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Life at Fuqua
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A Global Perspective
Connecting to Women in India: As a Daytime student, Sophie Messer spent two weeks in India working with non-profit organizations. Watch video and read full story.
More than a third of the Daytime MBA student body is made up of non-US citizens. These students add to the diversity of professional and cultural perspectives that make up Team Fuqua’s vibrant community.
For International Students: We make every effort to support our international population and to ensure that the program fosters a multicultural environment. Three departments support non-US students.
- Duke Visa Services provides visa application and processing support.
- The Duke International House organizes many workshops to allow international students across the university to network and to facilitate the transition to the Duke and Durham communities
- Fuqua's International Program Office focuses on programming for Daytime MBA students
In addition to these resources, international students may also sample American culture and prepare for their Duke experience by attending the Language Institute for Business, Communication and Culture. This two-week program provides students with opportunities to improve their written and spoken English, with an emphasis on business issues, case studies, team work, class participation and other aspects of the Daytime MBA culture.
A Diverse Community
Learn more about diversity at Fuqua. Download our brochure.
We strongly believe that you learn the most from people who see things differently than you do. They challenge you to identify and validate the assumptions in your perceptions, and open your eyes to other ways of engaging with the world.
To facilitate this learning and growth, we invite students to join our community from a myriad of functional, industry and academic backgrounds, nationalities, ethnicities, religious beliefs and sexual orientations. When you step into a Duke MBA classroom, you will be awed by the experiences and perspectives that your classmates possess.
To cultivate our diverse community, we engage in a number of recruiting initiatives in addition to the student activities that foster our multi-faceted culture:
- The Duke MBA Weekend for Women
- The Duke MBA Veterans Symposium for Military Applicants
- The Duke MBA LGBT Weekend
- The Duke MBA Workshop for Minority Applicants
Diverse Perspective: A Panel Discussion Series
Our community works together to ensure that all students are prepared for and included in MBA life, both inside and outside the classroom. To help prospective students understand what to expect from the admissions process, the MBA experience, and the alumni experience, we offer a Diversity Perspectives Panel Discussion series. At these events, held in various cities throughout the US, current students, admissions representatives, and alumni share their experiences with diversity at Duke.
View a list of upcoming Diversity Perspectives discussions and register online (the discussions are noted by diversity icons in the right-hand column of the list).
The student government, The MBA Association (MBAA), oversees a number of student clubs with a focus on fostering diversity. You can take on leadership roles, expand your network, increase your professional opportunities, or simply have fun by participating in one of Fuqua’s Daytime MBA student clubs.
The Duke MBA Diversity Partnerships
We partner with external organizations that help us promote our diverse community, including:
A Place for Partners
The majority of our students relocate to the Durham area for the Daytime program, and many bring with them spouses, partners, and families. We realize that such a move has a significant impact on those whom you bring with you. The Fuqua Partners network exists to welcome, support, and provide activities for partners and families in the Fuqua community. From relocation support to potluck dinners and book clubs, to running Fuqua's largest annual philanthropy event — the MBA Games auction — partners and families are an integral part of the school and the community.