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 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

2024 Group Info Sessions Schedule:

Tuesdays 7 pm-8:30 pm and Fridays 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Access the Zoom link: 

Group Info Sessions usually last about 60 minutes, and we leave the last 30 minutes open for questions.

No sessions during Duke calendar holidays.

Virtual Q & A with Peer Advisors

Got a question about study away?  Come to our Q and A sessions and get the answers from our trained Peer Advisors.


2024 Virtual Q & A Schedule:

Mondays 6:30 pm-8:00 pm and Wednesdays 7 pm-8:30 pm

Access the Zoom link: 

No advising during Duke calendar holidays.

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
  • Finances
  • Academic or housing accommodations
  • Research & Internship course approvals
  • Petitions

For quick questions regarding logistics, please email 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.

Schedule an individual advising appointment with the survey below: 

GEO Advising Appointment Survey

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.

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.


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.

Through October 2023, GEO advisors are only taking meeting requests for Spring 2024 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:


For academic advisors

Are you an academic advisor? 

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.