No two days at Duke Kunshan University are quite alike, and the same is true of the individuals who make up the Duke Kunshan community. Students come to Duke Kunshan’s campus in Kunshan, China, from every corner of the world, bringing with them a wide range of cultural backgrounds, co-curricular interests and scholarly pursuits.
They study medical physics, global health, management studies, environment, public policy and dozens more subjects from across the academic disciplines.
They speak many different languages, have many different career paths, and work toward many different intellectual ambitions.
What binds them all is a love for learning, and an insatiable curiosity about the world around them. From coursework to clubs, Duke Kunshan provides opportunities for students to explore their place in a global world.
Although a day at Duke Kunshan looks different for everyone, most days include a walk across Kunshan’s native wetlands and waterways, on which much of the campus is built. The campus’s aquatic elements, including an aquatic quadrangle, symbolize the region’s famous water towns.
Faculty and students at Duke Kunshan represent over a dozen countries and regions of the world. Together they form various groups and clubs for studying, researching, reading, photography, calligraphy, singing, opera and sports.
The language of instruction at Duke Kunshan is English. Students have options to study topics in arts/humanities, science, social sciences, language and writing. All courses are taught by leading faculty from Duke, Duke Kunshan and other distinguished institutions. Students are also involved in academic research projects led by faculty members.
To supplement their classroom studies, students frequently accompany professors on site visits to hospitals, schools, government offices, science facilities and other sites of cultural and historical interest, where they engage in hands-on and service learning.
The Student Life Office coordinates extra-curricular activities for students’ entertainment, health and wellness. Students also lead and participate in clubs and organizations ranging from a literary society to a Kun opera club, which celebrates a style of opera that originated in Kunshan.
The 2016 Spring Break Exchange brought students from Duke University to the Duke Kunshan campus. Together, Duke and Duke Kunshan students engaged in the arts as a tool for interdisciplinary research, creative expression and collaborative performance.
The Duke Kunshan University International Association hosts many multicultural events, including the international fair, during which Duke Kunshan students represent their countries and cultures to their peers, professors and the local community.
At the conclusion of the day, both graduate and undergraduate students return to the Duke Kunshan residence hall, where they live in multi-story shared living suites. As the sun goes down and the lights go up in Kunshan, the campus community prepares for another day, which promises new opportunities for engagement and exploration.