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International Foundation Year

Durham University

This pathway prepares international students for guaranteed entry1 to undergraduate degrees at Durham University. On successful completion of this course, you can progress directly to the first year of selected degree programs.

  • Location
    United Kingdom
  • Progression
    Durham University
  • Start Dates
    Jan, Sep, Nov
    3 Terms
  • Course Fees
    From £22,000
  • Rankings & Awards
    United Kingdom: 6th
    Satisfaction: 80.7%
    World: 174th
  • Course Provider
    Durham University International Study Centre
  • Why Choose This Course?
    • Guaranteed entry to an undergraduate degree at Durham University after only one year.
    • The University of Durham is rated GOLD for Teaching Excellence by the Department for Education (2019).
    • Study at a World Class University! Durham is consistently ranked in the UK top 10 and amongst the top 100 universities in the World!
    • The University of Durham is member of the prestigious Russell Group, the UK's own 'Ivy League'.
    • Research-led university that ranks highly across a broad range of subjects.
    • Study and live in the historic Northern city of Durham, a popular tourist destination with its famous UNESCO listed Cathedral.

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About This Course

The International Foundation Year is a comprehensive programme of academic subjects, study skills and English language. It is specially designed for international students who want to study an undergraduate degree at Durham University, but do not have the academic qualifications or English level required for direct entry.

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the first year of selected bachelor's degrees at Durham University.

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Entry Requirements

Academic Completion of high school with good grades, equivalent to 5 IGCSE grades A* - C in relevant subjects (excluding native language).
English English level equivalent to IELTS 5.0 (5.0 writing, 4.0 in other skills). IELTS 5.5 required for certain progression degrees, such as Law and English Literature.
Minimum Age Minimum age 17 years (at start of course).

Top Ranked Subjects at Durham University

Durham University ranks particularly well for the following subjects (United Kingdom ranking shown in brackets).

  • Criminology (2)
  • Physics (2)
  • English (3)
  • Biology (3)
  • Earth & Marine Sciences (4)
  • Computer Science & Information Systems (6)
  • Law (6)
  • Sociology & Social Policy (6)
  • Languages & Linguistics (6)
  • Sports Science (7)


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1 Entry is guaranteed for students who achieve the minimum grades required for progression.

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