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Last updated October, 2019

Academic Information

Course Information

  • Full Year option only for most areas - from October to June.
  • Only Music students can apply for one semester.
  • Classes within the English department are very limited. Acceptance into the English department is not guaranteed.
  • You may choose courses from up to three departments across the University, however, certain restrictions and prerequisites may apply and you might not be able to take courses in all departments. The final decision for enrolment onto modules rests with the School or Department.
  • The department / subject area you choose determines the campus you will be based at.
  • Durham Modules and Faculty Handbooks
  • Choosing modules

Durham Street scene

Term Dates

  • Academic Year: October - June
  • Michaelmas term: October - December
  • Epiphany term: January - March
  • Easter term: April - June

Durham term dates

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

The normal workload for a full-time student is 120 Durham credits per academic year. This normally equates to 6 modules per academic year at 20 credits each.

Durham University has not adopted ECTS as the credits system, however, Durham credits can be translated into ECTS as follows: Durham credits x 0.5 = ECTS. E.g. 20 Durham credits x 0.5 = 10 ECTS. While the Module handbooks will list ECTS credits, all other University publications will list Durham credits.

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Accommodation and the Cost of Living


Durham currently has 16 colleges and a new 17th college is being built to welcome new students arriving in 2019. All exchange students are guaranteed a place in one of the University residential colleges if they apply for the programme by the deadline.

Durham Accommodation

Estimated Cost of Living

  • £1,015 per month is the minimum cost of living as recommended by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for studying outside London.
  • Durham Cost of Living

Scholarships available for students going to the UK

BUTEX Scholarships

Student Visa and Insurance

Information on Student Visas and Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.

Exchange Experiences

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The University, City and Region

The University

Durham University St Hild & St Bede CollegeDurham University is a busy research and teaching community located in the historic cathedral city of Durham in the North-East of England, an area famed for its attractive countryside, coastline and cultural heritage. As well as its magnificent Cathedral and Castle, both World Heritage Sites, the city has other buildings of distinction and fine river banks which can be seen on foot in a few hours.

Founded in 1832 Durham is the third oldest university in England. The University has long since grown beyond the historic centre of Durham to include a modern science site, a computer network, student accommodation, libraries, and sports and social facilities. The University buildings are spread across the City on several sites within easy walking distance of each other. Teaching and Research are organised by the Academic Departments which are quite separate from the Colleges and Societies.

The University has a total student population of about 15,000, and is home to approximately 2,000 international students from all over the world. The work of the University covers traditional areas of study/education, including key branches of science and technology. Durham graduates are in great demand among employers and the University helps to attract investment into the region.
Durham is a collegiate institution, with 16 Colleges or Societies which provide a social, domestic and pastoral focus for students. Ustinov College performs this role exclusively for postgraduate students. Students on the Overseas Exchange Programme are guaranteed accommodation in one of our residential colleges in Durham. Our unique college system helps individuals develop through mentoring and involvement with college life. The colleges are set up to be ideal living and working environments. They are not teaching bodies but neither are they purely residential. They have their own sporting and social scenes. They are different - Durham is different!

Durham University


Durham Cathedral and CastleThe City of Durham is located in the North East of England. Durham is a compact city yet offers a wide range of facilities. A wide range of shops and restaurants co-exist happily with the Victorian Market. Much of Durham's shopping area is closed to traffic, making for a more relaxed atmosphere. Take time to sit in the cobbled Market Place and enjoy some of the street entertainment, particularly during July and August. The monthly Farmers' Market is a welcome new addition to the events calendar. Here you will find fresh local specialities to take back home. In the Spring and Summer, stunning floral displays adorn the City for which Durham regularly wins prizes.

Yet within minutes, it is possible to escape the bustle of this thriving market town by taking one of the many paths that lead down to the riverbanks.

Dozens of regional attractions are easily reached from Durham, making it an ideal touring base. The largest open-air museum in England is to be found at Beamish where you can see life as it was at the beginning of the last century. Fine art treasures can be seen at the John and Josephine Bowes Museum, a French-style chateau in Barnard Castle. Combine funfairs and shopping, all undercover, at Metroland, the biggest indoor theme park in Europe and the MetroCentre, a huge shopping centre. Both are in Gateshead, half an hour by car from Durham.

  • Air: Newcastle and Teesside Airports are 30 minutes drive from Durham.
  • Rail: On the main London - Scotland line. London - 3 hours. Edinburgh - 2 hours.

City of Durham

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Further Information

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