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. When you complete your English language course and achieve the required grades, you can begin the International Foundation Year or Pre-Masters programme.

English language preparation

This course helps to raise your English language skills to the level you need for your programme at the International Study Centre. The course is for one or two terms, depending on your current level of English. 

At the end of the English language preparation 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.


Course length: One or two terms

Intakes: June and September

June 2018 start (one term)

Term 1: 11/06/18 to 31/08/18

June 2018 start (two terms) - English Language Preparation only

Term 1: 11/06/18 to 31/08/18
Term 2: 17/09/18 to 07/12/18

September 2018 start (1 term)

Term 1: 17/09/18 to 07/12/18

Durham University student Shiv

The teachers here are very well read and really understand the student’s perspective. They’re easy to approach, and the course leaders are experts in their field. 

Shiv from India studying Business and Management

Entry requirements

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Find out the entry requirements for your course.


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