Duke Divinity School seeks to engage the life of the church in an increasingly interconnected world. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, the Divinity School encourages students to explore the wider world as part of their education and formation. The school also seeks to contribute to the international growth of Duke University as a whole.

The Divinity School offers several international study-abroad programs, as well as international field education opportunities. In addition to providing students with opportunities for learning and service around the world, the school encourages faculty to develop cross-cultural research programs by maintaining partnerships with several international church and academic institutions. Finally, the Divinity School offers courses related to international studies.