Duke University : Global Education for Undergraduates


NOTE: Applicants not affiliated with one of Duke's VIS Global Partners are advised to apply for fall semester only as there is limited space available for academic year students. 

Requirements for Admission

Candidates must meet the following requirements for admission. Proof will be required as part of the application process.

  • Citizenship other than U.S.
  • A thorough knowledge of the English language, both written and spoken (see below).
  • Enrollment in a full-time, undergraduate course of studies at an accredited university based in a country other than the U.S.
  • A completed application for the Duke University Undergraduate Visiting International Student and Exchange Programs (see below).
  • Proof of sufficient financial support for the student's year of undergraduate study at Duke.


English Proficiency

Students from abroad who do not use English as their primary language must demonstrate the ability to deal with idiomatic English as spoken in an academic setting. The students must have the ability to express thoughts quickly and clearly in both spoken and written English. Candidates for the Undergraduate Visiting International Student and Exchange Programs, therefore, must be completely fluent at the time the application is submitted.

Accepted English proficiency tests are as follows:

  • The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): The minimum required score on the TOEFL is 100 on the iBT (or 600 on the paper based test). To register for the TOEFL, contact Educational Testing Service.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): The minimum required score on the IELTS is 7.0. To register for the IELTS, contact IELTS.

Please submit a scanned copy of your test results with your application.

Application and Notification

Please begin the application process by clicking on the Apply Now button at the top this page. You will need to establish a "login" to start the application. The program is listed as "Visiting International Student" (incoming program). If you do not attend one of our partner institutions, please choose "Other" from the institution menu.

After you have begun an application, you can access the MyGlobalEd online application system by clicking on the Log In link on the bottom of our homepage.

Non-partner student deadline: February 1

Global Partner student deadline: March 1, or by arrangement. Partner students needing to apply after the March 1st deadline should start an application, then email to request an extended deadline.

Complete the application and submit it and other required materials by the appropriate deadline above for academic year and fall semester admissions. Spring semester only applications will not be considered due to housing limitations on the Duke campus.

Submit any accompanying application documentation electronically to .

If necessary, paper materials may be mailed to Undergraduate Visiting International Student Program, Global Education Office for Undergraduates, 114 S. Buchanan St., Smith Warehouse, Bay 6, 2nd Floor, Box 90057, Durham, NC 27708-0057, U.S.A. (Tel. 919-684-2174; Fax 919-684-3083).

Where necessary, please obtain and submit official translations of all documents (transcripts, recommendations, etc.) which are not in English.

For applications completed by February 1st, notification of a final decision will take place by March 15. For applications submitted later, final decisions will depend on the availability of the selections committee.

NOTE: Under the Campus Security Act (20 U.S.C. 1092f), prospective students may obtain a copy of the University's annual security report by visiting the Duke University Police Department at 502 Oregon Street, Durham, NC 27708 or by calling 919-684-4602. This report includes campus crime statistics and the University's safety and security policies.

Last revised: 27 June 2012

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