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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Duke University Global Education Office (GEO) has suspended all undergraduate study away programs for fall 2020 due to ongoing health and safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The suspension applies to Duke-In, Duke-Approved, and petition programs, including Duke in New York and U.S.-based exchange programs.
Please note that should a student choose to study away this fall on an 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. In addition, Duke academic policy states that online transfer credit, such as those offered through virtual study away programs, will not be accepted by the registrar’s office.
Duke students who have paid deposits towards Duke programs will have 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.
GEO will withdraw all fall study away applications from MyGlobalEd. Should a student wish to defer to spring 2021, please follow the appropriate procedure below:
- Duke-administered programs: If desired, request a deferral to the spring 2021 term through this online form. Spring deferral might not be available for every program. Students choosing to defer their Fall 2020 study away studies to Spring 2021 are subject to the Spring 2021 responsibility to pay schedule: https://globaled.duke.edu/finances/withdrawal-cancellation.
- Duke-approved programs: Students should inform their non-Duke program that they are withdrawing their fall application and inquire about options for deferring their application to spring 2021. If a student plans to defer, please inform GEO through this online form.
- To ensure a seamless continuation of your studies this fall, we recommend that you refer to updates on Keep Learning regarding the Duke fall semester.
Duke undergraduates interested in studying at Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan, China this fall will be able to apply through GEO. While this opportunity is open to all Duke students, participants will be subject to both Duke and governmental travel restrictions and immigration rules that will be in force at the time. Space is limited. For more information about this opportunity, visit https://globaled.duke.edu/programs/duke-kunshan.
Duke international sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in studying away in their home country or country of residence during the fall 2020 semester can apply to Duke-Approved programs through GEO. Students will need to meet the conditions of participation outlined below in order to enroll in the study away at home option. For more guidance, please book an advising appointment with the GEO Advisor who focuses on your home region: https://globaled.duke.edu/advising.
Conditions of Participation:
- Students interested in applying to a Duke-Approved program must complete this survey: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2udx2GmQWR7xDFz.
- Students must have sophomore, junior, or senior standing at Duke.
- Students must not be on disciplinary or academic probation at Duke.
- Students must enroll in a Duke-Approved program based in their home country or country of residence.
- Students must have legal standing to enroll in full-time studies in the program country.
- Students should not have to travel internationally to arrive at the host institution.
- Students cannot dual enroll in Duke classes and the program’s university classes.
- Students must take a full load of classes approved by Duke academic departments.
Students applying to Duke-Approved programs must follow the application deadlines of the host institution or program provider. The last day to enroll in Duke classes is August 28th, the last day of drop/add.
Responsibility to Pay Policies:
As with any Duke-Approved study away program, students opting to study away at home would be responsible to pay a study abroad fee ($4,580 USD) to Duke, and all other payments related to their program to the program provider. Financial aid rules for study away would apply: https://financialaid.duke.edu/current-undergraduates/study-abroad.
We are still recruiting for our spring 2021 programs. At this point, we don’t anticipate COVID-19 impacting our spring 2021 programs; however, this is a rapidly evolving situation that could change with little warning.
All students studying on Duke and non-Duke study away programs both internationally and domestically have been recalled. For more details, please visit Duke’s COVID-19 website, https://sites.duke.edu/coronavirus/.
Students enrolled in Duke credit classes on Duke-administered study away programs should follow the Spring 2020 Duke S/U grading policy change announced by the university on 3/18/2020. Specifically, the default grade setting for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading option will apply to Duke-credited courses in study away programs. If students choose to receive a letter grade for a class, they can do so by submitting the S/U to Graded form to the Office of the University Registrar at https://registrar.duke.edu/forms/su-graded. Non-Duke students enrolled in Duke-administered programs, including ICCS Rome, should consult with their home institutions regarding preferred grading policy.
Students enrolled in transfer credit courses may follow the grading schema of the transcripting institution of their study abroad program. In other words, if Arcadia University implements its own S/U grading option for Spring 2020 grades, Duke will recognize and evaluate the credit as transcripted. Transfer courses will continue to appear on the Duke transcript with one of three designations:
- TR – transfer credit that counts towards your total credit requirement
- TR* - transfer credit that counts towards your course requirements
- TNC – the designation for course earning less than a C-, no credit is received
For questions regarding Duke study away/study abroad courses and grading options, please message email@example.com or leave a message at 919-684-2174.
GEO continues to work with students in the field to help them finish out their spring semesters in the least disruptive way possible. Any updates will be communicated directly to the impacted students
All Duke study away programs, both international and domestic, have been cancelled for summer 2020. For more details, please visit Duke’s COVID-19 website, https://sites.duke.edu/coronavirus/.
As a result of these cancellations, the student responsibilities outlined in the summer 2020 Participation Agreement are no longer in effect. Students have no further obligations to the Global Education Office for their summer 2020 programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will GEO cancel any spring 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.