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Durham University

Erasmus, Exchange & Study Abroad

Incoming 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 Erasmus+ and Overseas Exchange partner universities or as fee-paying Study Abroad students.

There are hundreds of reasons to come to Durham but here are just a few...

Durham is one of the world’s leading Universities as shown by our World Top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2022, where we are ranked 92nd.

At Durham students are taught by academic staff who are acknowledged as experts in their fields and are at the forefront of developments in their subject area. For example, in 2020 Professor Carlos Frenk was cited as being Nobel Class for his contribution to physics. There is a worldwide demand for Durham's research expertiese and researchers. We are placed at the forefront of global challenges from managing hazards that affect thousands of people worldwide to helping to address the world’s energy challenges as we switch from fossil fuels to clean energy sources.

In Durham City you're among some of the world's finest architecture. This is a truly beautiful City, where the famous Castle and Cathedral - together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site - dominate the skyline.

With a population of around 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 some of our purpose-built, landscaped facilities.

Why not take a 360 degree tour at our location page?

At Durham you'll study with students from around the UK and more than 125 countries world wide. You'll have access to entertainment, events and support services within Durham and the surrounding area.

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.

Find out more about the Colleges

We recognise that there is much more to student life than studying. At Durham we provide an environment dedicated to delivering an unrivalled experience outside of your studies. Our distinctive collegiate system, dedicated wider student experience organisations and Durham 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 more at our Wider Student Experience pages.

We have a full range of both central support services as well as suport staff in each College. Of course, the dedicated Exchanges and Study Abroad Team in the International Office is there to assist too!

Contact Us

Exchanges & Study Abroad Team

Incoming Students 

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