International admitted students must possess ordinary passports with study visa (Category X) to study in China. Those who enter China with other kinds of visa would not be able to register at Duke Kunshan University.
The 4-year undergraduate student should apply for X1 visa which is a long-term study visa that supports students to study in China for over 180 days.
You would go through the important paperwork below to study in DKU.
After you receive the JW 202 Form and the Admission Notice, you could start to apply for X1 or X2 visa at the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General in your home country, with other supporting documents required.
It is highly recommended for you to renew your passport to your graduate year if possible, which should be in, May 2024, to avoid the trouble of changing passport during your study in China.
The Student X1 Visa will only be valid for 30 days upon your entrance in China. You must apply for a Residence Permit within these 30 days to obtain a legal stay in China.
Please be reminded that the university would not be able to help you apply for a residence permit until you are officially registered at Duke Kunshan University.
Thus if you plan to travel to China early with your study visa, please keep in mind that your 30 days countdown would start right from there.
Do make sure that your Letter of Admission and your JW202 form is handed back to you together with your passport after obtaining your Chinese visa. You will need these documents to apply for your Residence Permit after your arrival at the university.
The difference between X1 visa and Residence Permit is that, X1 visa is to allow you to enter China for study purpose, while the Residence Permit is the legal document that allows you to reside in China for 4 years as a DKU student.
Upon your arrival at the campus, the visa team would take copies of your passport information, X 1 visa page, your entry stamp to register you at local police station.
After you are registered at the local police station, you would need to :
While your passport is taken away for residence permit, which would take up to two weeks, you would receive an official receipt from the Entry & Exit Bureau as substitute for your passport. You would be able to check-in hotel and take trains with the receipt, but cannot go out of Mainland China during these days.
Based on the guardianship requirements in the Decree No. 42 jointly issued by the Chinese Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Public Security effective July 1st, 2017, Duke Kunshan University (“DKU”) has developed this guidance (this “Guidance”) in support of safeguarding minor students and legal compliance.
This Guidance applies to all international students:
Please read the Temporary Guardianship Guidance.
The parents or legal guardians of the Minor Students shall sign the Authorization for Temporary Guardianship to appoint the Temporary Guardian and confirm their acceptance of the requirements set out in this Guidance. The Minor Students shall, upon enrollment, submit to DKU the signed Authorization for Temporary Guardianship and supporting documents. The supporting documents include the following:
Please find the form on guardian consent here.
All international students are required to be enrolled in a medical health insurance plan. DKU offers sponsored plans. Additionally, students can apply for a waiver if they can provide proof, in English, of existing coverage for inpatient and outpatient treatment in mainland China. When students participate in the study abroad program, they need to abide by the student medical health insurance policies of their host institutions. Information about selecting a plan will be sent to students’ DKU email addresses over the summer.
All international students are required to enroll in a DKU group member plan with International SOS (ISOS). ISOS is a medical assistance and travel security services company (https://www.internationalsos.com/)
The university would hold Resources Fair on the arrival day, where you could get ready your Chinese sim card and bank account. Mobile payment is quite popular in China, but in most cases, you would have to attach your Chinese bank card to your account to make it work. In order to have a Chinese bank card, you would need to have a Chinese number to receive the verification code from the bank. Thus, we highly recommend you to apply for both Chinese sim card and bank card.
The university would organize a shopping trip in the orientation week to local supermarkets, for you to purchase basic supplies, such as beddings, snacks or daily supplies.
Please bring some cash with you as you may need to purchase food and drink during your travel to campus, as well as to top up your student card after arrival on campus. Also, you would need to prepare cash / RMB in bank card for your health check-up and residence permit.
Below is the amount you are suggested to prepare in advance:
Health check-up in Quarantine Bureau
Estimated 30 RMB per meal on campus
From train station to campus: 30 RMB
You could take taxi on B1 floor of the train station to the campus. The cost would be around 30 RMB.