English Language Proficiency Test Scores

If your first language is not English, you must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the academic modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Duolingo English Test for the 2023-2024 application cycle. The program does not require a minimum score while average test scores are above the levels listed below:

  • 90 for the TOEFL
  • 7.0 for the IELTS
  • 125 for the Duolingo English Test

Reporting Your Score

Enter institution code 5156 – Duke University

Request official scores via IELTS Results Service E-Delivery to:

Duke University Graduate School
Graduate Office of Admission
2127 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708

There is no institution code. Also, Socre reports without subscores will not be accepted. If you are not sure how to include subscores in your score report, please contact Duolingo English Test support on the Duolingo English Test website.

Report official scores and subscores:

  • “Graduate” program type, and,
  • “Duke University Graduate Programs: Graduate School; Divinity; Engineering; Environment; Public Policy; Duke Kunshan” 
  • Be sure to take the English Tests in time for official scores to reach Duke Kunshan University.
  • We will accept Your Best Scores. If you have taken the test more than once, please enter your highest score for each section.
  • If you have not yet taken the test, please enter the date you are scheduled to take it.

Valid Dates

Your scores must not be more than two years old from August 1 of the application year. For example, if you submit your application between August 2023 and May 2024, your score report must be dated August 1, 2021, or later.

We do not accept personal copies, attested copies, or notarized copies of test scores.

TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy

We offer TOEFL/IELTS waivers to those who meet one of the following conditions.

  • American Samoa
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Gambia, The
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kingdom of Eswatini
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Virgin Islands (British & U.S.)
  • Zambia

English Requirement and Courses

The instruction language of Duke Kunshan University is English. Therefore, all graduates whose first language is not English are required to take oral and written English placement exams administrated by the Language and Culture Center (LCC) upon matriculation. The English placement exams generally take place during the Orientation Week every August. 

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No.8 Duke Avenue, Kunshan, Jiangsu, China, 215316


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