Global Toolkit

The tabs below include information and resources for Duke students, faculty and staff engaging in globally-focused activities both on and off campus.

Travel Tips

International travel alerts

Duke maintains a Restricted Regions List with destinations deemed unsafe for travel by Duke University. The university’s Global Travel Advisory Committee reviews safety and security information for these countries from the U.S. State Department, International SOS, the World Health Organization and other entities. The United States government also maintains a list of alerts and travel warnings to review before planning a trip.

Registering your travel

Before you leave, you can enter your travel information into the Duke Travel Registry, which allows Duke to locate and assist you in the event of an emergency such as a natural disaster.

Getting a visa

Each country has its own laws and procedures for visiting, studying and working in their country. Find information about visa requirements for other countries at Duke faculty and staff who need outbound visas and work permits should contact Global Admin and Travel Support for assistance.

Arranging for pre-travel health visits

For those traveling abroad, the Duke student and employee health clinics offer pre-travel visits with specialized travel health practitioners. Duke students have access to the International Travel Clinic through Student Health. For employees traveling on Duke business, the cost of a travel visit with Employee Occupational Health and Wellness, including any vaccinations that are recommended for non-U.S. travel, will be covered by the appropriate Duke cost center or program as per Duke's international policies

Emergency care coordination while abroad

Duke’s travel assistance program, International SOS, provides international medical, security and travel assistance to all Duke University students, faculty and administrators worldwide. Short-term travelers should carry an International SOS card while abroad. Eligible employees may also carrry a Cigna Medical Benefits Abroad card for supplemental illness and injury coverage.

Using technology while abroad

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) keeps a list of global tech tips for international travelers. Check OIT’s website for an IT traveler checklist and international cell phone options. While abroad, global travelers can reach the OIT service desk for technical support 24 hours per day, 5 days per week by email, live chat or phone at +1 (919) 684-2200.

Fieldwork safety tips

The Occupational & Environmental Safety Office provides information about how to stay safe while doing fieldwork.

International weather map

Global weather maps can help you prepare your packing list.

Developing Global Programs and Partnerships

Developing partnerships with universities and other organizations abroad

You can download a template from the Office of Global Affairs to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a global partner. Our Global Partnerships page also includes steps to take when executing an MOU and best practices for productive partnerships. When considering an MOU, please contact Colette Watt in the Office of Global Affairs to see if there is an existing MOU with the proposed partner or that covers a similar topic.

Support for in-country programs and business operations

Duke’s Administrative Support for Global Programs resource hub gives faculty and staff access to resources that aid in planning and implementing international activities, whether it’s individual travel or a large-scale, semi-permanent global program. Brendan Murphy, director of global administrative support, provides specific assistance in hiring and paying employees abroad, managing risk when engaging local staff, dealing with leases and contracts, setting up local bank accounts and locating legal entities around the world.

Funding for global activities

Our Global Funding page includes a number of opportunities to secure funds for global research, international events on campus, course development at Duke Kunshan University and other activities. Additional funding sources can be found by searching the research funding database and by following opportunities offered by Duke’s global initiatives, area studies centers and other offices and programs on campus.


International Visitors and Students

Bringing international visitors to campus

Visit our International Protocol page for more guidance on process and protocol for hosting visiting foreign delegations. The Office of Global Affairs can provide briefing and agenda templates; suggestions regarding Duke administrators, faculty and student groups with whom the visitor(s) might meet; and best practices on cultural customs, gift exchange and other protocol matters.

Visa services

Contact Visa Services for assistance determining the visa and employment options for international students, scholars, visitors and employees and to obtain appropriate visa documentation for admission to the U.S., authorization for employment and maintenance of legal status for our international population. 

Paying foreign nationals

Duke’s financial services department can provide you with information about required documentation for payments issued to foreign nationals.

Resources for current and inbound international students and scholars

Duke’s International House (I-House) provides assistance to international students, including orientation sessions for students and parents, information about healthcare and medical insurance in the US, tips for finding housing and transportation, fact sheets on opening US bank accounts, cultural workshops, visiting hours and other resources to help students, scholars and spouses feel at home in Durham.

Hosting Fulbright Visiting Scholars

Duke faculty members can host Fulbright Visiting Scholars at no cost to Duke. To learn more, visit the Duke Center for International and Global Studies site.


Finding Global Activities, Offices and People

Search Duke activity by region or country

To learn more about what Duke is doing in different parts of the world, check out our global fact sheets, our monthly newsletter, and our news and updates page, where you can search stories by world region.

Identify faculty members with expertise in particular countries

Our Global Activities Map provides a country-by-country breakdown of Duke faculty members’ research, teaching and expertise around the world.

Find Duke institutes and organizations related to regional interests

Duke has four regionally focused initiatives: the Africa Initiative, the Brazil Initiative, the Tropical Conservation initiative and the Global Asia Initiative. The Duke University Center for International and Global Studies also has a number of centers focused on particular regions of the world, including the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Council for European Studies and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center. Duke students themselves spearhead many internationally focused clubs and organizations, which can be found in the Duke Groups database.

Other global units at Duke

Duke has many offices and initiatives that coordinate global activities, including the Global Education Office for Undergraduates, Duke Engage, Duke Medicine Global, International House and the Duke Global Health Institute.

Talk to a global/civic director of academic engagement

Global/civic DAEs work with Trinity and Pratt students to explore opportunities in global experiences, civic engagement or interdisciplinary research.

Find alumni groups by region

Duke alumni have organized clubs by city and region all over the world.