Area for lead-in content about Student Life for visiting international students on Duke campus.


Students admitted to the Undergraduate Visiting International Student Program or as an undergraduate exchange student will be housed on West Campus in double rooms or Central Campus in 1-2 bedroom apartments with U.S. roommates. Housing will be arranged by university administrators based on preferences indicated by the student once accepted. Students in university housing are required to purchase meal plans.

Admitted visiting international students will be sent special instructions on how to sign up for university assignments and early move-in. Please do not attempt to sign up for university housing outside of the specific VIS instructions.


Duke University requires applicants to the Visiting International Student Program to complete a preliminary visa application. The Duke Global Education Office for Undergraduates will facilitate access to Duke's visa application for qualified applicants. Once a student is accepted and committed to Duke's Undergraduate Visiting International Student Program, Duke's Visa Services Office will provide the student with proper documentation to obtain a student visa for study at Duke.

To obtain a visa for study in the United States, a foreign national must furnish his country's United States consulate with proof of his/her ability to meet his/her educational expenses. The foreign national should not plan to work in the United States since one's ability to pay must be based upon resources available at the time of application. A certificate of eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) for a visa application will be issued only to foreign nationals who have been accepted, paid reservation fees, and provided sufficient financial documentation.