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. 

COVID-19 Policies

The following is a list of the policies impacting Duke Immerse programs. These policies are subject to change. Students enrolled in Fall 2021 Duke Immerse programs impacted by these policies will be contacted directly if updates are made to these policies.

  • Travel: As of May 2021, Duke Immerse restricts all student travel between countries for all Duke Immerse participants. All Duke Immerse participants will be asked to submit a travel form whenever they leave the host city on travel not related to the program.
  • COVID-19 Vaccinations: Duke Immerse requires COVID-19 vaccines for all participants or a documented, Duke-approved medical or religious exemption. This policy mirrors the Duke-wide policy which requires that all students on campus during fall 2021 show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Vaccines ensure your safety, the safety of others on your program, and help the United States contain and reduce the number of infections. If you have any concerns about this policy, please contact Duke Immerse director at immerse@duke.edu.

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. If the student withdraws before the first day of classes, the program fee is refunded. If the student withdraws on or after the first day of classes, the program fee is non-refundable. 

In the case of withdrawal from Duke Immerse and withdrawal from Duke, the student must meet with the Time Away Office. Any remaining paid tuition will be refunded as follows, in accordance with the Duke University refund policy outlined in the Undergraduate Bulletin:

  • On or after the program start date, through the second week of the semester – 80%
  • During the third, fourth, or fifth week – 60%
  • During the sixth week – 20%
  • After the sixth week – no refund

Last edited 16 July 2021