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Global Education

Immersing students in meaningful study around the world is very important to us. Here are some of the ways Sanford students can study around the world.

Glasgow, Scotland

The Sanford School of Public Policy and the Global Education Office for Undergraduates (GEO) are pleased to offer this program in coordination with the University of Glasgow.

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's four ancient universities. The university is famous for its contributions to political economy and moral philosophy, making it a particularly good location for students to engage in public policy studies.

The city of Glasgow is an exciting locale, with a varied array of cultural activities and entertainment. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Glasgow grew to a population of over one million and was the fourth-largest city in Europe, after London, Paris, and Berlin. Today, Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the third largest in the United Kingdom. In 1990, Glasgow was named the "Cultural Capital of Europe" by the European Community.

Learn more about Duke in Glasgow program.

Washington, DC

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  • Alec Lintz White House

    From Sanford to the White House

    Undergraduate Alec Lintz participated in the Duke in DC program in 2017. In addition to coursework, Alec interned with Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). The summer following the program, Alec landed an internship at the White House.

    Alec credits Duke in DC with setting him up for success. "Without question, this program will impact my future,” he said. “The millennials, the people who are on college campuses right now, really have the potential to re-orient ourselves in how we consider politics.”

The Duke in DC program offers a unique and exciting opportunity to live, study, and work in the nation’s capital. This is your opportunity to experience up close how public policy shapes society and your place in it. Whether your future is as a lawyer, a social entrepreneur, a teacher, a high-tech innovator, an artist, or simply an engaged citizen, public policy matters to you – this program helps you understand how.

Duke in DC has a pre-professional tilt, connecting classroom study to experiential learning oriented around policy innovation and public leadership. You meet in weekly seminars with Duke faculty members, who allow you to tailor many assignments to your policy interests. The courses often feature high-profile practitioners from the media, government, and advocacy communities—often Duke alums—who are eager to show you how Washington really works and to guide your intellectual and professional development. You also will gain a significant work credential through a 28-hour/week internship at an agency or organization of your choice.

We spend the semester visiting key sites—from the world-famous monuments of the federal city to the everyday neighborhoods of “the real DC.” You have lots of opportunities to network with Duke alums at basketball “watch parties” and social events at the university’s beautiful offices in downtown Washington. You will enjoy a group-living experience in a new facility centrally located near trendy restaurants and major Washington attractions.

The program is offered by the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Global Education Office. Majors from all departments are encouraged to apply.

Learn more about Duke in D.C. at the Duke Global Education website.


More global opportunities at Duke 

  • Duke Engage - DukeEngage empowers students to address critical human needs by fully funding a summer of immersive service, in the process transforming students, advancing the University’s educational mission, and providing meaningful assistance to communities in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Bass Connections - Students tackle complex societal problems in interdisciplinary teams, often abroad.