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.
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 https://globaled.duke.edu/academics/internships-research 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.
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.
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 https://econ.duke.edu/undergraduate/current-students/study-away 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.
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 (https://math.duke.edu/undergraduate/study-abroad) for details on how to select courses abroad and have them approved.
Romance Studies courses
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.
Some courses taken through study away may count towards the requirements of the major or minor, with approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Study away courses may fulfill Trinity FL (foreign language) requirements for graduation, but you must petition for a course evaluation.
Download Transfer Credit / FL Instructions & Information Form (pdf - 280.99 KB)
Download Italian Portfolio Guidelines (pdf - 384.43 KB)