Duke - The Fuqua School of Business


GATE Courses

Global Academic Travel Experience (GATE) courses are three-credit elective courses. Students study the business, culture, economy, and politics of a country or region for 6 weeks before traveling to the area studied. The travel portion of the course is typically 12 days in length.  Read about direct students experiences on the GATE here.

Students gain exposure to international businesses through visits to multinational corporations, local enterprises, government agencies, exchange program partner schools, alumni and others in the region.

GATE Course Design

  • Classes meet once a week for 3 hours during the term preceding the trip. These classes are highly participatory and require students to help educate each other on their findings. The professor teaching the GATE course facilitates the classroom component of the course and provides a consultant role during the trip. Faculty invite high-level regional experts to provide in-depth information on the historical and current political, economic, and cultural situation in the countries to be visited.
  • Coursework assignments by faculty members may include company research and presentations in class prior to the trip, international case studies, participation in all required activities on the trip, and an individual or group paper or case write-up upon return. After 6 weeks of coursework, students take an intense two-week study tour to the country or region studied. 
  • The trip is coordinated by two student Team Leaders, in consultation with the professor. During the trip students meet with business and government leaders in a wide variety of industries and economic sectors.

Field Visits

  • Field visits – 8 field visits are required for the trip participation part of the grade. The goal is to provide students with an opportunity to experience an in-depth view of a company or organization and to learn about some of the current challenges facing each organization.  
  • Cultural visits – several activities will be planned to expose students to the culture of the country being visited. Some examples of cultural activities include a reception with company representatives, meeting with Fuqua alumni, a reception with local MBA students, a city tour, a short hike, and a museum visit.

From Duke's Visa Services Office:

Non-US students participating in a GATE course must ensure that their U.S. visa stamps will be valid at the point they will be returning to Fuqua. If not, students will have to obtain new stamps from a U.S. embassy/consulate while abroad. If in a country that is not one's home country, this sometimes can take more time, and it also is possible that your application will not be processed. Check your visa stamp's validity and also check to see that your I-20 has been revalidated within the past year. If the signature on page 3 will be more than 1 year old when you return to the U.S., please take steps to have your visa document revalidated for travel by the International Office before you leave the country. For more information contact Paul Bumbalough.

Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum (FCCP)

Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum

The goal of the Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum (FCCP) is to enhance students' business education by developing collaborative consulting engagements with businesses and nonprofit organizations in which our students assist their client organizations in addressing existing and emerging challenges.

FCCP's success has been built on establishing a mutually beneficial relationship in which client organizations receive valuable business advice and students enhance their educational experience by applying the new skills they learn in their classes to a practical, real-world projects.

About 850 Daytime MBA students attend The Fuqua School of Business; these students average 5+ years of work experience between receiving their undergraduate degrees and coming to Fuqua. The expertise from this pool of talent, combined with the resources of the school, allow the FCCP to provide consultation in most functional areas. The list includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Accounting Systems/Business Ratios
  • Entrepreneurial Business Planning and Implementation
  • Financial Planning and Control
  • Growth Management
  • Human Resources
  • Inventory and Production Control
  • IT and Website
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Operations and Manufacturing
  • Risk Analysis
  • Strategic Planning

You can learn more about the consulting services offered to each type of organization on the Overview of FCCP page.