How Advising Works

STEP 1: Start by finding the GEO advisor assigned to your region of interest. 

If you haven't narrowed down your interests to a particular region, you can book a general study away advising appointment with Abigail Hall Grubbs.

STEP 2: Book your appointment online using the link beside each advisor's profile below.

Required advising: Advising is required for all Oxford programs and to petition a program. Advising is recommended for all other programs, both Duke-In and Duke-Approved.


GEO advisors are here to help you figure out study abroad/away and to prepare you for your program. You can meet with an advisor anytime in your four years, and you can come in as many times as you need.

Common topics students discuss with GEO advisors:

  • Choosing a Program
  • Academics and Course Credits
  • Finances
  • Identity
  • Fitting In
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Health and Wellness
  • Safety and Security
  • Culture


  • Advising appointments are 30 minutes long and are held in Smith Warehouse.
  • You will get a confirmation email from with your appointment date, time, and assigned advisor.
  • You will NOT receive an appointment reminder. Be sure to put it on your calendar!
  • If you can't make your confirmed appointment, please email your GEO advisor. 



    Abigail Grubbs

    Regions: North & South America (except U.S.-based programs), Spain, Portugal, Africa, Turkey, and general study away advising

    Carolyn Covalt

    Regions: UK, Ireland, Middle East, Asia, U.S.-based programs

    Alayne Wood

    Regions: Europe (except Spain, Portugal, Ireland and the UK), Australia, New Zealand


    Make the most of your 30-minute time slot by looking over these handouts before you arrive. If you come in with a basic understanding of study away, you'll be able to ask more specific questions and get customized advice for your individual needs and goals.

    • All Programs
    • UK & Ireland

    All Programs

    Application Guides
    GEO has prepared an Application Guide for each of the four types of programs available. The guide summarizes the application process and all the important documents you'll need along the way.

    Semester Study Away: Course Credit Basics
    Learn how credit earned on a semester study away program factors into progress towards graduation.

    UK & Ireland

    UK and Ireland Duke-Approved Semester Programs FAQ
    This handout is a thorough tool to help you prepare but is not meant to replace an advising appointment. You will benefit the most if you book an advising appointment, and review this information in advance.

    For academic advisors

    Are you an academic advisor? 

    If you are in a position to advise students – either formally or informally, at Duke or at another university – you are bound to come across questions about study abroad or study away. Check out our collection of resources for Academic Advisors to find answers to common student questions.