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Duke Kunshan University

Kunshan, Jiangsu, China
Campus setting Suburban
Living cost US$ 9,640 per year
Student population Medium
International students 40%
Institution type Private

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. A non-profit, joint-venture institution, Duke Kunshan University was granted accreditation approval by China’s Ministry of Education in September 2013 and welcomed its inaugural class of students in August 2014.

With the goal of spearheading the future of higher education, Duke Kunshan University is influenced and informed by both Chinese and American traditions of higher education. The shared vision of Duke University and Wuhan University is that Duke Kunshan will help address the changing needs of global higher education. Their rich heritage inspires Duke Kunshan University to pursue academic excellence and integrity and to apply classroom knowledge in service to society. Duke Kunshan University delivers academic programs designed to address society’s future needs through a curriculum based in the liberal arts tradition and a commitment to problem-based learning that challenges students to apply their knowledge during the learning process.

As an international, intellectual community that encourages diversity, openness and creative learning, Duke Kunshan University welcomes outstanding students and faculty from around the world who contribute diverse perspectives and experiences to this global learning environment. The university’s innovative academic programs inspire students to master academically rigorous course work, generate new ideas and develop creative solutions to the world’s challenges, preparing them not just for careers in specific fields, but to become globally sophisticated leaders and citizens.

Campus information

The Duke Kunshan campus features state-of-the-art classroom and meeting facilities, extensive library resources, modern student and faculty housing and dining spaces, and excellent recreational facilities. Multi-purpose meeting spaces, break rooms, and study areas allow students to work individually or in groups to review course material, complete assignments, and participate in the vibrant, intellectual life on campus.

A free shuttle bus runs regularly between the campus and downtown Kunshan, offering students easy access to off-campus dining, shopping, recreational centres and an inter-city train station.


Duke Kunshan offers exceptional university-operated housing for students. With an emphasis on creating a safe, healthy and inclusive environment, residence life at Duke Kunshan is viewed as an extension of the liberal arts learning experience, where diverse students are brought together to learn from one another and develop lasting relationships. The dining facility offers healthy, high quality meals, with options ranging from a salad bar to Chinese food to Western food. Other amenities such as a coffee shop and convenience store are also located in the main building.

Additional info

The city of Kunshan is situated between Shanghai and Suzhou in the heart of the Yangtze River Delta Region, one of the most developed areas in China. It is a national leader in economic growth and urban development, all without neglecting the rich historical legacy and stunning natural environment that have attracted people to this city for more than two thousand years. Kunshan is less than a 20-minute train ride by high-speed rail to both Shanghai and Suzhou.


Duke Kunshan University is committed to enrolling a highly talented, diverse and international student body. Scholarship support is available to help achieve these goals and we are dedicated to providing full or partial scholarships to students who need financial support.

For each scholarship, the eligibility for a merit-based or need-based scholarship is determined upon its own criteria listed below.

Undergraduate Scholarship

With a highly integrated, interdisciplinary undergraduate curriculum that builds on the core concepts and philosophy that define a 21st Century liberal arts and sciences education, Duke Kunshan University is bringing a unique model of global higher education to China. As an education innovator, Duke Kunshan University understands the importance of attracting the right students to join its inaugural undergraduate class. The fall 2018 cohort of students will be our first group of undergraduate students; this group will be special not only in terms of their global diversity, but also in terms of their contributions to the future development and success of the overall academic program. We are focused on finding students that exhibit the key qualities on which this school is founded; namely, the ability to think critically, creatively and globally. Our primary mission, after all, is to provide the highest quality undergraduate education and student experience, thus enabling our students from around the world to lead purposeful, productive and meaningful lives.

To attract the highest caliber students, we are offering generous scholarship and financial aid packages to ensure that top-tier candidates from around the world will get the opportunity to study with us. The majority of our enrolled students in the inaugural undergraduate class will receive substantial scholarship support. Scholarships are awarded for the entirety of the 4-year program, on the condition that all academic requirements are met. The highest amount awarded will provide funds to cover a full tuition scholarship for the duration of the 4 year program.

Need-Based Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid is reserved for students with a strong academic record but may lack the financial ability to attend our university. We are seeking a globally diverse cohort of students and encouraging all academically qualified students to apply, irrespective of their family financial situation. Interested applicants will need to provide documentation to prove that their current financial situation is a direct barrier to affording Duke Kunshan’s tuition fees. When applying to Duke Kunshan via the Common App website, applicants must indicate a “yes” in the financial aid interest box in order to be considered for need-based financial aid. All applicants from outside the Chinese mainland must submit the CSS Profile online by February 1, 2018. The CSS code for Duke Kunshan University is 7059.

Merit-Based Scholarships

Duke Kunshan University offers a number of merit-based scholarships. All applicants for admission are automatically considered for all available merit scholarships. Separate applications are not required. In addition to the University’s central scholarship fund, the leadership of Duke Kunshan University is dedicated to finding new sources of scholarship funding to support undergraduate students.

At this innovative global university, you will:

Have the opportunity to study and live on two campuses: from Kunshan, China, to Durham, U.S.

Earn a degree from Duke University, a top 10 U.S. university, and a degree from Duke Kunshan University.

Learn from Duke-calibre faculty (All courses will be taught in English).

Experience liberal arts and sciences education as well as interdisciplinary learning.

Live and learn on the state-of-the-art Duke Kunshan campus with students and faculty from all around the world.

Cultivate critical thinking skills, gain valuable insights about China and the world and develop global leadership capabilities that will boost your career prospects.

Become part of Duke's 170,000-strong global alumni network.

Be eligible to receive scholarship support for your studies.



Courses available 12

Accounting and Finance 1 Applied and Pure Sciences 5 Business and Management 1 Health and Medicine 4 Humanities & Social Sciences 2 Law 2



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