New Program Development

Each Duke Immerse Program Consists of:

      • A cluster of four seminars focused around a significant global challenge (offered spring or fall semester)
      • An integrated curriculum reflecting the professors’ research and expertise
      • Two or more faculty members, within or across disciplines
      • Frequent and meaningful faculty-student interaction
      • Classroom learning connected with hands-on experience
      • Small enrollments (18 or fewer students)
      • Supplemental funding to support student research, fieldwork, and experiential learning
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Propose a New Duke Immerse​

All Duke faculty are invited to submit a Letter of Intent to propose a new Duke Immerse. Successful proposals are clearly articulated and build on the faculty team’s expertise; these may include proposals that are fully disciplinary or interdisciplinary, incorporate Service-Learning or complement an existing Bass Connections project or DukeEngage program. Proposals that diversify existing Duke Immerse opportunities and reflect the expertise of Duke faculty receive priority.


      • New Fall 2023 Programs – October 15, 2022
      • New Spring 2024 Programs – March 15, 2023

To propose a new Duke Immerse opportunity, send a Letter of Interest to Include in the letter a brief description of:

      • Overall concept and theme
      • Who will be involved (instructors, staff)
      • The four courses, title, and brief description (may include new and existing courses)
      • Target student audience (from which majors, minors, and certificate programs)
      • Field-based experience or travel
      • Collaboration with community partner(s), if applicable

Duke Immerse is a semester-long program for undergraduates conceived of by Duke faculty. Individual themes are often research-intensive and should include off-campus experiences to enhance the curriculum.

Themes involving travel are expected to follow related university policies and meet with the Duke Immerse Director to develop a risk management plan prior to the program offering. The proposal process is iterative; after the letter of interest is reviewed and approved, the faculty work with the Duke Immerse Director to articulate and develop the program details and budget. 


Contact the Duke Immerse Director ( in the Office of Undergraduate Education.