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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 will receive a high level of support and will find it easier to settle in to UK life. We will help you all throughout the admissions process by providing expert guidance and support. After completing your studies here, you will have the confidence, skills and academic knowledge to study a degree at Durham University.
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 everything you need close by.
Two location journey
Extremely supportive and very international, Queen's Campus means you will find it easy to make friends, focus on your studies and get used to your new surroundings.
When you successfully complete your pathway programme and achieve the required grades, you will be able to progress to your chosen degree subject at Durham City. This two location journey gives you a supportive start and a broader experience.
Queen's CampusA modern, friendly campus in Stockton-on-Tees.
Social spacesFind common areas on campus for group working, relaxing and reading.
At the International Study Centre we help you to develop the skills you need for your chosen degree at Durham University. Our programmes prepare you for undergraduate or postgraduate study and lead to more than 40 different degrees at the University.
International Foundation Year – Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance
International Foundation Year – Humanities, Law and Social Science
International Foundation Year – Science and Engineering
Pre-Masters – Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance
Pre-Masters – Law and Social Science
Pre-Masters – Science and Engineering
Your 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.
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.
We know that studying for a degree can be challenging, particularly at one of the highest ranked universities in the UK. As courses are competitive and entry requirements are high, the University will expect its students to focus on achieving their best. Our teachers are here to make sure you have the skills you need to succeed, both during your time at the International Study Centre and at the University.
How we help you
Our small class sizes have no more than 25 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.
We support you with:
- Academic guidance to help you meet the grades
- Tailored study plans to keep you on track
- Inspiring visits, guest speakers and events with the University
- Courses designed to prepare you for your chosen degree.
What we need from you
- Motivation to learn, both in lessons and individually
- Enthusiasm to join in with student life and make the most of your time here
- Ask for help if you need it.
What our teachers say...
Everything we do here prepares our students for university. It can be very hard to come from another country and go to a world-class university, so the expectations from the academic side are high. But we don't just want them to study. We want them to experience life here, visit different places and join clubs. We want them to enjoy their time here and not just get their degree, but make new friends and have other skills outside the classroom.
Head of English
CareerAhead is an important part of our pathway programmes. This helps you to plan for your future career and develops the skills you need to succeed. For more information see Careers.
Personal welfare 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.
Journey from Queen's Campus to Durham City
What our teachers say...
The advice I’d offer to students is to not worry about coming here, as we are all very friendly. There's a lot of support and if you have any issues you can speak to any of us and we'll try and help you resolve any problems.
Subject Leader for Business
Skills for success
Prepare for your future and develop the skills you need for success while you study at the International Study Centre.