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Getting to/from Your Destination

Passport Requirements

You must possess a passport no later than January 16, 2020, in order to participate in a DukeEngage 2020 program or project abroad. Additionally, some countries require a minimum of one un-stamped passport spread (facing pages) upon entry to the country. Please check your passport to make sure you meet this requirement. If you do not, you may want to apply to for additional pages.

You must have a passport valid for 6 months past the end date of your program to participate.

DukeEngage will not pay for your passport.

If you do not have a passport, please begin the process of obtaining a passport immediately on the U.S. Department of State website. (Here’s a helpful step-by-step from Duke Global.)

Visa Requirements

If you are traveling to a country for which a travel visa is required, you must have that country’s visa in hand by April 15, 2020. While DukeEngage provides the services of a visa expediting service, we cannot guarantee that you will be granted a visa, as the decision to allow a foreign visitor entry is at the sole discretion of each country.

This is important: If you do not have your visa in hand by the April 15 deadline, you may be dis-enrolled from your program or individual project, in which case you will not receive your DukeEngage stipend and you will not be able to join another project in 2019. Unless a rising senior, you will be eligible to reapply in future years.

Additional travel documentation may be required for participants attending Duke on a student visa. As documentation requirements may be extensive and vary by country of origin, DukeEngage staff will schedule individual appointments with international students to review their travel needs shortly after acceptance.

Still have questions? Check out our Preparation FAQs page.

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Important Travel Reminders and Updates

Students Traveling in the U.S.

If you intend to present your U.S. driver’s license to board your flight, please familiarize yourself with the requirements the REAL ID Act:
“Beginning January 22, 2018, driver’s licenses or state IDs issued by states that are not in compliance with the REAL ID Act and have not been granted an extension by DHS may not be used to fly within the U.S.” Find out NOW if your ID will be accepted!

Other Travel Resoures

Read the Restricted Regions List and learn more about the Duke Global Travel Advisory Committee and how it makes recommendations about restricting travel for safety reasons. This is especially important for students whose are planning Independent Projects.

All travel entails some degree of risk, but travel to certain locations may involve more risk than to other locations. Accordingly, the Duke University International Travel Policy was adopted in 2007 to ensure a uniform set of standards for each of the four categories of travelers: undergraduate students; graduate and professional students; faculty and staff; and others (e.g., Alumni).

For up-to-date travel security analysis and medical information from your smartphone, download the ISOS Assistance App.

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ISOS Assistance App

Resources for Duke students, faculty and staff engaging in globally-focused activities both on and off campus. Information and links include safety information and tips about making global connections.

Each semester, Duke’s language and culture departments identify courses that will help students become better global citizens by better understanding the peoples of the world. These classes are taught in English, and are a great way to get ready for study abroad or DukeEngage. They are also a way to extend your study abroad experience by continuing your cultural immersion after you return to campus.

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DukeEngage-Costa Rica 2017 participants at the airport, on their way to start the summer.