International House (IHouse)

Int'l Graduate and Professional Students

Welcome! you will find useful information here as an incoming international graduate student.

Join us for an informational  webinar on Wednesday, June 5 at 10am EST. At the webinar, you will be able to ask questions regarding housing, immunization requirements, transportation, and general questions related to your time at Duke. Current graduate students will also be available to answer your questions during the webinar. 

To view a recording of the webinar that was held on June 5th, 2019, please follow this link. 

2019 International Graduate and Professional Student Orientation

To Register for the Resource Fair, and International Graduate and Professional Student Orientation, please click this link

Resource Fair in Penn Pavilion, West Campus
Monday, August 12th: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

  • Off-Campus Resources - Banks, Cell Phone Companies, ITIN Applications
  • On-Campus Resources - Library, Writing Studio, Career Center, Religious Life, Women's Center, Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity, Center for Multicultural Affairs, Student Health & Wellness, DuWell, CAPS, and other campus offices.
  • GoPass Distribution, Alternative Transportation, and more

Campus tours will leave from the IHOP (International House Orientation Peers) Info Desk every 30 minutes. 
Each tour will be led by a current graduate student IHOP.

5:00 PM - Dinner in Downtown Durham with IHOPs. Sign up at the IHouse table at the Resource Fair. Bring $15-$20 for dinner.

International Graduate and Professional Student Orientation, Reynolds Theater (Bryan Center)
Tuesday, August 13th: 9:00 AM - 3:10 PM

9:00 AM Orientation Begins
9:15 AM Welcome from International House Staff
9:30 AM 'Designing Your Graduate School Experience for a Successful Career' - Deb Wojcik
10:15 AM Graduate & Professional Student Council - Student President, Anthony Monroe
10:30 AM 'What I Wish I knew From Day One' - Q&A with IHOPs
11:15 AM Smart Ways to Get Around, On and Off Campus
11:50 AM Announcements & Evaluation
12:00 PM Lunch Break - Box Lunch provided
12:40 PM


Session 1


Session 2 


Session 3 


Reynolds Theater

Tips for Writing in U.S. Academic Contexts


Career Advice for Masters Students


Forever Duke: Alumni Network



Griffith Theater

Safety and Security Online and Offline


Challenges and Opportunities of Graduate School


Safety and Security Online and Offline



Resource Room


A Rapid Technique to Handle Stress



A Rapid Technique to Handle Stress


Networking Hour, The Landing (Bryan Center)
Tuesday, August 13th: 3:15-4:15PM
Come chat with fellow new students. This social event will have light snacks and beverages.  Co-sponsored with Alumni Association. 


Meet your Graduate IHOPs!


Pre-Departure Information

Please take a look at this video below that introduces IHouse orientation programs and other services. 



  • Make travel plans to arrive at Duke early enough to attend the International Graduate and Professional Orientation
  • By airplane: Reserve your flight to the Raleigh/Durham (RDU) International airport. Car rentals and taxis are available at the airport.
  • Taxicab: The fare is about $35.00 - $40.00 to Durham and Duke. A tip of 10% plus $1.00 per suitcase is normal. This service is available 24 hours a day.  
  • International House does not coordinate graduate student airport pickups from RDU.  Some student organizations have volunteers that will pick students up from the airport. Contact your department or school for more information. 
  • Chinese graduate and professional students may contact DCSSA for assistance with airport pickup and other information. 
  • If possible, we recommend arriving Monday through Thursday. Most offices in the USA are closed on Saturday and Sunday. 
  • Visa information: If you have visa questions while still in your home country, you may contact the Duke Visa Services by e-mail or phone at (919) 681-8472.

Health Insurance

  • Health care is expensive here and different from other countries. All students are required to have adequate health insurance. 
  • All international Duke graduate and professional students are required to purchase the Duke Student Medical Insurance Plan (SMIP) that is designed for Duke students and complements the services of the Student Health Center. Duke students on F-1 and J-1 visas will be automatically enrolled in this health insurance. For more details on this and other important health related information visit the Student Health Center website.


  • For off-campus apartments, you will need approximately $1,200 for deposits, first month's rent, and to activate utilities (electricity, gas, etc). Check Off-Campus Housing for vacancies. Also sign up for the Intlhouse listserv to look for roommates and available apartments. You can also download a list of Apartment Complexes near campus from the Housing section of our website.


  • Food Services: Duke campus has a variety of places to eat, ranging from cafeterias and fast food to full-service restaurants. For more information please visit the Duke Dining website.
  • Banking: You should open a bank account once you arrive in Durham. Bring your funds either in traveler's checks, or in an official bank check. Do not carry large amounts of cash during your travel. We recommend you get American Express traveler's checks as they are the easiest to cash in the U.S.
  • Shipping:  If you do not have a local address yet, you may want to leave your packages with a friend or family member with instructions to mail them to you once you have a home address.  Or you can ask your department about shipping packages to their office.  International House does not accept packages for students/scholars.
  • Bring a few items that remind you of home (pictures, crafts, clothing, etc.) to share with other students.

Remember: You may have many questions about coming here and even more after arriving. Please contact the staff at International House. We are here to assist you in any way possible.

Back to top