COVID-19 Updates

The Duke Global Education Office (GEO) is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation around the world. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to GEO at

If this pandemic has impacted your plans, visit Duke's Keep Exploring website, which outlines courses, co-curricular, and experiential learning opportunities.

Summer 2021

The Duke University Global Education Office (GEO) has suspended all outgoing undergraduate study away programs for summer 2021 due to ongoing health, safety, and logistics concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The suspension applies to both U.S.-based and international study away programs. GEO is offering two virtual summer programs:

Duke academic policy states that online transfer credit, such as those offered through unsanctioned virtual study away programs, will not be accepted by the registrar’s office. Please note that should a student choose to study away this summer on any unsanctioned program, they do so without access to university financial aid and travel resources, and will not be permitted to transfer credit back to the institution.

To ensure a seamless continuation of your studies, we recommend students refer to updates on Keep Learning and Keep Exploring.

Fall 2021

The Global Education Office is hopeful that our Fall 2021 study away programs will operate. Applications opened for our Fall 2021 programs on January 4, 2021. GEO will not be accepting Fall 2021 petitions for programs outside of its approved portfolio. The Duke-Approved portfolio underwent a COVID-19 risk assessment in February 2021 and has been updated to reflect programs that meet Duke’s COVID-19 protocol standards. Please review our program webpages for more details and to begin an application:

If fall programs are canceled or an enrolled student wishes to withdraw before the first day of the program, Duke students who have paid deposits towards Duke-administered programs will have the funds credited to their bursar accounts. Non-Duke students will be contacted by their GEO Program Manager about deposit refunds. Students on Duke-approved programs should check with their program provider regarding cancellation, withdrawal, and refund policies.

We cannot guarantee that our study away programs will run in the Fall. Review our Frequently Asked Questions section below to understand how COVID-19 might impact a Fall 2021 study away semester. If you have questions, please email us at

Frequently Asked Questions:

Summer 2021 Questions

Fall 2021 Questions

General Study Away




Life on Study Away

Health & Safety

Program Site