Why Study Away Is Not a Semester Off

How Duke Ensures Quality in Study Away Programming

Duke administers a strong portfolio of its own study away programs: 30+ summer programs and 15+ semester-long programs. These programs directly involve Duke faculty and award Duke grades and Duke credit in most cases (transfer credit in some). Enrollment in Duke-In programs is not limited to Duke students–students from peer universities often find Duke's offerings to be worth the investment, both for the academic quality and the uniqueness of program curriculum.

How are Duke-In programs developed? Typically, program proposals are initiated by Duke faculty. The faculty member and GEO staff will work in consultation with the academic department head of the sponsoring unit, the faculty-led Duke Global Education Committee, and other appropriate Duke departments and administrators. Successful program proposals highlight the expertise of Duke faculty and address a curricular need or area of emphasis in the sponsoring department.

How is quality monitored? All study abroad/study away programs are evaluated by students and monitored by GEO staff. Individual courses are vetted and approved by academic departments at Duke. In addition, Duke-In program courses are assessed by the GEO and the Duke Assessment Office through the use of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences course evaluations for each term the program runs. Semester and summer Duke-In programs are periodically reviewed on-site by internal and external teams of faculty and administrators; and, for all programs, GEO conducts routine comprehensive reviews in which programs are vetted in these areas:

  1. Academic rigor, in partnership with the Global Education Committee
  2. Quality of cultural interaction
  3. Assessment of health, safety, and security practices


Study Away Programs Offering Coursework with an Internship, Research, or Independent Study Component

If you are an undergraduate looking for an internship, research opportunity, independent study program, or other practicum experience, check out the options available through courses on study away programs.

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Ask Away: Q+A with Duke Students about Study Away

Get ready to 'Ask Away'! This series of events and resources will help you connect with alumni of various study away programs. Check out the new GEO Peer Advisors, Q+A videos, student panel events, and a searchable directory of 190+ ambassadors!

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Program Recommendations by Area of Study

Looking for a study away experience with an emphasis on courses in your discipline? Use these links to browse study away/abroad opportunities by areaof study. Browse these program recommendations by area of study for a quick guide to summer and semester programs – both Duke-In and Duke-Approved.

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U.S.-Based Programs: Try on a New City for Credit

You can have a global experience anywhere in the world, including right here in the U.S. The Duke Global Education Office administers a growing number of U.S.-based study away programs in iconic places such as New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Silicon Valley.

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Back to Back: How I Studied Abroad Twice in the Same Summer

In the summer after her sophomore year at Duke, Tiffany de Guzman ('19) did two Duke-In summer programs: Duke in Bologna and Duke in Oxford. We asked her to share what motivated her to tackle four credits in one summer and what advice she has for others considering doing the same.

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Study Away Myth Busters

Find out the top six things that people get wrong when sharing advice about study abroad/away, from finances to course credits to language requirements.

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How To Choose a Study Away Program

When it comes to choosing a study away program, the array of options can be overwhelming. It might seem easier to follow friends’ recommendations, but study away is really about your own path. What are you looking for? What are your academic and personal goals? Here’s a list to get you started with evaluating your needs.

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