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Durham University

Erasmus, Exchange & Study Abroad

Programme Information

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.

*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 module handbooks are awaiting update. If this is the case for your subject area, the 2021/2022 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. 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 you will not be approved to take modules.

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

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.

If you are not from an English speaking country you will be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency. For EU nationals the Statement of Language Proficiency form needs to be completed by the Erasmus Coordinator or an academic member of staff from your university and submitted with the application form. If you are a non EU national then you will need to submit an appropriate English Language qualification i.e. IELTS/TOEFL certificate 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.

We recommend that all exchange students visit the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) 'Do I need visa?' website to check whether you need a visa to study in the UK. Whether you need a visa will depend on your nationality, the length of your intended stay and other factors. Should you have any questions or uncertainty Durham's Student Immigration Service will be able to assist. You can contact them via the website if needed.

Two common visa routes for exchange students are:

  • the Standard Visitor visa for students undertaking a programme, which is less than six months in duration
  • the Student visa route for students staying for longer than six months

Please, however, be aware that:

  • these rules may change and will vary depending on your individual circumstances. Check with our Student Immigration Service
  • visas for visits above six months require a mandatory £470 Immigration Health Surcharge in addition to the cost of the visa application
  • students are unlikely to be eligible for the Short-term study visa, as this requires you to be specifically and only undertaking and English language programme, i.e. not an English language programme combined with another degree programme.

Some postgraduate programmes may require approval from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

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.

Should you have any questions please contact the Student Immigration Service

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 2022/2023 can be found below.

Academic Year 2022/2023
Induction Week 26 September 2022 - 2 October 2022
Michaelmas Term 3 October 2022 - 9 December 2022
Epiphany Term 9 January 2023 - 17 March 2023
Easter Term 24 April 2023 - 23 June 2023

For Postgraduate Business students ONLY, exams will take place from 2nd - 7th January (Michaelmas Term) and from 8th May - 21 June (Epiphany Term).

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

Term Dates

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

County Durham is one of the most affordable places to live in England. In addition to your 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. Please see the guidance given here for more information.

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