Duke University : Global Education for Undergraduates

Transfer Credit Process

To transfer credit, it is the student's responsibility to do the following:

Verify that all the courses you plan to take abroad are listed in the Database of Approved Courses. On occasion, a course is approved by more than one department. If this is the case, please let our office know which approval you want so that a note can be added to your file. Please make sure that you have the necessary prerequisites for the courses you plan to take.

If the course(s) is (are) not contained in the Database of Approved Courses, you need to contact in the Global Education Office and provide her with an official description of each course. Such descriptions can usually be found in a program guide, bulletin, catalogue, or syllabus. You should request syllabi from your program in advance if possible. Ms. Penny will consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) of the appropriate department to determine the Duke equivalent of the course not yet approved or he/she may assign 100 (lower-level) or 300 (upper-level) as an approved course number if there is no equivalent. The DUS and GEO will also recommend a course credit value (cc) for the course (normally 1 for a semester and 2 for a year course). The DUS and GEO also will designate an area of knowledge where applicable. Independent study courses, field study, and internships will not carry area of knowledge designations. Upon return, students must promptly reconcile credit transfer.

Request that an official transcript of courses with final grades from the program you attended be sent to the Global Education Office for Undergraduates, Box 90057 , Durham , NC 27708; generally programs will not mail transcripts automatically. Only courses that have been approved will be transferred to your Duke transcript. Your credit transfer cannot take place until your official transcript has been received. Transcripts must be forwarded to the Global Education Office as soon as they are available.

In some instances, you will not have been able to make course selections before leaving Duke to study abroad, or your courses may change after you arrive at your program abroad. After you return to Duke, you will need to apply retroactively for approval for all courses for which you did not obtain prior approval. If you postpone approvals until after you return, there is no guarantee of credit.

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

      Dobrý den! I wanted to share this picture because it represents the wonderful experience I had abroad in Prague. Here I am rubbing the bronze dog at the base of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk on Charles Bridge. Legend has it that if you rub this plaque, you will one day return to Prague. Based on my experiences, I would be ecstatic to have the opportunity to return to this vibrant city.

      As an art history major, to me the most notable thing about Prague was its beautiful architecture. The city is a seamless conglomerate of various historical architectural styles ranging from Romanesque, to Gothic, to Baroque, to Art Nouveau to Cubist. I liked visiting Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, and Vyšehrad Castle as they were extraordinary examples of architecture around the city.

      But my favorite part of being abroad, and what makes me want to eventually return to Prague, was the ability to immerse myself in the rich Czech culture. After a while in the city, one learns to notice the beauty of the culture and people of the Czech Republic. Many people I encountered were very friendly and I always felt safe in the city. I also enjoyed the laid back culture of the Czech Republic. A remnant of Communism, the lower-paced lifestyle was a pleasant change from the hustled norm of the United States.

      In sum, I loved being abroad in Prague and would recommend studying abroad in or visiting Prague to anybody interested.


      – Courtney Landy

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