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Nankai University

Nankai University
Spend the academic year studying in Tianjin, China at Nankai University.
Tianjin, China
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
East Asian Languages & Culture
Political Science
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
  • Applicants must be KU students with at least 2 years of college-level Chinese
  • Two China Direct Exchange Scholarships are available each year and will include tuition and a stipend for room and board
  • Applications for these scholarships opens in February of each year
Program Summary: 

Annually, two China Direct Exchange Scholarships are available for study at Nankai University in Tianjin and Nanjing University in Nanjing. KU students can study intermediate or advanced level Chinese language and/or conduct graduate research.


University dormitory rooms.


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.

China Direct Exchange scholars receive a waiver of tuition and a stipend 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.

Competition for these scholarships opens in February of each year. Each applicant must submit the completed Chinese Direct Exchange Application Form which includes three letters of recommendation, a language proficiency report, a statement of purpose in English, an autobiographical essay in English and Chinese, and official transcript(s). The KU China Exchange Committee will then interview each of the prospective candidates. The scholarship is not official until the partner university has accepted the KU nominee.

For further information and for application forms, please contact Professor Keith McMahon, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Chair, KU China Exchange Committee, 2118 Wescoe, 864-3100; or Sue Lorenz, Director of Fulbright Programs and International Agreements, International Programs, 300 Strong Hall, 864-6161.

Website: http://www.international.ku.edu/cdx


Study Abroad Information Center
To learn more about your study abroad options, we encourage you to visit the Study Abroad Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The Study Abroad Info Center offers walk-in advising for current and prospective students. Drop by to learn more about program options, make an appointment with a study abroad program coordinator, get information on scholarships and financial aid, and talk to returned study abroad students. We also encourage you to explore the resources available on our website to learn more about the application process, KU Core Approved programs, and the cost of study abroad. 

Study Abroad Information Center
Lippincott Hall, Room 105
1410 Jayhawk Boulevard
Hours: Monday - Friday. 9AM - 5 PM
Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial Aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The financial aid officer will be happy to take any questions and can offer individual advising at the end of sessions for specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the weekly Info Sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we also offer appointments for financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students. Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.


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