At Durham students have a number of study abroad options. These are broadly split between full-year study abroad options and short-term summer placements. The sections below set out the options available, along with why you may wish to consider spending a period abroad.
Many of Durham's global partners offer short summer schools or global citizenship programmes. Typically these last only one to two months and take place in summer. Find out whether there may be one to support your studies.
From Berlin to Beijing study abroad allows you to spend part of your degree programme at an institution in a different country. You could spend a year studying at one of our European partner institutions through the Erasmus+ scheme or outside Europe at one of Overseas Exchange partners.
Durham University has been successful in boosting Global Opportunities for its students for the coming academic year. The University has been awarded a grant from the Turing Scheme, the UK government’s programme to study and work abroad.
All degree programmes allow for a student to do an exchange (including combined / joint honours).
You do not have to speak a foreign language to GO abroad. Short term summer schools are often taught in english. Almost all Overseas Exchange partners and many Erasmus+ universities teach in English. Some universities will teach in the language of that country and we list languages requirements for each university on the Where Can I Go? partner pages.
If you do want to learn or maintain a language at Durham, the Centre for Foreign Language Study offers the option to learn a language alongside your degree.
Short: Generally summer schools and global citizenship programmes take place during the summer, with partners advertising places from January onwards.
Long: Typically full-year study abroad takes place in your third year, with a final fourth year in Durham thereafter. Applications for full-year places made in second year.
Durham offers a range of international work opportunities. Please visit our GO Work Abroad pages for more details.
Durham has more than 45 exchange agreements with partners outside of Europe. From the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile to Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.
Meet international students by joining esn_durham - the Erasmus & Exchange Students society that is run by students to support Erasmus+ and Exchange students studying / preparing to study at Durham.
Studying abroad may seem daunting, however, there is a range of support available. These include:
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