Duke MQM Student Blog
How Fuqua Welcomes and Supports Our International Students
At Fuqua, we wholeheartedly believe our community grows stronger as our diversity increases. Thus, we intentionally seek to build a diverse student population—one that’s truly representative across experiences, backgrounds, cultures, beliefs, nationalities, citizenships, and various demographics. Our goal is to broaden collective perspective and facilitate more innovative thought and discussion in your program.
International students are a vital part of our Fuqua community. Because our current MQM: BA class represents 27 countries we understand some of the challenges and obstacles international students sometimes face as they acclimate to a new school, a new environment, and a new culture. Here are some resources to help smooth your transition—tools for everything from helping you navigate the visa process to assisting with your adjustment to life in a new country.
Get Help Financing Your Degree
We have several options for international students looking for help financing their MQM degree, and all Fuqua students are eligible for merit-based scholarships. We also offer loan programs for international students, including programs that do not require a U.S. cosigner—check out this list of FAQs for more information.
Find On-Campus Support
Have questions about the student visa application process? Duke Visa Services has a dedicated team who can help you ensure you don’t miss any steps when applying for your student visa.
Once you’re here, Duke’s International House has a variety of support services available to you, including help applying for a driver’s license and social security number, finding housing, and connecting with a network of international graduate students for advice and support.
You’ll also find opportunities to connect with other international students at Fuqua and share your culture through clubs and other interest groups.
Enjoy Cultural Activities Across the Triangle
Durham and its neighboring cities Raleigh and Chapel Hill make up “The Triangle,” a bustling metro area. The Triangle attracts many expat communities thanks to international corporations based in Research Triangle Park and a strong network of universities in the region. You can connect with other international professionals through organizations like the Japan America Society and the North Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
The Triangle is also home to many cultural festivals and events throughout the year, including the NC International Festival, Cary Diwali Celebration, and the Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival.
Gain Support for Your Career
Our Career Management Center (CMC) advisors coach you through finding the right position after graduation. Advisors work closely with students, guiding you to identify opportunities, develop relationships with organizations, and land an offer.
To what extent will you have access to employment in the U.S. in the current environment? We can help you understand current challenges, identify employment opportunities that have historically been available to international graduates, develop strategies tailored to your interests, and guide you through visa sponsorship for working in the U.S. after graduation. A successful career search requires a lot of work, but our process is thorough, methodical, and tailored to your ambitions.
Overall you’ll find a welcoming and supportive community here at Fuqua while also building the skills you need to become a global leader in your industry. We look forward to seeing you soon!