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by the Duke Global Education Office

The Duke University Global Education Office (GEO) is committed to inclusion on its study away programs. We work closely with Duke’s Student Disability Access Office (SDAO) to help students with disabilities request and receive approved accommodations on study away programs to the extent that they can be arranged, given local/foreign laws, infrastructure, and other considerations.

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Please understand that we cannot guarantee that every approved accommodation can be implemented in every program location.

Because it may take a substantial amount of time and planning to arrange accommodations abroad, if you should need assistance in identifying programs and/or program locations that may fit your individual needs, you should reach out to a GEO advisor as early as possible when considering participation in a study away program.

This will give us time to explore all of your options, determine the feasibility of offering particular accommodations in particular program locations, and actually arrange accommodations if needed and available.

If it should become apparent at any point in this process that your preferred program/program location cannot reasonably accommodate your specific needs, we will closely work with you to explore other program options that may fit both your interests and medical needs.

Information for Duke Students

Already registered with Duke SDAO

Duke students who are planning to study away via a Duke-administered program, Duke-approved program, or petition program should ensure they, are registered to receive accommodations at Duke through the SDAO, the following steps will occur for all registered students:

  1. The SDAO will email an accommodation letter to GEO and copy you. GEO will then connect you with the GEO Program Manager of your program. This individual will serve as the disability liaison with the study away program in question and will assist the SDAO in the coordination and implementation of accommodations where available.
  2. It is imperative that you and the GEO Program Manager discuss your specific accommodations if you have any concerns as to whether your accommodation(s) can be met while studying away from Duke. Do not assume that any or all accommodations can be offered/arranged.
  3. After the GEO Program Manager receives your accommodation letter from our office, he/she will provide this letter to the designated individual(s) at the institution/program you will be attending, or will assist you in contacting the designated individual(s) at the institution/program you will be attending.
  4. You may be required to “register” with the host institution or their disability office. If this is requested of you, please follow the instructions provided by the GEO Program Manager and/or host institution. If needed, you may need to confer with your designated GEO Program Manager for clarification as to next steps.  

Not yet registered with Duke SDAO

Duke students who are planning to study away via a Duke-administered, Duke-approved, or petition program, and who are not already registered to receive accommodations at Duke through the SDAO will first need to request accommodations through the Duke SDAO. Once you have received notification that your requested accommodations have been reviewed and approved by the SDAO, you will go through the steps outlined above under "Already Registered with SDAO". 

If you have any questions or concerns throughout this process, please reach out to


Information for Non-Duke Students Studying on Duke-Administered Programs

Non-Duke students may request accommodations on a Duke-administered program by first requesting accommodations from the Duke SDAO. Once you have been notified that your requested accommodations have been reviewed and approved, the SDAO will send GEO a letter outlining the accommodations you are eligible to receive while on your Duke-administered study away program. GEO will then work with you, the SDAO, and your program director to offer accommodations to the extent that it is possible to do so.

If you have any questions or concerns throughout this process, please reach out to


Single-Room Request

If your SDAO accommodation outlines a single room for student housing, please submit your study away SDAO paperwork within two weeks of the study away program application deadline. GEO will do its best to accommodate single-room requests made after this two-week window.




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