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  • 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