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Durham University International Study Centre

Address: Durem DH1, United Kingdom

Description Durham University International Study Centre

The International Study Center at the famous and prestigious Durham University (Durham University) is an excellent option for international students who prefer to enter foreign universities through a preliminary Pathway program.

The Pathway academic program is designed in such a way as to effectively prepare foreign students for study in British universities, adapt them to the educational system, language and cultural environment. The Durham University International Study Center program includes an intensive English language course (with an emphasis on the academic component), active development of teaching skills (time management, working with sources, preparing and conducting presentations) and studying selected academic areas and subjects. For successful, the most capable and stubborn students, Durham University even offers a special award of the same name, talking about your successes and achievements and singling you out among the general flow of entrants.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Durham University International Study Centre

Program name

Quick overview:

  • Duration: 3 terms (1 academic year);
  • Classes start in September or January;
  • Educational trimesters:
    • September 11 to December 8;
    • January 8 to March 23;
    • April 3 to June 29.
  • Starting in January:
    • January 4 to March 23;
    • April 3 to June 8;
    • 11 June to August 31.
  • Minimum age of pupils: 17 years;
  • Minimum requirements: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (minimum 4.0 in each block, Writing from 5.0).

The preparatory course for international students planning to complete the first stage of higher education is a bachelor's program. This training course is an analogue of the first university year: successfully completed students can be enrolled immediately for the second year of the bachelor's program.

Training is possible in the following areas:

  • LLB (Hons) Law;
  • BA (Hons) English Literature;
  • BA (Hons) History;
  • BA (Hons) Liberal Arts;
  • Combined Honors in BA (Hons) Social Sciences.
from 18 300 £ / year

Brief information:

  • Course duration: 2-3 trimesters.
  • Minimum age of pupils: 20 years;
  • Minimum requirements: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in each block). If you are planning an accelerated course in the 2nd trimester, the requirements are slightly higher - Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 (in each block from 5.5 and above).

The program of preparation for a master's degree includes the development of linguistic, academic and subject skills for successful and effective education in master's programs and specialties.

from 4 170 £ / term

Brief information: Special preparation of international students in English is offered in several versions:

  • Preparatory course before bachelor's degree:
    • It takes 1-2 terms, you can start in September (17) or June (11). To enroll a student must demonstrate to have available a minimum of the average level of knowledge: Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 (minimum 4.0 in each block, Writing by 4.5) if you sign a two-trimester duration of the program - Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.0 (minimum 4.0 in each section) . The minimum age for admission is 17 years.
  • English for Pre-Masters:
    • Students aged 20 and older are accepted who wish to improve the level of English before enrolling in the Master's program. Duration is determined by the desire of the student and the level of his initial training and can be 1-2 trimester. The classes start in September or June. At the end of the course IELTS exams. Minimum requirements for applicants - Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (in each block of not less than 5.0), for arriving at rate 2 trimester - Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 (from 4.5 per block).

Accommodation, housing and food

All students ISC offer help in finding accommodation options for the duration of their studies. There is an opportunity to live just a couple of minutes from the academic building, in the hotel "Rialto-Corte", very close to the city center. Please note: the hotel rooms are allocated very quickly, so if you want to have the maximum choice among the comfortable accommodation options, apply as early as possible. In any case, the placement department will do everything possible to provide you with comfortable and safe living conditions.

In "Rialto-Corte", students are provided with :

  •  Excellent walking distance to the educational building and city center in combination with beautiful views of the embankment;
  •  Completely and carefully guarded territory;
  • Modern student kitchen with necessary equipment and household appliances, including a washing machine;
  • 24-hour help and support for the administration;
  • Laundry;
  • High-speed Internet and Wi-Fi;
  • A spacious common lounge for relaxation with billiard tables , Air hockey and plasma TV.

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : business, economics, engineering, English literature, finance, history, IELTS preparation, jurisprudence, social sciencies


Durham University, a member of the prestigious Russel Group, is one of the TOP 100 universities worldwide (according to the version of The Time Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017) and is considered the 4th University of Great Britain (The data Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide for 2017). More than 90% of educational programs are considered to be among the best in the country, they are included in the national TOP-10 among all British universities.

According to the Research Excellence Framework-2014, 91% of the Durham University studies are considered very important and outstanding in terms of their coverage and potential significance.

Equipment Durham University International Study Centre

ISC works at the Queen's Campus in Stockton-on-Tees. This is a complex of buildings of beautiful modern architecture, located on the embankment, which includes all kinds of infrastructure facilities for effective education.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

Tuition fee depends on the chosen program.

Types of available programs:

  • International Foundation:
    • Business, Economics, Finance, Accounting;
    • Humanitarian and social sciences, laws and law;
    • Science and Engineering.
  • Pre-Masters:
    • Business, Economics, Finances, Accounting;
    • Science and Engineering.
  • Academic English courses:
    • English Language Preparation;
    • English for Pre-Masters.

List of services, which are paid additionally to tuition fee:

  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification, courier delivery of documents;
  • Consular fee (payable at the Embassy);
  • Roundtrip flights;
  • Transfer in both sides;
  • Accommodation and meals;
  • Obligatory medicine Insurance;
  • Personal pocket expenses.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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