Duke University : Global Education for Undergraduates

Promoting Study Abroad

For Duke faculty directors:

There are many ways to get the word out to Duke students (and non-Dukes who are also allowed to participate on our summer and semester programs, as long as they meet all pre-requisites) and improve the chances that you will be able to have a sufficient number of students on your program to be able to run.

Recruiting Venues

Duke’s annual Global Education Fair: this is held in mid-September each year and attracts hundreds of Duke students. All Duke faculty directors of our summer and semester programs are invited to attend as well as approved non-Duke study abroad program representatives. Each director is given a space at a table to promote their program. Directors can also bring posters/easels to display any photos or posters. It’s helpful for directors to recruit a student alumni to join at the table, since prospective students always enjoy the opportunity to talk to their peers about their study abroad experience. A sign-up sheet will be given to each table to capture the names, majors and email addresses of each student who drops by to ask questions.

Information meetings: These are meetings that summer and semester directors can hold on campus in the fall and early spring to promote their programs. Be sure to notify students ahead of time via classified ads in the Chronicle and emailing students who expressed an interest in the program during our Global Education fair

Program Tables in the Plaza: It’s possible to set up a table and a display outside on the plaza to advertise your program. Permission must be granted by OSAF in order to use this space.

Program Literature: GEO-U keeps program brochures available on carousels for students who drop by our office. These brochures are updated in September each year.

Contacting other universities: If you have contacts with a related department at another university that doesn’t have a competing study abroad program, you can send the university your program brochure and encourage them to have students call you for more information.

Other Events Welcome Back reunion events are a great way to link prospective students with student alumni (more summer programs are starting to host these events in September and October). A limited amount of funding is available by GEO-U to pay for a welcome back event for students.

Class Presentations: Faculty directors commonly incorporate their study abroad program into their class discussions to whet student’s appetite…

    • Duke in Russia
    • Duke in Russia

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

      Project Amazonas is an interesting organization. It is one part scientific, directed by an Organization for Tropical Studies graduate and ornithologist out of Miami, Devon Graham, who oversees several biological field stations along an Amazonian tributary (Rio Oroso) in the Amazonas region of Peru, down river from Iquitos. There are several on-going research projects, but the stations are also used by OTS (among others) for their graduate training courses in the Amazon. Project Amazonas is also one part humanitarian project, funding and organizing several medical and community development projects. Most notably, the field stations are all staffed by locals (mostly Yagua Indians) with an active guide training program for the ecotourism industry. Finally, Project Amazonas is one part ecotourism company (Margarita Tours), that coordinates snake-chasing trips for gringos like me.

      The photo is from the Paucorillo field station on the Rio Oroso in the state of Loreto, east of Iquitos. The frog is Osteocephalus taurinus, the Giant Broad-Headed Treefrog.

      – Ron Grunwald

  • Stone Sculptures