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China Direct Exchange

About the Program

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. A representative of the Chinese universities may attend the University of Kansas.

Program Benefits

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

Interested students should apply through the Office of Study Abroad: Nanjing | Nankai

More Information

Nanjing University: Fact Sheet | Website | Brochure

Nankai University: Fact Sheet | Website


For more information about Chinese language courses at KU:

Dr. Keith McMahon, Professor of East Asian Languages & Cultures
2118 Wescoe Hall | (785) 864-3100

For more information about how to apply:

Dr. Rachel Sherman Johnson, Director of Campus Internationalization & Fellowships
rachelsj@ku.edu | 300 Strong Hall | (785) 864-6161

For more information about studying abroad in China:

Ms. Renée Frias, Program Coordinator
rfrias@ku.edu | 108 Lippincott Hall | (785) 864-3742

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