Spring Breakthrough

Spring Breakthrough is an opportunity for Duke students to have a unique intellectual experience during spring break. Spring Breakthrough is an alternative spring break experience consisting of four-day courses taught by Duke faculty from Monday, March 7th to Thursday, March 10th, 2022. The non-credit courses are designed to explore intellectual interests in a fun and refreshing way, with professors and students one might not otherwise encounter. Courses are offered in a range of topics, and participants are encouraged to explore new disciplines.

There are no prerequisites, grades, or credits. The expectation of the program is for students to meaningfully engage and build community with fellow students and faculty while developing intellectual curiosity. Participation will be noted on transcripts. The program is offered at no cost to the student.


The idea came from Provost Sally Kornbluth, who as an undergraduate at Williams College, took a three-week, ungraded class outside of her major that changed the course of her career from Political Science to Biology. Thus, Spring Breakthrough was created as an opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion and dialogue within the Duke community and beyond with the possibility of discovering and exploring new intellectual interests.

Who is it for?

All current Duke undergraduate students. The courses, meals, and materials are completely free.

When is it?

Spring Breakthrough occurs annually during Duke's official spring break. For 2022, the dates are Monday, March 7, through Thursday, March 10. Courses generally run from the morning through the early evening with several experiential components. 

Where will it take place?

Mostly on campus, with different fun activities and experiences.

How do I sign up?

Register for one class in DukeHub. All Spring Breakthrough courses can be found under “P” for POE 105 (practice-oriented experience). Each individual course will have a different section number. You can only register for one class.

The opening of the shopping cart that starts the registration process is October 18. You can register during your scheduled window.


Please email fsengagement@duke.edu