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Additional Opportunities for Academic Engagement

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Study Away


A third of Pratt students take the opportunity to see the world and study away from Duke during their four years here. It may be in Spain, Africa, Australia, Latin America or just about anywhere else in the world. Studying away from Duke includes opportunities in other countries, as well as programs in U.S. cities such as New York City or Los Angeles. Programs are offered in both semesters and in the summer. Another option is the Duke-Pratt in Costa Rica Program, the only study away program designed specifically for Pratt students. For more information about study away/study abroad, browse the GEO website, Click on “Photos and Postcards” to view the various locations around the world where Duke students study away.

Pratt students do not have a foreign language requirement, but are encouraged to pursue one if that is an interest. If you already have a place in mind and will need knowledge of a foreign language, you may want to begin that foreign language in your first year at Duke if space allows. Foreign language courses will satisfy the Pratt Social Science and Humanities requirement also. To explore opportunities broadly and discuss how study abroad might fit with your academic goals, meet with a Director of Academic Engagement ( You must also see your academic dean for additional assistance with curriculum planning. GEO partners closely with the Office of Financial Aid to ensure that all students can participate in its programs. Learn more at

For specific information on Pratt Study away, please visit students/policies/3533

Civic Engagement: Local, National and Global

Duke has a wide variety of opportunities in which you can engage in service, learn about other people and cultures and serve others. Some take place out of the classroom while others integrate coursework. Meet with a Director of Academic Engagement (DAE) for global and civic opportunities to discuss ways to incorporate such options into your academic plan. Find out more at


DukeEngage empowers students to address critical human needs through immersive service, and in the process transforms students, advances the University’s educational mission and provides meaningful assistance to communities in the U.S. and abroad.

DukeEngage provides one-time funding for approximately 425 Duke students each summer who wish to pursue an immersive (minimum 8 weeks) of service experience by meeting a community need locally, across the U.S., or internationally. For more information, go to, and attend an info session in the fall.

Opportunities in the Arts

If you are interested in music lessons (applied), ensembles (including symphony, chorale, jazz ensemble, opera workshop and marching band) and other opportunities in music, visit Note that applied music and ensembles carry partial academic credit. You must contact the instructor for permission, which may be granted through an audition process once you arrive on campus. If you are adding “activity” classes (applied lessons and ensembles) that will take you over the credit limit for your first semester, email your dean in August when you arrive on campus and ask for permission to overload.

Other options for artistic expression and study of the arts are outlined at You can discuss how you might incorporate such opportunities into your academic plan by meeting with the Director of Academic Engagement for the arts and humanities. After arriving on campus, make an appointment at