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  • 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
  • Principe Pio - Madrid, Spain