GEO ADVISING OVERVIEW
GEO advisors are here to help you figure out study away and to prepare you for your program. There are three easy ways to access the GEO advising team - Group Info Session, Drop-in Advising, and Individual Advising Sessions.
Group Info Sessions
Your first step in advising is to attend a group info session. These sessions are held weekly and are available in person or on Zoom. Topics covered include:
- How to search for programs based on your area of study
- How credit works on study away programs
- Application process overview
- Finances overview
Fall 2022 Group Info Session Schedule:
- 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (from Sept. 6th - Nov. 15th)
Hybrid Session: Brodhead Center, Room 241 & Zoom
- 2nd & 4th Fridays, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (from Sept. 9th - Nov. 11th)
Hybrid Session: Link Group Study Room 1 & Zoom
Group Info Sessions usually last about 60 minutes, and we leave the last 15 minutes open for questions.
Drop-in advising is for quick questions. If you don’t need a full 30-minute appointment, please consider stopping by a drop-in session hosted by our peer advisors. Drop-in advising can be used to double-check a policy or procedure or to confirm you’re on track with your application or pre-departure steps.
Individual Advising Appointments
After attending a Group Info Session, students are welcome to schedule a one-on-one meeting with a GEO advisor. We recommend having a short list of programs you’re interested in prior to scheduling a one-on-one meeting. Common topics students discuss with GEO advisors include:
- Questions about specific semester programs
- Identity Culture Safety & Security
- Health & Wellness
- Academic or housing accommodations
- Research & Internship course approvals
For quick questions regarding logistics, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or come to drop-in advising with a peer advisor. If you want to know what the program is like from a fellow student’s perspective or have questions about making friends, fitting in, independent travel, etc., you can reach out to a study away ambassador.
Is study away advising required?
Meeting with a GEO advisor is required to petition a program. Advising is also required for a handful of Duke-Approved programs, including all semester Oxford programs, London School of Economics, and International Christian University (Japan). Advising is available for all other programs, both Duke-In and Duke-Approved.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I MEET WITH AN ADVISOR?
Unless you’re considering Oxford, London School of Economics, or a petition program you don’t need to meet with an advisor until 6-8 months prior to departure. Before that, we encourage you to explore programs independently, and attend the Global Education Fair and Study Away Information sessions to narrow down your selection and learn more about the process.
During August and September of the fall 2022 semester, GEO advisors will only accept advising appointments from Spring 2023 applicants.
Please keep application deadlines in mind. Duke-In, Duke-Approved, and petition deadlines are all different. Please consult the following for program-specific deadlines:
To schedule an advising appointment please email email@example.com, and include the following information:
- What term you are planning to study away
- Primary programs you’re interested in attending
If you are having trouble scheduling a study away advising appointment or are worried that your appointment isn't for several weeks, please attend a General Info Session, come to drop-in advising hours with a peer advisor, or review these resources compiled by GEO advisors to help get you started.
For academic advisors
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If you are in a position to advise students – either formally or informally, at Duke or at another university – you are bound to come across questions about study abroad or study away. Check out our collection of resources for Academic Advisors to find answers to common student questions.