Skip to main content

Incoming Exchange Students

Each year Durham University is proud to welcome hundreds of incoming international exchange students from around the world for an unforgettable study abroad experience. Students may come from our European Exchange and Non-European Exchange partner universities or as fee-paying Study Abroad students. If you wish to do an entire degree at Durham rather than an exchange, please click on 'Study for a full degree'.
Study for a full degree
Three female students walking in corridor in University College

Studying abroad is a unique and exciting experience. You will be studying at a world top 100 university with a global reputation for teaching and research. Lecturers are world-leaders in their fields and students benefit from cutting edge facilities.

Durham is one of the UK's most historic universities, and its unique collegiate system creates a strong sense of belonging. The University provides outstanding opportunities that help to enrich student life and an amazing academic experience.

The University's key data sheet for partner universities can be accessed here: Durham University Key Data Sheet . We also have a quick links flyer here: Incoming Quick Links Flyer


Stunning Location

In Durham you're among some of the world's finest architecture. A truly beautiful UNESCO heritage site city, where the famous castle and cathedral dominate the skyline. With a population of c. 43,000 Durham has a compact, friendly feel but still provides the facilities you would expect of a thriving city including a number of cafés, bars and restaurants. The River Wear winds its way through the city, providing plenty of green spaces between the historic city and our world class facilities.
Find out about our location and take a tour.
Exterior of Durham University College Castle
This is the image alt text

Introducing Durham International

International student Soumya tells us what life is like at Durham University. This film was made by Hotcourses.

Watch now

Unique College System

Durham is a collegiate university with 17 colleges in Durham City. Joining a College is much like joining a new family. The Colleges offer a strong sense of community, provide pastoral care, support your developments and have sports, arts and social facilities.
Explore College Life
St Mary's College and drive


Inclusive and Supportive Durham

At Durham you'll study with students from around the UK and more than 150 countries worldwide. Whatever your background, we want you to be at home here. On top of support staff in each College, through central Student Support and Wellbeing services we offer support including: Disability Support; Faith Support; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Counselling; and the Student Wellbeing Programme.

On top of that, you'll have access to entertainment, events and support services within Durham and the surrounding area.  Of course, the dedicated Global Opportunities Team in the International Office is there to assist too!


Extra-curricular Excellence

We provide an environment dedicated to delivering an unrivalled experience outside of your studies. Our collegiate system, dedicated wider student experience organisations and Students' Union combine to enable you to create and shape your own individual student experience. From being the number 1 ranked team sport university since 2013 to having the top ranked music department in the UK, to having 27 student theatre companies, at Durham you can discover and become the person you want to be.
Find out about Durham's Wider Student Experience
Musical theatre cast holding up lead actor


Find out about our exchange programmes

European Incoming Exchange

Available to students from our European Incoming Exchange partners.
International Study Centre Library

Non-European Incoming Exchange

Available to students from our Non-European Incoming Exchange partners.
Former ISC International Study Centre student at Durham University

Fee-paying Incoming Study Abroad

Available to students from universities where Durham does not have a partnership.
Students from the International Study Centre walking through Durham

Research Exchanges

Students from Durham's partners and networks may also undertake a period of research at Durham.
Research student in laboratory
Collingwood students rowing in a four

Follow Durham students on Instagram

Run by Durham students, on behalf of the University, thedurhamstudent is there to show you what life is really like at Durham! Further, esn_durham is the Erasmus & Exchange Students society which is run by students to support all incoming exchange students studying / preparing to study at Durham.

Follow thedurhamstudent Follow esn_durham