Chapel at night

Life at Duke

Live and work in a supportive community that offers outstanding resources both on-campus and off


During your time at Duke University you'll have access to the lively community of our Durham hometown, and to the dynamic Research Triangle region.

Our region enjoys more than 220 days of sunshine a year. We boast an affordable cost of living—cheaper than Boston, New York, Atlanta or California. 

More about Durham and the Research Triangle Region »



Duke's Pratt School of Engineering offers a close-knit community with many resources for master's students—and extensive opportunities to get involved both within ECE and across the school. Learn more about:

Study on the Duke Campus

Duke provides a safe, supportive learning environment for each graduate student—and their family:

Learn more about:


As a globally-renowned university, Duke attracts students from around the world to its graduate degree programs. We are committed to making the transition to living, studying and working at Duke as smooth as possible.

The information and links below will help you understand how Duke makes international students welcome.

International House

Duke’s International House serves Duke's global community on campus.

During the summer, International hosts virtual online sessions to help new students plan their transitions. Closer to the beginning of the academic year, International House holds a Resource Fair and Orientation for international students, which includes an especially helpful session on academic integrity and differences in the style of courses in American universities. Throughout the year, the house provides advice and support to international students and offers extensive cross-cultural information and training to enhance the mission of the university.

International House is located at 300 Alexander Avenue on Duke's Central Campus.

English for International Students

Duke Engineering Graduate Communications and Intercultural Programs offers comprehensive oral and written communication support services to prepare international students for success in social, professional, and academic settings. The office provides both one-on-one coaching and an array of workshops.

Wellness Services & Medical Insurance

Duke Student Health Services provides information on adequate medical insurance plans that international students should obtain, as well as details on the services and facilities available to all Duke students at the state-of-the-art Student Wellness Center.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion make for better engineers—and a better experience for engineering students.

That’s why Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering embraces diversity and inclusion in the classroom and in the laboratory—whether that’s racial, ethnic, sexual or gender diversity. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Duke Engineering offers many opportunities for underrepresented minority students, from student groups to fellowships, to recruiting incentives, to events and activities that celebrate the diversity of our entire community.

Duke ECE Diversity Initiative—Professional Organization Memberships