GEO advisors are here to help you figure out study abroad/away and to prepare you for your program. You can meet with an advisor anytime in your four years, and you can come in for an appointment as many times as you need.

Common topics students discuss with GEO advisors:

• Choosing a Program • Fitting In
• Academics and Course Credits • Friends
• Internships • Family
• Research Opportunities (undergrad) • Health and Wellness
• Finances • Safety and Security
• Identity • Culture

Is study away advising required?

Meeting with a GEO advisor is required to petition a program. Advising is also required for handful of Duke-Approved programs, including all semester Oxford programs and IES Madrid: Engineering, Architecture, & Science. Advising is recommended for all other programs, both Duke-In and Duke-Approved.


GEO advisors have experience working with Duke undergraduates from all majors. We all have worked, studied and/or lived abroad, and have helped prepare students for study away experiences for a number of years. We are available to assist you in clarifying your educational objectives for study away and matching them to an appropriate program.

GEO study away advising works on a first-come first-served basis. You can make an appointment with any advisor about any program. If you prefer, you can check the advisor’s bio and choose to make an appointment with the person who matches with your areas of interest.

Unsure of who you should meet with or have a general advising question? Feel free to email


During the Summer of 2022, most study away advising appointments will continue to take place over Zoom. To request a Zoom appointment, email, or directly email the advisor you’d like to meet with.

If you'd prefer an in-person appointment appointment at the GEO offices in Smith Warehouse, please email to request an appointment.

Be sure to prepare for advising prior to your appointment. 

Abigail Grubbs

General Advising

Alayne Wood

General Advising

Having trouble scheduling a study away advising appointment, or worried that your appointment isn't for several weeks? Please review these resources compiled by GEO advisors to help get you started.

For academic advisors

Are you an academic advisor? 

If you are in a position to advise students – either formally or informally, at Duke or at another university – you are bound to come across questions about study abroad or study away. Check out our collection of resources for Academic Advisors to find answers to common student questions.