About the International Study Centre

The first step to your degree

Durham University International Study Centre is the first step to gaining a degree from a world-leading university that is one of the oldest in the UK.

Your journey begins at Queen’s Campus in Stockton-on-Tees, where you’ll receive a high level of support and will find it easier to adjust to UK life. When you successfully complete your pathway programme, you’ll have the confidence, skills and academic knowledge to begin your degree at Durham City Campus in Durham. 

Queen's Campus in Stockton

Durham University International Study Centre is a dedicated centre for international students located on Queen's Campus in Stockton. The campus is small and welcoming with world-class facilities and local amenities in Stockton-on-Tees.

Two location journey 

Extremely supportive and very international, Queen's Campus means you’ll find it easier to make friends, focus on your studies and adjust to UK life, than if you were on a larger campus.

When you successfully complete your pathway programme and achieve the required grades, you will be able to progress to your degree at Durham City. This two location journey gives you a supportive start and a broader experience.

Degree-focused pathways

At the International Study Centre we help you to develop the skills you need for your chosen degree at Durham University. Our International Foundation Year prepares you for an undergraduate degree, and our Pre-Masters programme prepares you for postgraduate study. You can choose from more than 40 different study areas to focus on at degree level.

Your pathway programme prepares you for your chosen degree with subject-specific academic modules. You will also improve your English language skills and we will introduce you to Durham University’s teaching style.

If your English skills don’t meet the entry requirements for your pathway programme, you can enrol on an English Language course first.

Student support 

Our staff are experts in supporting international students. We will help you adapt to UK life and will introduce you to the full range of opportunities at Durham University. We are based at Queen’s Campus, so you will always know where to find us.

Academic support

Our small class sizes have no more than twenty-five students, and you will receive individual attention from highly qualified tutors. We will support you throughout your studies, monitor your progress and help you to achieve the grades you need.

Career support

Our CareerAhead service is an important part of our pathway programmes. This service helps you to plan for your future career and develops the skills you need to succeed. For more information see Careers.

Personal support

We provide full support as soon as you arrive at the International Study Centre. Experienced teachers, a team of support staff and organised activities will help you settle in and make friends. We have a Welfare Officer who will listen to any problems and look after your wellbeing and safety. Our Student Support Coordinator can help with practical matters such as your visa.

Queen's Campus location

Employability skills

Durham University students on City Campus

Prepare for your future career and develop employability skills with our CareerAhead service.