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 for this summer, visit Duke's Keep Exploring website, which outlines courses, co-curricular, and experiential learning opportunities.


Frequently Asked Questions

Will GEO cancel any summer 2021 programs?

GEO’s goal is to run our programs as long as it is safe to do so. Unfortunately, this is a rapidly evolving situation that may warrant suspending or cancelling current or future programs.

The decision to suspend or cancel a program is not one that the university takes lightly. In addition to GEO’s own careful assessment of events, such a decision would be based on world events and informed by consultations with various parties, which may include:

  • Duke program administrators
  • Officials at partner institutions
  • U.S. State Department officials
  • Officials from other U.S. agencies (for example, the CDC)
  • Private-sector international security experts
  • Other relevant Duke University offices 

What happens if GEO cancels a program?

In the event that Duke should have to suspend or cancel a specific Duke-administered study away program due to COVID-19, thereby causing no academic credit to be awarded, full refunds of Duke-billed expenses will be made. This includes a refund of the program fee, should a program be canceled after the commitment date, but before the start of the program.

Carefully consider non-billable expenses (e.g. personal and travel expenses) when planning your program participation. We recommend you purchase travel insurance, though you should make sure it is clear what and when expenses will be covered by your travel insurance policy.

If Duke terminates a program early but makes arrangements for students to earn full or partial credit, the tuition refund amount would reflect these circumstances. Whether or not credit is awarded would depend on the particular program and when the suspension or cancellation takes place, among other factors.

Students studying away on Duke-approved programs, sponsored by another institution, are subject to the cancellation and refund policies, if any, of the respective institution.