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Have you got questions about studying at Durham University International Study Centre? Here are some answers to common questions.
Information for 2021/21 academic year
What are my study options?
We are continually updating our courses to ensure you get the best out of your time at the International Study Centre. This means that intakes are liable to change with each academic year, so please visit our pre-arrival page for the most up-to-date information.
What if I can’t make it to the UK to start my programme?
How will you help me to prepare to start my programme?
What are the entry requirements?
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.
What are the teaching methods?
For the 2021/22 academic year, teaching will take place through a blend of virtual and face-to-face learning. If you are unable to travel to the UK, you have the option to start your studies virtually from home.
Whichever way you study with us, you will have the opportunity to take an active part in seminars, tutorials and lectures to prepare you for the style of teaching and learning you will experience at the University. Our class sizes are small, so that you can receive individual attention from our experienced and highly qualified tutors. You will also have individual support from an academic personal tutor.
What programmes are available?
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.
- Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance
- Humanities, Law and Social Science
- Science and Engineering
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).
Do I need a visa to study in the UK?
How do I apply for a UK student visa?
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.
When should I apply for a visa?
You can apply for a UK visa up to three months before the start date of your programme, once you have received an offer of a place, paid a deposit and received your Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
Make sure to start your application early, to give it enough time to be processed before you need to travel to the UK.
How much does accommodation cost?
How much does it cost to study at Durham University International Study Centre?
What accommodation is available?
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Still have questions?
Complete our online form to ask any questions you have about studying at the International Study Centre.
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