Duke Kunshan University


  • Aerial view of Duke Kunshan University campus

  • Campus lake at Duke Kunshan University

  • Academic building at Duke Kunshan University

  • The aquatic features on campus are components of a rainwater reuse system.

  • The historic water towns of Kunshan are intricate networks of canals and bridges.

  • Downtown Kunshan

  • Kunshan is a 20-minute ride by high speed train from Shanghai, China.


Duke Kunshan University is a partnership of Duke University and Wuhan University to create a world-class university offering a range of academic programs and conferences for students from China and throughout the world. Duke Kunshan is located in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, China.

Duke Kunshan welcomed its first students in August 2014 and initially offered undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as the Global Learning Semester, a semester-long program for undergraduate students enrolled at Duke and other universities.

Duke Kunshan will welcome 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. After Spring 2018, the Global Learning Semester will no longer be offered.

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If you are a Duke student interested in taking undergraduate courses at Duke Kunshan University, please contact Carolyn Covalt, the Duke Global Education Office's advisor for Duke Kunshan University. You will NOT need to apply through the Duke Kunshan University Office of Admissions.

Carolyn Covalt

GEO Program Coordinator / Advisor