PETITION A PROGRAM

When Duke-In and Duke-Approved programs don’t meet your academic needs, you can petition for approval of a program of your choice. This approval is granted by the Faculty Global Education Committee and is a one-time approval of one particular program, for one particular student.

After the student returns to Duke from the program, their work must be evaluated by the relevant Directors of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). If these evaluations are positive, the program can then be petitioned by other students in the future.

After a minimum enrollment of two different students in two different terms, the program may be considered for review by the Faculty Global Education Committee, which has the final say on which programs ultimately appear on the list of Duke-approved programs.

Download the Application Guide

The Application Guide for Petitions contains step-by-step guidance for petitioning a study away program. This guide is updated each semester with deadlines and notification dates.

Application Guide for Petitions

Process for Filing a Petition

Petition Cap

A maximum of six petitions will be approved per term for any given program. That means a maximum of six petitions for any one program will be submitted for a single Global Education Committee meeting on a first come, first served basis, determined by the order in which each application is completed. New applications will be submitted to future Committee meetings until the maximum of six per program have been approved. An application will be eligible for consideration when all components of the online application are submitted and no more than one transfer credit form is outstanding (e.g., if a full course load is 5 classes, we must receive at least 4 transfer credit approval forms for the petition to be considered complete). Therefore, it is to the students’ advantage to begin the petition process early.

These procedures are in place for summer, semester, and academic year programs.

Returning from a Petitioned Study Away Program

Upon return to Duke from a petitioned study away program, students are required to complete a petition evaluation. After a program has received positive evaluations in two different semesters or summer terms, it may be considered for addition to the Duke-approved program list by the Faculty Global Education Committee. Petitioned programs are reviewed annually to determine their eligibility for the list.

Petition evaluations are comprised of the following two parts:

Petitioning Programs Formerly on the Approved List

If a Duke-approved program has not been attended by a Duke student for a period of five years, it may be removed from the active Duke-approved program list. The removed program will be placed on a list of previously-approved programs, which is made available upon request. If a student wishes to attend a removed program, they must petition the program as normal, but the program may be reconsidered for addition to the approved list only after one successful petition and follow-up evaluation process.