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.
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, we provide accommodation options and support with the booking process. Should you choose to book your own accommodation, we suggest you live close to the Centre so you can make the most of your student experience, but your accommodation should be no more than one hour travel time from the Centre.
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
When you confirm your place, you will be able to access our Welcome Hub, which will give you lots of useful information to help you prepare for joining us on campus.
- 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 once you arrive in Durham
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).
Once you arrive
What to expect on arrival
There’ll be plenty of induction activities for you to join once you arrive at Queen's Campus. You will immediately be a part of a welcoming and supportive community, both at the International Study Centre and the wider university. Making friends should be easy and our nurturing staff are here to ensure you find the support you need to succeed both academically and socially.
We strongly recommend that all international students have the protection of appropriate accident and medical insurance for the duration of their time in the UK.
StudyCare Insurance Plus has been designed specifically to offer international students comprehensive protection and support during their studies at the International Study Centre and, if required, after progressing to your university.
Insurance cover is available in terms of up to 12 months and up to 24 months, allowing students to select the policy length that suits their needs.
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.
Find out how to apply for your Student visa, which you will need to study in the UK at Durham University International Study Centre.