Duke Immerse: 

A signature education initiative of Duke University

Resources, Forms & Policies


Duke Immerse offers more than a semester-based classroom experience; they offer an integrated curriculum of 4 required courses and often have embedded travel. These programs often challenge students and instructors to become more aware of, critically engage with and question the world in which they live. Duke Immerse invites cohorts to learn together, integrating their social, personal and intellectual points of views. The intensity of Duke Immerse offers rewards and challenges; here are a few resources to support a positive experience. 

Travel Safety & Emergency Resources

  • Travel Registry is required for all Duke Immerse students, staff and faculty prior to travel.
  • Dial 9-1-1 for an emergency within the United States.
  • International SOS (ISOS) offers all Duke students, staff and faculty travel, medical and security advice and services when studying and working outside of the United States.
    • Students, staff and faculty can download and print their ISOS card here.
  • Duke Police operates a 24/7 emergency dispatch center and is the central Duke point of contact for all Duke Immerse students, staff and faculty while off-campus (domestically and internationally).
    • To call Duke Police emergency dispatch, call 1-919-684-2444.

Health & Access Resources

Academic Resources 

  • Academic Advising Center offers support to students across all years and disciplines, with a focus on advising pre-major undergraduates.
  • Academic Resource Center offers student programs and services that promote academic achievement.
  • Office of Civic Engagement works across campus to encourage, coordinate and amplify the ways that students, faculty and staff collaborate and respond to pressing social challenges.
  • Duke Service-Learning supports faculty in developing and implementing service-learning courses which connects academic curriculum to communities. Support  includes individual consultations, support in facilitating community partnerships, curricular guidance, financial support, and student service learning assistants. Email servicelearning@duke.edu to learn more.

Financial Support Resource

  • The Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support can address questions and concerns related to students' financial needs and academic interests.

Student Participation Agreement & Medical Information Form

For Duke Immerse programs involving travel, prior to the start of the semester or term, all students must submit a signed and completed Duke Immerse Participation Agreement. Each participation agreement is program-specific, and includes a short section on medical information and who to contact in case of an emergency.

Course Load

Due to the structure and integrated nature of Duke Immerse curricula, participating students are required to enroll in all 4 program-specific Immerse courses, unless noted elsewhere by Immerse program descriptions. Please review the program-specific page for more information and contact Duke Immerse if you have specific questions.

Overloading may be possible with the permission of the Immerse faculty and the overloading instructor before the start of the semester. Overloading is not encouraged; the expectation is that the student participate fully in Duke Immerse. 

Withdrawals & Refunds 

Any student withdrawing from a Duke Immerse program must submit a signed Duke Immerse Withdrawal Form as soon as possible after a student decides to withdraw. Any deposit made for this Duke-administered semester program is non-refundable; the student is additionally responsible for costs that have already been incurred in the student’s name (e.g., airfare).

In the case of withdrawal, any remaining paid tuition will be refunded as follows, in accordance with the Duke University refund policy outlined in the Undergraduate Bulletin:

  • Before start of program – full refund minus the deposit; during the first or second week – 80 percent
  • During the third, fourth, or fifth week – 60 percent
  • During the sixth week – 20 percent
  • After the sixth week – none

Last edited 16 January 2020