Undergraduate Programs

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Undergraduate Degree Program

The 4-year undergraduate program at Duke Kunshan provides a pioneering and innovative Duke education in the liberal arts and sciences. Enhanced by a lived experience that is deeply immersed in Chinese society and culture, the program is designed to inform and prepare students to engage critically with the world. It is founded on seven key principles, namely: rooted globalism, collaborative problem solving, research and practice, lucid communication,  independence and creativity, wise leadership and a purposeful life.

Dynamic in nature, the program enables students to take a broad range of courses and narrow down to a major as they progress in their studies, thus selecting a degree that matches their individual interests. Classes are discussion-based, experiential and academically rigorous, with a focus on critical thinking, collaboration and creativity. With support from faculty and advisors, students build signature pathways that combine curricular and co-curricular elements, such as research and experiential education. Students also have the opportunity to study abroad at Duke or at other universities during their junior year. After completing the program, students earn a dual degree from Duke University and Duke Kunshan University.

Read more about the DKU undergraduate program and the dual degree.


Undergraduate Global Learning Semester

The Global Learning Semester (GLS) at Duke Kunshan was offered between 2014 and 2018 as a semester-long, undergraduate study away program featuring courses taught by faculty from Duke, Duke Kunshan, and other universities. GLS ran for a total of eight semesters, from Fall 2014 through Spring 2018, with approximately 500 participants, including Duke students, students from China, and students from other countries around the world. The program offered an intensive liberal arts experience emphasizing small classes, interactivity, and pedagogical innovation.

Currently, the opportunity to study away at DKU is available to Duke students through a Duke-In DKU program administered by the Duke Global Education Office. Details and a program application are available on the Duke Global Education Office website at globaled.duke.edu/programs/duke-kunshan. Questions can be directed to Carolyn Covalt, GEO Program Coordinator and Advisor.