International Student Requirements

Student in a chemistry labLive and learn this summer with citizens from the U.S. and around the world in Duke's Summer College for High School Students. Summer College is designed to offer you the opportunity to study with Duke undergraduate students and academically accomplished peers, while improving your ability to interact and relate successfully in a multicultural environment. 

English Language Proficiency

The minimum required scores are 95 for the Internet-based TOEFL and 7.0 for the IELTS test.  Preferred score for the Internet-based TOEFL would be 100.  Students for whom their first language is not English and who do not have a TOEFL or IELTS score may elect to be tested by the English for International Students (EIS) program in the Duke University Graduate School.  For the language test, students will be asked to participate in a Skype interview (15 minutes), write an academic essay (45 minutes), and answer questions about a reading (30 minutes).  The test will begin with a Skype interview, after which students will be sent a reading with questions and a writing prompt.  Following the interview, they will be required to submit their responses to the reading and writing components within an hour and 15 minutes.  After the test, EIS will report the results to the student and the program within one week.  
Please complete the following steps to register for the English language exam through Duke’s EIS Office. You must submit your registration for the exam by April 14:
Step One: Go to the Test Application page and click on Apply Now.  
Step Two: The system will prompt you to create a new user account or login with an existing account. If you don’t have a user account, create one:

  • If you are high school student under 18 years old who will be applying for Summer College for High School Students, select “I am a New User” under 18 years old. 
  • If you are a college student over 18 years old who will be applying as an International Summer Scholar, select “I am a New User” over 18 years old. 

Step Three: Complete the one-page application for Duke Summer Session Language Testing and click on Submit.
Step Four: Watch for an email from over the next few days with instructions for how to pay the $125 fee (due within 7 days) by credit card online.
Step Five: After you have paid for the test, Kaitlyn Aigner, the EIS Program Coordinator, will be in touch with you to arrange for the test.

If you would like to cancel your registration for the language exam, you may do so by emailing  Participants cancelling their exam at least two business days prior to their test date will receive a refund of 50 percent of the testing fee.  No refunds will be issued to those who cancel the exam within two business days of the test date or fail to show up for the exam.


All international students (non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents) are required to obtain an F-1 Student Visa in order to attend Duke University Summer College for High School Students. Students should not plan on entering the country using a tourist visa (B-1/B-2) if the intention is to enroll in Summer College for High School Students. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Nicki Charles at 919-684-8763.

Visa Application Procedures

After we review your Summer College for High School Students’ application and if we offer you admission, we will enroll you in the program. We will register you for the daytime class beginning February 20, 2017. Once you have been registered for your daytime class, we will initiate the process to apply for an I-20 visa document.  Duke University Visa Services will provide access to their online web form. Be prepared to complete the form and return the following documents:

  1. The signed signature page (requires blue ink) of the Duke Visa Services web form.
  2. Proof of Financial Support (generally a letter or statement from your financial institution or letter from a sponsor). The amount verified should equal the dollar amount on the estimated student budget (see estimate below) provided by the Duke Summer Session office.
  3. A clear photocopy of your passport showing picture and biographical data. Your passport must not expire within six months after the end of Summer College (thus, not before February 5, 2017). A “passport card” is not sufficient – you must have the passport book.
  4. After Duke University Visa Services has approved your documentation, you will be issued an I-20 visa document. You will need to make an appointment and present the I-20 document to a U.S. Consulate or Embassy in order to obtain the student visa.

Do not send any visa application materials before you are contacted by Duke.

Detailed information describing this process will be sent to you by e-mail once you have been offered admission to Summer College.

Also note that the completed, original visa application documents must be returned to Duke by postal delivery service. Documents sent by fax or e-mail will not be accepted. 

If you believe you do not need an F-1 Student Visa, please contact us at

Health Insurance

Participants in the Summer College 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. Summer College students are not permitted to use Duke Student Health Services, including the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

Estimated Student Budget: Summer College, 4-Week Term

The following figures represent the ESTIMATED total student budget for attending Duke Summer College in 2017. The figures include both billed and non-billed costs of enrollment at Duke. Because travel expenses vary, they are not included.

When you apply for your F-1 student visa, you will need to show proof of funds equaling the total below.

Program Fee* $8,550
Personal Expense Estimate** $500
Books & Supplies Estimate** $250

Estimated Cost of Attendance Per Term


* Represents tuition for 1 course credit, housing, dining, linens, local transportation, transcript fee, and most evening and weekend activities.
** These figures may be more or less depending on food consumption, course selection, and lifestyle choices.