Pre-Arrival and Welcome Arrangements

  • International students are invited to attend the university's International Welcome Party, a fun-filled evening with lots of music and dancing. Following on from the Induction and Welcome Events hosted by the International Office, all international students will follow a College Induction Programme, differs in every college.

English Language Requirements

The minimum entry levels for international students onto any programme of study except the Foundation Programme at Durham University are:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (no component under 6.0); or
  • Pearson PTE Academic 62 overall with no element below 56; or
  • Cambridge Proficiency (CPE): grade C; or
  • Cambridge Advanced (CAE): grade A.
  • Please note, many departments/schools require higher levels for entry onto particular programmes of study; please refer to the university website for details.

Accommodation for International Students

  • All undergraduate international students are guaranteed accommodation in university managed properties in their first year.
  • 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 study bedrooms are available; and many colleges are fully-catered although some offer self-catering. All bedrooms have Internet access.
  • 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.

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 2016–2017):

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £16,500 £15,700
Mixed £16,500 £15,700
Laboratory £20,900 £19,900
Clinical - -
Classroom
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Mixed
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Laboratory
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical
Dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine are the clinical subjects.

What Do International Students Study?