Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Recommendations Letter

You cannot change a recommender that is already listed in a submitted application. If you have already submitted your application and need to add a new recommender because one of your original recommenders is unavailable, you can add another request through the application system.

Yes. Submit your application as soon as you have completed each section and sent recommendation requests to your recommenders. You can check the status of receiving the recommendation letters in the application system.

We strongly discourage you from requesting more than the required number of recommendations unless the department to which you applied has asked to see additional recommendations. Rather than improving your chances of admission, an excessive number of recommendation letters may actually cause application reviewers to view your file unfavorably.

Waiving your right to examine a letter of recommendation gives the recommender confidence that the letter will remain confidential. If you waive your right, you will not be able to view the letter at any time.

Recommendations Letter

Yes. You should submit your application as soon as you have completed each section, sent recommendation requests to your recommenders, and requested that ETS/ IELTS send your scores. After you submit your application, the Graduate Admissions Office can add official English test scores to your application as they are received.

NOTE: While it is fine for recommendations and official test scores to arrive after you submit your application, it is important that we receive them by or before the application deadline.

Standardized Tests

Please mail your IELTS score report to the below address.

Duke University Graduate School Graduate Office of Admission
415 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708

Use the institution code for Duke Kunshan University. For GRE scores, use institution code 7554. For TOEFL scores, use institution code B624. A department code is not needed. If ETS requires you to enter a department code, select any one of the department codes listed on their site. Regardless of the department code selected, your scores will come to Graduate Admissions, as long as you use the correct institution code.

There is no specific minimum GRE requirement; GRE scores is considered alongside several other factors during the application review process. From 2020 fall enrollment, GRE scores are optional for admissions.

Scores from Chinese graduate school entrance exams are not accepted in lieu of GRE scores.

Duke Kunshan University requires a minimum 90 (internet-based test) TOEFL score and a minimum 7.0 IELTS score.

Duke Kunshan University requires any applicant whose first language is not English to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. Duoling English Test is also accepted.

Review and Notification

The actual in-depth review of your file is conducted by the admissions committee of the department to which you are applying.

This is entirely up to the individual programs. For Fall admissions, the earliest decisions may be made in September, but, in general, decisions are made beginning in February and later. Please refer to the application deadline page for more information.

Within two weeks of application submission, you will receive a status email message. This message will state which items are included in or missing from your application. Once a decision has been made on your application, you will receive an email with instructions for accessing the decision letter.

Should you have an inquiry regarding the waitlist process, please feel free to contact us through . We would be happy to address any questions or concerns you have regarding your application status.


All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships during the admissions process.

Language Learning Opportunities

The program administers an English reading and writing examination prior to enrollment to screen a student’s English language skills. For students who need additional support in writing or oral communication, they will be required to enroll in one or more of the English language classes offered through the Language Culture Center at DKU. Students will be notified of placement assessment results before the beginning of classes.

Duke Kunshan University encourages students to take advantage of the environment and learn more about Chinese language and culture. Through the Writing and Language Programs, experienced professors, lecturers and instructors will help beginners start learning Chinese and provide individual tutoring to students with a more advanced level. 


The academic record that we refer to as a transcript should provide a listing, year by year, of all courses taken and the grade or mark received for each one. Do not submit transcripts from secondary schools. If your Social Security Number (SSN) appears on your transcripts, please mark out all except the last four digits of the number before uploading the transcripts to your application.