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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Study Away Myth Busters

Before you draw conclusions about study abroad/away, there are a few key misperceptions floating around that you’ll want to research for yourself.

Myth #1: I will not receive major, minor, or certificate credit or fulfill any of my graduation requirements on my study away program.

When you study on Duke-In programs you earn Duke credit or a combination of Duke credit and transfer credit. Duke courses taken abroad fulfill the same requirements as on-campus courses.

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Finance FAQ for Parents & Families

Eliminate unwanted surprises when you understand how the bursar’s office will handle billing for your student’s term(s) on study away.

How do I tell Duke not to bill for housing, dining, etc. while my student is away?

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World Situation FAQ

The safety and security of Duke students studying abroad is the first priority for Duke University and the Global Education Office for Undergraduates (GEO). Thus, using information and analysis from sources including the U.S. Department of State, Duke’s international security and evacuation partner, International SOS, our on-site program contacts, and various domestic and international news agencies, we are constantly monitoring and assessing the security conditions in and around our study abroad sites.

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The Domestic Difference

At GEO we believe 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 domestic study away programs in iconic US places such as: New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Alaska, and Silicon Valley. 

What makes GEO domestic programs unique? 

1.     Pre-Professional Focus

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Why Study Away Is Not a Semester Off

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.

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