Auditing Courses

Students studying in Perkins Library

Duke employees and members of the community with appropriate academic background are eligible to audit Duke courses numbered from 001 to 699.  Please check the pertinent university bulletin for information regarding any course prerequisites. 

Auditors have an official relationship with the University, although they do not receive academic credit.  Auditors, however, are entitled to request and receive a Duke transcript at the end of the academic term.  Permission to audit is granted (or not) by the instructor of the course.  An auditor is counted among those registered for the course, and therefore there must be space available in the class in order to register as an auditor.

Oftentimes before granting permission to audit, the instructor will want to know your academic background and your reasons for desiring to audit.  If the instructor does not clarify course expectations for you, you should inquire to prevent misunderstanding.  Some instructors – especially those of foreign language, math, and statistics courses – will expect you to do all written work and to participate in class.  Other instructors will expect you to do assigned readings and participate in class discussion but not to submit any written work.  Still other instructors will expect you to attend class but not to participate in discussion or turn in any written work.

Some instructors are comfortable granting permission to audit weeks before classes begin.  Other instructors will indicate they wish to wait until classes have begun or until the first week of drop/add is over before granting permission.  If you are unable to obtain permission to audit before classes begin, be sure to contact Kim Price for information on how to avoid being assessed a late registration fee.

NOTE: If you audit a course, you may NOT later take that course for academic credit at Duke.

The following courses my NOT be taken on an audit basis:  science lab courses, physical education activity courses, dance technique and performance courses, and music lessons.

Registration Information

Identify the course you wish to audit.  The most up-to-date information about course offerings and seat availability is available on the Schedule of Classes.  Select the academic term in which you would like to study, then click on the department of interest, then click on a particular course number.

Obtain the instructor’s written permission on the Audit Registration Form– or, attach a copy of an email in which the instructor gives permission to audit. You may also forward an email from the course instructor to summer@duke.edu.

At least a week before semester classes begin, complete and bring BOTH the Personal Information Form and the Audit Registration Form to Room 203 of the Bishop’s House.  You may also fax these forms to us at (919) 681-8235.  PLAN TO LEAVE YOUR MATERIALS at the Bishop’s House.  We will be responsible for seeing that you are officially registered for your audit as soon as possible, and we will notify you when registration has been completed.

Please note:  We cannot guarantee that forms left after 10 am on the last working day prior to the first day of classes (i.e., Friday, August 21, for the fall 2015 semester; or Tuesday, January 12, for the spring 2016 semester) can be prepared in time for registration to take place before administrative offices close.  A late registration fee of $50 may be imposed.

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Tuition & Fees

Audit Fee for 2015-2016 (fall and spring semesters only):  
$535 per one course credit

***See also Special Tuition Rates for Duke Employees.

Audit Fee (Summer):  
Summer 2016 - $302 per course credit

Course fees must be paid prior to the first day of classes for that semester.

LATE REGISTRATION: Under exceptional circumstances you may register after the beginning of classes, during the two week drop/add period. However, you may be required to pay a $50.00 late registration fee.

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Auditing Issues & Privileges

If you cannot secure the signature of the instructor: Sometimes you may encounter difficulty in securing the signature of the course instructor prior to the beginning of semester classes. If you are having this difficulty, contact the Academic Studies Office at (919) 684-2621 (e-mail: learnmore@duke.edu), or Ms. Kim Price at (919) 684-5375 (kprice@duke.edu) before classes begin. You still must submit the Personal Information Form (see Registration Information), in person or by fax, before 10:00 a.m. of the last working day before classes begin, in order for us to be able to request a waiver of the late registration fee. Along with the Personal Information Form, please include a brief cover note giving us your course information and explaining why you have been unable to secure the instructor's permission. (After you have submitted this information to us, you should continue to make efforts to obtain the instructor's permission, even after the first day of classes, as you will not be officially registered in the class until after we have received the signed permission form from the instructor.)

Cancelling Your Audit Registration

If you have a change of plans or if decide you do not wish to audit, please contact us as soon as possible.  If you contact us before the end of drop/add (that is, before Friday, September 5 for the fall 2014 semester, or before Wednesday, January 21 for the spring 2015 semester), we can work with the Registrar’s Office to cancel your audit registration.  If your registration is cancelled before the end of drop/add, you will not have any financial obligation.  After drop/add ends, however, your registration cannot be cancelled and there is no refund of tuition.

Privileges Associated With Auditing During the Fall or Spring Semesters.

You are eligible to receive a DukeCard (the Duke University official identification). The DukeCard permits you to check out books at the libraries and is also used to gain admission to academic buildings at night and over the weekend.  To have your DukeCard made, please go to the DukeCard Office, now located in the Telcom Building on West Campus.

You are also eligible to use a university email account. You will receive a Duke NetID and initial password by email sent to the email address you provide on your Personal Information Form. This email from the Duke Office of Information Technology (OIT) will provide instructions on how to set up your Duke email. If you need assistance, consult the OIT HelpDesk located in the LINK, or call the HelpDesk at (919) 684-2200, or send a message to help@oit.duke.edu.

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Duke Employees

Duke’s educational employee benefit, administered by Duke Human Resources, does not cover non-credit work and cannot be used for audit fees.

For more detailed information about Duke’s educational employee benefit, please visit the HR website.

***Note: Duke employees qualify for a special audit fee rate of $100 per course. For additional information and a form that must be completed and submitted to receive this rate, see the section on Special Tuition Rates for Duke Employees.

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