Travel to Site

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If you are flying to your site, please purchase your airline tickets as soon as possible after placement.

Driving directions, campus information, and detailed travel guidelines and restrictions will be available to enrolled students in the online portal.

Duke TIP cannot assume responsibility nor provide housing, meals, transportation, or supervision for students arriving before or departing after the listed program dates.

Arrival times

Term 1

  • By car: June 9, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • By plane: June 9, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Term 2

  • By car: July 7, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • By plane: July 7, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Duke University Marine Lab

  • By car: June 16, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • By plane: June 16, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Departure times

Term 1

  • By car: June 29, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • By plane: June 29, 7 a.m.–3 p.m.

Term 2

  • By car: July 27, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • By plane: July 27, 7 a.m.–3 p.m.

Duke University Marine Lab

  • By car: July 6, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • By plane: July 6, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Note: If your child’s arrival or departure times deviate by more than one hour from the ranges stated above, you must contact Duke TIP at for approval before you purchase your tickets. We cannot guarantee transportation otherwise.

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    Airport information

    Appalachian State University (Boone, North Carolina)

    Charlotte Douglas International (CLT)

    Austin College (Sherman, Texas)

    Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW)

    Davidson College (Davidson, North Carolina)

    Charlotte Douglas International (CLT)

    Duke University East and West Campus (Durham, North Carolina)

    Raleigh-Durham International (RDU)

    Georgia Tech (Atlanta, Georgia)

    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)

    Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) only, not BTR

    Rice University (Houston, Texas)

    William P. Hobby (HOU) only, not IAH

    Rollins College (Winter Park, Florida)

    Orlando International (MCO)

    Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas)

    San Antonio International (SAT)

    University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)

    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)

    Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)

    Piedmont Triad International (GSO) only, not CLT

    Duke University Marine Lab (Beaufort, North Carolina)

    Raleigh-Durham International (RDU)

    Duke TIP can only provide supervision and transportation on arrival day and departure day at the designated airports—and during the time frames—listed above.

    Getting from the airport to campus

    Students arriving by plane will meet Duke TIP staff (wearing Duke TIP staff T-shirts) in baggage claim, then take chartered buses or vans to campus.

    While we make every effort to transport students as soon as possible, the large volume of students may require them to wait with TIP staff for several hours. Please make sure your child has money on hand to purchase snacks or a meal during travel and waiting times.

    Note: because of the longer distances between the designated arrival airports and the Duke University Marine Lab (170 miles) and Appalachian State University (120 miles), the waiting times at the airport may be longer.

    Arriving by car

    Students arriving by car will be provided with an exact drop-off location and parking information prior to arrival day. Duke TIP staff will greet all car arrivals and assist students with check-in and move-in.

    International students

    Though we understand the difficulty of arranging international flights, we cannot accommodate early arrivals and late departures. If you cannot arrange a flight for arrival or departure day, you may arrive up to twenty-four hours late and/or depart from the program early.

    Unaccompanied minor status

    An “unaccompanied minor” is a status designated by an airline that denotes a child who flies with specially arranged airline supervision, either because the airline deems the child to be too young to travel alone or because a parent specifically requests it. Unaccompanied minor status requires an extra fee, which varies among airlines.

    Please be sure you understand these rules and their implications.

    Typically, a student traveling as an unaccompanied minor:

    • must have picture identification; the airline can provide guidance as to acceptable forms of identification
    • is not allowed to travel on the last flight of the day
    • may be required to travel with the same airline provider from the city of origin to the destination
    • may not be eligible for connecting flights
    • will be met at the arrival gate (not at baggage claim) by a Duke TIP staff member on arrival day
    • will be escorted through security and to the departure gate on departure day

    Determining and arranging unaccompanied minor status

    Each airline sets its own policy for unaccompanied minors, so you should consult with your airline to learn more before arranging air travel.

    If your child will fly as an unaccompanied minor, please complete the following the steps:

    • Clarify the airline’s restrictions and ensure your child can arrive and depart within the designated time frames.
    • The airline will require the name, address, and telephone number of the Duke TIP staff person meeting your child at the airport on arrival day and escorting your child through security on departure day. Because we will not have this information at the time you purchase your ticket, provide the following information as a placeholder: David Mallen, Director of Student Affairs, 300 Fuller Street, Durham, NC 27701, (919) 668-9100.
    • Call your campus on-site office to request the names of staff who will escort your child on arrival and departure day. You will receive the on-site office numbers in May. On-site offices will be open and have staff names available beginning at the time listed below. 
      • for Term I arrival: 10 a.m. on the Wednesday prior to arrival
      • for Term II arrival: 10 a.m. on the Thursday prior to arrival
      • for all departures: 10 a.m. on the Wednesday prior to departure

    Then call the airline to update the name of the Duke TIP staff member who will be picking up your child from the airport for arrival day; repeat for departure day.

    Please complete your child’s transportation information in the online student portal, and in addition to providing arrival and departure information, note that your child is traveling under the airline’s unaccompanied minor status.

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