Have a great idea for a study abroad or U.S.-based study away program? 

The field of international education, of which study abroad is a vital component, is rapidly expanding. The increasing complexity, growing need to manage risk, and the expanding number of new programs require effective communication and cooperation among faculty and administrators. The Global Education Office has prepared the resources below to assist you in navigating the proposal and approval process for a new study away program.



Documents to assist you in developing a new study away program

To assist faculty and staff at Duke University in understanding the processes involved in gaining approval to implement a new study away program, the Global Education Office for Undergraduates has adopted a timeline and checklist for use by potential program directors.

These standards and guidelines are well-recognized procedures used by the leading professional organization in International Education, NAFSA: Association of International Educators. They will not only help you complete the application but serve as a tool in the actual development and maintenance of your program.

Memo and Guidelines from GEO Exec Director

Phase 1: Overview

Phase 2: Final Request for Approval

MOU Faculty Director/GEO Responsibilities



Completed applications should be submitted to the Executive Director, Global Education Office for Undergraduates. Once reviewed, a recommendation will be made to the faculty Global Education Committee. Approved programs are jointly administered by the GEO and any departmental or organizational sponsors, under the umbrella of the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences.

Deadline: For summer programs, the deadline is January 1 of the year preceding the anticipated start date of the program. A semester program might take longer to develop and launch, depending on complexity and location.