Why Study Here?

  • Third oldest university in England, after Oxford and Cambridge, and a leading European centre of learning for 1,000 years.
  • Ranked 5th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2015).
  • Durham is the only UK university to have all subjects ranked in the top ten (The Complete University Guide 2015). 

What Do International Students Study?

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).
  • Pearson PTE Academic 62 overall with no element below 56.
  • Cambridge Proficiency (CPE): grade C.
  • Cambridge Advanced (CAE): grade A.
  • Many departments/schools require different (higher) levels for entry onto particular programmes of study and these levels are indicated on the website.

Fees and Funding

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 - -

Pre-Arrival and Welcome

  • Durham University holds welcome events for incoming international and home students each year.
  • The International Office provides Meet & Greet, an airport and rail station pick up service.
  • Students also have the opportunity, through the International Office, colleges and departments, to get involved in a variety of events.
  • In the past students have attended induction fairs to learn about what's on at Durham, met with banks to open a UK bank account, registered with the police, and other essentials for overseas students arriving in Durham.
  • Past events have also included an evening welcome event with a ceilidh (dancing) and introduction to the Mayor of Durham and Mayor of Stockton, formal balls and dinners, and met other students in their colleges and departments through socials, games, and events.
  • Students have many events and opportunities through their colleges. Durham's collegiate system is unique and each student will be able to join an induction programme unique to their individual College.

Accommodation for International Students

  • Durham University’s colleges are much more than places to sleep and eat.
  • Offering a vibrant, supportive community full of opportunities to enable students to gain new experiences, develop skills to achieve more in their future life and, most importantly, have fun!

Every college provides:

  • Accommodation, with a variety of study bedrooms available.
  • Catering arrangements – many colleges are fully-catered; others are part- or self-catered.
  • Excellent facilities for study, socialising, sport/fitness and day-to-day living.
  • Community – a small, friendly community helping students to settle in.
  • High level of support – to oversee student welfare and encourage personal development.
  • Extra-curricular opportunities – a wide range of activities, including sports, societies and outreach.
  • Leadership opportunities – roles and responsibilities enabling students to run aspects of their colleges.
  • Events – regular student-led events, including balls, concerts, productions and more.

Colleges are not teaching bodies and are not linked to any particular academic department; all teaching is delivered through the various departments.

  • While the 15 undergraduate colleges share a lot of similarities, every college has its own distinctive character defined by its buildings, traditions and people.
  • Some are housed in historic buildings; others are modern. Some take pride in age-old traditions; others are more informal. Some are larger, offering a particularly diverse community while others are smaller.
  • At Durham City Campus, accommodation will be in one of 14 colleges; at Queen’s Campus students can choose from one of two colleges or mezzino student apartments.
  • In the second year of study students usually move out of university accommodation into privately leased flats or houses which they share with friends. The Students’ Union Accommodation Office is able to offer help with finding suitable housing and many of the local estate agents offer specific services for students.
  • In their final year of study about 60% of students choose to move back into college accommodation.
  • All study bedrooms have broadband access, each college and department has networked computer rooms, and many public areas offer Wi-Fi.
  • Students are able to choose which college accommodation they prefer but the university does try to ensure that international students are spread between the different colleges.
  • Ustinov College is a specific college for postgraduate students; since a high proportion of postgraduate students are international, this college has a high international student population.
  • Everything on both campuses is within walking distance but there is also a regular bus service and many students choose to keep bicycles.
  • Students who remain on campus for Christmas are housed together in one college for the Christmas holidays, At other times of the year students can usually extend their stay in their accommodation for an additional fee.
  • Accommodation costs range from £4,905–7,847 per academic year depending on the facilities provided.
  • All undergraduate international students are guaranteed accommodation in university managed properties in their first year and every Durham University student belongs to a college, whether they live in college or elsewhere.  

Organisations for International Students

  • Durham’s International Students Association is run by students for students, offering support, advice and social events.
  • Durham has over 200 clubs and societies with many country and faith-based societies which are open to all.