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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about the Duke Immerse program. If you don’t see what you are looking for or still have outstanding questions, you can contact the Duke Immerse team at

Yes. Duke Immerse courses are Duke courses, typically with multiple departmental cross listings, and include a variety of Areas of Knowledge and Modes of Inquiry codes. Some Immerse programs provide the majority of credits needed for a certificate or minor. 

Yes. Visiting students (e.g., UNC Robertson Scholars, Duke-Kunshan University students) may participate so long as they are fully enrolled undergraduate students at Duke for that semester. Visiting students must apply alongside all other interested students. 

No. Duke Immerse is for full-time undergraduate students only. 

No. Duke Immerse students spend most or all of their semester on Duke’s campus, though all Immerse programs have multiple short, field-based components (e.g., community-engaged experiences in Durham and around the Triangle; three-day trip to eastern North Carolina or Georgia; 10-day travel to multiple South African cities; four-week research trip to Amman, Jordan). 

Nearly all Immerse students who apply are accepted. Most programs accept students on a rolling, first-come, first served basis. 

Yes. Currently, each Duke Immerse has a program fee of $1,500, which partially offsets the overall program cost. Once a student is enrolled in Immerse, the program-related flights, lodging, and meals while traveling are covered by Duke Immerse. For students who receive need-based financial support, this fee is covered by the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support.  


Not currently. We welcome and would support an engineering-focused Duke Immerse! 

Duke Immerse is a small cohort experience, with high faculty interaction. A large majority of Duke Immerse alums report having close and strong relationships with their Immerse instructors by their senior year. Students also report finding academic belonging and new intellectual challenges through the program. 

We try to make Immerse opportunities open to all students who are interested. Minimally, students need to have completed Writing 101, and have no conduct-related restrictions. Typically, a cross-section of undergraduates participates in each student cohort. These cohorts are diverse in terms of identities, backgrounds, academic interest and class year.  

Teaching teams of Duke Immerse professors propose a new concept, led by a Duke instructor. The proposal is reviewed by the Immerse director and the Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Experiential Education.  

For fall programs, applications open in January. For spring programs, applications open in November. Students are often accepted on a rolling basis. The applications can be found on