The message is being sent to all Duke undergraduate students.

January 28, 2021

Dear undergraduate students,

We are writing with some important news about Duke’s plans for Summer 2021. Here are the highlights:

  • Summer Sessions I and II will include on-campus, in-person classes as well as remote offerings.
  • Duke-supported outgoing undergraduate summer travel—both global and domestic—will be suspended.
  • Duke will offer expanded in-person and remote co-curricular programming, through existing and new programs currently in development.
  • All undergraduate students participating in summer courses will be able to live in Duke campus housing.
  • For the first time, students participating in many Duke co-curricular programs—including summer internships, research, service, and civic engagement programs—will be eligible for Duke campus housing, based on availability.

Registration for Summer Session I and II courses will be delayed for a few weeks in order to provide time for these changes to be broadly communicated and to allow for additional courses and activities to be considered. The new Summer Session registration dates are:

  • February 22nd—shopping carts (book bags) open
  • March 1st—registration opens

Given the extent of global travel restrictions and the uncertainties around vaccinations, Duke will suspend all outgoing undergraduate Duke-supported travel—both global and domestic—this summer. This includes programs like Study Abroad and Duke Engage. We know that this decision impacts many popular programs and will disrupt students’ summer plans. However, Duke is developing and expanding alternative student summer opportunities—including summer coursework, research programs, professional development workshops, and virtual internship opportunities. We encourage you to check the Keep Exploring website for updates on co-curricular and experiential programs. We plan to restart global travel activities as soon as it is safe and feasible to do so, given local and international travel restrictions.

Students enrolled in in-person programming on campus this summer will be required to participate in COVID-19 testing and observe all COVID-19 protocols, which will include masking and social-distancing.

We have created a FAQ [for undergraduates] that provides further details about Duke’s summer plans: Summer Session FAQ. If you have additional questions, please contact

As always, many thanks for all you’re doing to support and keep our community safe during these uncertain times.
Best regards,

Sally Kornbluth
Jennifer Francis
Executive Vice Provost 
Gary Bennett
Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education 
Mary Pat McMahon
Vice Provost of Student Affairs