Your Pathway to A Top Ranking University

Durham University International Study Centre

A world top



QS World University Rankings 2020



in the UK

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020


of subjects ranked in the UK top 10

Complete University Guide 2020

Online Learning

We’ll get you to where you want to be

Start your programme online with confidence and you will have flexibility and control of your academic and career goals. You will benefit from world-class teaching, an exclusive preparation course, which is delivered virtually and at no extra cost, and the reassurance of a 21-day money back* satisfaction offer. We are also able to accept a wider range of English language tests for entry to our online programmes.

We will support you to transition to on-campus learning when face-to-face teaching resumes. Begin your studies online now, and we’ll get you on the right course and on the path to a successful career.

*Provided you have an online attendance level of 80% or more.
International students in class at Durham University Queen's Campus

Pathway programmes

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.

Durham University students on City Campus

International Study Centre

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.

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Work after graduation

Use the skills you've developed on your university degree with the opportunity to work in the UK after graduating. The new Graduate Immigration Route is a post-study work visa allowing you to practice your skills for up to two years.

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


  • Coffee cups on a table
    01 July 2020

    Online learning during a pandemic: student support and keeping a routine

    Mustafa from Pakistan is one of our students continuing their International Study Centre studies online during the coronavirus situation. Through online learning, Mustafa is able to continue developing the skills he’ll need on his Law degree at university. Keep up to date with Mustafa’s experiences learning from home – from how he structures his week to how our staff support him.

  • International Study Centre students pose for group photo
    02 March 2020

    Anna's story: making a difference through music

    Anna is studying the International Foundation Year in Humanities, Law and Social Science at the International Study Centre. She will progress to BA International Relations at Durham University in September. Here, she tells us about her experience recording a charity single with her friends and members of the Stockton community at Christmas.
  • International student Mustafa holding daughter outside red brick building
    19 February 2020

    Mustafa from Pakistan: exploring Europe

    Mustafa from Pakistan is studying the International Foundation Year in Humanities, Law and Social Science. Here, he tells us about his winter holidays, when he travelled to two different countries to visit some of the most famous courts in the world.
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