Message to Duke '24 International Students: DKU Option for Fall 2020

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Dear international undergraduate students of Duke's class of 2024,

We are thrilled to welcome you to Duke University!

This is indeed an extraordinary time with rapidly changing developments. In particular, you may be concerned that global travel restrictions could delay your arrival in Durham to start classes this fall. We share that concern and want to offer you a unique opportunity that may allow you to begin your Duke education without delay.

As you may know, Duke has a relationship with Duke Kunshan University (DKU), located outside of Shanghai, China. Thanks to a partnership with our colleagues at DKU, those of you who cannot get to the Duke campus in Durham in time for the start of the Fall semester, but who are able to enter and/or remain in China for the purpose of taking courses, can spend your first Duke semester at DKU. This would enable you to live on or near the DKU campus, in DKU provided housing, and start your Duke University degree program in Fall 2020. You would be a Duke student, but at DKU, taking classes with DKU students and receiving full credit for your coursework towards your Duke degree. Please be aware, Duke cannot guarantee that you will be able to participate in this opportunity because the ability to enter China and study there is subject to China’s policies in place at the time you will travel, and those policies can change frequently and suddenly.

We very much still hope you will be joining us at Duke in Durham in the fall. If it is not possible for you to arrive in Durham by then, we hope you will consider the advantages of the DKU option, which will allow you to join the global Duke community and still stay on schedule towards earning your Duke degree in 2024.

Congratulations again on your admission, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Duke community.


Please note: Study at DKU for Duke undergraduate students, including the incoming class of 2024, will be administered through the Duke Global Education Office. Program details can be found at https://globaled.duke.edu/programs/duke-kunshan. Questions can be directed to Carolyn Covalt, GEO Program Coordinator and Advisor.