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  • Força Barça!

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    The game ended 0-0, but I feel like a winner for watching FCB play in Barcelona! Barça fans could give Cameron Crazies a run for our money any day. They love their football club, and they love being from Barcelona! Program excursions like this one plus my local…

  • Credit: Abby Muehlstein
  • Major: Psychology
  • Tags: Spain
  • NZ Lighthouse

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    The highlight of New Zealand was being able to go out and explore one of the most beautiful countries I have ever seen every weekend. This is a picture from the Catlins -- an area on the southeastern tip of the South Island. I will come back…

  • Credit: Henry Taylor
  • Major: Biology
  • Tags: New Zealand
  • Interning in China

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Last year was the first time Duke in China participants could also participate in an internship. Of the 39 who were in the language intensive program, 4 (including me!) stayed after for three weeks, getting to know what it's like to live as an adult working woman…

  • Credit: Zoey Kang
  • Major: Undecided
  • Tags: China, Duke in China
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Studying abroad with Duke in Oxford is a very worthwhile experience. I took a course called Science, Ethics, and Society, in which we studied and debated about various ethical issues. It was a precious experience to take a course in a collegiate university and be able to…

  • Credit: Tiffany Ho
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Las Hogueras de San Juan

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    The people of Alicante, a small town on the Eastern coast of Spain, consistently look forward to an extremely important annual tradition: Las Hogueras de San Juan. This festival lasts a week and is centered around the wooden sculptures built and beautifully painted by local artists. In…

  • Credit: Lauren DaSilva
  • Major: Undecided
  • Tags: Duke Intensive Spanish in Alicante, Spain
  • Adventures in España

  • Dear Global Edcuation Office,

    Hola desde España! Spain was an amazing place to spend the 2016 summer! It was incredible to learn about the culture and vast history of Spain as well as the  beautiful landscape and architecture. From the bustling streets of Madrid to the beautiful quiet mountains of Asturias…

  • Credit: Daniel O'Connell
  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Spain
  • Fernsheturm View

  • Dear Global Education Office, 

    The time I spent in Berlin was absolutley amazing. On the last day in one of my classes, Art and Architecture, we were able to go to the top of the Fernshehturm, in former East Berlin. We were able to see an incredible view of the…

  • Credit: Sydney Smith
  • Major: Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Tags: Duke in Berlin, Germany
  • Weekend in Marajó

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    One weekend towards the end of the program, we traveled by boat to Marajó, a large island in Brazil's Amazon Rainforest. The trip consisted of an early-morning boat ride from Belém, where we interacted with people commuting in and out of the metropolis, plus a ride on a smaller…

  • Credit: Remy Freire
  • Major: Civil Engineering
  • Tags: Brazil, Duke in Brazil
  • Livin' La Pura Vida

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Studying abroad in Costa Rica gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in an entirely new culture. The Ticos, what the Costa Ricans refer to themselves as, live by the motto "Pura Vida", or Pure Life. Staying with a Tico family for a month allowed me to…

  • Credit: Harry Liu
  • Major: Undecided
  • Tags: Costa Rica, Duke in Costa Rica
  • Duke in Bologna

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Pictured here is the beautiful Piazza Maggiore, which I was lucky enough to walk through each day on my way to class. After passing through the Piazza, we would make our way through narrow streets lined with vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables and people gracefully tipping…

  • Credit: Sarah Perrin
  • Major: ICS
  • Tags: Duke in Bologna, Italy
  • Bois de Boulogne

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Pictured is a family rowing along the Lac Inférieur in Bois de Boulogne, one of best of more than 400 parks and gardens throughout Paris. Although there are countless monuments and museums to see, I think one of the best aspects of the city is the abundance…

  • Credit: Brittany Wong
  • Major: Chemistry, French
  • Tags: Duke in Paris, France
  • The Hoguera of Ignorance

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    How incredible is this statue made entirely of paper and wood? During our last week in Alicante, these gigantic hogueras (Spanish for “bonfires”) appeared in the streets almost overnight, blocking major roadways and decorating the city. Each neighborhood spent an entire year creating controversial statues that pointedly…

  • Credit: Sam Sadler
  • Major: Neuroscience & Global Health
  • Tags: Duke in Alicante, Spain
  • The Unexpected

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Four weeks into my summer classes in Beijing, my teacher came to me with an intriguing opportunity: a Beijing-based study abroad company wanted to host an information session for Chinese students intending on applying to American universities, and they hoped the participation of several current American college…

  • Credit: Samuel Slack
  • Major: Undecided
  • Tags: China, Duke in China
  • Chutes Montmorency

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Here you can behold the beauty of Montmorency Falls – a natural wonder located just outside Quebec City, the provincial capital. Montmorency and St. Lawrence rivers shaped Quebec’s trade and economy, serving as waterway transport for wood, one of Canada’s natural resources. Through Duke in Montreal, I…

  • Credit: Alina Pak
  • Major: Public Policy
  • Tags: Canada, Duke in Montreal
  • A summer of becoming Madrileñas

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    In the short 6 weeks with Duke in Spain, I know that I have made some of the best memories I will have throughout Duke. From cities to grand cathedrals, Mallorcan beaches, the Picos de Europa mountain range, and not to mention the best gazpacho I will…

  • Credit: Mathilde Ooi
  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Spain, summer
  • Duke in Paris

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Une partie de mon cœur reste à Paris. Part of my heart stays in Paris. Through Duke in Paris, I spent an incredible six weeks living like a Parisian and improving my French. I never imagined that Paris would become similar to another home or that I…

  • Credit: Madison Mastrangelo
  • Major: Double major in Public Policy and Global Health with a minor in French
  • Tags: Duke in Paris, France
  • Rooftops of San Jose

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    One of the highlights of my time in Costa Rica was receiving a bird's eye view of the city of San Jose. This picture highlights the differences between my view of Costa Rica and the view out the window of my dorm at Duke. At the beginning…

  • Credit: Anna Balas
  • Major: Environmental Science and Policy
  • Tags: Costa Rica, Duke in Costa Rica
  • A Midnight Cruise

  • Dear Office of Global Education,

    Studying abroad in St. Petersburg was an unforgettable experience. The classes themselves were interesting and informative, but the city itself became a teacher of incomparable value. Each day of exploration led to new discoveries and adventures. St. Petersburg, a city that is in every way a…

  • Credit: Noah Burrell
  • Major: Math and Computer Science
  • Tags: Duke in Russia, Russia
  • A Spanish Excursion

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    The time I spent studying abroad in Spain includes some of the best memories that I have made to this day. One notable example of these is when we were visiting Asturias and a couple of us saw a mountain in the distance which looked fun to…

  • Credit: Brandon Dalla Rosa
  • Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Spain
  • Breakfast on the Farm

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    I spent my Christmas break working on a farm to pay for my stay in the south of France. The first thing we did on the farm each morning was to throw stale baguettes into the pastures. Alpacas, pigs, goats, chickens, ducks -- they all went crazy…

  • Credit: Rachel Freedman
  • Sunset Before High Tides

  • Happiness is not measured by what we earn, but how we earned it.

    Vision is not only about what we can see, but what we are willing to see and travel miles just to see it.

    The world is like a library, how much can you read? 

    -Florence

  • Credit: Florence Tesha
  • Major: Global Health and Chinese
  • Tags: Africa
  • Living the Coast

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Zanzibar is one among the three small East African islands in the Indian ocean. In the evening, people gather together to play football and other traditional dances on the beach, while others prepare their boats for fishing. One doesn't even have to live in Zanzibar or be…

  • Credit: Florence Tesha
  • Major: Global Health and Chinese
  • Tags: Africa
  • My Lizzie McGuire Moment

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Study abroad is an opportunity everyone should try and pursue. It's an opportunity to travel anywhere in the world in the prime of your years with a group of people your age. Yes, I got to see and experience many new places and cultures, but the highlight…

  • Credit: Daniella Ochoa
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Trip to the Great Wall

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    It was such an amazing experienece to visit the Great Wall. I've never actually been there in person, so I was very excited to go there even in the beginning of the Duke In China program. As such, we had great short trips to different places in…

  • Credit: Jin Oh
  • Major: ICS
  • Tags: China, Duke in China
  • Monte Sainte Victoire

  • "Color is the place where our brain and the universe meet. That’s why colour appears so entirely dramatic, to true painters. Look at mont Sainte-Victoire there. How it soars, how imperiously it thirsts for the sun… …For a long time I was quite unable to paint Sainte-Victoire; I had no idea…

  • Credit: Alaine Jacobs
  • Tags: Duke in Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Christ Church, Oxford

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    For 7 weeks, I was tutored in classical and contemporary political philosophy at New College.  We studied the works of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Tocqueville, Mill, and Rawls.  Although, as an American, Locke’s and Rousseau’s discussions of freedom naturally hit close to home, I found myself most moved…

  • Credit: Harrison Ferlauto
  • Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Justin Elliott's Studies in Geneva

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    I can still remember the feeling of standing inside of the World Trading Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. My thoughts ranged from “wow, I feel really important” to “never could I have imagined an opportunity such as this.” This visit was just one of many, including our…

  • Credit: Justin Elliott
  • Major: Economics
  • Tags: Duke in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Thanks for everything

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Visiting China has been the most transformative experience of my life. Going into the summer, I was barely able to speak the language. I struggled to exchange money in the airport and had great difficulty arriving at my study abroad location. However, through my studies in this…

  • Credit: Timothy Blumberg
  • Tags: China, Duke in China
  • Henry's Oxford Postcard

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    I spent this summer studying Modern British Political History at the University of Oxford in England. While challenging, the program's emphasis on individualistic learning and critical analysis immensely contributed to my intellectual skillset. Each week we had a lecture and a tutorial to attend outside of required…

  • Credit: Henry Washington Jr.
  • Major: English & AAAS
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Lost in London

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    The highlight of the Duke in Oxford study abroad program was getting lost in London. We managed to stumble upon Big Ben (as pictured) and Buckingham Palace. Nevertheless, we were not lost for long, as strangers, people who no obligation to help us, not only supplied directions,…

  • Credit: Kristen Buehne
  • Major: Biology and Religion
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Oxford From Above

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    The last week of the Duke in Oxford program, I ascended the New College Bell Tower--the Oxford equivalent of a Chapel Climb. From the top of the tower, the whole city was visible below. I was able to see the iconic Radcliffe Camera, where I had spent…

  • Credit: Haley Sullivan
  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    This picture is from the day my Duke in China teachers brought my classmates and me to visit The Great Wall of China. We spent more than three hours trekking the impressive wall and taking in the breathtaking landscape around it. This trip, and my entire Duke…

  • Credit: Justin Rosenblum
  • Tags: China, Duke in China
  • Cowbells

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    My favorite sound is now officially the melody of Swiss cowbells. After hiking up Mont Salève (aka "Balcony of Geneva") after class one day, my friends and I were surprised to hear such a loud and seemingly out-of-place muted rumble of cowbells. We soon thereafter came upon…

  • Credit: Ashley Middleton
  • Major: Public Policy
  • Tags: Duke in Geneva, Switzerland
  • They speak French in Canada?

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    This summer I spent the month of July in Québec, Canada with the Duke in Montréal program. Joining this program was a no-brainer for me, as it combined my French major and my Markets and Managements Certificate in a much more attractive summer climate than my native…

  • Credit: Zoë Bakker
  • Major: French Studies
  • Tags: Canada, Duke in Montreal
  • Turkish Memoirs

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    I am so lucky that I had the opportunity to study in Turkey this summer. It was an incredible experience full of interesting sights, beautiful landscapes, and amazing people. 

    One of my highlights of the trip was the week we spent traveling the Turkish countryside visiting everything…

  • Credit: Alex Felix
  • Major: Political Science and Public Policy
  • Tags: Duke in Turkey, Turkey
  • Summer in China

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    This was one of my favorite moments in China. We visited Hangzhou Tea Village and hiked towards the top of the mountain. The Tea Village was so different from the rest of China that I had seen because it was not as densely populated. At this spot,…

  • Credit: Belex Cheng
  • Major: Psychology
  • Tags: China, Duke Neuroeconomics in China
  • Home: New College Grounds

  • Dear Global Education Office

    Duke in Oxford allowed me to satisfy all my childhood fantasies and literary pleasures. From visiting The Eagle and Child, the famous pub where J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis mused about their works over drinks, to visiting the cloisters of New College, where scenes from Harry…

  • Credit: Diana Ye
  • Major: Economics and Public Policy
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Duke Down Under

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Being in Australia for a month opened my eyes to the great natural beauty that surrounds us each and every day.  Without fail, there would be a new sight that would inspire a “wow” from somebody in the group every day.  The country radiates with awe-inspiring natural…

  • Credit: Jason Dinh
  • Major: Undecided
  • Tags: Australia, Duke in Australia
  • Big Ben

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    The Duke in London Finance program was one of the best experiences of my life.  Not only was it an astounding educational opportunity, but also an incredibly fun and fulfilling experience. I able to learn from two of the best professors that I’ve ever had, and I…

  • Credit: Richard Law
  • Major: Economics and Computer Science
  • Tags: Duke in London Finance, United Kingdom
  • Duke in Venice - Food for Thought

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    My experience in Italy was one that I will never forget. I've wanted to go to Italy for my entire life, and through Duke, I was able to go to Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Cinque Terre, Venice, Verona, Padova, Bologna, Milan, Naples, Pompeii, and Rome all in the…

  • Credit: Erin Locey
  • Major: Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy, Venice summer
  • Crete

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    I went to Crete to participate in an archaeological excavation. This required that I live in a new environment where I was unfamiliar with the local setting and culture. In addition, I had no prior experience with the field of classical archaeology. I spent most of my time…

  • Credit: Gaal Almor
  • Major: Theater Studies
  • Tags: Duke in Crete, Greece
  • Duke in Rome

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    I attended the Duke in Rome program, and it is definitely an experience that opened my eyes to the vast and diverse nature of the world. Our course focused on ancient Rome, and we traveled to over 17 cities in southern Italy to examine the various sites…

  • Credit: Jasmine Judge
  • Major: International Comparative Studies
  • Tags: Duke in Rome, Italy
  • Nighttime on the Seine

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    On one of the first weekends I was in Paris, I took a walk down to the Seine river at night. The Seine runs through the heart of Paris, and in many ways it represents the city better than the Eiffel Tower: especially at night, the river…

  • Credit: Elise Nelson
  • Major: Linguistics
  • Tags: Duke in Paris, France
  • Isla del Paraíso

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    One of the highlights of the Duke in Spain summer program for me was our trip to Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the largest of the Islas Baleares off the east coast of Spain. Mallorca is a beautiful island of sunny beaches, bright-blue Mediterranean waters, and fresh…

  • Credit: Chuma Eruchalu
  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Spain
  • Mont-Saint-Michel

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    In the picture, you can see me in front of Mont-Saint-Michel, a wondrous community and abbey on top of a tidal island on the northwestern coast of France. A frequent point of dispute between the regions of Brittany and Lower Normandy, the island is the second most…

  • Credit: Sarp Uner
  • Major: Computer Science / Mathematics
  • Tags: Duke in Paris, France
  • On top of Notre-Dame

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Towards the end of my six week program, I was finishing up the last couple of things I wanted to do in Paris before returning home. Climbing Notre-Dame, the iconic gothic church in the middle of the city, was the last thing left to do on my…

  • Credit: Matina Kakalis
  • Major: Biology/ Global Health
  • Tags: Duke in Paris, France
  • In Napoli, Beside the Sea

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    A few peers from the Duke in Venice group and I take a picture atop the Castel Nuovo, a historic castle in the city of Naples. I spent the weekend there, and it was by far my favorite in Italy. I visited the very workplace of my…

  • Credit: Gabriella Rivera
  • Major: Psychology
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy, summer
  • Summer in St. Petersburg

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    This summer I spent six weeks in my favorite city in the world, St. Petersburg, Russia. One of the highlights of my time there was climbing St. Isaac's Cathedral, from which one can see a panorama of the city. Something I love about St. Petersburg is the…

  • Credit: Cameron Tarry
  • Major: Undeclared
  • Tags: Duke in Russia, Russia
  • Las Hogueras

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    The last week of Alicante stood out as the most memorable period of my experience in Spain. Las Hogueras de San Juan – the Bonfires of Saint John – is one of the most important events in Alicante's cultural calendar and is one of the most popular festivals…

  • Credit: Michelle Dalson
  • Major: psychology
  • Tags: Duke Intensive Spanish in Alicante, Spain
  • Farewell Alicante

  • Dear Duke Global Education Office,

    The last six weeks of my life have been incomparable to any. Alicante, Spain is a beautiful and wonderful city that I truly hope I will get to see again in the future. This picture was taken at the program’s farewell lunch from the twenty-sixth floor…

  • Credit: Sarah Turner
  • Major: Psychology
  • Tags: Duke Intensive Spanish in Alicante, Spain
  • Duke in Berlin

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Duke in Berlin was one of the best experiences of my life! Being pre-Med, I worried about being able to study abroad during my college career. This program gave me exactly what I needed and even forced me out of my comfort zone when I was enrolled…

  • Credit: Aidan Haney
  • Major: Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Tags: Berlin, Duke in Berlin, Germany, summer
  • El Paraíso de la Naturaleza

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    The six weeks that I spent in Spain as part of the Duke in Spain program has been the most fulfilling six weeks of my life. While I was doubtful about participating in the program because it was my first time out of the U.S., it is…

  • Credit: Osasenaga Aghayere
  • Major: Public Policy Studies
  • Doorway to the Gods

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    As the sun set on the island of Naxos, I could clearly see some of the inspiration that led the Ancient Greeks to construct some of the most incredible structures of the world. The Portara, a massive marble doorway standing eight meters high, is the only remaining…

  • Credit: Ben Chesnut
  • Major: Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Tags: Duke in Greece, Greece
  • 2,000 years

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    When I first saw the Pantheon, I was struck by its perfection. A marvelous combination of Roman engineering and architecture, it has spectacularly survived 2,000 years of wars, fires, and earthquakes on top of natural weathering. The Pantheon is perhaps the best embodiment of the architectural legacies…

  • Credit: Yifan Song
  • Major: Economics and History
  • Tags: Duke in Rome, Italy
  • Berlin

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Berlin is definitely the most amazing city I have been to so far. It is precisely the fragmented city elements after the war and die Trennung that make Berlin so likeable: das Brandenburg Tor is followed by the high-rises and the modern Kultur Forum; der Fernsehturm is…

  • Credit: Cathy Li
  • Major: Physics
  • Tags: Berlin, Duke in Berlin
  • Greece is Peace

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    One evening, a friend and I took a taxi to the village of Arachova, Greece, near Delphi. We stopped to take a few photos looking back on the village at sunset, and I felt a peace unlike anything I've felt in my life. I felt free and…

  • Credit: Evan Lucas
  • Major: Civil Engineering
  • Tags: Duke in Greece, Greece
  • Melissa en Madrid

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Having never been outside of the US before, every day in Spain feels like an adventure. One of the highlights of the program is the group trips we take to Toledo, Mallorca, Córdoba, and Asturias. I feel like I know and understand Spanish culture better thanks to…

  • Credit: Melissa Piana
  • Major: Public Policy and Economics
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Spain
  • A spatial and temporal contemplation

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    It has been so wonderful coming back to Paris. Although I have been here numerous times, they were always really short visits, within three week timeframes. Through the Duke in Paris summer program, I have been extremely lucky with my host family situation. They took me in…

  • Credit: Eileen Lin
  • Major: Languages and Global Health
  • Tags: Duke in Paris, France
  • Cliffs of Moher

  • I studied in theater in London over the summer and it was an experience I could never forget. Every day, my classmates and I saw a new play and we discussed it in class the next day. We saw some absolutely incredible shows, and between the plays and class we were…

  • Credit: Erin Locey
  • Another Day on the Thames

  • I studied in theater in London over the summer and it was an experience I could never forget. Every day, my classmates and I saw a new play and we discussed it in class the next day. We saw some absolutely incredible shows, and between the plays and class we were…

  • Credit: Erin Locey
  • Chichester Cathedral

  • I studied in theater in London over the summer and it was an experience I could never forget. Every day, my classmates and I saw a new play and we discussed it in class the next day. We saw some absolutely incredible shows, and between the plays and class we were…

  • Credit: Erin Locey
  • Stonehenge

  • I studied in theater in London over the summer and it was an experience I could never forget. Every day, my classmates and I saw a new play and we discussed it in class the next day. We saw some absolutely incredible shows, and between the plays and class we were…

  • Credit: Erin Locey
  • Overcast afternoon in poetry class

  • "New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice."

  • Credit: Meaghan Li
  • Major: Public Policy
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Offiice,

    There is something universally appealing about a sunset. I would venture to say that I considered sunsets to be neutral, uncontroversial, indifferent. My summer in Turkey, however, established somewhat of a beautiful controversy to my sunsets.

    Having visited the city of Istanbul during the month of July,…

  • Credit: Roma Sonik
  • Major: Undeclared
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Step Back

    Dear Global Education Office,

    My favorite part of my short six weeks in Spain over the summer was our trip to Asturias and Leon.  Unlike our other excursion we took a step back and went into nature to appreciate the Spanish country side.  We rode on horseback to an…

  • Credit: Katie Heckman
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Adventures in Oxford

    This summer passed by in a blur filled with ancient stone and monumental buildings. Oxford was truly an amazing place, and climbing the tower of St. Mary's provided the best view of this fantastic city. This experience has helped me appreciate the history of higher education and the…

  • Credit: Meaghan Shaw
  • Major: Psychology
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    This photo was taken the morning after we camped on a restricted, unrestored portion of the Great Wall near Simatai. To call getting there an adventure would be an understatement; it took an hour and a half on the subway, a two hour public bus ride, an…

  • Credit: Will Gallagher
  • Major: AMES
  • Tags: China, Duke in China
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • London Calling

    As an English major and theatre fanatic, I knew London would be the perfect destination for me, but the Duke in London Drama program exceeded all of my expectations. I spent my days in magnificent theatres watching brilliant actors in truly spectacular productions, exploring and fully enjoying myself. Now,…

  • Credit: Haley Enos
  • Major: English
  • Tags: Duke in London Drama, United Kingdom
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Where It All Began

    Dear Global Education Office,

    While I spent the majority of my six weeks abroad in London, my program did also take a short trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.  There, I spent one of my favorite days of the trip, wandering around the beautiful village…

  • Credit: Krista Kowalczyk
  • Tags: Duke in London Drama, United Kingdom
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    The Duke in Brazil program was one of the great experiences of which I have been a part.  This is a picture of the fishing boats in the port of Belem.  If there is one image to remember, besides the faces of the people in this city,…

  • Credit: Addison Winston III
  • Major: Undeclared
  • Tags: Brazil, Duke in Brazil
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Port Alguer, by Salvador Dalí

    As part of the Duke in Spain program this past summer, we took two courses during the six weeks we stayed in Spain -one on the literature and arts of modern Spain, and another on the economic crisis. During this time, we would have more traditional…

  • Credit: Danielle Kwon
  • Major: Undecided
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Spain
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Lost in China

    Dear Global Education Office, 

    Three long, hot, and occasionally polluted weeks into our Beijing summer study program, we are able to travel to LongQing Gorge about 2 hours away from Beijing's sprawling city center. This weekend excursion (conveniently arranged by our teachers, all we had to do was…

  • Credit: David Jones
  • Major: Chemistry
  • Tags: China, Duke in China
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Swiss Bliss

    Dear Global Education Office,

    So many times I would just go into the city, walk around the lake, and admire the Swiss beauty.  The lake, the mountains, the boats, the jet all make for scenery that you can't imagine anywhere else.  There truly is a serenity that exists here…

  • Credit: Ethan Levine
  • Major: Undecided
  • Tags: Duke in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Living On the Edge

    Dear Global Education Office,

    Standing on the very edge of the White Cliffs of Dover, 350 feet above the English Channel, the sound of waves crashing and seagulls shrieking, I realized how fleeting yet important this summer was. Six weeks with the Duke in Oxford program had…

  • Credit: Kristen Shortley
  • Major: Political Science
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • A walk in the park

    Dear Global Education Office,

    I captured this photo on a walk in Green park with some friends.  You can see Buckingham Palace, and the Victoria monument in the background.  Having so much history surrounding you at all times is truly an astounding feeling.   While studying…

  • Credit: Aj Laudenslager
  • Major: Theatre Studies
  • Tags: Duke in London Drama, United Kingdom
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • A Mystery on Santorini

    Dear Global Education Office,

    After an hour of riding our ATVs on dirt roads, we stumbled upon an abandoned monastery near the southern tip of Santorini. The site exhibited a serene view that very few have probably seen. However, as we continued to explore, we discovered old…

  • Credit: Adam Gabay
  • Major: Public Policy Studies
  • Tags: Duke in Greece, Greece
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • 北京杜克暑期班

    Dear Global Education Office,

    For our midterm trip, Duke Summer in China took a trip to Suzhou and Shanghai. In Suzhou, we found a hidden street full of small stores and food stalls -- easily the best snack food in China. I had a great time studying Chinese for two…

  • Credit: Emily Partner
  • Tags: China, Duke in China
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • A Delicate Underwater Wonderland

    Dear Global Education Office,

    The Great Barrier Reef, a natural wonder of the world, is the most incredible place I have visited so far. For many years, it had been at the top of my “bucket list.” Before my Duke career began, I was a volunteer at…

  • Credit: Cristina Martinez
  • Major: Biology and Environmental Science
  • Tags: Australia, Duke in Australia
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    I am so glad I was able to spend the better part of my summer studying in Beijing, China (with short trips to Xi'an and Shanghai). During the Duke in China program, not only did my Mandarin language skills improve exponentially, but I was also able to…

  • Credit: Elizabeth Dowd
  • Major: Computer Science and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Tags: China, Duke in China
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Visiting Featherdale Wildlife Park in Syndey was one of the highlights of my summer abroad experience. We were able to interact with some of the iconic animals of Australia such as wallabies and koalas. Now that I'm back in the US, I hope to make a point…

  • Credit: Evan Williams
  • Major: EOS
  • Tags: Australia, Duke in Australia
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • A Weekend to Remember in Berlin

    What a weekend we spent in Berlin! It was wonderful to be able to explore the city on our own time frame and with transportation provided by the program. My friends and I took the opportunity to explore Museum Island on foot on Friday, to…

  • Credit: Holly Dayton
  • Major: History
  • Tags: Duke in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • When in China...

    Dear Global Education Office,

    In this picture, I am on the great wall of China. This was taken after a brief conversation with a lady who was selling postcards and other trinkets on the wall. After I bought postards from her, she jokingly asked me in Chinese,"are you Obama's little sister?" …

  • Credit: Tarela Osuobeni
  • Major: Political Science and Chinese
  • Tags: China, Duke in China
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Exploring the Cotswolds

    Dear Global Education Office,

    I'm studying theatre in London, but one of my favorite experiences was when we got a chance to explore the countryside! For our long weekend, my friend and I were able to wander from village to village on a truly spontaneous adventure, befriending sheep…

  • Credit: Meghan Gloudemans
  • Major: Visual and Media Studies
  • Tags: Duke in London Drama, United Kingdom
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Surreal Sunrise

    Dear Global Education Office,

    From a hot air balloon above Cappadocia, Duke in Turkey students caught the 5am sunrise over a heartbreakingly beatuful volcanic landscape.  Ancient Anatolia and its centuries of history lit up beneath us.

    At Duke, we often fall into our stress-ridden routines, obsessed with moving faster,…

  • Credit: Elizabeth George
  • Major: English
  • Tags: Duke in Turkey, Turkey
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • It's a Magical World... Let's Go Exploring

    Dear Global Education Office:

    This is me climbing a tree in the Amazon. At first glance, it may not seem like much, but let me tell you, it is not so simple! Those trees have nothing to grip, and you have to use a…

  • Credit: Daniel Strellman
  • Major: Philosophy & Sociology
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Captivated by Kakadu

    Dear Global Education Office, 

    Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, visiting Aboriginal art sites, and discovering incredible flora and fauna - Duke in Australia enabled me to experience and explore the Outback while making lasting friendships and reinforcing my interest in wildlife conservation. 

    During the first week and…

  • Credit: Deanna Badger
  • Major: Environmental Science
  • Tags: Australia, Duke in Australia
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office.

    I've spent the last four weeks studying abroad in Brazil, and they have been four of the best weeks in my entire life. My interest in Brazil stems from my training in capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian dance martial art, which led to me taking Portuguese 101 and applying…

  • Credit: Jessica Lee
  • Tags: Brazil, Duke in Brazil
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    This program has been a life experience that I will NEVER forget! I’m a pre-med student, but I did theater in high school and I still absolutely love it, so I decided to apply to this program so I could focus completely on theater before I had…

  • Credit: Erin Locey
  • Tags: Duke in London Drama, United Kingdom
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Soaring through China

    Dear Global Education Office,

    My summer in Beijing has been more incredible than I could possibly describe. I studied the equivalent of a year of Chinese in my two months here. I didn’t even notice how quickly my Chinese improved! My first week in Beijing I could barely…

  • Credit: Dana Raphael
  • Tags: China, Duke in China
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • The World is Too Small for Walls

    Dear Global Education Office,

    Duke in Berlin was absolutely amazing! It met and exceeded all my expectations of what a study abroad program should be: engaging, hands-on, and fun. Practicing a foreign language in the native country was both nerve wracking and rewarding. Learning…

  • Credit: Sherry Zhang
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • On the Edge of Life

    Dear Global Education Office,

    My study abroad program in Rio de Janeiro and Belém do Pará was simply amazing--It changed my life. During my program, Brazil hosted FIFA World Cup 2014 where I was able to witness Germany win it all! Not only did I learn…

  • Credit: Bri Howington
  • Major: Political Science
  • Tags: Brazil, Duke in Brazil
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Life Down Under

    Dear Global Education Office,

    I'm sad to say that my time in Australia is coming to an end. With less than a week left I'm begining to realize just how much I love this place. The amazing sites I've seen, people I've met, and animals I've excitedly gawked…

  • Credit: Jenna Freedman
  • Major: BioMedical Engineering
  • Tags: Australia, Duke in Australia
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office, 

    The six weeks I spent in Alicante, Spain were incredible, to say the least. Coming from a small city in Arkansas, spending my days studying at the beach and swimming in the Mediterranean was like something out of a dream. The trip marked my first visit both…

  • Credit: Bethany Sykes
  • Major: Psychology and Global Health
  • Tags: Duke Intensive Spanish in Alicante, Spain
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Pura Vida Mae

    Dear Global Education Office:

    The Duke in Costa Rica program is one of the highlights of my time at Duke.  It was incredibly formative for my international perspective, especially of a region (Latin America) that is not studied much in a traditional American school curriculum.  Furthermore, my host…

  • Credit: William Rooney
  • Major: Economics and Philosophy (Spanish minor)
  • Tags: Costa Rica, Duke in Costa Rica
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Macarons à Paris

    Dear Global Education Office:

    In Paris, my group learned to make Macaroons in a French bakery called "L'atelier des Gâteaux" (literally, "cake workshop"). This is a picture of the macaroons made by my classmates and me. They tasted even better than they look! 

    -Juliette Pigott

  • Credit: Juliette Pigott
  • Tags: Duke in Paris, France
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Going into the program, I knew I would get a lot out of it educationally and experience-wise. What I did not realize was how easily the 14 other people in the program became my family away from my family. Seeing places like the Eiffel Tower and Monet's Nympheas in person will…

  • Credit: Ana Maganto Ramirez
  • Major: Cultural Antropology
  • Tags: Duke in Paris, France
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • OTS Takes South Africa

    Dear Global Education Office,

    Since the beginning of my college career I knew that I wanted to find a way to study abroad, and this summer in South Africa provided the perfect opportunity. 

    From the time I arrived in Joburg to the end of the 4 weeks…

  • Credit: Sarah Thornburgh
  • Major: Global Health and Biology
  • Tags: OTS in South Africa, South Africa
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    After an afternoon exploring the city of Venice, meandering through its winding alleyways with no particular destination in mind, we were starving.  Upon completion of a typical Italian meal at our favorite restaurant, Rossopomodoro, we managed to hoard enough bread to feed the infamous pigeons of the…

  • Credit: Nicole Gagnon
  • Major: Physics
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy, summer
  • Principe Pio - Madrid, Spain