GEO assessment efforts ensure that its programs remain of the highest academic caliber.

The GEO assessment plan is designed to assess students' learning outcomes across all programs – Duke-In and Duke-Approved – which come under the purview of the office. Individual programs run by Duke also have their own program-specific mission statements and learning outcomes. Below is an abbreviated version of the office assessment plan, which includes general student learning goals and outcomes. A more detailed assessment plan can be obtained upon request.


Students on GEO programs meet clearly-defined goals and learning outcomes. 

Global Perspectives

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to identify varying cultural viewpoints.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate recognition of cultural differences.
  • Students will learn to communicate effectively and appropriately from the host culture's viewpoint, both verbally and nonverbally.

Cross-Cultural Adjustment

Learning Outcomes

  • Students show increased ability to empathize with people from different cultures and perspectives.
  • Students show increased ability to tolerate ambiguity.
  • Students will develop critical thinking skills and be able to apply them when encountering unfamiliar environments.

Language Development

For programs in non-English-speaking countries; varies by type of program.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students demonstrate an ability to carry out daily tasks in the host country language (all programs in non-English-speaking host countries).
  • Students demonstrate advanced proficiency in the host country language, such as the ability to complete content courses in the host language, the ability to communicate complex ideas (immersion programs in non-English-speaking countries).

Departmental, Certificate, & General Education Requirements

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will gain knowledge that can be applied to major/minor/certificate requirements.
  • Students will gain knowledge that will contribute to students' general education requirements as defined by Duke University's undergraduate curriculum.