Spring Breakthrough

WHAT is Spring Breakthrough?

Five-day seminars taught by some of Duke’s most engaging professors. The courses, and all meals and materials, are 100% free. There are no pre-reqs, grades, or credits. The only expectation is that you attend and engage with the group. Participation will be noted on transcripts.

WHO is it for?

Duke sophomores and first-year students.


(Spring Break 2018) Sunday, March 11, through Thursday, March 15. Courses generally run from mid-morning through afternoon. 

WHERE will it take place?

On campus, with possible field trips. Stay in your residence hall!

HOW do I sign up?

Registration for 2018 will open in the fall.


To encourage you to indulge an intellectual interest just for the fun of it. You never know where it might take you.


2018 Classes coming soon! In the meantime, check out 2017's.

Or read the Duke Magazine's take: "Not Your Standard R&R." Students learn on the beaches of Rodanthe in professor Alex Glass' Climate Change course. (Photo by Susan Kauffman)


Office of Undergraduate Education at due@duke.edu or 919-681-2844.


Provost Sally Kornbluth describes her vision for Spring Breakthrough, including how, as an undergraduate, taking a class outside of her major changed the course of her career.