Visa Information & Required Documentation

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 for the summer and receive academic credit. In most cases, international students already attending a U.S. institution will be able to participate in Summer Session programs using their current visa. Students may not enter the United States with a tourist visa (B-1/B-2) if the intention is to enroll in Duke Summer Session. Please contact the Summer Session Office if you have additional questions about your visa status.

Everyone who obtains an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for the F-1 Student Visa) from Duke is required to enroll either in two courses during a 6-week term or in one course during a 4-week term.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their Summer Session application as early as possible to avoid delays in processing the I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for the F-1 Student Visa).  In general, applications will not be accepted after April 1 for Term 1 or May 1 for Term 2.

For more detailed information about student visas, please visit Duke Visa Services

Upon receipt and review of your Summer Session application, we will create your student record and register you for your course or courses. This may take a few business days from the time that you pay your application fee. Then we will initiate the process to apply for an I-20 visa document, and you will be granted access to Duke Visa Service’s online visa application web form. When instructed to do so, you should be prepared to complete the web form as soon as possible and then return the following documents to Summer Session:

  • 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 names, there must also 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.

Please note that Duke Visa Services cannot accept these documents via FAX or e-mail. Originals must be provided in order for the process to proceed.

Detailed information describing the visa application process will be sent to you by e-mail after you are offered admission to Duke Summer Session. Please do NOT send any of the above documents until instructed to do so. If you believe you do not need an F-1 Student Visa, please contact us at