How to Request a Letter of Recommendation for a Study Away Program

Most Duke-In and many Duke-approved study away programs require at least one letter of recommendation as part of the application process. Whom should you ask for a letter of recommendation?
 

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What to do if you can't get a study away advising appointment

During the Global Education Office's busy season, from mid-October through March, students may not be able to schedule an appointment with a study away advisor right away. We suggest you review resources on the GEO website and/or meet with a study away peer advisor to prepare for your appointment.

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How to Apply for a U.S. Passport

For U.S. Citizens, a valid, unexpired passport is required for international travel. If you don’t have a passport or need to renew, it’s important to apply early! Passport processing usually takes 4-6 weeks from the time you submit your application.
 

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GEO Launches Mobile Site For Global Ed Fair

The Global Education Fair is right around the corner! This year, the Global Education Office is introducing a new mobile site to make preparing for and navigating throughout the fair a lot easier.
 

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International SOS (ISOS): Emergency and Travel Assistance Service

Duke has contracted with a travel assistance company called International SOS (ISOS), which provides emergency assistance and other services for all students (both Duke and non-Duke students) studying abroad on Duke programs. Learn what services are offered and how to make the most of this benefit.
 

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Laptop and Smartphone Security

It is easy to carry a laptop or smartphone around; but, unfortunately, it is just as easy for thieves to steal one. In the seconds it takes you to turn around to greet a friend in a coffee shop, a thief can pick up and make off with your valuables. Bottom line: You need to guard your laptop and phone as closely as you guard your wallet.

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Pre-Departure Checklist for Summer Study Away Programs

Calling all list lovers! From academics to finances to safety, this list will walk you through key things you need to consider before you take off for your summer study away program. You should begin working to complete the items on this list as soon as you are enrolled in a summer program.
 

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Smart Things You Can Do To Avoid Unsafe Situations

Just like in the United States, it is important that you are vigilant and take commonsense precautions to safeguard yourself while on your study away program. There are proactive steps you can take to make your situation as safe as possible.
 

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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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Study Away Program Recommendations by Major

Looking for a study away experience with an emphasis on courses in your major? Use these guides to browse study away/abroad opportunities by major. Download the sheet for your major for a quick guide to summer and semester programs – both Duke-In and Duke-Approved – that GEO recommends for you.  

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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, Chicago, Washington D.C., Alaska, 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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Before You Go: Health & Wellness To-Do Items

This checklist will help you think about your health-related needs and take care of what needs attention before you depart. Things like what to pack, what to do if your routine medical visits falls during your time away, glasses and contacts, prescription medications, and immunizations, to name a few.

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Why Study Away Is Not a Semester Off

Duke administers a strong portfolio of over 40 semester and summer study away programs. Find out how Duke-In programs are developed initially, and how programs are evaluated and monitored for academic quality on a regular basis.

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