Study at Duke University for a Semester or a Year as a Non-Degree Student
The Visiting International Student (VIS) Program is an opportunity for foreign-national students enrolled at universities outside the U.S. to study at Duke University for a fall semester or a full academic year. The program is designed for undergraduate students, usually in their second or third year of studies, who have a thorough knowledge of the English language.
Students admitted to the Visiting International Student (VIS) Program may study at Duke for a period of one fall semester or one academic year (two semesters at four months each), but cannot extend the term or transfer into the four-year degree program at Duke.
Applicants should be full-time students of a university or college based outside the U.S.
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VIS participants join regular Duke University undergraduates in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences or Pratt College of Engineering of Duke University as non-degree students. While at Duke, Visiting International Students are treated as full-time Duke students, taking classes and examinations as home students do.
Visiting International Students may take up to four academic courses, plus one to two non-academic courses (e.g. physical education or house course) per semester.
VIS participants are limited to undergraduate courses and may not take classes in Duke's graduate level professional schools such as Fuqua School of Business, the Law School, the Medical School, etc.
Students will only be able to enroll in university courses taught on the Duke campus in Durham, North Carolina, during the academic year.
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HOUSING & MEALS
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 suites. Housing will be arranged by university administrators based on preferences indicated by the student once accepted.
Whenever possible, VIS students will be assigned roommates who are not VIS program participants. This gives VIS students a chance to meet local Duke students and better connect to the campus culture.
Housing sign-up: 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.
Students in university housing are required to purchase meal plans. Visit dining.duke.edu for more information.
Overall expenses will vary and depend somewhat upon a student's individual needs, but all VIS students pay standard Duke tuition and fees.
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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 their country's United States consulate with proof of their ability to meet 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 (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.
Currently, VIS can only obtain the J-1 visa from Duke. Duke is no longer authorized to sponsor the short term F-1 visa. All Visiting International Students must be sponsored under the J-1 visa category (https://visaservices.duke.edu/categories/j1). Incoming students must have at least part of their funding coming from non-family sources (government sponsorship, private scholarship, home institution scholarship, etc.) to qualify for the J-1 visa.
Virtual International Orientation on Zoom: Monday, August 1 to Friday, August 5
Early Move-in Dates: Thursday, August 18, and Friday, August 19
In-person Orientation Activities: Thursday, August 18, Friday, August 19, Saturday, August 27, and Sunday, August 28.
Start of Fall Semester Classes: August 29, 2022
End of exams (fall semester): December 19, 2022
Start of spring semester classes: January 11, 2023
End of exams (spring semester): May 6, 2023
Move-out date for non-graduating undergraduates: May 7, 2023
The VIS program is fully administered by Duke University's Global Education Office for Undergraduates (GEO), including the application and admissions process.
For questions about admissions, finances, housing, logistics, etc., please contact Valerie Cullen, VIS Program Coordinator. For questions related to academics, please contact the VIS Program Academic Dean.
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You do not need to apply through the Duke Office of Undergraduate Admissions.