International Student Requirements

Students making notesEnglish Language Proficiency

If English is not your first language, you must submit scores from one of the following English language exams:

  • Internet-based TOEFL (95 minimum, 100 preferred)
  • IELTS (7.0 minimum)
  • Duke University’s EIS exam (deadline April 1)

Interested in Duke’s EIS exam?  Learn more here.


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 18, 2019. 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 Summer College students 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 and is needed to pay for any medical attention you may need.  Companies our students have previously used include USI Affinity Travel Services ( for international students and Agile Health Insurance ( for US students. While travel insurance may assist you with travel costs in the event of an emergency, it will not satisfy Duke Summer College’s medical insurance requirement, as many policies do not cover medical bills. Prior to attending Summer College, you will be required to submit proof of U.S.-based health insurance. Please note that Summer College students are not permitted to use Duke Student Health Services, including the Duke’s Counseling and Psychological Services.

Estimated Student Budget: Summer College, 4-Week Term

The following figures represent the ESTIMATED total student budget for attending Duke Summer College in 2019. 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* $9,545
Personal Expense Estimate** $500
Books & Supplies Estimate** $250
Estimated Cost of Attendance Per Term $10,295

* 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.