with faculty and researchers and take advantage of research resources and opportunities available at Duke Kunshan, Duke University and Wuhan University.

9. Get a smart, personalized and dynamic program

Instead of locking into a specific major right away, our program allows students to explore a range of courses. As students progress through the semesters, they narrow their academic focus to a major. This allows students to create a more personal and dynamic four-year study program that provides the knowledge and skills needed for 21st century careers. In addition, classes are taught Monday through Thursday, and Fridays are reserved for engaging the local community, field trips, service and internships. You will have the opportunity to continually apply what you are learning in the classroom to these real-world settings.

10. Receive scholarship support for your studies

Duke Kunshan University is committed to engaging a cohort of highly talented students from a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences, and will offer merit-based and need-based scholarships for qualified students.

11. Live and study in one of the most dynamic regions of China

Being a Duke Kunshan University student means you will get to live in one of the most prosperous cities in China and the hub of a vibrant economic and cultural area in the heart of the Yangtze River delta. Widely considered a successfully model for China’s social and economic development, Kunshan attracts Fortune 500 companies and other global enterprises. The city also has easy access to the thriving metropolises of Shanghai and Suzhou.

12. Find a new home away from home

Duke Kunshan’s beautiful campus blends traditional Chinese elements with contemporary architecture. Extensive aquatic installations symbolize the region’s famous water towns and are integrated throughout the campus. With a residential culture modeled after the world’s greatest universities with extensive out-of-classroom experiences, Duke Kunshan University provides a safe, comfortable, living-learning environment that encourages the exchange of ideas in the classroom and beyond. Our on-campus residence halls are modern and spacious while all academic, residence, and administrative buildings are equipped with the latest technologies in computing and communications. Reliable, fast access to Duke University’s extensive digital library and other major academic research sites is available 24/7. With our advanced telecommunications network, it is easy to stay in touch with family and friends anywhere in the world.


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