Study away courses offer the following types of credit:

  • In study away courses offering Duke credit, you’ll earn a letter grade that gets factored into your GPA, just like a course on the Durham campus.
  • In study away courses offering transfer credit, you’ll earn “TR” credit towards graduation. You have to take the course for a grade and earn the U.S. equivalent of a C– or higher, but the grades are not factored into your GPA.
  • Some Duke-In semester programs have a “hybrid” credit structure, offering both Duke credit and transfer credit on the same program.

Duke Credit

Just like a class on Duke’s Durham campus

Study away courses issuing Duke credit are designed to be as rigorous as a course on Duke’s campus. These courses are offered on Duke-In programs, which are administered and supervised by Duke University, either fully or in partnerships with other institutions, and Duke faculty are directly involved.


In study away courses that offer Duke credit:

  • You earn Duke grades that are factored into your GPA.
  • Courses count towards graduation, just like a class on the Durham campus would.
  • Courses count towards your major, minor, or certificate just like any Duke class would.
  • You can earn Modes of Inquiry and Areas of Knowledge codes.
  • You can earn the FL Mode of Inquiry code.
  • Your grades are considered in determining your eligibility for academic honors and recognition such as Dean’s List.

Transfer Credit

Study away courses taken for transfer credit will appear on your Duke transcript in the same fashion as they are listed on the transcript of the foreign university or program provider, but without grades. Grades earned on transfer credit courses will not be factored into your Duke GPA. Credit towards graduation will be designated with the letters “TR.”

The courses you take on study away are added to your record as transfer credit upon your return, so long as you follow the instructions for getting a course approved and reconciling your transfer credit.

Hybrid Credit

What is Hybrid Credit?

Several of the Duke-In semester programs offer hybrid credits, which means students will enroll in a mix of Duke courses and courses offered at foreign universities and, as a result, will earn a mix of Duke credit and transfer credit on the program.

  • Duke Credits: The Duke courses on the program will be counted as full Duke credits with Duke numbers, full curricular code eligibility, and final grades that count in the GPA.
  • Transfer Credits: All courses offered by the host university/universities will convey to the Duke transcript as transfer credits, provided the equivalent of a C- or better is earned in the course. For these courses only, letter grades will not appear on the Duke transcript and will not count in the Duke GPA.

Which programs offer hybrid credit?


Institutional Transfer Credit

GEO does not oversee institutional transfer credit. Institutional transfer credit is earned when you enroll on your own at another four-year college or university in or outside of the United States, and as such, you are not engaged in a Duke-approved study away program.

Transfer Students

If you are a transfer student to Duke University, you must consult your academic dean to determine whether you will be able to graduate on time by earning additional transfer credits from study away.

Trinity Academic Deans

Pratt Academic Deans