Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Incoming Exchange Students

Term Dates for 2015 - 2016 Academic Year

Fall Semester 2015 Exchange Student Group

  • Mandatory Exchange Student Orientation for Fall 1: August 27 & 28
  • Fall 1: September 3 - October 17 (includes exam week)
  • Fall Break: October 18 - 28

  • Mandatory Exchange Student Orientation for Fall 2: October 27*
  • Fall 2: October 29 - December 16 (includes exam week)
  • Thanksgiving Holiday Break: November 25 - 27

* Dates subject to change.

Spring Semester 2016

  • Mandatory Exchange Student Orientation for Spring 1: January 14 & 15
  • Spring 1: January 21 - March 5 (includes exam week)
  • Spring Break: March 6 - 20
  • Mandatory Exchange Student Orientation for Spring 2: March 17*
  • Spring 2: March 21 - May 4 (includes exam week)

* Dates subject to change.

Expected Arrival Date


Both Fall and Spring exchange students are expected to arrive in time to attend the Mandatory Exchange Student Orientation at the beginning of each term. It is strongly recommended that students arrive in time to get acclimated before their semester/term begins, therefore the Orientation session is scheduled several days before the start of classes.

Students must attend the Mandatory Exchange Student Orientation and should make their travel plans accordingly. The orientation session is scheduled prior to the first day of classes to assist students with their acclimation process. All students are expected to be present for the first day of classes.

The visa status in which exchange students are permitted to enter the country will allow a 30-day grace period before the beginning of the exchange program (Orientation date), and an additional 30-day grace period after the end of their exchange program (last day of exams).

Based on previous experience, we advise students NOT to purchase airline tickets until the visa application process is completed should there be delays or difficulties with the visa application.  Please see below for more information the visa application process.

Application, Visa and Registration Process

Application Process
Prospective exchange students from partner institutions apply for the exchange program with the coordinator of the home school and are nominated by their home institutions. After the selections are made, and Fuqua has been notified, students will be contacted in a timely manner by Samira Wellemeyer, welcoming them to the exchange program. Students are invited to contact Samira via email with questions and/or concerns.  DSCF1125

Visa Information
All exchange students coming to Duke University need a J-1 non-degree student visa. The J-1 visa is the most appropriate visa for exchange students because it is designed for educational exchange. Fuqua always sponsors its students in this visa status, for it is the only student visa status that authorizes employment (for internships) after the exchange program.

Once the student's Duke Account is created, instructions and information will be emailed to students to begin the visa application process. After the online visa forms and supporting documentation are received by Duke University, the Duke Visa Services Office will process the visa application and send the DS-2019 directly to each student. This process takes approximately 2 weeks from the time our office receives the completed application.IMG_0176 Students then take the DS-2019 to the nearest US Embassy or Consulate to apply for the actual visa.

Please note: supporting documents for visa applications must be received by Duke no later than 6 weeks prior to the Orientation date.  Failure to submit documents on time may result in delays in the visa process and could result in cancellation of the exchange.

It is extremely important that students follow ALL instructions on the online visa application forms and send all the necessary documents to Fuqua's International Programs Office in a timely manner to prevent delay. Immigration regulations and possible background checks can delay the process, so please apply for visas as early as possible.  Please keep in mind that there may be considerable delays at US Embassies and Consulates abroad.

Registration Process                                                                             
Exchange students studying at Fuqua for an entire semester (12 weeks/two 6-week terms) are expected to enroll in a minimum of 5 classes, but can take up to 6 classes without special permission from the Fuqua Registrar's office. Students studying at Fuqua for one term (6 weeks) are expected to take a minimum of 3 classes but can request an overload from the Fuqua Registrar's office to take 4 classes, if they choose. Each class accrues 27 contact hours, or in-class time. 

Students register for classes online in the same manner as other Fuqua students. Once course information is released by the Fuqua Registrar's office, instructions will be sent to each student for registering for courses. This process is done via a system called ACES Web. Confirmed exchange students, once entered into Duke's system, will receive a User ID name and password for accessing ACES Web as well as instructions and registration time tables.

Course listings are available from the Fuqua website. Fall course schedules will typically be available by the beginning of July. Spring course schedules are typically available in mid-November.

Learning Environment/Courses

Fuqua maintains excellent facilities for graduate business education.

Academic Format: The academic year at Fuqua is divided into two 12-week semesters that are then each sub-divided into two 6-week terms; terms Fall 1 & Fall 2 make up the fallIMG_8630 semester and terms Spring 1 & Spring 2 make up the spring semester. Courses meet twice a week for 2 hours, 15 minutes each (Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday). There are no classes on Wednesdays. Classes include approximately 35-70 students.

Curriculum: Exchange students participate in the regular second-year MBA curriculum and are allowed to enroll in ONLY elective courses. Students are expected to enroll in a minimum of five elective courses over two terms (or three courses in one term if only present for that period). A broad range of elective courses may be taken, such as: Accounting, Decision Sciences, Economics, Finance, Health Sector Management, Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Strategy and Sustainability.DSCF1482

All courses are taught in English: Due to the high level of classroom participation, group work, and interaction among students and faculty, exchange students must be proficient in written and spoken English. 

Attendance: The intense schedule makes it difficult to miss even one class. According to Fuqua's policy, students are not allowed to arrive after the start of classes. Therefore, punctual attendance is mandatory.

Grading: The final course grade may be based on case analyses, class participation, team projects, oral and written presentations, midterms and final papers or examinations. The format varies from course to course, but class participation is often a significant portion of the final grade. The exam period is during the last 3 days of each term.


Carolos 8While we have no on-campus housing facilities at Fuqua, Duke does make every effort to arrange housing for graduate students.

Please contact Linda Moiseenko at Duke University's Community Housing office, who assists graduate students with their housing needs. Email communityhousing@duke.edu for on-campus housing inquiries.

Visit the Duke community housing website.


General Environment

26830_420178437164_573062164_5769185_766570_nThe Fuqua School of Business offers one of the finest settings for management education in the United States. The building is on Duke University's beautiful campus and is located close to the cities of Durham and Raleigh and the town of Chapel Hill. Currently 40 percent of Fuqua's degree-seeking student body is international.   



Fuqua's Student Services

Exchange students are fully integrated into the Fuqua community:

  • Orientation: There is a mandatory exchange student orientation for each term.
  • Housing: We seek to provide our exchange students with as much information as possible to help them find convenient, 13666_225324141992_681916992_3645267_4316513_nfurnished accommodations or coordinate apartment sharing where possible (see the Housing section above). 
  • International House: Duke's International House offers a variety of programming for all international students and their spouses. 
  • Exchange Mentorship Program: Exchange students will be paired with a current Fuqua mentor. The Mentors assist with any questions about life at Fuqua that incoming exchange students may have as well as organize activities for the group throughout the year. Previous activities include a Thanksgiving potluck and a Goodbye Brunch.
  • Career Services: While the primary focus of the exchange program is academic, the Fuqua Career Management Center (CMC) also provides a number of services to exchange students, including:
    • Ford Library research databases, industry reports, and company financial data
    • GoingGlobal, a subscription service which offers information on working outside and inside the U.S., including and H1B Visa tool to identify U.S. employers that sponsor visas.
    • CareerCompass, a Fuqua intranet site that supports the MBA job search
    • Online job postings
  • Computer Services: Exchange students have full access to the state-of-the-art Fuqua computer mediated learning environment, which includes email, full Internet access, online multi-level bulletin boards, and file transfer protocol.
  • Ford Library: Fuqua has excellent library facilities with many online databases for extensive academic and career research.
  • Social Activities: Exchange students are invited to participate in a wide range of student and school social activities, including clubs, Fuqua Friday events, social events, intramural sports, orientation meals and outings, etc.
  • Lockers: Lockers are provided for students to store their personal belongings while at school.
  • Dining: Food service is available at the Fox Student Center and the R. David Thomas Center.
  • Parking: Exchange students may purchase a parking permit for their car from the Duke Parking Office
  • DukeCard: Each exchange student will receive a photo ID card from the DukeCard Office. The DukeCard is used to open building doors, access parking lots, and buy goods and services at Duke using a Flexible Spending Account (FLEX).

Contact Information

For outgoing exchange information, please contact Mrs. Samira Wellemeyer:

Samira Wellemeyer 
Tel: 919.660.7677
Fax: 919.660.7982
E-Mail: samira.wellemeyer@duke.edu