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Pathway to university

Take the first step to a degree from a world-leading university, and one of the oldest in the UK. Our international programmes have been created with your needs in mind. 

You will benefit from:

  • Specialist academic and English language modules to prepare you for university
  • Supportive staff experienced in working with international students
  • Wide range of progression degree options – more than 40 undergraduate and 60 postgraduate degrees to choose from. Explore subjects
  • Free support throughout the entire admissions process 

If your English skills do not meet our entry requirements, you can enrol on an English language course first.

How do university preparation programmes work? 

University preparation programmes give you the knowledge, skills and English language training you need to meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree at university. Our programmes offer direct progression to more than 100 degrees at Durham University (providing you meet the required grades).

When you successfully complete your pathway programme and achieve the required grades you will be fully prepared to begin your undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Durham.

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This three-term Foundation programme provides you with a choice of pathways that prepare you for an undergraduate degree.

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The Pre-Masters programme provides you with a choice of three pathways that lead to postgraduate degree study at Durham University. 

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If you do not meet the English language entry requirements for your programme you can enrol on an English language preparation course first.

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You can choose from a wide range of degrees at Durham University once you complete your pathway programme at the International Study Centre.