The GEO Approved Course Database is a directory of previously approved study away courses and their corresponding Duke course numbers. It is not comprehensive.

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Course Not Listed? Get It Added.

The database is only as good as the data GEO has input so far. If your search does not yield any results, do not assume nothing is approved. The next step is to request course approval.

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Course Found! Will It Work?

If the course you want to take is in the database, you do not need to go through the course approval process.

Even if your desired courses are listed, you still need to ask yourself:

  • Will the course be offered in the semester I will be there? Contact the host institution abroad for an up-to-date course listing for the semester you will be there.
  • If I can’t get a seat in the course, what would I take instead? Identify several backup course options.

Course Equivalents

Exact Equivalents: Courses listed as transferring back to Duke as exact equivalents will be listed as such. (e.g., POLSCI 226, COMPSCI 316, etc.)

Electives: Courses that have no exact equivalent at Duke will be shown as transferring back as electives to the respective department, as either a lower-level elective or an upper-level elective. (e.g., PUBPOL 300, PSY 100, etc.)

Art History Courses

The Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies will not give credit to courses taken under the auspices of Global Education that are not specifically related to the art and culture of the particular locale where that course is being taught. For example, a course on Japanese art taught in France would not be approved for transfer credit.

Math Courses

There are no standing approvals for Math courses in the database. Math approvals are done on a student by student basis.

For mathematics majors or minors, study abroad requires careful planning since learning in mathematics is cumulative and courses abroad may not correspond well to those at Duke. Math students should begin serious review of the course offerings at foreign universities two semesters prior to the planned semester abroad.

Visit the Department of Mathematics website ( for details on how to select courses abroad and have them approved.

Economics Courses

Effective for courses taken after the Spring 2018 semester, the Economics Department will no longer accept transfer credits for the following courses: Economics 104D, Economics 204D, Economics 205D, Economics 208D, and Economics 210D. Please see for details.

Statistical Science Courses

While some statistical science courses are available in GEO’s course approval database, you may find other courses of interest, which the department is happy to evaluate. To get a statistical science course evaluated for transfer credit, please carefully read the website listed below, then contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Amy Herring

Visit the Department of Statistical Science website ( for details on how to select courses abroad and have them approved.