Durham University is in the beautiful and historic city of Durham: one of the oldest universities in the UK, it has a modern,  forward-thinking mindset. With over 200 undergraduate courses as well as postgraduate taught and research degrees, its teaching is research-informed and led by academics – many of whom are world-leading experts in their field. Durham is a collegiate university; students are based in one of 16 college communities, said by students to be one of the best aspects of student life at Durham.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

5,255 international students in 2017–18

Welcome Arrangements

  • International students are welcomed when they arrive in the UK and invited to attend the university's International Welcome Party. 
  • A full week of induction events with departments and colleges is held for all new students, with some specific international events to help students settle in to the UK.

English Language Requirements

Durham University's minimum English language entry levels are below. Some courses require higher levels, please refer to the university website for details, and for equivalent tests accepted.

  • Minimum for all programmes (except Foundation): IELTS: 6.5 overall (no component under 6.0); or TOEFL iBT: 92 (no component under 23); or Pearson PTE Academic 62 overall (with no element below 56).
  • The International Study Centre at Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees offers an International Foundation Year and Pre-Master’s programmes to improve students' English language skills along with their academic knowledge and study skills. Please refer to the university website for details.

Accommodation for International Students

  • Almost all first-year undergraduate students live in college accommodation. In subsequent years, students can choose between college accommodation or moving out to privately rented accommodation in Durham City. The university's Accommodation Office offers help and advice to students looking for private accommodation.
  • Full-time postgraduate students entering a course in September/October are guaranteed accommodation if they confirm acceptance of their offer, complete the college application and pay the booking fee by the specified deadline. The guarantee is for a single study bedroom within university-managed accommodation. Students can apply for membership only, or membership and accommodation of a college after they have accepted their academic offer from the university.
  • Ustinov College manages a limited number of furnished, self-contained, one-bedroom, two-bedroom or three-bedroom postgraduate flats for couples and families.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • The university offers a range of scholarships and bursaries for current and prospective postgraduate taught and research students. Many are fully funded, covering tuition fees and maintenance support, subject to meeting the associated eligibility criteria.
  • The university also has partnerships with Chevening, the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission, Marshall and Fulbright in addition to numerous internally funded opportunities.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Ongoing Support

  • International students joining Durham University will find all the facilities and support they need, including: disability support, childcare, faith provision, immigration support, English Langauge support and more.

Quick Guides to International Tuition Fees and Finance