Auditing Courses

Students studying in Perkins Library

Note: All Duke students will be required to present proof of Flu and Covid vaccination to Student Health before the beginning of the Spring 2022 semester. This policy covers all undergraduate, graduate and professional students—in all degree programs, as well as non-degree students and auditors—who intend to be on the Duke campus for any period of time starting in the 2021-2022 academic year. Documented medical and religious exemptions will be accommodated. Instructions will be provided after admission and enrollment confirmation.

Duke employees and members of the community with appropriate academic background are eligible to audit certain Duke University courses – primarily undergraduate – numbered from 001 to 699. It is the student’s responsibility to check the pertinent university bulletin for information regarding any course prerequisites. Please note that Duke School of Medicine (SOM) policy prohibits students enrolled outside of the SOM from enrolling or auditing its classes. Other professional schools that restrict enrollment in their classes to their own students are the Duke School of Nursing and Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. Upon rare occasions and with the permission of the instructor and space availability, local practicing attorneys may be permitted to audit a course in the Duke Law School. 

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 may NOT be taken on an audit basis:  science lab courses, physical education activity courses, art studio courses, dance technique and performance courses, and music lessons.

Registration Information

Students who wish to take courses on an audit basis can only be enrolled by the Office of Continuing Studies. Once registered for a course, auditors must contact the Office of Continuing Studies to change or drop their registration. After the drop/add period has ended the course registration cannot be cancelled and there is no refund of the audit fee. 

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 permission to audit the course– the instructor can send an email to, or you may forward an email from the course instructor. At least a week before the academic term begins, submit the Personal Information Form and the instructor permission.  We will work with the University Registrar to see that you are officially registered for your audit as soon as possible, and we will notify you when registration has been completed.


Tuition & Fees

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

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

Audit Fee (Summer):  
$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.


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:, or Ms. Kim Price at (919) 684-5375 ( 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, 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


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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