Auditing Courses

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Duke employees and members of the community with appropriate academic backgrounds are eligible to audit certain Duke courses – primarily undergraduate – numbered from 001 to 499. It is the student’s responsibility to check the pertinent public view schedule of classes  for information regarding any course prerequisites. 

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

The course instructor may want to know the potential auditor’s academic background and reasons for wanting to audit. Some instructors – especially those of foreign language, math, and statistics courses – will expect auditors to do all written work and to participate in class.  Other instructors will expect auditors to do assigned readings and participate in class discussion but not to submit any written work.  Still others will expect auditors to attend class but not to participate in discussion or turn in any written work. If the instructor does not clarify course expectations, the auditor should inquire to prevent misunderstanding. 

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.

The 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. On 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.

Registration Information

Students who wish to take courses on an audit basis are enrolled to do so by the Office of Continuing Studies. Once registered for a course, auditors must also 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. 

  1. Identify the course you would like to audit. The most up-to-date information about course offerings and seat availability is available on the public view schedule of classes . Select the academic semester or term when would like to study, select the department of interest, then select the particular course number. 
  2. 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. Some instructors are comfortable granting permission to audit weeks before classes begin.  Other instructors will indicate they want 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, submit the Personal Information Form and be sure to contact Kim Price for information on how to avoid being assessed a late registration fee.
  3. 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

Course fees must be paid prior to the first day of classes for that semester. Duke employee’s, please see Special Tuition Rates for Duke Employees for eligibility and special employee prices. 

Fall and Spring semesters only:  

  • $535 per one course credit (regular)
  • $100 per course credit – max 2 courses (Employee Tuition Rate Plan)

Summer Term 1 or Term 2:  

  • $302 per course credit (regular)
  • $100 per course credit – max 1 course (Employee Tuition Rate Plan)

Auditing Issues & Privileges

If You Cannot Secure the Signature of the Instructor 

Sometimes you may encounter difficulty securing the signature of the course instructor prior to the beginning of the semester or term. You should still submit the Personal Information Form.  Also, contact Kim Price ( before classes begin. 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, 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 your plans change and you cannot 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, 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.  For information on getting a DukeCard, please see the DukeCard website

You are also eligible to use a Duke 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. 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



Duke Employees

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.

Duke’s Employee Tuition Assistance Program (ETAP), 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 Duke HR website



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