Special Registrations

There are a number of special programs across the university or populations that require special considerations for registration.  A few of those programs or populations are highlighted below.

Under the interinstitutional registration agreement, any graduate, professional or undergraduate student enrolled as a degree seeking student at any of the following universities may participate in registration via the interinstitutional registration process:

The student may take a course at a participating university if the student's academic advisor and/or dean can certify that the course is appropriate for the student's degree program and that the course is not available during the same academic term at the home institution. Registration deadlines of the home institution should be observed. Students may not audit courses under the interinstitutional registration agreement.

Special Notice:  All foreign national students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) must present evidence of immigration status to the Duke Visa Services Office before the first day of classes. Failure to comply will result in the inability to enroll for classes. Visa Services will block enrollment for any students who fail to comply with this policy. The Visa Services Office location can be found at:  http://visaservices.duke.edu/directions.html.  If you have any questions or require additional information, please call 919-681-8472.

Maximum Number of Courses Allowed:
  • Graduate and Professional School Students: Two courses per term (Fall and Spring Semesters), provided that the student is also registered for the balance of his/her normal load at the home institution.
  • Undergraduate Students: One course per term (Fall and Spring Semesters), provided that the student is also registered for the balance of his/her normal load at the home institution.
  • All Students: One course per summer (all summer terms/sessions combined), provided that the student is concurrently registered for one course with an equivalent credit value at the home institution.

Important: Please note that the academic calendars and procedures at the six institutions vary. It is very important that students plan carefully and apply early to minimize problems in the registration process. The interinstitutional registration agreement requires students to apply and register for courses only through their home institution.


Duke Students Visiting Other Campuses (info and form)


Students from Other Campuses Visiting Duke (info and form)

The Robertson Scholars program was created and funded by UNC alumnus Julian Robertson and his wife, Josie. Each year, the Robertson Scholars Program selects thirty new scholars—half matriculate at Duke University and half at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. All exhibit academic excellence, leadership potential, a commitment to community service, and behavior that is grounded in strong ethical principles. Every Robertson Scholar has two dynamic intellectual homes at two superb universities—Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill.

All Robertson Scholars are required to take a minimum of five courses at the sister campus during their undergraduate experience. This number can include the Robertson Colloquium (taken spring of the first year) and the Senior Capstone (taken spring of the senior year). Unlike other students at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill who are limited to one interinstitutional course per semester and can take only courses that are not available on their home campus, Robertson Scholars may take more than one class per semester on the sister campus, including those that are available at their home institution. Scholars are encouraged to take advantage of the course offerings at both schools as much as possible. However, students must remember that major, minor, or certificate programs require a percentage of courses to be completed on the home campus and students must obtain the appropriate approvals for every course taken at the sister school.

Duke employees and members of the community with appropriate academic background are eligible to take Duke courses for audit, non-degree, and professional development. For further information please visit the website for Duke Continuing Studies.

The Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies is a fully merged graduate program, granting the PhD in German Studies, with a joint admissions process and a single diploma bearing the names of both Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  For further information, please visit the website for the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program.