International Students

Duke TIP welcomes academically gifted international students to our Summer Studies Program. However, because our programs are conducted in English, students must have sufficient English-speaking skills to fully engage in the program and participate in the required classroom discussions and presentations.

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How to apply

If you have participated in a TIP talent search, including the 7th Grade Talent Search or the Duke TIP in India Talent Search (in 2014 or earlier), or if you have been part of a TIP educational program in the past, you should already have a TIP ID. If you already have a TIP ID, you can follow the standard application process to apply as an international student.

If you have not participated in a TIP program before, you must first obtain a Duke TIP ID number before you are eligible to apply to Summer Studies. Simply complete a TIP ID request and upload the required documentation as indicated. It could take as long as two business days to determine your program qualification status and assign you a TIP ID, which we will email to you. Please apply for one before the application open date if at all possible.

Required documentation

International students' eligibility for the Summer Studies Program is based onĀ an academic portfolio that should include:

  • a transcript or grade report
  • an extracurricular resume, including honors you have received or activities in which you have participated, grades (when received), and a general description of all honors or activities
  • standardized test scores, if available
  • SAT or ACT scores, if available
  • TOEFL scores, if available

Passport and visa information

All non-US students must have a passport to attend residential summer programs in the United States, and they are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa. You should allow a minimum of six weeks after obtaining a passport to complete this process. Additional visa information will be provided upon admission.

Travel information

International students attending a TIP residential summer program cannot arrive prior to the first day of the program. If you cannot arrange a flight for arrival or departure day, you may arrive up to twenty-four hours late or you may depart from the program early.

Summer Studies is a three-week residential program for high-achieving young scholars in grades seven through ten. Taking place at thirteen college campuses across the country over two different summer sessions, the programs provide the social and intellectual stimulus that gifted students need.