English Language Preparation

English language courses

If you do not meet the English language entry requirements for one of the International Study Centre programmes, you can still enrol by taking an English language course first.

Courses take place at Durham University International Study Centre on Queen’s Campus in Stockton-on-Tees. Choose either:

English Language Preparation

This course helps to raise your English language skills to the level you need for the International Foundation Year.

English for Pre-Masters

If you do not meet the English language entry requirements for the Pre-Masters, you can study the English for Pre-Masters course first. 

At the end of the English for Pre-Masters course, you will take an IELTS test to assess your level of English. You will progress to your chosen programme when you complete the course and achieve the required IELTS score.

Build confidence in your academic English

Key facts

Course length:

  • English Language Preparation: One term
  • English for Pre-Masters: One term


  • June
  • September

June 2020 start:

One term - English Language Preparation or English for Pre-Masters

08/06/2020 to 28/08/2020

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Abdullah is studying at Durham University International Study Centre

The most valuable thing I’ve learnt so far is how to truly respect people and how to earn respect, and knowledge, of course.

Abdullah from Saudi Arabia
Studied International Foundation Year in Humanities, Law and Social Science
Now studying BSc (Hons) International Relations 

Entry requirements

Find out the entry requirements for your course.


We offer a range of pathways to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.