Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

International Applicants

International applicants are non-US citizens without US permanent residency.

All applicants are required to complete the core set of application materials; however, non-US applicants have additional application requirements and instructions, which are described below.

Application Deadline

International (non-US citizen without US permanent residency) students requiring an F-1 visa who are not already studying in the U.S. and who are eligible for a transfer must apply by the Round 2 deadline (Jan. 24, 2017) to ensure sufficient time for US visa processing. After Round 2, contact us to inquire about applying.

    • Transcripts and academic records must be in English.
    • If your transcript is not in English, you must make arrangements to have it translated, attested, and uploaded in addition to the originals.
    • Transcripts and academic records must include:
      • Your name
      • Name of the institution
      • Course name
      • Grades received
      • Degree name
      • Degree date (or expected degree date)
    • All records must be certified by an appropriate university official.
  • International students bring diverse perspectives that are highly valued in the classroom, but only if each student’s English skills are sufficiently strong to allow them to actively participate in discussions inside and outside the classroom.

    Your English ability will be assessed throughout the application process, including the verbal sections of the GMAT/GRE, in the written essays, as well as in the interview. An official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score is not required with your application. 

    However, if you did not complete the majority of your undergraduate degree at a school where the primary language of instruction is English, and if you have already completed a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam, then you are encouraged to submit your score if you believe it will aid the Admissions Committee in assessing your abilities.

    If you request that your score be sent to Fuqua, please use the following mailing address and program codes:

    Office of Admissions
    Duke University's Fuqua School of Business
    100 Fuqua Drive, Box 90120
    Durham, NC 27708-0120

    • All applicants who complete the online application will be considered for a scholarship.
    • Scholarship funds are limited but can be awarded up to the full amount of tuition and fees.
    • Scholarship awards, if received, will be announced within two weeks of the admission decision release.
    • PRC students are also offered a need-based assistance option.

    More information is on the Costs & Financial Aid page.

  • If you are offered admission to the MMS: Duke Kunshan University program, you must submit your tuition deposit to begin the US student visa application process. All admitted students will be notified once the visa web form is available. You must complete the form and submit all required documentation by the visa deadline that corresponds to your application round:

    Application Round Visa Deadline


    April 4, 2017


    April 4, 2017


    April 17, 2017


    May 5, 2017


    If we do not receive your visa web form and paperwork at least 6 weeks before the start of the program, your offer of admission may be cancelled. 

    Tips and Guidelines for US Visas

    • Review the visa check list to learn what documentation is required for your visa application. The check list will be emailed to you after we receive verification of your deposit payment. 
    • Once Duke Visa Services receives your completed web form and its supporting documentation from Fuqua, your visa documents (including your I-20) will be issued by Duke Visa Services within 2 calendar weeks. 
    • Upon receipt of your Duke-issued I-20, you will receive instructions about paying your mandatory Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee and how to schedule your visa stamp interview with a US Embassy.

    If you are currently studying at a US institution:

      • You must transfer your SEVIS file to Duke University within 60 days of graduating from your current institution.
      • Do Not Travel Outside the US: While your transfer is in process, we highly recommend you DO NOT travel outside the US until you have your new Duke-issued I-20 in-hand. It will be required upon re-entry to the US. If you must travel outside the US before you have your Duke-issued I-20, please contact the Duke Visa Services office for guidance.

    Tips and Guidelines for Chinese Visas

    • All non-PRC students will need to obtain a Chinese X1 visa prior to transitioning to Kunshan. Students will be contacted by Student Services prior to their arrival into Durham to begin the visa application process.
    • Once in Durham, all other information you need for the X1 visa will be provided to you.