Studying away is an important part of your Duke experience. The Global Education Office for Undergraduates is here to help you connect to the right program—one that aligns with your academic goals, challenges your perspectives, and empowers you to become an engaged global citizen.


Duke-In Programs

Duke University administers and supervises the Duke-In Programs, either fully or in partnerships with other institutions; and Duke faculty are directly involved. Students earn regular Duke credits and grades in most cases (transfer credits in some) that count towards curricular requirements.

Duke-Approved Programs

Programs on the Duke-Approved Programs List are sponsored by other American/foreign universities and providers, and are approved by the Duke Global Education Committee. Students earn transfer credit only, which may fulfill requirements for majors, minors, certifications, Areas of Knowledge, and the FL Mode of Inquiry with special approval.

Students who register to study on programs administered by institutions other than Duke University will pay the tuition and fees of the administering university, in addition to a study abroad fee payable to Duke to maintain the student's enrollment at Duke.

Petition a Program

If you do not find a Duke-In or Duke-Approved program suitable to your academic interests, you may petition the Global Education Committee for provisional approval of a program of your choice.

Exchange Programs

Through the Domestic Exchange Programs with Howard University and Spelman College, Duke students may study for a semester at either institution and enroll in a wide variety of courses, for which they will receive transfer credit at Duke.

Find Programs by Courses

Use the GEO Approved Course Database

The GEO Approved Course Database is a searchable database of pre-approved courses for study away. If you have a specific course or subject area you'd like to take as part of your study away experience, you can find a program that will offer you that credit.

This database is not comprehensive. Generally, if a course is not already in the database, it means that no student has taken it yet. If you don't see a course listed, it simply means you will need to seek approval for the course yourself.



We always recommend that you start by looking at Duke's own programs, for which you pay Duke tuition and earn in-residence Duke credits. If there is a Duke program that suits your goals, this is usually the simplest option. 

If you do not find what you seek among the Duke-In programs, you may wish to explore the Duke-Approved Program List. This list, which is updated yearly, includes about 150 non-Duke programs currently approved for transfer credit. The list is organized by region and country, and contains links to each program's website.

If you are unable to find a Duke-In or Duke-Approved program that suits your academic needs, please schedule an appointment with a GEO advisor.

This is about you.

Keep in mind that there is no "one size fits all" in study away. The choice needs to be an individual one based upon your academic and personal goals. It is important not to rush into a program choice without considering all the options, however tempting it may be to simply follow the choices of your peers.

Program Criteria

So, how do you identify the program which is the best fit for you? First, you need to ask yourself some questions about your academic goals and how the various programs might help you achieve them.