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Have you got questions about studying at Durham University International Study Centre? Here are some answers to common questions.

Programmes

If you would like to study at Durham University International Study Centre, you will need to meet our English language and academic entry requirements.

You can join an English language preparation course first if you need to improve your language skills before starting your pathway programme.

Durham University International Study Centre offers a choice of pathway programmes, depending on whether you want to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Each pathway programme leads to a wide range of degrees at Durham University.

International Foundation Year

The International Foundation Year is a preparation programme that leads to entry to the first year of a degree. As well as learning about your subject, you will get help with study skills and English language. After completing the International Foundation Year and achieving the required grades, you will progress to the first year of your chosen degree.

Pre-Masters

The Pre-Masters programme will prepare you for a masters degree, with a combination of subject-specific teaching, study skills and English tuition.

English Language Preparation

Improve your English reading, writing and listening skills and build confidence before entering your pathway programme.

  • English Language Preparation (a one or two-term programme before you start the International Foundation Year)
  • English for Pre-Masters (a one-term programme before you start your Pre-Masters programme).

Teaching will take place through a blend of virtual and face-to-face learning.

Our expert teachers will deliver a high-quality blended learning experience making use of both face-to-face teaching and our innovative digital teaching solutions. When you study face-to-face you can expect classes of no more than 25 students, whilst our digital platform allows you to enjoy interactive classes with plenty of discussion opportunities to improve your English. Both types of learning also require self-study time to help you to learn to study independently. You will be assigned a Personal Tutor who is there to support you every step of the way to help you to stay on track to progress to the University.

We offer an online preparation course, Prepare for Success, to help you gain a head-start before you start your academic programme. Find out more about preparing to study with us.

Visas

You may need a Student visa to study in the UK. Find more information on the visa process.

The first step is to apply, receive an offer of a place, and accept your place by paying a deposit and Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) payment. You will then receive a CAS and can start the visa application process online.

Make sure you start your application early to give it enough time to be processed before you need to travel to the UK.

You can apply for your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies up to six months before the start date of your programme (or three months if already in the UK). You can then apply for your visa. Make sure to start your application early, so there is enough time for it to be processed before you need to travel to the UK.

Fees

Accommodation fees vary according to the length of stay and which residence you are living in.

When considering studying in the UK, you need to consider the tuition fees and accommodation costs, as well as your living costs. 

Accommodation

There is a choice of student accommodation on and near Queen's Campus. 

Alternatively, (if you are over 18 years old) you can arrange private off campus accommodation.

Explore accommodation and fees.

Your accommodation should be no more than a 60 minute commute from the Centre, but for the best student experience and to be able to focus on your studies, we strongly recommend that you arrange accommodation in Stockton-on-Tees.  

Our Central Student Services will contact you about your options.

Where to find us

International Study Centre location

Durham University International Study Centre is located at Queen's Campus in Stockton-on-Tees.

Durham University International Study Centre
Wolfson Building
Queen’s Campus
University Boulevard
Stockton-on-Tees
TS17 6BH

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