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English Language Requirements

Durham has a long and proud history of welcoming overseas students from countries across the globe.  To make sure you can benefit fully from the unique learning experience available at Durham it’s important that you can demonstrate competency in the English language at the level required for the course you want to study. 

Recognised English language tests 

If English is not your first language, then you must provide evidence of your ability in spoken and written English.  Durham accepts a number of tests and qualifications as evidence of meeting its English language requirements.   

Other English language qualifications 

If for any reason the recognised English Language tests are not available to you, we also recognise a number of other qualifications as meeting our English language requirements.   

English courses for pathway programmes

If international students like you do not meet entry requirements for International Foundation Year or Pre-Masters programmes at Durham University International Study Centre, you can take an English language course first.

English language levels required 

Find your subject to find the level you will need to achieve in the test you are taking for entry to pre-sessional by department and level of study. 

Pre-sessional English Language requirements 

We offer 6, 10 and 20 week pre-sessional English courses for Durham University offer holders who may need to boost their English language skills before taking up their place with us.   

Exemptions for Postgraduate applicants 

If you’ve already studied a degree, which was taught in English, then you may not need to take an additional English language test.