Global Education Opportunities

Study Away Programs Awarding Duke Credit

Duke University Marine Lab

All Duke students have the opportunity to study at the Duke University Marine Laboratory.  Located in Beaufort, N.C., the Marine Lab is a modern teaching and research campus in marine and estuarine biology which provides direct access to open ocean, estuaries, and coastal ecosystems.  The campus includes modern laboratories, vessels for coastal studies, and domestic and international travel courses with faculty. The Marine Lab sponsors a variety of courses in the Summer, as well as full semester programs in the Fall and Spring.


Duke’s Department of Biology and Global Education Office for Undergraduates (GEO) offer a four-week, one-course program focusing on the major-biomes, conservation issues, and human-environment interactions of Alaska.   Alaska offers an outstanding venue for integrating science and the humanities.  Students on the program will spend time in and gain familiarity with major environmental regions within the state: temperate rainforest of the southeastern Alaskan panhandle and the boreal forest as represented around Anchorage.


There is a summer Duke in Australia program which features a Duke taught bio-geography course, BIO 288A. Focusing on the bio-geography and environmental history of Australia, this one-course, four-week program is based at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and travels to the Northern Territory, the Great Barrier Reef and tropical rain forest of northern Queensland.

Non-Duke Programs with Options for Coursework in the Biological Sciences

The U.K. & Australia

Study abroad programs in Britain and Australia are popular with science majors as courses from these countries often transfer easily back to Duke, including the lab courses. There are fewer options for science majors in continental Europe, but students should research some of the locations to identify possible appropriate matches to their academic needs. The DIS program in Denmark, for instance, is one example of a program on which students can study science courses in English and transfer credit back to Duke.  Students are advised to check the departmental websites at each of these universities, as well as the Duke Global Education Office for Undergraduates (GEO-U)’s course approval database, to determine which courses will align most closely with their academic requirements.

The Organization for Tropical Studies offers a program in African Ecology and Conservation in South Africa as well as a program in Tropical Biology in Costa Rica.

Other Organizations

Other organizations that offer programs focusing on field biology include the School for Field Studies (SFS) and the School for International Training (SIT), both of which have programs on the Duke-approved program list.

More Information on Study Abroad At Duke

Applications for study abroad programs are available through the GEO-U website. It is wise to plan ahead and meet with your academic advisor as well as with a study abroad advisor to determine which options best suit your needs and timetable. For more information on programs, eligibility requirements, application procedures and deadlines visit the GEO-U’s website and this information page.

They also provide students with a course approval database for determining what types of courses they may be able to take on a particular study abroad program and how those courses can be used to fulfill academic requirements. The database allows students to search for study abroad programs according to their major and to see what courses other students have taken and how they transfer back to Duke. Please note that this list of courses is not exhaustive; courses not included in the database can be submitted to the Director of Undergraduates Studies (DUS) for approval. Also, just because a course is listed in a database does not mean that it will be offered when you are at the program site. You should check with the local institution for an updated course schedule.