Durham University is an historic university in the North East of England where students have access to excellent teaching and research as well as some of Britain's most striking scenery. Durham has a close-knit international community through its collegiate system, celebrating talents and interests of all kinds. Students value the unique student experience at Durham, as well as the strong academic profile which helps shape them into leaders in their field.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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International Student Statistics

4,765 international students in 2016–17

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 entry levels for international students onto any programme of study (except Foundation Programme) are below. Some courses require higher levels, please refer to the university website for details.

  • IELTS: 6.5 (no component under 6.0); or
  • TOEFL iBT: 92 (no component under 23); or
  • Pearson PTE Academic 62 overall with no element below 56; or
  • Cambridge Proficiency (CPE): grade C; or
  • Cambridge Advanced (CAE): grade A.

Accommodation for International Students

  • All new first year undergraduate students are made an offer of university managed accommodation; and all new postgraduate students who meet the university's eligibility criteria for accommodation will receive a room.
  • Every Durham University student belongs to a college, whether living in accommodation there or elsewhere; colleges provide an environment to encourage and support student's studies and personal development. Colleges are not teaching bodies, all teaching is delivered through the various academic departments.
  • Each college has its own distinctive character, ranging from historic to modern, some with age-old traditions, while others are more informal. As well as accommodation, colleges offer a high level of support to students, along with student-led events including balls, concerts and productions.
  • A variety of bedrooms are available in the colleges; many colleges are fully-catered, although some offer self-catering, and there is a mix of single and shared bathrooms. The university has a very small number of flats for couples and family accommodation, available on a first come, first served basis.
  • The university tries to ensure that international students are spread between the different colleges. Students remaining on campus at Christmas move into one college for the holidays; at other times of year, students can usually extend their stay for an additional fee.

International Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Undergraduate (£) Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 18,300 6,400–25,600
Mixed - 6,400–25,600
Laboratory 23,100 6,400–25,600
Clinical - -
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.