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Congratulations and Welcome to the School of Government and International Affairs

Head of SchoolWelcome to the School of Government and International Affairs

On behalf of my colleagues, I offer you a warm welcome to the School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA). We are delighted to have you with us for the next three or four years. You are now part of an elite group of students in that you have been chosen from more than a thousand applicants.

The academic and administrative staff of the School wish you every success in your studies and, if you have any problems, consult any appropriate member of staff for help and we will all support you throughout your studies, they will be pleased to assist. I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you personally.

Dr Gidon Cohen
Head of School

University student
Throughout my time at SGIA, I have had the opportunity to work with various experts in their respective fields, and this has translated into the quality of teaching that I have received. SGIA has lecturers who are passionate about their fields and who are dedicated to ensuring that you get the most out of your time with the department. Overall, SGIA is comprised of dedicated lecturers who are passionate about their roles, whilst at the same time being a very welcoming and inclusive department.

Jake Roberts
Course Rep - BA Politics



Department Information

Here you will find the link to the Blackboard Learn Ultra where you will find your Induction information page. 

Take a look at our Student Hub web page for more useful information!

Next steps

Enrol online

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme.
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Registering for your programme and specific modules

Register for programme and specific modules (link to Banner Self Service)
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Your first week in Durham – University Induction Week Events Timetable

The Timetable has been designed so College events don’t clash with any of your academic departmental events, but offer you lots of opportunities to meet your fellow Freshers, find your way around and settle into student life.

To help you keep track of where you need to be, and what you need to do during your first busy days at university, in your College and your Department, we have created a day-by-day University Induction Planner. This should help you to plan your schedule, so you don't miss anything - from being issued with your Campus Card or meeting the staff in your Department, to trying out for a sports team or joining a student society.
Your Personal Induction Planner
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Student updates

Check out our student blogs to read more about life at Durham from our students. Don't forget to follow us on social media!


What to bring to University

Read our top recommendations to add to your packing list ready for your arrival at Durham.

Welcome to Durham – and stop worrying!

Moving to University can be a daunting prospect but there’s no need to worry, you’ll feel right at home here.
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Get in touch

If you have any queries about any of this information or any aspect of coming to Durham please contact us.

School of Government and International Affairs

School of Government and International Affairs

Al Qasimi Building

Durham University

Elvet Hill Road


Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 5656