• Language Exams: August 15-16 (tentative dates)
    • Language Exams for students whose first language is not English; locations and groups
    • We encourage international students to arrive by no later than Monday, August 12. The university’s International House will hold events that week that are critical to your transition to both Duke and Durham. The in-person language exams will happen at the end of that week. The Nicholas School’s Orientation will begin on Monday, August 19 and students are required to attend the sessions on August 19 and 20 with optional activities August 21-23. Fall classes begin Monday, August 26.
  • POD Activity: August 18 (tentative)
    • See POD leader for time and location
  • Orientation Days: August 19-20 
    • Attendance mandatory for all new professional students
  • Optional Orientation Days: August 21-23
    • All activities Wednesday through Friday are optional for all new professional students.


The 2019 Orientation Schedule will be available no later than August 1, but will follow very closely the schedule outlined in fall 2018. View the 2018 Orientation Schedule below. 

Complete the ORIENTATION RSVP FORM by mid-summer. The link will be provided at a later date.

During Orientation, you will begin meetings with faculty, staff, and students to determine your plan of study and course schedule. You will learn more about course registration and advising, certificate and career opportunities, participate in special sessions, and other matters related to your academic studies. The information that you receive during orientation will be crucial to making a successful transition to Duke. Although we encourage you attend all events and activities, only the required sessions are mandatory.

All new students are expected to attend Orientation Week – especially Monday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 20.

We will have some social events to help you get to know other new students, the faculty and returning students as well as the staff of the school. Additionally, we will try to allow some time during the week for you to take care of those settling-in details, such as setting up cable and Internet service and buying groceries and time to get to know the Duke and Durham communities. 


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