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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.


of students who completed their International Study Centre programme and achieved the required grades were offered a place at Durham University in 2022.

Academic programmes

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International Foundation Year

Develop your English language and academic subject skills with our three-term programme and progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the top-ranking Durham University.

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Build upon the skills of your existing undergraduate degree in order to study a postgraduate degree in the UK. Our programme helps you bridge the gap between your studies.


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English preparation

Our Online English Language Preparation courses develop your English skills in order for you to succeed on both your chosen pathway programme and your university degree.

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Prepare for Success

Join our 4-week online preparation course at no extra cost, so that you are ready to begin your academic pathway programme.

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Enhanced Induction

The Enhanced Induction is an optional 3-week programme that will better prepare you for living and studying in the UK.

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How to apply

Ready to join us? Discover how to apply to study with us and learn more about fees, entry requirements and term dates.

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Undergraduate subjects

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


Our student enrolment advisors are here to help with your application and answer any questions you have about studying with us.