International Student Requirements

Live and learn this summer with citizens from the U.S. and around the world in the Summer Academy for High School Students. Summer Academy is designed to offer you the opportunity to study with academically accomplished peers, while improving your ability to interact and relate successfully in a multicultural environment.


Summer Academy for High School Students is a non-credit academic enrichment program. As a participant in a non-credit program, you will not need and will not be eligible for a student visa. International participants (that is, non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents) will need a B-1/ B-2 visa. If there are questions, please contact Dr. Nicki Charles at + (919) 684-8763.

Visa Application Procedures

Speak with a representative of your local embassy to determine the proper documentation and steps to obtain your B-1 / B-2 visa. We encourage you to apply for your visitor visa early as it can be a time-consuming and lengthy process.

English Language Proficiency

To obtain the most benefit from Summer Academy for High School Students, your English language listening, reading, and speaking skills should be proficient. We will not provide English as a Second Language (ESL) support.  

Health Insurance

Participants in the Summer Academy for High School Students are required to have health insurance that is written by a company in the U.S. Short term health insurance is offered by many U.S. companies such as USI Affinity Travel Services ( Short-term health insurance is necessary to pay for any medical attention you may need.  Please remember that, while “Travel Insurance” may assist you with travel costs in the event of an emergency, many policies do not cover medical bills. You will be required to submit proof of U.S.-based health insurance after admission to the program. Students will not use Duke’s Student Health Services including the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).