Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

If you are currently, or have been, a college student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher learning and desire to enroll in undergraduate courses for academic, professional, or personal enrichment, you are eligible to apply. Due to the complexity of the student visa application process, international students who will begin their studies at another U.S. institution in fall 2017 may not attend Duke Summer Session this year. Please know we will welcome your application the summer after you complete your first year of undergraduate study.

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Does it make a difference if I attend Term 1 or Term 2 of Duke Summer Session?

Certain services and opportunities are available to international individuals who enroll in Duke Summer Session Term 2, either for the 4-week session (July 11-August 3) or the 6-week program (July 3-August 13). Students are offered the options of airport pick-up, a formal orientation session, extracurricular programming (workshops on U.S. classroom culture, intercultural communication, applying to graduate school in the U.S.) and organized social opportunities. These opportunities are not available during Term 1.

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How many courses am I required to register for?

If you select the 4-week experience, you are required to register for one academic class for credit. If you choose the 6-week term, you are required to register for two classes for credit. Visiting students automatically qualify for a tuition grant that reduces the cost of the second course.

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How do I select my courses?

Review the course schedule. If a course requires a prerequisite, it will be mentioned in the official course description. Questions about specific courses may be directed to Ms. Kim Price at kprice@duke.edu.

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Where will I live?

Almost all Summer Session students who live on the Duke campus will be assigned to a Central Campus apartment. Duke’s Central Campus apartments are fully furnished except for cookware, eating utensils, TVs, and linens. Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, small gym, lighted basketball and soccer courts, community lounge, a volleyball court, and Uncle Harry’s General Store. Both one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom suite apartments will be available, with each apartment style housing two occupants. Complete laundry facilities are provided. The Central Campus pool is open to all Summer Session students regardless of residence. 

There may be limited space available in Keohane Quadrangle, a dormitory of single and double rooms with community bathrooms. The availability of dormitory rooms will be known sometime in late April.

Whether you choose to apply for a Central Campus apartment or for a dormitory room in Keohane Quadrangle, we encourage you to request a double-occupancy apartment or dorm room. Sharing an apartment or dorm room will provide you with more opportunities to meet other students and develop friendships.

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How do I apply for campus housing?

Duke’s Office of Housing, Dining and Residence Life (OHDRL) manages the summer housing process. The summer housing application will be posted on the OHDRL website around the end of March or early April. Summer Session will attempt to let enrolled students know when the housing application for summer students becomes available. Housing charges will be added to your Bursar’s bill shortly before the beginning of the summer term and after your academic charges must be paid. Unfortunately, you will likely need to make two separate payments to the university to avoid paying late fees for tuition.

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Where will I eat?

We recommend that you deposit money in a FLEX account. A FLEX account allows you to eat at multiple locations on campus, or use “merchants on points” to have food delivered by participating vendors, or purchase food items at Uncle Harry’s General Store or any of the other Duke Stores. Additional funds can be added to this account throughout the summer and any unused balance will be returned to you at the end of the summer. If you prefer to purchase a meal plan, we recommend beginning with the “small” option because you may wish to prepare simple meals in your Central Campus apartment.

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What is the closest airport to Duke? How will I get to campus?

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is about 20 minutes from Duke. You may take a taxi or airport shuttle to campus. 

If you will be attending Term 2, you may request airport pick-up from Summer Session if arriving within two days of the first day of class.

No transportation is provided to or from the airport for students attending Term 1 of Summer Session.

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Do I need a student visa to study at Duke?

Yes, all international students (non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents) are required to obtain a F-1 Student Visa in order to attend Duke Summer Session. U.S. law does not permit you to enroll in Duke Summer Session using a tourist visa (B-1/B-2) – you are required to have a F-1 Student Visa.

If you are currently attending a U.S. institution, it is likely you will be able to participate in Duke Summer Session using your current student visa. However, you will be required to complete the Duke Visa Services web form and provide copies of your official documents.

Contact the Summer Session Office at 919-684–5375 or send an e-mail to Ms. Kim Price at kprice@duke.edu if you have questions about your visa status.

Please do not send any document related to the I-20 application process until instructed to do so.

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