A Horizon-Expanding Education

Education is about those moments that move you to a new and clearer vantage point—both in terms of what you're studying and the larger world. Duquesne University provides study abroad opportunities where you'll discover new possibilities in your major and the perspective you need to make a bigger impact in your profession and the people it serves.

You will become intellectually aware, culturally sensitive, and professionally prepared—become a global citizen.

You may choose from programs available all over the world, Duquesne's unique Rome and Dublin campuses provide once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. A wide range of semester-long and short-term programs offer an impressive range of options to explore the world.

Limitless Benefits:

  • Earn transferable credits while immersing yourself in a new culture.
  • Learn a new language or perfect a second language.
  • Expand cultural awareness and increase self-confidence.
  • Strengthen your identity in a global society.
  • Broaden your understanding of human and natural diversity.
  • Foster your flexibility, adaptability and independence.
  • Enhance your marketability to employers and graduate schools.
  • Prepare for future jobs: employers love to interview and hire individuals with international experience.
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DUQ Abroad: Application Portal

Log in here with your multi pass and begin your study abroad journey. All open Study Abroad Programs are listed.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Study abroad at our own campus in Italy

Duquesne University's Italian Campus.

The Eternal City awaits you at Duquesne’s campus in the heart of Rome, Italy. As hundreds of Duquesne students have done over two decades, you’ll live and learn in one of the world’s most historic cities. Here you’ll have many memorable experiences connecting with local students and exploring the rich culture all around you.

As a student at Duquesne in Rome, you will experience:

  • Living and studying at our beautiful and safe Duquesne campus, which is a short distance from the sights and sounds of Vatican City, the Colosseum and other Rome hot spots.
  • Taking classes four days a week while learning about local culture first-hand.
  •  Fulfilling Bridges curriculum and other elective requirements towards your degree while abroad.
  • Traveling during three-day weekends and a mid-semester break to world-famous destinations such as London, Paris, Madrid and Athens.

Duquesne in Rome Program Details and Application

Study at our Center at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland

Welcome to Duquesne in Dublin

Expand your horizons in the Emerald Isle with a semester studying at the University College Dublin (UCD)—one of the world’s top universities. You’ll live in UCD’s state of the art residence halls with students from around Ireland and the world and have access to some of the best neighborhoods in Dublin.  With a student population of more than 35,000 students, you’ll get to experience one of Ireland’s largest and most prestigious universities.

Just 6 kilometers—about 3.5 miles—from Dublin’s lively city center, you’ll be just minutes from the action. You’ll also have easy access to locations throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe.

For a semester in Dublin, you will experience:

  • Tailored support services by excellent on-site staff
  • Live with Irish students and students from around the world on UCD's campus
  • On-site Irish history course taught by a distinguished Irish historian
  • Group excursions to Western Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • A wide range of courses at UCD to fulfill major requirements and the opportunity to take classes with students from Ireland and around the world
  • Opportunities for travel and cultural activities in over 200 clubs and societies at UCD or independently
  • Close proximity to Dublin's international airport, the "gateway to Europe"

Duquesne in Dublin Program Details and Application

Approved semester abroad programs offered around the world

With over 20 different programs abroad, our pre-approved semester-long or year-long study abroad opportunities offer locations and courses for all majors looking to add a cultural experience to their time here at Duquesne.  Plan ahead with your success coach and abroad office but also visit our program pages and schedule an advising meeting with the Center for Global Engagement. via Starfish.  

  • Africa: Ghana and Tanzania 
  • Asia: China, Japan and Vietnam
  • Europe: Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Spain
  • South/Central America: Argentina, , Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru
  • South Pacific: Australia and New Zealand
  • Multi-Country: Internships, Semester at Sea and Student Teaching

Duq Approved Program Details and Applications

What is a Spring Break Away Course?

Spring Break Aways are the first opportunity a student can study abroad offering spring classes that travel over the week of spring break.  Each course will meet on campus for regular Spring semester classes, with the early weeks of study preceding Spring Break preparing you to take full advantage of your week at the international site. Upon returning from your spring break abroad, your studies will continue and include a project or paper based upon your international study experience.

The study tour will travel as a group under the guidance of your professor.  All travel arrangements will be arranged prior to departure and will include airfare, land transportation, hotels site admissions and many meals. 

Spring Break Away students will:

  • Take a 3-credit course, taught on campus, embedding international material into your studies for the entire spring semester. 
  • Participate in a faculty-led study tour during spring break, March 1-10, 2024.
  • Commit to participating in and paying for the spring break study tour component, an integral part of the academic course.
  • Plan on paying a total of $3,600 which includes flight, accommodations, excursions, tours as well as most all meals.
  • Follow the Spring Break Away steps and timeline.
Spring Break Away Timeline: 





Review course information and see faculty leader

Attend an information session

Apply ASAP to be assured of a spot

Meet with your advisor

October   $100 deposit is due with your Application




Pick up a detailed information packet

Pre-register for the class and apply for your passport

Due: $1500 deposit to hold your place

January 10th Due: $1800 balance is due to the Center for Global Engagement (601 Union).


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Break Away Program Details and Application

Earn 6-Credits with our Maymester Programs

Maymester programs are one way students can study abroad over the summer.  These unique programs offer students the opportunity to learn with Duquesne Faculty while living abroad.  Past Maymester programs have taken nursing students to Rome, health science students to Dublin, education majors to Finland as well as offering programs open to all majors traveling to Africa.  Each Fall new programs are announced.

Maymester students will:

  • Earn 6 academic credits while exploring a different culture with Duquesne Faculty.
  • Live abroad with Duquesne Students for 3-4 weeks starting in early May and ending in June.
  • Plan on program costs that are inclusive of flight, academic credits, accommodations, all cultural activities and most meals.
  • Get a passport, your ticket to study abroad

Maymester Programs and Applications

Earn 3-6 credits and spend 2-8 weeks abroad on our summer programs

During the summer months, students have the opportunity to travel abroad through faculty-led programs.  These programs take students abroad for 2-8 weeks during the summer months of May, June, July or August offering a variety courses to all students.   Tuition, accommodation and fees will vary by program and each fall new programs are announced.  Past programs have taken students to study Spanish in Spain, Health Sciences in Australia, Pharmacy in Japan and Psychology in Greece and much more.  

Summer Abroad students will...

  • Earn 3+ academic credits while exploring a different culture with Duquesne Faculty.
  • Live abroad with Duquesne Students on programs from 2-8 weeks during the summer
  • Plan on program costs unique to each program, most are inclusive of flights, academic credits, accommodations, all cultural activities and most meals.
  • Get a passport, your ticket to study abroad.
Summer Abroad Programs

Costs and Financial Aid

Study abroad can be affordable!

Check out our costs and policies as you plan for your experience abroad

Costs and Policies

Make a gift today to support scholarships and financial assistance to help Duquesne University students experience the world.

Your gift can open doors!

The Giving Tree sculpture by Ferdinando Codognotto is a symbol of the generosity shown to us by those who have donated over the years to the Duquesne in Rome program.

Give the Gift of Study Abroad.

In the Spiritan tradition, we believe that our study abroad experiences should be accessible to all students, but some students believe that these experiences are not within their reach because they continue to struggle to afford the basic costs. This is where your donation and support come in and can help us offer scholarships that make studying abroad possible for all students. How can you help?

  • Scholarship funding
  • Travel assistance funding
  • Program development funding
  • Facility needs and improvements

At Duquesne in Rome’s 10th birthday in 2010, a fundraising campaign was started to give the program an Endowed Fund to provide scholarship funds to Duquesne students who had financial hardships. In 2019, we were able to provide approximately $50,000 in extra scholarships to support Duquesne students because of generous donors, many connected to Duquesne University and even our young alumni. We would like to extend these scholarship opportunities to students of color, students who are academically talented, and to heritage-seeking students to provide a richer, diverse experience for the Duquesne community abroad.

At our Rome campus, The Giving Tree is the Duquesne in Rome’s donor wall, where donors past and present are honored. Sculptor, Ferdinando Codognotto, famous for his wood carvings in the center of Rome near Piazza Navona, is the artist of The Giving Tree, a piece of living art at the campus where we honor donor past and present donors who have financially supported Duquesne students who wish to study a semester or summer in the Eternal City. Codognotto has sculpted for the likes of three Popes, Mother Theresa, and even Julia Roberts! See the beautiful display of generosity by donors past in our newly produced video called "The Giving Tree".

If you would like to make a gift to support a Duquesne in Rome student, please visit our giving page:

Scholarship Opportunities

The Center for Global Engagement is available to help you understand the costs of study abroad and assist you in applying for these various awards and opportunities.

Gilman Scholarships provide awards for study abroad for U.S. citizens who are receiving Pell Grants, a federal need-based financial aid grant under Title IV. This program is offered through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education . Selected recipients are awarded up to $5,000, depending on the length of their program to defray the costs of studying abroad.


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Sponsored by the Association of Teachers of Japanese, Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan provide scholarship assistance of up to $4,000 to qualified students for study at an eligible program in Japan.


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Scholarships for study at any BUTEX affiliated institution in the U.K.

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Scholarships for Silver or Gold Award Girl Scouts to pursue foreign language study and study abroad.

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Summer Only. Full funding for summer study of languages deemed critical by the U.S. government.

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For students studying or doing research in Germany.

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Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

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Designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad, this grant provides supplemental funds for American students who already are studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution. GSF seeks to support a formative experience abroad for the recipient, who also must share this experience with others upon his or her return; ideally, with multiple audiences and varied media. We are particularly interested in funding the study of strategically significant countries and languages.

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Information on scholarships and fellowships for U.S. and international citizens.

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Awards for intensive summer or academic term study abroad in non-traditional destinations are offered to freshmen and sophomores to foster their interest in international affairs. Awards for an academic term or year in non-traditional destinations are offered to juniors and seniors to increase their knowledge of other languages and cultures. Please meet with the Study Abroad Advisor to discuss your plans and the application procedures.

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Awards of varying lengths are offered to graduate students to pursue the study of languages and cultures deemed critical to U.S. national security. To be eligible, the student must be a U.S. citizen and either enrolled in or applying to a graduate program at an accredited U.S. college or university. Applications are typically due in the end of January for the following academic year.

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Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying broad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year.
Open to students who have a 3.75 GPA


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The Young Ambassador Program is organized through the Friends of Saint Patrick organization and the Saint Patrick Centre. It is designed to promote a greater understanding of the shared cultural heritage of Northern Ireland in North America among those aged 20-25. Young Ambassadors will be selected to travel to Downpatrick and County Down, Ireland for 15 days in June to explore various aspects of the history and traditions of the island of Ireland and develop their own chosen cultural dissertations. They will complete their agreed dissertations when they go home and following a successful review will be formally made Young Ambassadors.


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Intercultural Engagement Certificate/Minor

Intercultural competence is vital to your success in the 21st century. This certificate enhances many majors and is a great credential for employment in many fields, from business to education to health care.  Consider earning a certificate/minor in Intercultural Engagement. Make a clear statement to prospective employers and graduate schools that you possess the knowledge, awareness, skills and international competence that sets you apart!

Intercultural Engagement Minor Requirements



A Note for Parents

Over the years, studying abroad has become more popular yet it is still not the norm. But there are few jobs today that function at only local levels. As the world becomes ever more connected, globalized, and competitive, investing in time abroad is a monumental step toward becoming a global citizen and a mature adult.

Direct exposure to other cultures will teach your young adult things that can only be learned abroad and will inform and enhance the rest of their life.

There are many reasons Duquesne University believes in graduating with both a local and global education and we hope that you, as a parent, encourage your student to become a citizen of the world. Together, we can provide a horizon-expanding education - and prepare them for anything.

FAQ for Parents

  • A study abroad experience transforms our students in every way: intellectually, personally, and professionally.
  • Leaving home and venturing forth to another country empowers a young person and triggers a spurt of personal growth and self confidence like no other.
  • A study abroad experience can greatly strengthen the resume, for employers interpret the study abroad experience as a sure sign that a person takes on challenges and can function in a wide range of situations.
  • Become informed about your student's program of choice. A wonderful resource is this national student abroad handbook containing an almost exhaustive checklist guiding your analysis.
  • Encourage your student, guide your student, but do NOT do their preparatory work for them. Their attention to the necessary details involved in studying abroad is a vital part of their growth and is essential to a successful study abroad experience.
  • Attend the formal pre-departure orientation that the Center for Global Engagement runs for all students. All parents will receive an invitation. Your student will have the schedule for this orientation in their package of information. Whether or not you can attend, never hesitate to call us. We welcome your questions and concerns.
  • Consider visiting your student - the second half of the semester is a great time to go. By this time, students are settled in, comfortable with their surroundings, and knowledgeable guides. Having your son or daughter proudly act as your guide is a great moment as a parent.

Alumni and Friends

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Alumni and Friends: Employment Opportunities

Join the Center for Global Engagement's global staff and experience unique international employment opportunities.

Employment Opportunities
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Travel with Alumni and Friends

Get ready for the experience of a lifetime! Throughout the year the Center for Global Engagement offers travel opportunities available to Duquesne alumni and friends. Cruise the Mediterranean, climb Macchu Picchu or safari in Africa - these are just a few past alumni adventures.

Upcoming Travel Opportunities

Contact Us

The Study Abroad Office is located in the Center for Global Engagement. Call or email with questions.

The Center for Global Engagement