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.
South Africa (OTS)
The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), an international research and teaching consortium headquartered at Duke, offers an African Ecology & Conservation program in the Fall and Spring terms. It is based in Kruger National Park with additional trips to numerous sites in South Africa. Students enroll in one Environmental Science course covering conservation and managment of protected areas, a course on South African history and culture, and two Biology courses: Field Research in Savanna Ecology (BIO 285LA) and South African Ecosystems and Diversity (BIO 284A). OTS also offers summer program - Global Health Issues in South Africa Program.
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.
Costa Rica (OTS)
The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), an international research and teaching consortium headquartered at Duke offers two different programs in Costa Rica. Offered in both Fall and Spring, Tropical Biology on a Changing Planet features courses in environmental policy and Costa Rican language and culture, and two biology courses taught in English (BIO 281LA and 280A). Also offered in Fall and Spring is the Global Health: Tropical Medicine and Public Health Program. In addition to two global health courses, it offers a Costa Rican language and culture course and ethnobiology (BIO 282LA).
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.
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.
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.
They also provide students with a course approval database (https://courseapproval.studyabroad.duke.edu/cgi-bin/study.pl) 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.