There are more than a hundred study abroad programs on the Duke-approved list. If a student is interested in a program not approved or administered by Duke, s/he must meet with a study abroad advisor to discuss the viability of that program. If it appears to be a viable program, students will be allowed to petition for special permission to receive credit for the program.
Download a comprehensive overview of the petition process.
As part of the petition process, students must compile information about the program and his/her rationale for attending via an online process. Students will be asked to obtain course approvals from academic departments and to submit a personal statement among other requirements. Each student's petition information is submitted to the Global Education Office for Undergraduates and reviewed by the Faculty Global Education Committee, where the petition will either be approved or not. All programs not appearing on the Duke-approved list for Global Education for Undergraduates must be petitioned if transfer credit is desired.
All students planning to petition a non-approved program must meet with a study abroad advisor. Please request an appointment online at http://globaled.duke.edu/advising. Prior to your meeting, please begin an application for the program "PETITION" at "MyGlobalEd" and complete the brief questionnaire. Students should bring information about the desired program or university to the advising meeting.
A maximum of six petitions will be approved per term for any given program. That means a maximum of six petitions will be submitted for a single Global Education Committee meeting on a first come, first served basis, determined by the order in which each application is completed. New applications will be submitted to future committee meetings until the maximum of six per program have been approved. An application will be eligible for consideration when all components of the online application are submitted and no more than one transfer credit form is outstanding (e.g. if a full course load is 5 classes, we must receive at least 4 transfer credit approval forms for the petition to be considered complete). Therefore, it is to the students’ advantage to begin the petition process early.
Petition applications are reviewed monthly, 10 days after the posted petition deadlines.
The petition deadlines for Spring 2020 applications are:
Tues, September 3
Tues, October 1
Tues, October 29
Fri, November 22
We recommend that you plan for the earliest deadline possible.