Duke Kunshan University
Duke Kunshan is a world-class liberal arts university based in Kunshan, China, that offers a range of high quality, innovative academic programs for students from around the world. It was established in September 2013 as a U.S.-China partnership between Duke University and Wuhan University.
Duke Kunshan welcomed its first students in August 2014. The university began by offering Duke graduate degrees as well as a Global Learning Semester program for undergraduate students from Duke and top-tier Chinese and international universities.
In August 2018, the university welcomed its first undergraduate degree students. The four-year bachelor’s degree program follows the liberal arts and sciences tradition, with emphasis on critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and self-exploration.
Our vibrant, high-tech campus covers 200 acres in Kunshan’s Yangcheng Lake Science and Technology Park. Take a virtual tour to see our advanced classrooms, conference facilities and library, as well as student and faculty housing, and multiple dining and recreational areas. We also have multipurpose meeting spaces, break rooms and study rooms that allow students to work individually or in groups to review course materials and complete assignments.
The city of Kunshan, in Jiangsu province, is one of China’s fastest-growing economies and is a hub for high-tech research and manufacturing. The city is surrounded by picturesque forests and water towns, and is also connected by high-speed rail and subway to Shanghai and Suzhou, two of China’s most dynamic cities.
Getting Immersed in the Global Liberal Arts Institution
Global Summer Institute (GSI) at Duke Kunshan offers rising undergraduate junior and seniors with an exceptional learning opportunity that can help you:
Experience what goes into a full global liberal arts week of learning.
Equip yourself with analytical, critical and communication skills.
Gain inspiration about pathways to graduate schools.
Sample diverse and multicultural activities.
GSI welcomes you from China and worldwide to Duke Kunshan, getting immersed in a fully globalized community that not only enables students to sample a diversity of human thought and multicultural activities, but also prepares student to recognize the current challenges in the wellness of human beings, the critical issues in the environmental and ecosystem, the evolving cutting-edge technologies in shaping our lives, and the essential needs in future preparations.
Early Decision Deadline
April 30, 2021
Second-round Application Deadline
May 30, 2021
Third-round Application Deadline
The Social Entrepreneurship program is powered by DKU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative. It provides a project-based learning experience connecting the classroom to the real world and leverages students’ creative problem-solving capabilities, interdisciplinary thinking, and an entrepreneurial mindset. The program aims to inspire and equip young talents to become change makers through the framework of social entrepreneurship, which addresses the complex social issues involving culture, environment, human, and business.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
AI brings both challenge and opportunities to college students from broader areas, including engineering, natural and applied sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. This course provides an opportunity for students to explore AI and apply AI to a variety of use cases. Instead of focusing on the fundamental theories and algorithms of AI, students will gain hands-on experience on the AI open innovation platform provided by Lenovo (“Lenovo Brain”). This course holds a contemporary view of AI and focuses on a variety of emerging applications facilitated by the recent advances on machine learning. After finishing the course, students are expected to be familiar with different AI modules offered by Lenovo Brain.
Healthcare Big Data
Duke Kunshan Healthcare Big Data Summer School is a one-week immersion program broadly introducing undergraduate students to data analytics through a health lens. Hosted by the Global Health Program at Duke Kunshan University, the Healthcare Big Data Summer School welcomes talented rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors intrigued by the applications of big data technologies in the healthcare industry, such as drug discovery, health monitoring, diagnostics, and precision medicine. We aim to stimulate curiosity in the field of big data through this rigorous yet approachable and fun program. By the end of the program, students will not only be equipped with essential techniques for managing and analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data but will also be exposed to advanced machine-learning methodologies. Along the way, students will develop a working proficiency in several data analysis tools.
“What is Machine Learning?” would be the fundamental learning objective of the MLSS program. Diagnosing disease, predicting weather events, identifying fraud, personal assistants who anticipate our next desire (Alexa, Siri, Cortana, etc.), we have all heard about the new amazing things machine learning can do, but do you understand how these algorithms work and when we can expect them to work and, perhaps more importantly, when and why they fail? As a data scientist or machine-learning practitioner, you will be asked to explain how your algorithm works when it works and why your algorithm failed when it fails, and there will be times when it fails! We will discuss reasons algorithms may fail in this summer. Upon successful completing of the one-week program, participant will receive a certification of attendance delivered by Duke Kunshan University.
Policy Analysis with R
Students will be introduced to environmental economics, data analysis (statistics with R), and English academic reading and writing. Through both lectures and practice, students will learn important skills such as data analysis, fundamental theories of microeconomics, and analyzing case studies. Because of its small size, the iMEP Summer Program provides an excellent opportunity for students to get to know each other well, to create lifelong friendships, and to expand their professional network.
Medical Physics & Health Informatics
This summer program is held by the DKU Medical Physics Graduate Program, and all the instructors of the summer program are from this graduate program. In the Medical Physics Graduate Program you will transform your background from physics, engineering, and other sciences into an ability to fight cancer as a medical physicist. You will engage an international environment in classes, clinical experiences, and research projects at DKU in China and Duke University in the U.S. Our graduates have been highly successful gaining employment in hospitals and industry and achieving placement in PhD programs. Chart a course that combines physics and medicine into an engaging and successful career.
For more information: Global Summer Institute - Duke Kunshan University
l From “Double First-Class” Universities (including cooperative educational institutions) inside China or Top-150 institutions outside China;
l Good English proficiency required for non-native English speakers. TOEFL (85) or IETLS (6.5) is preferred; Other English Tests (CET-4/6) would also be considered;
l Excellent academic performance, minimum GPA 3.0/4.0;
l Students with strong interests in pursuing graduate study at DKU are preferred.
The original cost of each program is RMB 7,500.
Member Universities students receive a 10% discount on the summer program fee, which is RMB 6,750.
(The program fee includes: tuition, local transportation, lodging, some meals, field trips, insurance, refreshment breaks, welcome and closing ceremony meals, etc.) The program fee does not include: travel to and from Kunshan, personal expenses and other expenses not mentioned. (Some summer programs have special scholarship policies for outstanding students.
Application and Admission Procedures
Step 1: Interested students should check the program details by themselves and fill out the application online.
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Step 2: An invitation letter (or acceptance letter) will be issued by Duke Kunshan University after the application materials have been reviewed and approved by the Duke Kunshan program professors. Pay the program fee within two weeks of receiving the invitation (or acceptance letter), late payment may be disqualified.
*Note: All summer programs follow a "first applied, first reviewed, first accepted" approval process. Applications will not be accepted if they have reached the top line before the official application deadline.
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