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Beyond the Traditional Classroom

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Duke offers a wide variety of experiential, academic and co-curricular opportunities to engage in cross-cultural, civic and global inquiry. You can get help sorting through all the opportunities by meeting with a Director of Academic Engagement (DAE) who focuses on global and civic opportunities. You can learn more about the DAEs and how they can assist you at


About half of Trinity students study away from Duke during their four years. Study away programs include opportunities in other countries as well as programs in U.S. cities such as New York City, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. Programs are offered in both semesters and in the summer. The Global Education Office (GEO) partners closely with the Office of Financial Aid to ensure that all students can participate in its programs. Learn more at:

To explore opportunities broadly and discuss how study abroad might fit with your academic plans, meet with a Director of Academic Engagement who focuses on global and civic opportunities.


At Duke, research occurs in every department and discipline, and there are many ways for you to be involved. You don’t need to be interested in the sciences to have fabulous research opportunities available to you. If you wish, it is possible to begin an involvement in research in your first year.

To get involved in research, you can enroll in a course with an R (research) curriculum code, volunteer in a research lab, or on a research project. Many research opportunities are also associated with work-study jobs.


You may choose to combine coursework and out-of-the-classroom experiences for an in-depth look into one issue or to see applications in real life. Some interdisciplinary programs combine service, experience and coursework. You can join a group of undergraduate students, graduate students and professors to study a specific issue. You’ll learn more about these programs when you come to campus.