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DukeEngage is an eight-week immersive summer program that places Duke students in global communities addressing critical social issues.

Through DukeEngage, students work with communities to develop solutions and create positive change, guided by Duke faculty and local partnering organizations. Additionally, students participate in critical reflection throughout the summer — unpacking their experiences, learning about the context of their work, and considering why this work matters and what it means for them moving forward. There is no cost for the program; all living and travel expenses are covered.

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View a recording of our virtual info session to learn more about applying for DukeEngage and to hear from alums about their DukeEngage experiences!


Additionally, check out our webinar with New Student and Family Programs below:


DukeEngage Days took place from October 9 to October 26, 2023. Events featured 45-minute presentations by program leaders, followed by a Q&A. Program alumni also shared their experiences.

2023 DukeEngage Days Schedule

Monday, October 9

Tuesday, October 10

Wednesday, October 11

Thursday, October 12

Wednesday, October 18

Thursday, October 19

Sunday, October 22

Monday, October 23

Tuesday, October 24

Wednesday, October 25

Thursday, October 26



We would love to talk with you!

Email with any advising questions, or to set up a time to talk.

We’re ready to help with questions like…

  • What’s the difference between program A and program B? I can’t decide which to apply for.
  • I’m not sure if I’m eligible.
  • I [or my family] have safety concerns.
  • I’m not sure how to answer this application question.
  • I have a question about the registration requirements. My situation is unique.
  • What’s the commitment during the spring semester? Can you tell me more about the DukeEngage Academy?

We can connect you with DukeEngage guiDEs (student leaders) to answer questions like…

  • What did you want to get out of DukeEngage? Did you use DukeEngage to fulfill any curricular requirements?
  • How did you decide which program to apply for? Did you talk with the program director before applying?
  • How did you approach the application?
  • What was your experience like? What was hard? What was fun?

Other sources of advice:

  • FAQs on this page and on our Applying and Preparing pages
  • DukeEngage Program Directors (contacts listed on each program page) are happy to answer questions about their own programs – e.g., What is a typical day like? How will I know which organization I’m working with? How would my [race/gender/sexual orientation/disability/health issue/allergy/religion] impact my participation in this program? I’m not sure if my language level is good enough. (And just for fun, here’s a glimpse of why DukeEngage is near and dear to their hearts.)
  • Trinity College Global, Civic, and Cross-Disciplinary Advisors can help you discover other programs and opportunities at Duke, decide whether this is the right year for you to apply, and discuss how to fit several programs into your four years at Duke.
  • Academic departments can answer questions about whether a specific DukeEngage program will fulfill a curricular requirement.


Yes. DukeEngage funds all program-related expenses, including…

  • Transportation to and from the program location
  • Required vaccines and recommended prescription medications, if needed
  • Visas, if needed
  • Lodging and meals during DukeEngage*
  • Transportation and fees for all official program activities

In addition, if you participate in DukeEngage, the Financial Aid office will waive your expected “student contribution” and replace it with grant aid during the following academic year.

DukeEngage does not cover the following:

  • Obtaining or updating a passport
  • Ground transportation to the originating airport
  • Privately purchased travel insurance, if needed
  • Personal medical expenses
  • Personal activity that falls outside the DukeEngage program

DukeEngage participants are not allowed to receive funding from other sources for their DukeEngage experience.

* Lodging will be booked by DukeEngage and will be modest (in most programs, roughly the equivalent of a dorm). Most participants have access to kitchen facilities, shop for groceries, and prepare their own meals. Meals are usually covered via a stipend, tailored to the specific needs and cost of living for each program site.

FAQs: Eligibility

Any full-time, degree-seeking Duke student who meets the following requirements is eligible to participate:

  • Has completed at least two semesters at Duke
  • Will be on active status and in good standing at Duke during the summer of participation
  • Will spend at least one more semester enrolled at Duke after the DukeEngage experience

Recipients of Duke’s merit scholarships are generally eligible to participate in DukeEngage. Contact the OUSF office or your scholarship director to confirm.

Students on academic or disciplinary probation during the time of a program, seniors graduating in the spring, and DKU students are not eligible to participate in DukeEngage.

Historically, approximately 25% of DukeEngage participants are rising sophomores, 50% are rising juniors, and 25% are rising seniors.

No overall preference is given to upperclassmen, and most program directors want a diverse team.

FAQs: Program Requirements (Pre, During, Post)

Accepted students must agree to complete all mandatory pre-program requirements during the spring semester and prior to DukeEngage:

  • Registration (submitting all requirements by the stated deadlines)
  • Program-specific orientation sessions (these are held at the discretion of the program director, with most programs offering two sessions)
  • Fortin Foundation Academy (a series of seminars on a Saturday in April, plus a spring convocation)
  • Training on interacting with minors, and a criminal background check (if applicable to your program)
  • Pre-program reflection survey
  • Any additional requirements specified by your program director or by DukeEngage

If accepted, you will be expected to:

  • Be present and participate for the entire duration of the program (as defined by your program’s published dates)
  • Commit to full-time work with your community partner (without pay)
  • Participate in reflection and cultural enrichment activities scheduled by your program leaders, including for example regular check-ins, structured reflection sessions, blogging, and community building activities
  • Commit to maintaining behavioral standards established by DukeEngage, starting with the Duke Community Standard

DukeEngage participants are expected to:

  • Complete a post-program survey by the established deadline
  • Attend a fall reunion/reflection meeting organized by their program director, if applicable
  • Participate in the Fortin Foundation DukeEngage student reunion in September

Still have questions? We’re here to help. Send us an email at


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Click here for a list of our student guiDEs