Getting Ready to the Start the First Year

Before you arrive

  • North Carolina Law requires that show proof of vaccination. The rules and necessary forms are here.
  • International students are provided with the necessary papers to obtain a visa before the beginning of the academic year. For more information, see Duke Visa Services or Duke International House.
  • International students will also need to register for the English Proficiency Exams given during Orientation Week. More information.
  • In June you will be assigned a mentor. Communicate with them by July 1 to decide on what you will take. The information is needed to be able to assign you a lab TA section.
  • Last, but not least, you will probably want a place to stay. The off campus housing web site or nearduke.com/housing can help you with that. Many students live somewhere near Duke's East Campus (e.g., Trinity Park, Trinity Heights, Walltown, Old West Durham, Burch Avenue, etc.)

Things to do after you arrive

Come to the Front Office in Room 117 to take care of:

  • Pick up your office keys from DGS Assistant.
  • You will be added to Duke University payroll by our Payroll Representative. If you are a U.S. citizen, please be sure to bring your U.S. Passport OR a Driver's License and Social Security card (or a copy of it). If you are an international student, make sure you have your Passport with you.
  • You will need to fill out the Duke Mathematics Department computer account page, in order to set up your Duke Mathematics email and webpage. You need to set up a Duke Mathematics Department computer account in order for us to list you in the grad student section of the Duke Mathematics website. Please be aware that your login name followed by "@math.duke.edu" will also serve as your email address.
  • Each of you will need to get a Duke Card to confirm your identity, allow access to facilities and services, and facilitate dining and purchases.
  • If you want to park your car on campus, most likely at a lot on East Campus, you need to get a parking permit. Once you have your Duke NetId you can apply online.

Orientation Week

This is the week before classes begin. In 2017 it is August 21-25.

  • The main event is training graduate students to teach. All new graduate students are required to attend. The schedule will not be finalized until about a week before it starts. The 2015 schedule will give you a good idea.
  • The Graduate School requires that international students whose first language is not English demonstrate proficiency in academic English by taking oral and written exams upon their arrival at Duke. In 2017 our students will take this exam on August 18. If, based on the results of this testing, you are required to take one or more English classes, you should take one course per semester until they have been completed.
  • All entering students are required to attend an orientation on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) (Natural Sciences/Engineering track, during orientation week). University Ph.D. graduation requirements involve taking 6 more credit-hours of RCR courses. This is usually the Friday of training week. ,

How (and when) you are paid

Graduate students stipends will be paid to you in nine equal installments from September until May. Your first paychecks come on September 25 and 30 so be prepared to cover your expenses until then.

You will receive these payments from two payroll systems. If you teach, grade, or conduct research you will receive payment from the Compensatory payroll system. These payments arrive monthly on the 25th. For most of you, a portion of your stipend will come from Non-compensatory payroll as well. These payments arrive on the last day of the month.