Duke University : Global Education for Undergraduates

New Program Development

The field of international education, of which study abroad is a vital component, is rapidly expanding. The increasing complexity, growing need to manage risk, and the expanding number of new programs require effective communication and cooperation among faculty and administrators.

To assist faculty and staff at Duke University in understanding the processes involved in gaining approval to implement a new study away program, the Global Education Office for Undergraduates (GEO) (formerly Office of Study Abroad) has adopted a timeline and checklist to assist potential program directors in developing study away programs. These standards and guidelines are well-recognized procedures used by the leading professional organization in International Education, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and are attached to assist you in planning and implementing a study abroad program. These timelines and checklist are to be used as a guide as you complete the application needed for your study abroad program to be approved. They will not only help you complete the application but serve as a tool in the actual development and maintenance of your program.

Completed applications should be submitted to the Executive Director, Global Education Office for Undergraduates, Smith Warehouse, Bay 6, 2nd Floor, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Box 90057, Durham, NC 27008, for consideration. Once reviewed, a recommendation will be made to the faculty Global Education Committee. Approved programs are jointly administered by the GEO and any departmental or organizational sponsors, under the umbrella of the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences.

It is highly preferred that faculty begin by developing a summer program, as this permits both faculty and the GEO to gauge student interest before developing a semester program.

The deadline for submitting a summer program proposal is January 1 for the year preceding the anticipated start date of the program. A semester program might take longer to develop and launch, depending on complexity and location.

Please contact the GEO at 684-2174 for additional support and guidance.

    • Postcard from Abroad
    • Postcard from Abroad
    • Dear Office of Study Abroad:

      In this photo we are visiting Mexico City's Templo Mayor, the Aztec ruins in the middle of the capital (modern skyline in background) buzzing with 20 million people.

      I began my own study abroad experience years ago in Mexico and am very excited to be the Director of the Duke in Mexico program to therefore be able to offer this rich experience to Duke students!

      Students progress rapidly with their Spanish skills since they are completely immersed in Spanish. We take many trips to see the diverse geograpy, culture and history of Mexico. I think that one of the group's favorite trips this year has been to Tepozteco, a remote pyramid dedicated to the god of fertility, Tepoztecatl, reached by a 1 hour hike up a steep, rocky trail!

      – Joan Clifford

  • Stone Sculptures