Duke Study in China

An Intensive Summer Language Program

Program Alert

Duke Study in China is on hiatus while the Global Education Office revises the program. We will not be accepting applications for this program at this time.

The Duke Study in China program ran from 1982 to 2019. It was one of the longest-running credit-granting programs in China administered by an American university. It was based at the prestigious University of International Business and Economics in Beijing (UIBE) and offered intensive summer language study.

The future of summer abroad Chinese language study is currently being reimagined. We expect to have details about a summer 2023 program in the near future. Details will be made available on the Duke Undergraduate Global Education Office site once available.

  • Duke Study in China group picture on the Great Wall

  • Duke Study in China students learning fan dance

  • Duke Study in China students learning about Chinese tea

  • Duke Study in China students learning Chinese calligraphy

  • Duke Study in China weekly 'language table' session

  • Duke Study in China students learning how to play mahjong

  • Duke Study in China in-class language practice

  • Duke Study in China students talking to the locals

  • Duke Study in China mid-term trip to Xi’an

  • Duke Study in China student learning Chinese calligraphy

  • Students on the Great Wall of China


Xian Night Market- Duke in China Experience

"After a day of seeing the Terracotta Warriors, watching a Tang dynasty performance, and eating way too much food, I somehow found myself energized to visit the night market near our hotel in Xian."

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Surprise, You’re Being Live Streamed!

"Let me tell you about that time I spoke useful Chinese for two continuous hours to an audience of 30 … no, wait, I mean 5,000. Four weeks into my summer classes on Duke in China, a Beijing-based study abroad company asked me to speak at their information session for Chinese students intending on applying to American universities."

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Tarela's Graduate Studies Link Back to 'Duke in China' Program

"I wanted to expedite my Mandarin language study in order to achieve proficiency. My global advisor explained that Duke in China was the best way to do so. Within my major, I became interested in learning about China’s global standing in the world but felt I wanted to see the nation for myself."

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