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In these Terms and Conditions, ‘we’ or ‘us’ means Study Group Limited. Study Group Limited is the owner and provider of the Durham University International Study Centre (the ‘Centre’). It is incorporated in England and Wales (Company number 02325576) with its registered office is at 1 Billinton Way, Brighton, BN1 4LF (Tel: +44 (0) 1273 339333). References to the ‘University’ are to Durham University.
Please ensure you read these Terms and Conditions carefully and understand them before signing your final acceptance of a place at the Centre. These Terms and Conditions, along with any offer letter received from us and the policies referred to below form part of a wider agreement between you and us which will become legally binding once you send confirmation of your acceptance of our offer of a place to you.
Please note that these Terms and Conditions assume that you are an international (non-EU/UK) student. If you hold dual nationality, you will NOT be permitted to enrol at the Centre as an international student and progress to the University with the status of a UK/EU student in order to take advantage of lower university tuition fees. If you are admitted to the Centre as a home student, you will be charged UK/EU fees on progression to the University and references in these Terms and Conditions to CAS (as defined below), visas and UKVI will not be applicable.
Your attention is also drawn to our Student Protection Plan at the following link that contains important information about how we will mitigate risks affecting your ability to study:
View the Student Protection Plan
This website's Terms and Conditions were updated on 18 May 2020.
IMPORTANT: Special terms applicable to all applications for programmes commencing May 2020
Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Centre has moved all teaching online for the foreseeable future. All programmes commencing from May 2020 onwards will therefore be taught online until such time as the Centre is able to re-open and admit students in person.
If your application is accepted, a written offer of a place to study online will be made. To accept this offer a confirmation payment is required comprising an administration fee of £235 and £1,000 security deposit. Prior to enrolment you will also need to pay £6,000 in advance tuition fees. You must pay both these sums no later than the date set out in your offer: Non-payment by this deadline may put your place at risk. Before commencement of your course, you will also be required to pay the balance of the first term's fees as set out in the individualised payment plan attached to your offer letter.
If you pay the above fees in full no later than 1 June 2020 in respect of a programme commencing Autumn 2020, you will also be eligible to join a free online preparation course prior to beginning your formal studies with the Centre.
The security deposit is primarily held against any damages incurred to Centre property and related expenses. If, at the end of a course, there are any monies left these may also be offset against debts incurred by you in relation to expenses such as course-related travel or extra-curricular activities, otherwise an invoice will be issued for any damages/outstanding fees in excess of the deposit. Any monies left will be refunded within 90 days of completion of the final term less any deductions made for any amount outstanding at that time.
You have a right to cancel your place and receive a full refund of any amounts paid by informing us in writing at any time:
To cancel your place before commencement of your programme or withdraw from your studies during the Trial Period, please use the following link:
If you decide to withdraw from your studies after the Trial Period has elapsed, you will not be eligible for a full refund of fees paid in advance. For further details, please refer to our Online Programme Refund Policy at the link below.
If, after commencing your course online, we are able to re-open the Centre for face-to-face teaching, we will contact you again in relation to completing your studies in Centre. In order to study in Centre, you will be required to apply for a visa.
The issuance of a visa is subject to meeting certain criteria including, but not limited to, your financial status and, in some cases, a satisfactory interview. In the event of an official visa rejection and you are unable to continue your study in Centre, refunds will be issued in accordance with our Online Programme Refund Policy.
View the full Online Programme Refund Policy here.
Please read the refund policy carefully and note in particular the circumstances in which advance tuition fees will NOT be refunded.
If, after enrolling at the Centre, you wish to withdraw from your programme, any such withdrawal and eligibility for a refund will be subject to the terms set out under the heading Withdrawal from the Centre post-arrival below.
Refunds will only be made to the same card/bank account of the individual from whom Study Group received the original payment. Refunds will be made within 90 days of the end of the relevant term.
Should you decide to book accommodation through Study Group, additional charges may also be made for such items as accommodation security deposits, bedding packs and accommodation-specific insurance. You will be advised of these charges under a separate accommodation agreement at the time of booking. Residential accommodation is subject to availability and early confirmation is advised. For more information on accommodation during your period of study, please contact: DurhamISC.CSS@studygroup.com
For accommodation cancellations and refunds, individual tenancy agreements take precedence over the Accommodation Refund Policy below:
View the full Accommodation Refund Policy
After arriving at the Centre, fees are payable in advance at the start of the term before the term to which they relate (for example, the fees for term 3 will be payable at the beginning of term 2).
Admission to courses is dependent on fees having been received by us.
Reasonable efforts are always made to keep fees to the minimum that is consistent with the provision of a modern and efficient teaching programme. However, fee increases may become necessary from time to time in order to maintain standards or following a change in law or regulation. You will be notified in advance of any increase, but we will not increase fees during the course of an academic year.
If payments become overdue, we reserve the right to suspend or cancel tuition and to charge interest on the balance at the rate of 2% above the base rate of NatWest bank per month or part thereof.
The Centre will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver all programmes described in our prospectus and other marketing materials. However circumstances may change due to factors beyond our reasonable control and it may be necessary to vary the content of a programme. We will use reasonable endeavours to ensure that any changes are kept to a minimum, but if we are required to make material changes to a programme before your arrival at the Centre, we shall inform you as soon as possible. If you reasonably believe that the changes will affect you adversely, you may transfer to an alternative programme at the Centre for which you are qualified or withdraw your application without any liability for fees (including the enrolment fee).
If there are not sufficient applicants either to make a programme viable or to deliver a quality student experience, we may cancel or withdraw a programme. If you receive an offer for a programme and we discontinue or withdraw that programme prior to your registration at the Centre, we will notify you as soon as possible and you will be given the opportunity to either change your programme of study or withdraw from the Centre. In such circumstances you will be eligible for a full refund of any fees paid to us. Please also be aware that certain programmes are extremely popular and have limited spaces available, therefore it is important that you confirm your place as soon as possible after receiving an offer. Failure to do so may result in your being unable to register on your chosen programme and you may be offered an alternative course of study.
Should you be successful in progressing to a University undergraduate programme, an amount equivalent to 15% of that programme’s first year’s tuition fees will be payable by you to us as a programme preparation fee. At the same time, you will be entitled to receive a 15% discount from the University in respect of the first year’s fees of the undergraduate programme. In cases of successful progression to a postgraduate University programme, the programme preparation fee and associated discount will be £1,500 in both cases. The relevant University programme preparation fees will be payable through your first year’s University tuition fees.
Acceptance on a Programme is subject to students meeting the defined entry requirements and the Centre’s criteria for English Language proficiency.
Students are accepted into the Centre on the strict understanding that progression through the course is conditional upon satisfactory and required attendance and successful attainment of prescribed performance targets as outlined to you at the beginning of your course. Students are formally assessed at least twice a year. The assessment will take into consideration:
Students who do not meet the attainment criteria will not be allowed to proceed with their original programme, but may be offered an alternative programme or invited to withdraw from the Centre.
All students’ English and numeracy skills will be tested on arrival. If your results differ materially from those in your home country, for example as a result of not having been tested for a long time the Centre may discuss an alternative study plan more appropriate to your English and numeracy level. We would rather you succeed on an appropriate study programme than struggle on a course beyond your levels of English and numeracy.
We strongly recommend that all students have appropriate accident and medical insurance for the duration of their study in the UK. Depending on the policy, insurance may cover otherwise non-refundable course fees in the event of cancellation. You may either take out our StudyCare Insurance Plus policy or cover with an alternative provider. Further information about StudyCare Insurance Plus can be found at the following link: http://www.studygroup.com/land/studycare. Cover under the StudyCare Insurance Plus policy will not commence until the insurance fees have been paid in full. Should you cancel your course, you will also need to notify us that you wish to cancel your insurance policy.
While the Centre takes all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety and security of students on campus we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to students’ personal property. All students are, therefore, strongly advised to take out a contents insurance policy.
Once you have arrived in the UK, a minimum of one term’s notice (in writing) is required to withdraw from the Centre, whether or not you continue to attend lessons. Please refer to our Post-Arrival Refund Policy at the following link:
Post-arrival Refund Policy
Notice of withdrawal must be given in writing or by email to the Centre Head and is effective from the date it is received.
Payment can be made to the Centre using a number of payment options via our PayOnline platform. Access to this platform can be found on the How to Pay page using your unique student access code.
Please note that we are NOT able to accept cash payments for fees. Cash payments may only be made to cover sundry charges that may arise during your course of study.
If you choose to pay in your local currency a foreign exchange rate will apply. The applicable exchange rate can be viewed online as at the time and date of the payment. Bank charges and commission for both the sending and receiving banks should be paid by the sender of funds or they will be applied to the student’s account.
Accounts communications will be sent both to you and the person responsible for paying the fees unless written instructions are received to the contrary.
No other incidental costs will be charged to your account unless you agree to them separately. These may include, for example, field trips, text books and vacation accommodation. Fees relating to sponsor reporting and additional support classes for sponsored students are included in the tuition fees set out in your personal statement and are not charged separately.
Parking on campus is restricted. Charges apply to all students (and staff) who are allowed to park on campus. Students living on campus are not usually permitted to park on campus unless they have a need based on a disability or a family living with them on campus.
Any information provided to us may be held on computer and shall only be used by the Centre as permitted under any applicable data protection legislation. Your information will be held and processed for the purpose of administering your application, and we may share your information with Study Group's offices around the world. This information may be carried forward to your official student record, which holds data in electronic and paper form on your personal details, academic and administrative history and on relevant financial transactions.
With your consent or where a legitimate interest, we may also disclose appropriate personal data or sensitive personal data (as defined in the General Data Protection Regulation) to relevant third parties outside of Study Group including, but not limited to, your agent, sponsor, the University or an external debt collection agency during or after your period of study. This personal data may include information about your performance, progress and examination results at the Centre. We will not disclose information about you to any other third parties without your permission unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example when the health and safety of you or others is at risk or where the law requires information to be shared. Throughout we will always comply with our obligations under all applicable data protection legislation. For more information, please refer to our Student Privacy Notice.
These Terms and Conditions will apply to you from the date on which accept our offer of a place at the Centre and for the duration of your study there. No variation to these Terms and Conditions shall be made unless it is in your favour or is with your consent.
We are obliged to report, on request, visa status, attendance records and UK contact details to relevant UK government bodies. Study at the Centre is conditional upon you complying with all policies of UK government bodies at all times. If you wish to continue your studies in the UK after studying at the Centre, you may need to reapply for a visa from outside the UK. Please ensure you check UKVI policy guidance from time to time as to whether this applies.
It is recognised that students, their parents or their representatives may sometimes need to make a complaint about the services received during the application and admissions process. Study Group has a complaints service for this purpose. If you wish to make a complaint at any time, in the first instance you should refer the issue to your Study Group admissions contact who will discuss the problem with you and attempt to resolve it. If we are not able to resolve an issue in this way, you should formally raise a complaint by email to: UKEUISCQUERIES@studygroup.com*. Please include the following information in your email:
Our study centres seek at all times to provide the highest possible level of service and quality of student experience. However, there may be occasions when a student feels that the level has not been good enough. For those, we have a Complaints and Appeals Policy that sets out how a student can formalise a complaint if it cannot be resolved less formally. The policy also sets out the procedures for making an academic appeal. This document makes clear the criteria against which an appeal can be lodged and what a student needs to do if she or he wishes to pursue an appeal.
Please refer to the ISC’s In (and post) Residence Complaints and Appeals Policy for more information.
Please provide us with personal e-mail addresses and mobile telephone numbers prior to your arrival at the Centre in order that we can communicate with you at all times (for example, to send you student reports). Please also advise of any changes to your contact details as soon as they occur.
Your acceptance (or acceptance by your parent or legal guardian if you are under 18 years of age) of a place to study at the Centre, indicates that you:
Provided that the indemnity herein shall not extend to any claims, damages, costs or expenses in respect of and to the extent to which the Centre and member(s) of the staff or any of them shall be entitled to be indemnified under any policy of insurance or as may arise as a result of negligence causing injury or death.
Without this indemnity, you may not take part in an expedition organised by the Centre.