ACADEMICS OVERVIEW

Duke views study away as an integral part of undergraduate education. Nearly half of every year’s graduating class has studied away at least once. To ensure the academic rigor remains consistent as students leave Duke’s campus to pursue study away opportunities, there are some baseline academic requirements for study away.

CONNECT STUDY AWAY TO YOUR ACADEMIC GOALS

Credits in a Wide Range of Subjects: You don’t have to be a foreign language major/ minor—or even have knowledge of a foreign language—to study away. In fact, many programs are taught in English and offer credits in a variety of subjects.

Earn Credit Towards Your Major/Minor/Certificate: At your department’s discretion, you can earn credit towards your major, minor, and/or certificate on study away courses. Consult your academic department’s DUS.

Satisfy Trinity Requirements (T-Reqs): You can satisfy some T-Reqs through study away courses.

  • Areas of Knowledge can be satisfied through Duke credit or transfer credit (with approval).
  • Modes of Inquiry can only be satisfied through Duke credit, not transfer credit.
  • FL Mode of Inquiry will be earned automatically in courses bearing Duke credit. In courses bearing transfer credit, the FL code can be requested (1) for foreign language courses taken in immersion settings, and (2) for less commonly taught languages not offered at Duke, though approval is not guaranteed.
  • View Trinity’s policies at: http://trinity.duke.edu/undergraduate/academic-policies/transfer-credit

Am I Eligible to Study Away? You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for study away:

  • Be a rising sophomore at the time the program begins.
  • Meet the minimum GPA requirement, if applicable.
  • Have a record clear of active sanctions, both academic and disciplinary.
  • You may not study away or apply to a program while suspended from Duke.

Non-Duke Students Welcome: Many of the Duke-In programs accept applications from Non-Duke students who are matriculated at an accredited college or university and are in good standing at their home institution. See individual program eligibility criteria for details.

Summer Programs

Whether you’re interested in a 1-credit or a 2-credit Duke-In summer program, you’ll want to understand how the academic expectations for summer study away courses apply to you.

Earn Duke Credit

On Duke-In summer study away courses, you earn full Duke credits with Duke numbers, full curricular code eligibility, and final grades that count in the GPA—just like you would in a course offered on the Durham campus. 

Search by Course Credit

If there’s a particular course, credit, or curricular code you need to fulfill, you can search the GEO Approved Course Database to find a Duke-In summer study away program that matches your academic needs.

Minimum GPA

There is no minimum cumulative GPA required for Duke students to study away during the summer, but students must meet continuation requirements at Duke and are subject to program-specific admissions requirements, which may include a minimum GPA.

Continuation Requirements

All Duke students must meet continuation requirements to study away during the summer term.

Continuation requirements are explained for Trinity College students at http://trinity.duke.edu/academic-requirements?p=continuation-requirements and for Trinity and Pratt students, in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

An explanation of grades and how they could affect continuation requirements at Duke can be found at http://trinity.duke.edu/academic-requirements?p=end-of-term-grades.

Pass/Fail Not Permitted

Duke University does not allow students, including those visiting from other institutions and those who have graduated, to take courses on a pass/fail basis while studying away. All courses must be taken for a grade to receive academic credit at Duke. No auditing is permitted on Duke programs.

Course Registration

Students on Duke-In summer programs must enroll in all courses required by the program, for graded credit.

GEO will register all enrolled Duke and non-Duke students for the summer course(s) of that program. You do not need to register for summer study away in DukeHub.

For courses with cross-listed departments or Duke summer programs with various elective course offerings, students will be asked to provide their registration preference in MyGlobalEd within three weeks of their acceptance to the program. GEO will then register students based on the information provided.

Course descriptions, along with corresponding information about credit, curricular codes, and pre-requisites, are outlined on the program-specific webpage.

Online Courses & Independent Study Not Permitted

No student studying on a Duke-In summer program may register for an independent study.

Students are not allowed to enroll in online courses for credit, Duke-originated or not, while on a study away program.

Transcripts

Duke Students: Grades will post to your Duke transcript automatically, just like courses you take on the Durham campus.

Non-Duke Students: Contact the Duke University Registrar to arrange for a Duke transcript to be sent to your home institution at the completion of the program; transcripts will not be sent automatically. All non-Duke students studying on Duke-In programs pay a $40 one-time, lifetime transcript fee, so no further payment is needed. Transcript request forms and additional information are available at registrar.duke.edu/student-records/transcripts-verifications.

Semester & Yearlong Programs

Keep your academic progress on track by planning in advance for your semester study away. From getting transfer courses approved and knowing what will count towards your major, to mapping out your course load and transferring credits back to Duke, there’s a lot to keep straight.

Semester Study Away: Course Credit Basics

Get Courses Approved

For every course you take for transfer credit, you must get Duke’s approval and the Duke course equivalent. You can begin the approval process as soon as you have completed an application in MyGlobalEd.

Get a Course Approved

Ensure Credits Transfer

The courses you take on study away are added to your record as transfer credit upon your return, so long as you take the course(s) for grades and you follow the instructions for reconciling your transfer credit, you earn the U.S. equivalent of a C- or higher in each course.

Always Take a Full Course Load

When you study away, you must take a full course load equivalent to 4 Duke course credits. If you do not meet the requirements to transfer back a full load, you risk having your registration blocked or being put on academic probation, even being dismissed from Duke.

Get on Study Away Agreement

There are several action steps you need to take to go on Study Away Agreement. This special status is how your hold your place and standing at the university while you’re on study away, and it impacts your accounts with the Bursar’s Office, Financial Aid, and University Registrar. 

Types of Credit

Understanding what kind of credit your study away program offers is critical. Make sure you’re clear on whether the courses you take on study away will transfer back as Duke credit, transfer credit, or a mix of both.

Search by Course Credit

If there’s a particular course, credit, or curricular code you need to fulfill, check the GEO Approved Course Database to find courses that have been previously approved for credit.

Minimum GPA

The minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) required for Duke students wishing to study away during the semester is 2.7 on a scale of 4.0.

Effective fall 2018, Pratt students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application in order to receive conditional approval to study away, and they must maintain a 3.0 minimum GPA in order to be allowed to participate in a study away program.

Trinity students with a GPA lower than 2.7 must obtain permission from their academic dean before they will be approved for study away. Use the GPA Waiver Form to request permission.

Download the GPA Waiver Form

Continuation Requirements

All Duke students must meet continuation requirements while studying away. The high academic expectations of Duke University convey to coursework completed on study away programs. Grade expectations and continuation rules apply to Duke-In and Duke-Approved programs alike.

Students who fail to meet continuation requirements while abroad must leave the university for at least two semesters (a summer session may be counted as a semester).

Duke students have been dismissed from the university for failing to meet continuation requirements while on study away. Study abroad is NOT meant to be a break from studies and should not be treated as such.

To meet continuation requirements while on study away, you must successfully complete the equivalent of three course credits per semester.

For example:

  • On a four-course program, you must pass three courses to meet the requirements.
  • On a semester credit-hour program, you must pass 12 semester credit hours to meet the requirements.

Continuation requirements are explained for Trinity College students at http://trinity.duke.edu/academic-requirements?p=continuation-requirements and for Trinity and Pratt students, in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

An explanation of grades and how they could affect continuation requirements at Duke can be found at http://trinity.duke.edu/academic-requirements?p=end-of-term-grades.

Pass/Fail Not Permitted

Duke University does not allow students, including non-Duke students studying on Duke-In programs, to take courses on a pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis while studying away. No auditing is permitted on Duke programs.

All courses taken on study away must be taken for a grade to receive academic credit at Duke. Whether you are taking the course for transfer credit or for Duke credit, you must take the course for a grade.

If a course is offered only on a pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis, you should select a different course.

Foreign Language Requirement in Non-English Speaking Countries

Duke students on Duke-In and Duke-Approved programs taught in English in non-English-speaking countries are required to take at least one course in the local language while on the program abroad. If you do not comply with the requirement, a maximum of three course credits will transfer back to Duke for the semester, regardless of credits earned.

The language course must be taught over a span of at least four weeks and be eligible for transfer credit approval by a Duke department.

Some examples of programs this applies to include: OTS-Costa Rica, Danish Institute for Study Abroad, NYU in Prague, etc. Ask your GEO advisor if you are unsure whether your program has a foreign language requirement.

The only exception to this policy is the ICCS program in Rome, where Greek or Latin may be substituted for Italian. 

Registration

For Duke-In programs, GEO will register all students for classes. You will NOT use Duke’s online registration system (DukeHub) for course registration.

Depending on the program, course registration may not take place until the start of the semester you are on study away. Therefore, don’t worry if courses don’t appear on DukeHub prior to the start of the semester.

Duplicate Courses Not Permitted

Credit may not be granted for the same course twice. For example, a student who has taken POLSCI 219 at Duke may not receive credit for taking an equivalent course on a program abroad. The reverse is also true.

Study Away & Declaring Your Major

Duke students must declare their major no later than the spring of their sophomore year. This means that students wishing to study abroad in their 4th semester should declare their major in the semester before they leave. Pratt students should check with their advisor about declaring their major if they plan on studying away as a sophomore.

Final Semester Part-Time Status

Juniors studying abroad who intend to apply for part-time status in the last semester of their senior year must request permission from their academic dean by April 15 preceding the academic year in which the part-time semester will be taken.

Trinity Academic Deans

Pratt Academic Deans

Special Course Types

If you’re interested in taking service learning courses, independent studies, directed research, or academic internships on your study away program, check with a GEO advisor first. Academic credit should never be assumed.