Imagine an 11th century castle, the site of a UNESCO World Heritage site, as your campus. You’re in the company of more than 150 nationalities, 25 academic departments and over 200 undergraduate courses. Here, there is no shortage of camaraderie and intellectual dynamism.
This is Durham University. Just under three hours by train from London, nestled in the northeast of England, it’s one of the UK’s oldest universities and unlike any other.
Consider its performance on global league tables as testament to its academic and research prowess. It’s a top 10 UK university, ranking 5th in The Guardian University Guide 2019 and 6th in The Complete University Guide 2019. Globally, it stands within the world’s top 100 universities, ranking 74th in the QS World University Rankings 2019. It’s also a member of the prestigious Russell Group of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities.
When recruiters see Durham University on a job application, they review that candidate with confidence. In the QS World University Rankings 2019 for employer reputation, Durham is ranked in the world’s top 40. With such a reputation, it’s no mystery how the university has near-perfect post-study employment rates among graduates – data shows that 98 percent of Durham graduates were in work or further study three-and-a-half years after graduation.
“At Durham University there are so many opportunities for personal development. I’ve developed essential team-working and time management skills through working with other students,” said Computer Science student Soumya Singh.
Alumni have gone on to become key figures in the UK’s national academy of science, distinguished academics, CEOs and entrepreneurs, media moguls, as well as judges and lawyers. Studying here is the first step on your journey towards achieving the extraordinary.
Durham city – beautiful, historic, safe
It’s hard to find a study destination better than Durham. For international students, this can be an ideal base to discover the best the UK has to offer. From a pedestrian-friendly urban setting to impressive transport links and some of the world’s finest architecture weaved between high street shops and boutiques, there’s never a dull day in this city.
“Durham is a uniquely beautiful city. The history, the architecture and the natural environment make a combination that you never take for granted. There are not many places in the UK that can match Durham for beauty,” said Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) student, Dan Bird.
Becoming a Durham student also means access to world-class facilities on campus. For the creatives, there are two music practice rooms, one recording studio and JCR workshops for those who are interested in the technical side of things. Several study spaces dot the campus, including networked study bedrooms, a library and PC room to support your academic work. The aspiring athlete would be at home at Durham’s new sports complex, which includes state-of-the-art indoor facilities, sports laboratories, a new rubber crumb sports pitch, upgraded hockey pitches and two beach volleyball courts.
The people populating these facilities make Durham University a truly cosmopolitan community. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results assessed several areas of research here as internationally excellent or world-leading, including Anthropology, Archaeology, Chemistry, Classics, Education, English, Law, Music, Physics and Theology. Whether it’s working to fight malaria, conducting fieldwork in South Africa or tackling environmental issues in the Antartic, postgraduate research students will join a research culture that extends to all corners of the world.
For students at other levels of study, there are exchange opportunities and joint programmes with institutions around the world, giving learners plenty of opportunity to study abroad. Around 400 Durham students capitalise on these each year, gaining invaluable international experience and intercultural understanding. Durham may be a small city but with these global links, studying here is a truly global experience.
Support is ensured for incoming international students. From the get-go, those from abroad who don’t meet the requirements for direct entry can sign up for the pathway programmes run by Study Group at the International Study Centre. To prepare for their careers, they can attend sessions conducted by the Durham International Student Employability Programme (DISEP) to learn more about the graduate recruitment process. These sessions include a range of courses such as writing CVs and cover letters, interview skills, graduate scheme applications and presentation skills.
No matter where you’re from, Durham University – with its top-notch academics, diverse community and beautiful surroundings – will make the perfect study abroad experience with memories to last a lifetime.
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