Types of Credit

As you select your study away program, it's important to understand which type of credit you'll earn upon completion of the program. Study away programs offer Duke credit, transfer credit, or a hybrid of both Duke and transfer credit.

Duke Credit

Just like a class on Duke’s Durham campus

Study away courses issuing Duke credit are designed to be as rigorous as a course on Duke’s campus. These courses are offered on Duke-In programs, which are administered and supervised by Duke University, either fully or in partnerships with other institutions, and Duke faculty are directly involved.

In study away courses bearing Duke credit:

  • You earn Duke grades that are factored into your GPA. Your grades are considered in determining your eligibility for academic
    honors and recognition such as Dean’s List.
  • Courses count towards graduation, just like any Duke class.
  • Courses count towards your major, minor, or certificate, just like any Duke class.
  • You can fulfill Areas of Knowledge (ALP, CZ, NS, QS, SS).
  • You can fulfill Modes of Inquiry (CCI, STS, EI, W, R).
  • You can fulfill the (FL) Mode of Inquiry requirement.

Transfer Credit

    The courses you take on study away for transfer credit are added to your record upon your return, so long as you follow the instructions for getting a course approved and reconciling your transfer credit:

    See: Get a Course Approved

    See: Reconcile Transfer Credit


    In study away courses approved for transfer credit:

    • You must take courses for grades and earn the U.S. equivalent of a C– or higher. Grades are not factored into your Duke GPA and do not appear on your Duke transcript.
    • Courses will appear on your transcript in accordance with the type of approval granted for the course, either as the course's direct Duke equivalent or as a departmental elective.
    • Courses may count towards graduation.
    • At your department's discretion, transfer courses taken away may be used to satisfy major, minor, and/or certificate requirements. 
    • You can fulfill Areas of Knowledge (ALP, CZ, NS, QS, SS).
    • You cannot fulfill Modes of Inquiry (CCI, STS, EI, W, R).

    Hybrid Credit Structure

    Some Duke-In semester programs are designed with a hybrid credit structure. This means you will enroll in a mix of Duke courses and courses offered at foreign universities, and, as a result, you will earn a mix of Duke credit and transfer credit on the same program.

    See sections above for the differences between Duke credit and transfer credit. 

    Which programs have a hybrid credit structure?

    The courses you take on a hybrid program for transfer credit are added to your record upon your return, so long as you follow the instructions for getting a course approved and reconciling your transfer credit:

    See: Get a Course Approved

    See: Reconcile Transfer Credit

    Institutional Transfer Credit

    The Global Education Office does not oversee institutional transfer credit. Institutional transfer credit is earned when you enroll on your own at another four-year college or university in or outside of the United States, and as such, you are not engaged in a Duke-approved study away program.


    See: Trinity Policy on Institutional Transfer Credit

    Transfer Students

    If you are a transfer student to Duke University, you must consult your academic dean to determine whether you will be able to graduate on time by earning additional transfer credits from study away.
     

    Trinity Academic Deans

     

    Pratt Academic Deans