Durham University International Study Centre

Your pathway to a top ranking university

A world top



QS World University Rankings 2019



in the UK

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019



of subjects ranked in the UK top 10

Complete University Guide 2020

Pathway programmes

International students in class at Durham University Queen's Campus

Our pathway programmes prepare you for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Durham University. Choose from the International Foundation Year, Pre-Masters and English Language Preparation programmes.

International Study Centre

Durham University students on City Campus

Study alongside students from all over the world at Queen's Campus in Stockton-on-Tees. The International Study Centre provides a safe and nurturing place to prepare for your degree at Durham City.


Two students on Infinity Bridge at Queen's Campus

Join an international community at Queen's Campus in Stockton-on-Tees for one year before your degree at Durham University in Durham.  Events, sports, restaurants and day trips make student life welcoming and exciting from day one.

Sumeya Yunis Ali from Kenya at Queen's Campus

I needed a year to actually adjust. I didn’t want to throw myself right into the course in the first instance. I felt, because it was a different country, I would need time to figure myself out before I finally started my degree.

Sumeya from Kenya
Studying International Foundation Year in Humanities, Law and Social Science
Aiming to progress to LLB (Hons) Law


  • Jan 22 2019
    Durham University ISC students walking in Stockton

    One of the first things you will face when studying abroad is adapting to a new culture. Adjusting to cultural differences may seem daunting at first, but it can also boost your confidence and help you develop a global outlook.

  • Jan 16 2019
    Student studying at Durham University International Study Centre
    Two students share their experience of moving to the UK to study at Durham University International Study Centre. Hear how they are finding it so far.  
  • Jan 02 2019
    Students in the café at Durham University International Study Centre

    With thousands of international students choosing to study in England every year, there are plenty of reasons to join them. From developing your language skills to receiving a world-class education - find out why you should study in the UK.