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Duke University, Durham, NC

Participant Info

Dear Language Institute Participant:

Welcome to the Language Institute!  This page contains important information and recommendations that will smooth your transition to the Durham area.  Please read it carefully.

About the Program

We want to make sure you realize that this is not a simple course of study, and a great deal of effort will be required of each individual student.  Our curriculum includes lectures, experiential exercises, team projects, and social events.  No academic preparation is required for you to participate in the Language Institute.  However, we ask that you listen to and read as much English as possible in the weeks before the program begins.

Language Institute classes will meet daily, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on weekdays (Monday through Friday) from Monday, July 6, to Friday, July 17.  In addition to a daytime schedule, the Institute has arranged for some evening social and cultural activities.  Students have regarded these events as very helpful in developing their understanding of Fuqua culture and in developing friendships with the other participants.  We strongly encourage you to participate.

To make the Language Institute a valuable experience, we ask that you attend all classes, social events, and meetings.  The workload is rigorous.  During the program, you will work on projects, sometimes as a member of a team.  For your benefit and to be fair to project teammates, please do not schedule any absences during the Institute.

Pre-program Instruction

Some students who are required to attend the Language Institute have asked for additional instruction on an informal, voluntary basis before the formal program begins. While access to such instruction is limited, it will be available. Our tutors have indicated that they can be available for some instruction sessions beginning on July 1. This instruction will only be offered on July 1. There is no additional charge for the Pre-instruction.

If you are interested in registering for additional instruction, please indicate your interest by completing the attached MSWORD "Pre-program Instruction Registration" form and emailing it to Claire Styles at or fax to 919-681-6244 no later than June 1. Access to such instruction is based on availability, so it is important that you send in the form as soon as possible.


Registration for the Language Institute will begin at 8:30 a.m. July 6 in Keller East wing of the Fuqua School of Business.  You should plan to be here ready to register promptly at 8:30 a.m.   Please park in the Frank Bassett Parking Lot located at the end of Science Drive.  When you register for the program, for convenience, you will be given a parking permit that you will use for the duration of the program.  Your student account will be charged a student parking fee of $11.75*.

If you have already paid your $500 deposit, the balance of the program tuition, $3,565, is payable to Duke University’s Bursar’s Office, 919-684-3531.  You will be notified by email of the tuition balance due date.

When to Arrive and What to Bring

Please arrive in Durham between June 10 and June 30.  

The Language Institute will provide you with all study materials.  You must provide items required for your own personal care (i.e. housing, transportation to and from class, and items for personal grooming). Lunch will be provided on weekdays while the program is in session.

When deciding what clothing to pack, please keep in mind that the weather in Durham will be hot and humid (average 90 degrees Fahrenheit), and the program attire will be casual - jeans and shorts are fine.  However, many students have found that the air conditioning in U.S buildings is too cold, so plan for that as well.

If you have any questions of any kind before the program begins, please feel free to contact me at (919) 660-7868 or  You can also contact my assistant, Claire Styles, at (919) 660-3783 or Have a safe and comfortable trip to the United States.  I look forward to meeting you on July 6.


Mark T. Brown


*fee subject to change