JOINING US ON CAMPUS
We're looking forward to welcoming you
We are really looking forward to welcoming you to the International Study Centre. When you join us on campus, you will benefit from a high-quality blended learning experience ensuring you get the best of both worlds: with some classes taking place face-to-face, and some activities taking place online.
Here to support you
From visa application through to booking accommodation, you’ll be fully supported by our dedicated team every step of the way. We’ll support you with:
- What to pack
- Planning for your arrival
- How to make the most of your time with us
Studying in Centre
When you join us on campus, it is important that you are able to regularly attend your face-to-face classes as this is a UK visa requirement. To help with this, please ensure you choose accommodation which is within one hour travel time of the International Study Centre.
No, all students should arrive in the UK before the start of their programme.
Yes, you need to arrive on-campus in the UK the weekend before your induction week starts.
As some lessons will be taught online, you will need to have a PC or Mac based computer. If you do not have access to equipment, please let us know so that we can support you.
While it is possible to access and interact with most course content using various tablets and smartphones, such as iPads, iPhones and Android devices, these devices will not work for assessments and therefore it is important that you have a PC or Mac based computer available for use.
- Any Microsoft Windows based PC (laptop or desktop, preferably running Windows 10)
- Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version)
- Installation of Zoom for Virtual Classroom
- Any Apple MacOS based laptop or desktop
- Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version)
- Installation of Zoom for Virtual Classroom
Internet connectivity is required for access to all coursework. Internet connectivity could be in the form of a fixed line connection, 3G/4G/5G, wi-fi or other technologies.
Minimum: 600kbps download and 600kbps upload speed.
Recommended: at least 1.5Mbps download and 1.5Mbps upload speed.
You will learn through a mixture of as many live teacher-led classes as possible, as well as interactive activities and resources delivered in a virtual learning environment.
A VLE is a virtual learning environment, the online hub for your programme. Here, you will find recorded lessons, collaboration tools, helpful materials, and more.
Assuring the safety and wellbeing of our student and staff communities, as well as providing a quality blended learning experience, is at the heart of all of our planning and decision-making. By listening to your feedback and by following guidance provided by the government, public health authorities and the University, we have put the following measures in place to help you feel confident ahead of arriving on campus:
- Risk assessments of all our International Study Centre buildings
- Hand sanitisers in all our International Study Centre spaces
- Face coverings are available to you
- Regular deep cleaning for all our buildings
We will continue to monitor and review all the safety and wellbeing measures throughout the coming months.
We have planned for a number of scenarios should government regulations and requirements change at any stage meaning we can’t deliver courses on campus as intended.
Your experience, education, safety and welfare will always be our number one priority, and our centres already have additional health and safety measures in place, as well as experienced teachers and support staff - offering one to one support at every stage.
Should any social distancing restrictions be introduced, we would make all appropriate changes to the ISC, for example through the introduction of one-way systems and updated signage and rules in the centre. This would of, course, limit the amount of students we can accommodate for face-to-face teaching, so you may need to undertake more of you studies online during any period of social distancing. This will be clearly communicated to you by the ISC staff and our teaching and welfare teams will be there to fully support any transition of learning delivery you may have.
In the event restriction are introduced which means we are unable to deliver any face to face teaching for any period of time during you studies, you learning will be delivered completely online while this is the case. Delivered through a virtual learning environment, you'll remain part of an engaging international community online where you will experience different cultures and make new friends.
While we hope for no significant changes during your time with us, we have an experienced team who have dealt with these restrictions previously and will make sure you will experience the same level of exceptional, high-quality teaching regardless of whether you study virtually or face to face. Academic guidance, tutorial sessions, careers support and personal and welfare support is all available virtually from the same specialist staff. Where necessary you’ll be part of a community of students, connected through live classes, discussion groups, and online social events and activities where needed and we’ll be here to support you every step of the way.
Essential pre-arrival tasks
Before you arrive at Durham University International Study Centre, you need to complete all the tasks in our pre-arrival checklist. Contact us with any questions.
If you applied directly through us, your Student Enrolment Advisor can answer any questions you have about arriving at Durham. They can offer advice on living in the UK and support you with organising airport transfers on arrival to the UK. We will also provide you with pre-arrival reading and preparation materials so you are fully prepared for your study abroad adventure.
You should aim to arrive at your accommodation up to two days before the start of term.
What to pack
- Passport and visa
- UKVI Decision Letter
- International Study Centre offer letter
- CAS statement
- Evidence of funding for your tuition fees and living costs
- Accommodation documents
- Four passport-sized photographs
- Insurance documents (unless you use StudyCare)
- Medical certificates and vaccination records
- Prescription medications, with prescriptions translated into English
- Essential toiletries – you can buy any other medicines and toiletries in Stockton-on-Tees
Bring essential clothing for all weather conditions, including a warm coat. There is no dress code at the International Study Centre, so bring comfortable clothes like jeans, t-shirts and jumpers. Stockton-on-Tees has plenty of shops where you can buy any other clothing you need.
- Computers: The International Study Centre has a fully-equipped IT room, so you do not need to bring your own computer. However, if you bring your own computer you will have the freedom to study in your bedroom and to access the Wi-Fi on Queen’s Campus. You can also buy a laptop from several shops in Stockton-on-Tees
- Travel adapters: It is a good idea to bring a travel adapter with you, so that you can charge your phone and computer as soon as you arrive.
- Personal items: You may also want to bring a few personal items, such as photos and books, to make you feel at home.
- Cash: It's useful to have some money in cash when you are travelling. We recommend about £50.
- Guardianship letter (if you're under 18).
WORK AFTER STUDY
You will have the opportunity to start your career in the UK with a two-year post-study work visa for international students graduating from UK universities.STUDY IN THE UK
Find out how to apply for your student visa, which you will need to study in the UK at Durham University International Study Centre.
Find out about student life at the International Study Centre on Queen's Campus and at Durham University.
What will your first week be like?
When you join us on campus, you’ll benefit from an induction programme to help you settle in and make friends.
Frequently asked questions on joining us on campus
|What facilities are available on campus?||Visit our student life pages to find out more about what to expect on campus.|
|What should I do if I need support when I arrive in the UK?||Once you confirm your place we will send you a link to our Welcome Hub which will have all the information you need ahead of your move to the UK, including emergency contact numbers.|
|Can I arrange a taxi from the airport?||We can arrange a pick-up from the airport. Once you have confirmed your place, you will receive a link to our Welcome Hub and your Pre-Registration form. You need to provide your details and can request a transfer via the form and book directly online. Visit fees to find out about the cost of a transfer.|
|What should I do if I am in the UK and I need health advice or welfare support?|
If you show the symptoms of COVID-19 then you should follow official UK medical advice. You should also contact the International Study Centre for further information.
View the government’s advice on what to do if you are displaying symptoms of the coronavirus.
|What should I do if I am in the UK and need medical care?|
If you are coming to the UK to study for 6 months or longer on a Student visa, you will be required to pay an immigration health surcharge as part of your visa application fee.
Not all treatments are covered by the NHS. For example; non-emergency dentistry, orthodontics, routine eye tests and prescriptions for medicines need to be paid for.
If you are studying in the UK for less than 6 months on a short term study visa, you are not required to pay the health surcharge as part of your visa application and are therefore not eligible for full NHS support. In these circumstances, you are advised to take out medical insurance as you will be liable for NHS charges for the treatment you receive in the UK except for in a medical emergency. If you already have medical insurance in your home country, you may wish to check whether this can be extended to cover your stay in the UK.
|When should I arrive?||You must arrive in the UK, on campus, by your programme start date, and be ready to attend your Induction programme on the first day of term.|
|What happens during the induction programme?|
Our induction programme will introduce you to your Centre, our staff, and welfare and support services. You will also receive full guidance on maintaining your health and safety whilst studying in the UK.
You will find out about your timetable, as well as important information about how we deliver your course through a mixture of classroom teaching and virtual learning There will also be events to help you get to know your fellow students.
Some of the Induction activities may take place with our staff in the Centre, for example registration sessions for the Biometric Residence Permit.
|How can I guard against fraud?|
From time to time, scammers may specifically target international students by pretending to be the Police, Visa issuing authorities, education agents or other regulatory bodies. It is important to be able to recognise common signs of fraudulent activity and know what to do if you come across it. The best way to protect yourself from any kind of fraud is to protect your passwords, regularly update your devices with the most up to date security software and never share your bank details or transfer money to an account you don’t recognise.
Make sure you tell a teacher or a member of student services team if you receive a suspicious message or phone call, or if you have any concerns about fraudulent activity. It is important that you let us know as soon as possible so that we can help to protect you and other international students in case they are targeted in the same way.