Spring Breakthrough

WHAT is Spring Breakthrough?

Five-day seminars taught by some of Duke’s most engaging professors. These 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 2017) Sunday, March 12, through Thursday, March 16. 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 2017 is closed.


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


Click here.


Laura Howes at laura.howes@duke.edu or 919-684-9021.

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.