Duke Kunshan University and the Jiangsu Foreign Affairs Office have collaborated to develop an educational and travel initiative aimed at enriching cultural knowledge and enhancing cross-cultural exchange between China and the United States.

This program provides opportunities for young people who are eager to gain an in-depth understanding of China's rich and diverse cultural heritage, broaden their global perspective, and appreciate multiculturalism.

By personally visiting cities and regions in China that are symbolically significant, participants will not only witness and experience the unique charm of Chinese culture firsthand but also gain insights into the groundbreaking advancements China has made in the field of technological innovation.

The activities will consist of cultural tours across Shanghai, Kunshan, Suzhou, and Nanjing, including field research, seminars, and sharing sessions.

Expert-guided lectures and group work will take scholars through a temporal corridor, showcasing the fusion of tradition and modernity and deepening cross-cultural communications and understanding while enhancing their capacities to engage in international dialogues as global citizens.

The main working language of the event will be English.

A closing ceremony will be held at the end of the activities, and participants will be awarded certificates of participation.

Event Schedule

August 2 to August 10, 2024 - Students will arrive at Pudong Airport on August 2 and then check in at the Duke Kunshan University Conference Center. The event concludes on the afternoon of August 10 and return arrangements are organized later the same day.

Program Costs

The Jiangsu Foreign Affairs Office will cover the program fee and all the basic costs during the program such as insurance, local transport costs, accommodation, and meals. However, students will be responsible for their international airfare* and other personal expenses.

*Note: DKU is seeking sponsors to cover the international airfare expenses and will keep applicants informed on updates.

Participants & Eligibility

All American college students are welcome to participate in the program, including
undergraduates, masters, and doctoral candidates.

Up to 20 American students from Duke University will be selected, without restrictions on academic level or field of study. Another 20 spots will be open to other universities in US as well.

Note: Candidates should exemplify strong personal attributes and an inclination for fostering intercultural youth fellowship. Students who are eager to learn about China and Chinese cultures are preferred. Participants are expected to be in sound health, respect legal and event rules, and commit to full attendance.

Application Information

Interested students are directed to apply via Qualtrics and submit the necessary details.

Participation confirmation will be communicated based on the information registered.

Applications for 2024 are due by 11:30AM Beijing time on 30 April, 2024 (29 April at 11:30PM EDT)