International Student Application Eligibility

International Student Application Eligibility

Updated: 08/25/2021

Duke Kunshan University has different enrollment paths based on citizenship in accordance with Chinese Nationality Law. We recognize that these pathways can be confusing and that they sometimes involve sensitive family matters. Please use this guide to interpret the required guidelines and contact the International Enrollment Management (IEM) office for further clarification. We will be happy to address your questions personally.

 

If you exclusively hold a passport from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan, (and do not hold any other passports), please apply to DKU through the Chinese admissions process regardless of your high school location or curriculum. All other applicants will apply to DKU through the international admissions process but may require further eligibility review. If you or one of your parents was born in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan, but you currently have foreign (non-Chinese) citizenship, please work with the IEM office to determine your eligibility.

 

It is important for DKU to determine citizenship eligibility in compliance with China Nationality Law and Ministry of Education’s Guidelines Governing International Enrollment at Chinese Universities prior to the release of admissions decisions so that students do not risk being denied a visa to enter China and study at DKU. For this reason, IEM works with the local authorities at the Suzhou Exit and Entry (SEE) Bureau to verify all DKU program candidates before issuing the paperwork necessary for a student visa. Applicants may be required to provide additional information to assist with this evaluation process.

 

Admitted students who do not meet the citizenship requirements may not be approved for a student visa to enter China and study at DKU.

International Applicant Eligibility for Students with Links to China

If you meet the criteria in any of the following six scenarios (A-F), please closely review the following eligibility criteria to determine if you can apply to Duke Kunshan University as an international applicant:

 

A. You were previously a resident of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan and have obtained a current foreign (non-Chinese) passport through an immigration process (including adoption),

 

OR

 

B. You were born outside of China and obtained your current foreign (non-Chinese) passport at birth; and at the time of your birth, both of your parents were Chinese citizens but one or both of them was “settled abroad” (i.e. held a permanent resident status in a foreign country)

 

OR

 

C. You were born outside of China and obtained your current foreign (non-Chinese) passport at birth; and at the time of your birth, one of your parents was a foreign national and one of your parents was a Chinese citizen that “settled abroad” (i.e. held a permanent resident status in a foreign country)

 

In order to be considered an international applicant, you must meet both of the following two conditions if you fall under any of the 3 scenarios (A-C) listed above:

 

(i) have held a valid foreign (non-Chinese) passport or citizenship certificate for at least four years,

 

AND

 

(ii) within the past 4 years, have lived outside of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan for at least 2 years, by April 30th of the year of enrollment at DKU (nine months of residency abroad may be considered as one year). For example, for students applying to DKU for Fall 2022, they should have lived outside of CHMT since at least April 29th 2020.”

 

D. If you were born in China and obtained your current foreign (non-Chinese) citizenship at birth; and at the time of your birth, one or both of your parents were Chinese Citizens.

 

OR

 

E. If you were born outside of China and obtained your current foreign (non-Chinese) citizenship at birth; and at the time of your birth, both of your parents were Chinese citizens and neither had “ settled abroad” (i.e. did not hold permanent residence status in a foreign country),

 

OR

 

F. If you were born outside of China and obtained your current foreign (non-Chinese) citizenship at birth; and at the time of your birth, one of your parents is a foreign national and one of your parents was a Chinese citizen but had not “ settled abroad” (i.e. did not hold permanent residence status in a foreign country ),

 

In order to be considered an international applicant, you must meet all of the following three conditions if you fall under any of the 3 scenarios (D-F) listed above:

 

(i) Hold a Chinese Nationality Renouncement Certificate,

 

AND

 

(ii) have held a valid foreign (non-Chinese) passport or citizenship certificate for at least 4 years since the date of your Chinese Nationality Renouncement Certificate,

 

AND

 

(iii) have lived outside of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan for at least 2 out of the most recent 4 years by April 30 of the year of enrollment at DKU (nine months of residency abroad may be considered as one year). For example, for students applying to DKU for Fall 2022, they should have lived outside of CHMT since at least April 29th 2020.”

 

Please review the International Student Application Eligibility FAQs to learn more. If you have questions regarding application eligibility, please contact IEM via email at: intl-admissions@dukekunshan.edu.cn.

International Student Application Eligibility FAQs

Since I acquired Non-Chinese citizenship at birth, doesn't it mean that I have automatically forfeited my Chinese citizenship?

No, you do not automatically forfeit your eligibility for Chinese citizenship when you acquire foreign citizenship at birth. You can only do so if you have acquired foreign citizenship through an active immigration process (e.g. naturalization) or by acquiring a Chinese Nationality Renouncement Certificate.

 

Although Article 9 of the China Nationality Laws states: “Any Chinese national who has settled abroad and who has been naturalized as a foreign national or has acquired foreign nationality of his own free will shall automatically lose Chinese nationality,” this Article 9 only applies to those who have immigrated from China to a foreign country and then acquired foreign nationality. 

My parents were born in China, but I was born outside of China with a foreign passport. Why would I still be considered a Chinese National?

Because, under Chinse Nationality Law, you do not automatically forfeit your eligibility for Chinese citizenship when you acquire foreign citizenship at birth. You can only do so if you have acquired foreign citizenship through an active immigration process (e.g. naturalization) or by acquiring a Chinese Nationality Renouncement Certificate.

 

According to Article 5 of the China Nationality Law, if at the time of your birth, both of your parents were Chinese Nationals but neither had settled abroad (i.e., held a permanent resident status in a foreign country); or at the time of your birth, one of your parents was a Chinese National and had not settled abroad, regardless of your birthplace, you are still considered a Chinese national.

 

Article 5 states any person born abroad whose parents are both Chinese nationals or one of whose parents is a Chinese national shall have Chinese nationality. But a person whose parents are both Chinese nationals and have both settled abroad, or one of whose parents is a Chinese national and has settled abroad, and who has acquired foreign nationality at birth shall not have Chinese nationality. See scenarios above for further clarification.

One of my parents is a Non-Chinese National and the other is a Chinese National with no foreign permanent residency (PR) at the time of my birth. Am I still considered a Chinese National under Chinese Law?

Yes, according to China Nationality law Article 5, at the time of your birth, if one of your parents was a foreign national and one of your parents was a Chinese citizen and was not “settled abroad” (i.e., held a permanent resident status in a foreign country), you are considered to be a Chinese National.

 

Article 5 states that any person born abroad whose parents are both Chinese nationals or one of whose parents is a Chinese national shall have Chinese nationality. But a person whose parents are both Chinese nationals and have both settled abroad, or one of whose parents is a Chinese national and has settled abroad, and who has acquired foreign nationality at birth does not have Chinese nationality.

If I have a tourist visa, can I just attend DKU without applying for a different visa?

No, tourist visas are only for the purposes of traveling/leisure/sightseeing.  To attend universities in China, the Exit and Entry Bureau and Provincial Department of Education will need to issue you a JW202 form in which you will use this form to apply for your student visa to legally study at a Chinese university.

What should I do if I am still considered a Chinese National?

Students who are recognized, under Chinese Nationality Law, as Chinese Nationals may  apply through the Chinese admissions process (which will require participation in the Gaokao exam) or, in some circumstances, they may under the apply for a Chinese Nationality Renouncement Certificate. Please refer to the China National Immigration Administration website on How to renounce Chinese Nationality.

 

Also, to comply with Ministry of Education’s Guidelines Governing International Enrollment at Chinese Universities, students must have held a valid foreign (non-Chinese) passport or citizenship certificate for four years from the time of receiving the Chinese Nationality Renouncement Certificate, AND have lived outside of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan for at least two out of the most recent four years by April 30 of the year of enrollment at DKU (nine months of residency abroad may be considered as one year).

If I do not have Chinese citizenship but I have lived in China for all or some of the last 4 years and one of my parents was a Chinese National at the time of my birth, am I eligible as an international applicant?

Due to your parent’s status at the time of your birth and your recent residency in China, you will not be considered an international applicant. However, according to  China Ministry of Education Regulations, if you have obtained a Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card issued by the China Ministry of Public Security, you may apply to DKU through the Chinese admissions process by participating in Chinese Gaokao. Please consult with your local Chinese education authority for application eligibility and process.