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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
  • Principe Pio - Madrid, Spain