The Durham University School of Education has a diverse community of taught and research postgraduate students, many of whom are international students from a variety of countries.
In addition to the traditional full or part-time study routes available for each of our postgraduate programmes and popular with home and overseas students alike, a number of our postgraduate programmes are available through our part-time International Summer Postgraduate Institute (ISPI). ISPI is based on the innovative concept of 'blended learning', where students both attend summer school teaching and study at home. These programmes are designed to suit overseas students who are looking for an alternative to full-time study in the UK and, as the teaching on ISPI is delivered intensively at four-week summer schools, students are often able to retain their existing teaching positions or other employment.
Find the comprehensive information and support you require for applying and preparing to come to Durham University, including information on visas and entry clearance, pre-departure checklists and other useful information about living in the UK, here.
English Language Requirements
Visas and Entry Clearance
It is essential that international students have the necessary entry clearance before coming to the UK as a student. Find out more from the Student Immigration and Financial Support Office.
Pre-Sessional English Language Courses
The Durham University English Language Centre offers a number of intensive courses in academic English and literacy skills, called the Pre-Sessional Programmes. These courses run from July to September.
Please note that if your offer includes a condition stipulating that you must attend a Pre-Sessional Programme, you must contact the English Language Centre to secure your place on the relevant course before you can register for your main programme of study.
Further English Language Support
Durham University aims to help international students with the challenges that academic study in a different country poses by offering a range of in-sessional English language support programmes designed to support your studies. You can request further details on these courses from the English Language Centre.