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Duke University’s activities in Europe reflect a wide range of faculty and student interests. The university offers more than 25 study abroad and civic engagement programs in cities including Belgrade, Berlin, London, Madrid and Paris.

The Sanford School of Public Policy has especially strong European ties. Our Program on Global Policy and Governance offers graduate students summer coursework in Geneva and helps them secure internships with major NGOs and international organizations based there.

Undergrads have taken advantage of the school’s semester-long Duke in Glasgow program since 1982. The program features policy-focused courses and meetings with members of Parliament in London.

Research projects in Europe range from comparative studies in school accountability to an exploration of behavior amongst low-income boys.

Big Ben, Doug Wheller/Creative Commons

Since the late 1990s, the academic performance of many students in London has risen dramatically – so much so, it now exceeds national averages. The improvement is due largely to big gains in the 13 districts of Inner London – places with the greatest concentrations of low-income and minority students. Sanford professor Helen “Sunny” Ladd spent a month in two of those boroughs, Tower Hamlets and Hackney, in order to identify what policies are driving the change.

People at Brussels airport

McSwain Forkoh, a first-year Master of Public Policy student at Duke, was in the Brussels Airport on March 22 when the deadly terrorist attacks occurred.] “I felt so grateful that I was able to survive, I was able to make it out unharmed,” Forkoh said.