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Immerse yourself in marine biology!

The mission of Duke Marine Lab is education, research, and service to understand marine systems, including the human component, and to develop approaches for marine conservation and restoration.

Academic Information

Courses are taught by world-renowned faculty from Duke University and other universities and research institutions. The area's system of barrier islands, sounds, and estuaries is rich in flora and fauna, and diverse habitats making the area an excellent haven for those interested in the pursuit of marine science. Common animals include the blue crab, squid, shrimps, snails, clams, ctenophores, jellyfish, hydroids, sponges, polychaetes, sea urchins, starfish, brittle stars, sand dollars, skimmers, terns, gulls, herons, sea turtles, dolphins, and many species of fish.

Fall Semester

  • Ideal for natural science, environmental science, and pre-health students.
  • Students can take up to five and a half course credits.
  • Elective courses with international travel are an additional cost.
  • Duke Marine Lab Fall Courses

Spring Semester

  • Is a more immersive experience.
  • Students choose one class in each of the four blocks.
  • There are Beaufort-based courses with engaging local field trips.
  • Elective courses with international travel are an additional cost.
  • Duke Marine Lab Spring Courses

Transfer of Credit

  • Students will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. Click here for more information on approving courses to fulfill requirements and other academic policies.
  • Grades appear on the Rollins transcript and are factored into your GPA. Students who successfully complete the Duke Marine Lab program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from Duke University.

What It’s Like to Study at the Duke Marine Lab

Housing & Meals

  • Students live in dormitories on the Duke Marine Lab "campus". The rooms are furnished and linens are available. All housing is dorm style with common bathrooms (separated by gender).
  • The Marine Lab Dining Hall serves three meals a day, seven days a week. Three meals per day are provided on the program.

Student Life

Duke Marine Lab is located at Beaufort, the third oldest town in the state, and is surrounded by fishing and agricultural communities. The area is well known for its historic and scenic attractions as well as being a seaside resort.

  • Courses emphasize fieldwork and students participate in the daily life of an active marine biology research station.
  • The program offers courses with international excursions over the breaks: these are not included in the program fee and are an additional cost.

Program Calendar: Fall 2024


Aug 26

Fall Semester Begins

Sept 2

Holiday Labor Day

Oct 11

Fall Break

Oct 16

Classes Resume

Dec 6

Classes End

Dec 11-13


Dec 14

Residential Students Vacate Dorms by 8:30 a.m.

Program Calendar: Spring 2024


Jan 8

Undergraduate Arrival Date

Jan 10

Classes Begin

Mar 9-17

Spring Break

May 3

Classes End

May 4

End of Term - Students Vacate Dorms by 8:30 a.m.

Requirements for Admission

  • Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and college standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Endorsement from Dr. Fiona Harper - typically, this program is only open to Marine Biology majors and minors.
  • Required advising session (30 minutes). Please schedule an appointment.

Getting There

  • Students are responsible for booking their own flights and arranging transportation to the Marine Lab.
  • Students participate in a one day orientation to learn about lab safety, campus policies and co-curricular opportunities. Also, students verify course schedule, buy books, go on a canoe orientation, and attend a library orientation and meet the other students studying at the Marine Lab.


  • Program Fee

    Most Rollins financial aid and scholarships will apply to the semester abroad.

    Tuition: $30,290

    Housing: $5,115

    Meals/food: $3,295

  • Also Includes

    Marine Lab activity fee, transcript fee, health fee, program administration, and emergency insurance.

  • Estimated Additional Costs

    Transportation: Round-trip airfare from FL $500
    Airport transfers: $50-$100
    Books, course materials, supplies: $365
    Personal expenses: $975
    Federal student loan fees if applicable: $40
    Professional licensure, certification or credentials costs: $0

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