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  • Locations: Kunming, China
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Duke applicants only
Program Description:

China is currently on Duke's Restricted Regions List - students who wish to attend Middlebury School in Kunming must submit a petition with Duke's Global Travel Advisory Committee, seeking permission to study in a location on the Restricted Regions list:

Restricted Regions list here: 
Petition Instructions here:



Please note that the Duke Study  Abroad Fee will be charged to students enrolled in this program. For more information about the fee, please see

Located in Southwest China and close to several countries in Southeast Asia, Kunming is known as the “City of Eternal Spring”.  Kunming’s excellent air quality, abundant parks, and Mediterranean-like climate make it a very livable city with a strong outdoor culture. Influenced by the 26 different ethnic groups of Yunnan province, Kunming embodies the truly multicultural nature of southwest China.

ACADEMIC STRUCTURE: All students are required to take the One-on-One Content-Based Tutorial & the Area Studies Class pertinent to the host city. In addition, all students choose two elective classes from among those that are offered. All courses are conducted entirely in Chinese. 

Middlebury's program in China presupposes the student's general academic competence and sufficient ability in all four Chinese language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening). Though academics are highly stressed at Middlebury Schools in China, the program's philosophy is based on finding balance between scholastic achievement and cultural immersion. A vibrant student life is fostered by encouraging interaction between students, roommates, faculty, and the community at large. Opportunities for participation include local excursions, roommate-led activities, extracurricular courses, a regular Chinese Table, a cultural reimbursement program, and one long weekend trip.