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China Direct Exchange


The China Direct Exchange program is a 35-year-old partnership with Nanjing University and Nankai University. Under the terms of each reciprocal agreement, a student from the University of Kansas studies or conducts research at one of the two Chinese universities. There are two year-long spaces available for academic year 2017-18. A representative of the Chinese universities may attend the University of Kansas. 

China Direct Exchange scholars receive a waiver of tuition and coverage for room and board from the host university. International travel and other miscellaneous expenses must be covered by personal funds. China Direct Exchange Scholars must also pay Study Abroad fees in order to maintain their KU enrollment and earn KU credit for their studies in China.



Applicants must be degree-seeking KU students, graduate or upper-level undergraduate, in good academic standing (a minimum GPA of 3.0 is usually required) with at least two years of college-level Chinese or its equivalent. Applicants must demonstrate academic interest and commitment to Chinese language, literature, history, philosophy, economy, government, society and other related subjects. Preference will be given to applicants who are US citizens or who have permanent residence status.


Application Process

Each applicant must submit the completed Chinese Direct Exchange Application (pdf). The deadline is Thursday, April 13, 2017. Once the application is received, then the KU China Exchange Committee will interview each of the prospective candidates. The scholarship is not official until the partner university has accepted the KU nominee.

Each applicant must submit the following items:

  • Application form
  • 1 letter of recommendation
  • Language proficiency report
  • Statement of purpose in English
  • An autobiographical essay in English and Chinese
  • Official transcript(s)



For further information, please contact Professor Keith McMahon, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Chair, KU China Exchange Committee, 2118 Wescoe, 785-864-3100 and Rachel Sherman Johnson, program manager, rachelsj@ku.edu.

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