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Durham University

Erasmus, Exchange & Study Abroad

Programme Information

Programme Information

  1. Our Partners
  2. Module Handbook
  3. Language Requirements
  4. Visa Information
  5. Calendar and Important Dates
  6. Fees and Finance
  7. Living Costs
  8. Healthcare

Our Partners

Durham works with a variety of Partner Institutions across the world. In order to be considered as an Erasmus+ exchange student, you should be a registered student at one of our Erasmus+ Partners.

Module Handbook

*Whilst we do not forsee any major changes to the information provided below, please be aware that some information may be subject to changes*

This guide contains information on departments, modules and credits and specific study information. Please note that some ECTS handbooks are awaiting update. If this is the case for your subject area, the 2019/2020 handbook will still be sufficient.

Erasmus+ Exchange
Number of modules

Full time students would usually take 6 modules across the academic year.

Students who are registered as UG (Bachelor) level students at the time of their exchange should request to study UG level modules only. If there is a specific need to take Master level modules, please discuss this prior to submitting an application.

Students who are registered as PG (Master) level students at the time of their exchange should request to study PG (Master) modules only wherever possible. We may be able to approve some modules at UG (Bachelor) level but we cannot guarantee this. If you are registered for both UG and PG modules, you should be aware that confirmation of marks for PG modules does not happen until October of each year.

Number of credits

A full time course load would be 120 UK credits (60 ECTS).


Students may choose modules from up to 3 departments.

The majority of modules should be taken within the department with whom the Erasmus agreement is signed.


The department of English Studies is limited and therefore unless your home university has an active Erasmus agreement with the English Studies department it is unlikely that you will be approved to take classes.

Though Durham University has not officially adopted ECTS as credit accumulation system, information on ECTS is provided to facilitate credit transfer for Erasmus students (these should be used as a guideline only).

Language Requirements

As teaching at Durham is in English all students must be able to prove they have a sufficient level of English to be able to cope with the course from the beginning.

Students who are EU nationals do not need to provide formal proof of language ability. A statement signed by your home university will be sufficient, which is included in the application form. If you are a non EU national then you will need to submit an appropriate English Language qualification and may need to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses depending on your scores., please see the table below:

For the majority of our undergraduate courses we ask for the following levels:


6.5 overall with no element below 6


Overall score of 92 with no component under 23

All qualifications must be taken within two years of the start of the academic programme.

More information can be found in the Learning and Teaching Handbook English Language Requirements pages.

Visa Information

The general rules for non EU national requiring a visa are as follows:

  • If you are coming to study in the UK on an Erasmus+ exchange for 6 months or less, you can enter the UK on a Short Term Study Visa.
  • If you are coming to study in the UK on an Erasmus+ exchange for more than 6 months, you will require a tier 4 visa.

These rules can vary depending on your nationality and other factors. You should use the UKBA 'Do I need visa?' website to check your eligibility. We would advise that you have your visa arranged in advance. Students should be aware of the mandatory £300 Immigration Health Surcharge added to the cost of visa applications for all students. Please see the Immigration Latest News website for more information.

For further information on applying for an Advanced Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) please visit

Our Student Immigration service provides information on their website: If you have any questions about your visa for study in the UK please contact the Student Immigration Team using their contact form.

Please be aware that if you are not an EU national, you will need to provide evidence of English Language proficiency in order to obtain a visa. Please use the guidance given here or in the main Learning and Teaching Handbook.

Calendar and Important Dates

The academic year at Durham runs from October to June of each year. We recommend that you arrive in time to attend the Induction Session. For students arriving in the Michaelmas Term (details will be confirmed in the Summer) and Epiphany Term arrivals (details to be confirmed in November).

Term dates for the academic year 2020/2021 can be found below.

Academic Year 2020/2021
Induction Week 28 September 2020 - 04 October 2020
Michaelmas Term 05 October 2020 - 11 December 2020
Epiphany Term 11 January 2021 - 19 March 2021
Easter Term 26 April 2021 - 25 June 2021

For Postgraduate Business students ONLY, exams will take place in January 2021 (Dates TBC) (Michaelmas Term) and in May/June 2021 (Dates TBC) (Epiphany Term).

The university will release an Induction Planner nearer to the time of your arrival.

Term Dates

Fees and Finance

If you are an Erasmus+ exchange student coming from one of our partner universities, fees are waived under the exchange agreement.

Living Costs

County Durham is one of the most affordable places to live in England. In addition to your tuition and accommodation costs, we recommend a further £5,000 - £6,000 per year to cover the costs of books, clothing, socialising etc.

Approximate weekly/monthly living expenses are highlighted in the table below.

Weekly Monthly
Phone £10 £40
Travel £12.50 £50
Leisure / Sport £37.50 £150
Clothing / Shoes £12.50 £50
Misc. course expenses e.g. Books £12.50 £50
Social Activities £25 £100


The National Health Service (NHS) is the means by which healthcare is provided in the UK. Healthcare under the NHS is free to everyone in the case of an emergency. If your course of study is 6 months or longer, you will be eligible for free healthcare under the NHS. However, you will need to pay for medical prescriptions, vaccinations and dental and optical treatment. Please see the NHS website for more information.

Data Protection

It is necessary for the University to hold information on past, present and potential students. The information is processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Information on individuals may be disclosed outside the University either at an individual's request or in furtherance of an individual's interest. Student information will be kept in line with the University's Record Retention Schedule

Contact Us

Exchanges & Study Abroad Team

Incoming Students 

Tel: +44 (0)191 3346325 (Incoming Students)
Fax: +44 (0)191 3346326