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Duke Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation General Information
Transcript of Duke Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation General Information
Prepare your personal and academic life for a summer, semester or academic year sojourn.
Study in a location that may be considerably different than Duke, which may require you to exhibit flexibility, open-mindedness and to maintain an appropriate balance between your academic and experiential learning goals.
Recognize that your successful experience is based on the local trust and confidence you build by living in, and respectfully integrating yourself into, your host community and culture
Commit to improving your knowledge of the people with whom you live and study; and, in doing so, share your skills and learn new skills as needed, including the host country language if it is other than English
Recognize that you are responsible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your personal conduct and professional performance.
Engage with host community in a spirit of cooperation, mutual learning, and respect.
Work within the Duke Community Standard and the local and national laws of the community and/or country where you study
Exercise good judgment and personal responsibility to protect your health, safety, and well-being and that of others
Recognize that you will be perceived, in your host community, and the areas in which you travel, as a representative of the people, cultures, values, and traditions of Duke University and of the U.S.
Represent responsibly the people, cultures, values, and traditions of your host community to people at Duke both during and following your study abroad.
Duke students wishing to study abroad for credit must complete final forms for study abroad prior to
Please read all required forms carefully before signing. Forms can be downloaded from the MyGlobalEd online application system. The Participation Agreement must be signed by BOTH the student and parent/guardian. The Participation Agreement is also available for downloading on the GEO website.
Students who fail to submit properly completed forms by the published deadlines
be placed on Study Abroad Agreement with the university and
be allowed to study abroad.
A visa is a special permission to visit a country, issued by the
government of that country. Visas come in many forms: a stamp, sticker, or attachment
stapled to your passport
An updated list of foreign consular offices located in the U.S.
can be found at the U.S. State Department website:
To check the visa requirements for U.S. citizens for your study abroad destination(s), please see the entry and exit sections of each country's Consular Information Sheet at
Students should be receiving basic information about visa
requirements from their study abroad programs. However, for most programs, it will be your responsibility to obtain a visa. Keep in mind that it is 100% your responsibility as a student to know and comply with your host country’s immigration laws.
SPECIAL ALERT! If you plan to participate abroad in DukeEngage or another international program after your study abroad, please pay careful
attention to the logistics required to obtain multiple visas for your
international experiences. If you notice a conflict, contact the Global
U.S. citizens will find all they need to know about obtaining
passports at the U.S. State Department web site.
A valid, signed passport is necessary to travel from one country to another.
Your passport is your most important legal document while overseas, so guard it with care. It is recommended that you make at least three photocopies of the photo and information pages of your
passport before you leave to give to family and/or your program director for safekeeping, as well as keeping one for yourself.
Please ensure that your passport will be valid for the duration of
your stay abroad. If it’s due to expire, begin the renewal process immediately. Some countries require that your passport be valid at least SIX months or longer beyond the dates of your trip.
START THE VISA PROCESS EARLY!
Financial Aid is available on semester and academic year basis for Duke-administered (Duke-in) and Duke-approved programs. Financial Aid is available on a summer basis for Duke-administered (Duke-in) programs ONLY.
Federal and Duke aid applies; work study funds are replaced with grant funding. Please contact the Duke Office of Financial Aid for further details (email email@example.com or
Be sure that you have completed all financial aid application
materials and have everything squared away before you
leave for the program!
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-684-2174
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Duke Administered Program
Duke Approved Program
Students earn: Regular Duke credits and grades in most
cases, transfer credits in some, that count fully towards
Students earn: Transfer credit only, which may fulfill
requirements for majors, minors, and areas of knowledge. The FL mode of inquiry may be received, but ONLY with special approval. No other modes of inquiry are possible.
Remember first and foremost that "STUDY" is a key word to understanding and fulfilling the promises of a "study abroad" experience.
To transfer credit, it is the student's responsibility to do the following:
Verify that all the courses you plan to take abroad are listed in the Course Approval Database: http://courses.globaled.duke.edu
If the course(s) is (are) not contained in the Course Approval Database, you need to contact Cathy Penny in the Global Education Office and provide her with an official description of each course. Such descriptions can usually be found in a program guide, bulletin, catalogue, or syllabus. You should request syllabi from your program in advance if possible.
Request that an official transcript of courses with final grades from the program you attended be sent to the Global Education Office for Undergraduates.
Only courses that have been approved will be transferred to your Duke transcript. Your credit transfer cannot take place until your official transcript from your study abroad program has been received.
Students on non-Duke administered programs must take the normal (not minimum) full credit load of the study abroad program as defined by the program or sponsoring institution. No overload or under load is permitted! Courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
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