International Student Requirements

Students making notesEnglish Language Proficiency

Applicants who do not use English as their primary language must demonstrate the ability to undertake a rigorous, fast-paced academic program in English. As Duke students, you must have the ability to read quickly and to express themselves clearly both orally and in writing, applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English at the time the application is submitted.

If you are a non-native English speaker who is not currently studying in a country where English is the primary language that is spoken, we require that you take one of the following English proficiency tests listed below. We do not have any preference among the three tests.  We will consider your test scores along with the essays, recommendations, and other parts of the admissions application to evaluate your proficiency in English.

DET (Duolingo English Test)
Minimum score expected: 115

IELTS (International English Language Testing System  
Minimum band score expected: 7

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 
Minimum scores expected: 95 on the internet-based TOEFL


All international students (i.e., 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. You should not plan on entering the U.S. 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 us at

Visa Application Procedures

We will begin registering accepted Summer College students who have paid their deposit for their daytime classes on February 17, 2020. Once you have been registered for your daytime class, we will initiate the process for you to apply for an I-20 Visa document. This will begin with Duke University Visa Services (DVS) providing you with access to their online web form. Be prepared to complete the form online and then return the required documents by postal delivery service (these will not be accepted via fax or e-mail). We strongly recommend using DHL or FedEx.

When instructed to do so, you should be prepared to complete the web form online as soon as possible and then return the following documents to Duke Summer Session. Do not send documents before instructed do so:

  • The signed signature page (signed with blue ink) of the Duke Visa Services web form.
  • Proof of financial support (typically a bank statement from your financial institution or a letter from a sponsor). The amount verified should equal the dollar amount on the estimated student budget provided by the Summer Session office.
  • If the bank account is not in the student’s name, there must be a letter of support from the owner of the account (typically a parent). 
  • A clear photocopy of your passport that shows picture and biographical data.

After Duke Visa Services has received all of the documents listed above, it will take them two to three weeks to process your materials, approve your documentation, and issue your I-20. Therefore, it is important that you send your documents and submit your web form as soon as the Duke Summer Session office asks you to do so. You will need to make an appointment with a U.S. Consulate or Embassy and present your I-20 in order to obtain an F-1 Visa. 

Duke University will send you detailed information describing this process once you have been offered admission to Summer College.  If you are an international student and believe you do not need an F-1 Visa to attend, or if you are currently studying in the United States on an F-1 visa issued by your high school, please contact us at

Health Insurance

All participants are required to have health insurance that is written by a U.S.-based company. Short-term health insurance is offered by many U.S. companies such as CampDoc and is needed to pay for any medical attention participants may need. You can purchase coverage directly through your CampDoc account by clicking on the "Protection Plan" link after signing in.

While travel insurance may assist participants with travel costs in the event of an emergency, it will not satisfy Duke Summer Session’s medical insurance requirement, as many policies do not cover medical bills. Participants will be required to submit proof of U.S.-based health insurance prior to their arrival to campus.

Another option is USI Affinity Travel Services (

Estimated Student Budget: Summer College, 4-Week Term

The following figures represent the ESTIMATED total student budget for attending Duke Summer College in 2020. 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* $9,745
Personal Expense Estimate** $400
Books & Supplies Estimate** $250
Estimated Cost of Attendance Per Term $10,395

* 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.