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International Student Resources

Hello and welcome, International Students! We’re excited to have you join our global Pratt community and are here to help your experience be as enriching and transformational as possible.

As an international student at Duke, you have several resources designed to help you acclimate and excel during your program. Two wonderful departments on campus are the International House and Duke’s Visa Services Office. Both offer a variety of services that you will undoubtedly find useful. Below is an overview of how these departments will serve you as a student.

International House Duke’s Visa Services
Acclimation to the US Visa-Specific Advising
Cultural Clubs & Student Involvement US Work Authorization
Resources for Partners & Families Works closely with Pratt Admissions Team


Additionally, Graduate Communications and Intercultural Programs (GCIP) provides our students with communication and cultural acclimation resources including English courses, 1:1 coaching, workshops, training programs, and conversation clubs to support you throughout your academic program.

GCIP vs. EIS (English for International Students)

As a Pratt student, your communication support services (including English courses) will be provided through Pratt’s Graduate Communications and Intercultural Porgrams (GCIP). This can sometimes be confusing because the Graduate School also has an English program (EIS) which serves the other graduate students at Duke. Your classes and other language support services through GCIP are specifically for Pratt graduate students and have been designed with your unique needs in mind. You are not eligible for EIS services and should not take part in their testing or services. Please email if you have any questions about your communications support services and options.