Through intercultural academic experiences, the Global Education Office for Undergraduates challenges students’ perspectives, expands self-awareness, and inspires lifelong global engagement.
How many students study away?
Percentage of the Class of 2017 who studied abroad*:
- Trinity: 55%
- Pratt: 30%
- All graduates: 50%
*Percentage only represents participation in programs "abroad" and does not include participation in any of the U.S.-based study away programs.
Why Study Away?
An extended encounter with a foreign culture's different values and languages can teach us how to communicate across the barriers of custom, geography, and politics. Students who have studied abroad return with a deeper understanding of other peoples, of their own cultural background, of themselves, and of their place in the world.
Studying abroad will change your life. This is true not only in terms of personal development, but in terms of your career. Many students have pursued new interests or made contacts overseas that have had unforeseen benefits later on. Whatever your future holds, the time you spend abroad will be an undeniable asset.
Duke University is committed to providing an undergraduate education with a truly global perspective. All of us live in a world of increasingly interdependent nations and cultures, and you must be prepared to live and work in an international environment. While you can prepare in part through academic study and open debate at your home college, nothing can match direct experience.
Duke's programs provide you with the structure for this personal and intellectual growth. We believe that the best possible study abroad experience offers students high caliber academics, a strong support system, and the chance to integrate intellectual inquiry into a mosaic of cultural and personal experiences.
We accomplish our mission by:
- Encouraging all Duke undergraduates to seek a meaningful educational experience by studying away for a year, semester, or summer.
- Providing administrative oversight for all Duke-In programs, and for all undergraduate exchanges with foreign universities, as well as consulting and interfacing with all Duke-Approved programs for Duke undergraduates.
- Operating a number of Duke programs, including all Duke summer programs.
- Establishing new programs for the academic year and summer in areas (geographic and/or disciplinary) where opportunities are lacking for Duke students.
- Promoting study away at Duke by advising students of their opportunities and assisting them in planning and arranging for the experience, as well as actively recruiting students from other universities to participate in Duke-In programs.
- Recruiting and admitting Visiting International Students for a semester or year of study at Duke as non-degree candidates, and advising and assisting these students.
- Establishing contact with overseas institutions via exchanges and new program development.
- Seeking new ways to further the international educational experience at Duke.
In order to accomplish these goals, the Global Education Office consults with the Arts and Sciences Committee on Study Abroad and with involved departments and faculty concerning new program development, budget management, approval of non-Duke programs, transfer of credits, and general study away policies.
What GEO can do for you:
- Help you select a program that meets your academic and personal needs
- Inform you of Duke policies and procedures
- Facilitate the credit transfer process
- Conduct pre-departure orientations
What GEO cannot do for you:
- Send in your application for a Duke-Approved program
- Assist you with housing for a Duke-Approved program
- Make your travel arrangements
- Apply for your passport or student visa
STATEMENT OF ETHICAL PRACTICES
Duke University has long been a leader in offering quality study away programs and supporting our students who choose to participate in quality study away programs.
Nearly half of every Duke undergraduate class has a study abroad experience by the time they graduate. Duke places the academic, safety, and security interests of students as our priority; and our policies and procedures reflect that commitment.
The Faculty Study Abroad Committee (FSAC), a standing committee of the Arts and Sciences Council that includes representation of the faculty, students, and relevant administrators, "recommends new Duke-sponsored study abroad programs to the Dean of the Trinity College following a careful review of detailed proposals. It shall review periodically all Duke-sponsored and approved programs for study abroad in terms of changing educational and academic needs at Duke."1
External reviews of Duke-administered programs ensure the quality of the academic and programmatic experience abroad.
Teams of study abroad professionals and faculty from institutions other than Duke visit and evaluate these programs. Their reports are reviewed and acted upon by the FSAC and GEO.
Well-defined procedures that focus on the academic quality of a program and how it complements the Duke student's academic experience govern the process by which approved programs are reviewed. These steps involve faculty throughout disciplines across campus periodically reviewing program specifics and determining their compatibility with the academic standards Duke maintains.
Petitions and program approvals are predominantly student-initiated, though academic departments may also petition program approval. The petitioning and approval of new programs involves the FSAC as well as the Directors of Undergraduate Studies from the relevant departments who approve the courses students take for transfer credit. Multiple students in different semesters must participate in the same petitioned program. Upon their return, program materials (syllabi, exams, papers, etc.) must be evaluated as equivalent to the Duke academic experience before a program is approved for addition to the list of Duke-Approved programs. Duke-Approved programs not utilized by students for five years fall off the approved list.
Duke-Approved programs include various study abroad models, including direct enrollment opportunities at foreign universities, enrollment in foreign universities through program providers who offer additional services for participants, and programs offered by other accredited institutions. Students choose the programs they attend based on which program best meets their individual needs.
The Global Education Office for Undergraduates does not enter into exclusive agreements with any study abroad providers nor do we accept any financial benefit (e.g. travel, stipends, discounts, or cash bonuses) in exchange for arrangements with them. Site visits of foreign programs are an integral component of the study abroad profession because advisors must familiarize themselves with the various aspects of the programs their students attend.
As a recognized leader in the field of study abroad, Duke representatives are invited to serve on national advisory boards and professional organizations in unpaid capacities. It is Duke's policy that travel, hotel, and related expenses incurred by Duke administrators while serving in these capacities will be funded by the University.
1 Arts and Sciences Council, Trinity College, Study Abroad Standing Committee Charge
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