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China Mainland

Durham University is a globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, with over one third of our students coming from an international background.

Currently over 3300 of our students are from mainland China.
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Support for Applicants

We understand that it can be challenging knowing where to start when applying to an overseas University. At Durham there is a wide range of support available to students who live in China and are considering applying to Durham. We have a dedicated team who are on hand to answer any questions you have. 


Information for China Applicants

Meet your Representatives

Our China team is here
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See our upcoming events to find out more about Durham
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Academic Entry Requirements

Academic entry requirements for applicants from China

English Language Requirements

English Language requirements for applicants from China
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Our scholarships support students from around the world
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How to apply

Application guidance for international applicants.
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China Partnerships

Find out more about our partnerships in China
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Foundation and Pre-Master Pathway

If you do not meet the direct requirements, you have the option to study pathway programmes at the Durham University International Study Centre. Find out more.
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Meet your Representatives

The China student recruitment team are there to help with any aspect of the application process. 

Jian Li - Country Director, China

Jian is responsible for international student recruitment and partnerships development in China. She also has responsibilities for management of the China office operations.
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Yingying Xu (Kristi) - Business Development Manager

Kristi is responsible for international student recruitment activities in China.
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Get in touch

They would be happy to hear from you to assist with any questions you have. 

Chenxi Yang - Senior International Officer

Chenxi is responsible for international student recruitment China.
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Agent Information

For agent enquires, please get in touch to find out more.
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Mainland China Events

Meet the team at a recruitment event near you or online and find out more about Durham. 


Date Event City Location Times


21st October

China Scholarship Council International Graduate Scholars Fair Beijing University of Science and Technology Beijing 09:00-16:00

* More details will be shared closer to the events.



Organiser & Registration link

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"Durham University offers variety of outstanding programmes and a superb study experience, its a warm welcoming environment with helpful students and teaching staff.

GuanYu Yue
BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance from China



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Visit Durham University

You can book one of our personalised Campus Visits to find out more about our academic degree programmes and student life on campus. Visits start with a presentation from a member of staff from the International Office, followed by a guided tour from one of our student ambassadors.

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Entry Requirements

China Mainland


Gaokao (National College Entrance Examination) is accepted for direct entry applications of the science faculty - including with minimum 80% overall average, 80% in Mathematics if required at A Level, plus IELTS at departmental level.

Applications from students who pass year one of bachelor’s degree from a recognised university in a relevant subject with an overall grade of 85% will be considered for direct entry.

Ambright Aptitude Scholastic Tests (AST) is accepted for direct entry applications of programmes including Biosciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Education, Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, Psychology, Criminology, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Philosophy, Sport and exercise science, Classics, and Visual arts and film. We will consider applications from students who achieved 220 in English and Mathematics and 230 in Physics (if taken) and Huikao or National Senior High School Certificate (from Provinces where the Huikao is not offered) with a grade average of above 80% (A, Excellent) - including 85% in relevant subjects where required at A level, plus IELTS at departmental level.



“A four-year bachelor’s degree from a recognised university. You will normally need to have a score of 80% or above. Each programme may have a different requirement to the subject applicants are from, please see our programme pages for specific course requirements.”

Pathway programmes available

If you are a prospective student from China who does not meet the admission requirements, you can apply for a pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree-level study.

Prospective Chinese students can also visit the Durham University International Study Centre Chinese site for more information.

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Keep in touch

You can connect with us on Weibo and WeChat or check out our Chinese student community blogs.

Information for international students