English Language Resources

During the academic year, The Graduate School supports various programs and services for international graduate students beyond the course offerings of the EIS program.

International Conversation Café: Native and non-native English speakers meet up for casual conversations every Thursday, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Bryan Center's Griffith Board Room/Meeting Room B. For more information, email wstudio@duke.edu.

Writing Studio: Students can make appointments for both face-to-face and e-tutoring appointments. Several of the tutors have ESL experience and all tutors have had some training in working with international students. Students may request a specific tutor if they wish and can make multiple appointments.

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Oral Skills Coaching: Students may make appointments with an experienced ESL speaking coach to develop and rehearse any type of oral presentation, practice discussing their field and research, or practice specific speaking skills. For more information, please follow this link.

Additional On-Campus Resources

  • The International House (IHouse) hosts several cross-cultural programs to help members of the Duke Community learn from each other. (See Student Affairs website.) 
  • The Duke Language Partners program matches non-native speakers with native speakers of various languages for weekly conversation exchange.
  • The English Conversation Club meets every Monday from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. This is a casual, small-group setting where all members of the Duke community can practice conversational English. Topics include American culture, social systems, and issues related to daily life. 
  • The Global Café, an informal gathering that brings together members of the Duke community, convenes every Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.