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International Students

International student Mobility

International students are required to have a valid passport stamped with a valid student visa (X1 or X2) to study in China. Your passport must be valid with at least two years remaining (For MMS students, at least 6 months remaining).  Duke Kunshan University students are expected (and should be prepared) to pay for passport photos, passport and visa processing fees, as well as other related fees.

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Medical Insurance

International students are required to purchase the Medical Insurance Plan from Duke Kunshan University. The Insurance Plan provides medical coverage in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, and International SOS service around the world. The insurance enrollment is on a yearly basis, and students are automatically enrolled prior to arrival. More detailed insurance coverage and benefits will be available in the coming months.

Cell Phones and Plans in China

Having a local cell phone number should be a top priority for international students.  The Student Affairs team will hold a resource fair, where several vendors and phone plans will be available for purchase.

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Resource Fair event 2015

Chinese Bank Account

Having a Chinese bank account during your stay at DKU can be a very convenient way to receive reimbursements and make payments.  Once you arrive to campus, Student Affairs will assist you in completing an application for a local bank account and debit card.  This process may take at least 7 working days.  You will need to have a Chinese cell phone number before you are able to apply for a local bank account.  Your Chinese cell phone number is used to authenticate your identity.  There are no banks on campus, but ATMs are available and you can use foreign bankcards, at least US bankcards, to withdraw only RMB.  If you open a bank account please remember to cancel it before you leave China.  Foreign currency can be conveniently exchanged at most of Chinese banks, although most of the bank offices are located in downtown.  More information will be given to you during Orientation Week. 


Kunshan has a very developed public transit system that includes: buses, taxis and “Green” bikes, which are available throughout the city.  It will be easy for you to navigate around the city.  However, campus is about 20 minutes from the city center.  There are three options available if you would like to go to the city center. 

  • By bus - cost 1-2RMB (occasionally some routes cost 4-5RMB)
  • By taxis -They are relatively affordable in Kunshan.  All legal cabs use a meter.  If the driver doesn’t start the meter when you start driving you should remind drivers to dabiao (turn on the meter).  Don’t forget to take a receipt ("fapiao") once get off the taxi. Click here to download a taxi card with the Duke Kunshan address in Chinese. You can download APPs such as DIDICHUXING or Uber from your APP store.  These apps will allow you to make a reservation on your phone or you can call 96889699 to make a reservation in Chinese.
  • By "Green" bike - Public Green Bikes are one of the transportation service provided by Kunshan.  Green bikes are free to use and provide a quick and convenient means of getting around.  Getting a Green Bike card is the first step to becoming more active in Kunshan, not to mention avoiding the worst of rush hour traffic.  More information will be provided during Orientation Week.

Basic Survival Chinese Words

Generally, people in China are very open to international visitors and most of the amenities you have at home are also available to you here.  However, it is also important to understand that China and Chinese people do have their own unique culture.  During your stay, it will be useful to learn some basic Chinese words.  More information will be given to you during Orientation.