How to Apply

Applications accepted beginning February 3rd, 2020.

Duke Summer Session welcomes international students currently attending another college or university or who have graduated from college. To begin the application process you must complete and return the completed Duke Summer Session application form, pay the $100 application fee, and submit all requested supporting documents. Applications will not be reviewed until all requested materials have been received.

Your Summer Session application is considered complete and ready for review only when you have submitted all of the following:

  • The completed Duke Summer Session application
  • $100 application fee
  • Proof of language proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS or DET score)
  • An official transcript from your undergraduate institution
  • Institutional Endorsement Form

In order to meet the eligibility requirements for a student visa, individuals attending one of the six-week traditional terms must register for two courses. Individuals attending one of the four-week intensive terms must register for one course.

The completed application form and supporting materials may be mailed to:
Duke Summer Session
8 East Campus Union Drive
Box 90700
Durham,   NC 27708-0700

or submitted via email attachment to

Upon receipt of your completed application, we will send you by e-mail either an admission confirmation letter and fee statement or an explanation of why we are unable to accept your application. If you are admitted, you will also receive instructions via e-mail to begin the process for receiving an I-20 – the document you will need in order to apply for an F-1 student visa.

Applications received early will not be processed until summer registration begins on February 17. In general, due to the multiple steps associated with the visa application process, international students should apply as soon as possible and no later than April 1 for Term 1 and no later than May 1 for Term 2.

If you plan to transfer summer coursework to your home university, you are encouraged to contact the appropriate office at your college or university to become familiar with transfer policies.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Certain services and opportunities are available to international students who enroll in Duke Summer Session Term 2, for both the 4-week session (July 7-July 30) and the 6-week program (June 29-August 9). Students are offered the option 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. For a more supportive and socially rich experience we recommend that international students attend term 2 if their academic calendar allows.