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GEO Approved Course Database

About the database

The GEO Approved Course Database is a directory of previously approved study away courses and their corresponding Duke course numbers. It is not comprehensive and it is subject to change at any time.

If the course you want to take is in the database, you do not need to go through the course approval process. However, the database is only as good as the data GEO has input so far. If your search does not yield any results,  please request a new course approval. Practicum courses such as Independent Study, Internship, or Research cannot be requested through the database. Go to for information and instructions.

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.

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.

Environmental Sciences and Policy courses

Effective for courses taken after the Spring 2022 semester, the department is only allowing students 1 unit of study abroad transfer credit to be applied toward the major.  They will no longer allow any study abroad transfer credit to be applied toward the minor.  However, students may still use their study abroad experience for other aspects of the major such as the summer internship and eligibility for Graduation with Distinction.

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.

Language courses

ALL language courses must be taught in an immersion setting, that is, in a country or region where that language is a main language of communication, in order to receive credit. Some courses taken through study away may count towards the requirements of a major or minor, with approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Be sure to consult with the appropriate department before enrolling.

Several programs offered through GEO are jointly administered by the Department of Romance Studies, have faculty and staff participants in the programs, or involve a substantial language component. French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish courses in the database do not carry FL (foreign language) coding, so if a student needs to satisfy the FL general education requirement, they must apply for it with the forms linked below.

Download Transfer Credit / FL Instructions & Information Form (pdf - 280.99 KB)

Download Italian Portfolio Guidelines (pdf - 384.43 KB)


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