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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 2500 of our students are from 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

Get in touch with the China Student Recruitment Team
Yangshuo County, Guilin City, Guangxi Province, China.


See our upcoming events to find out more about Durham
Chinese New Year

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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Send us test scores

Send us additional documents to support your application
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China Partnerships

Find out more about our partnerships in China
The Forbidden City in Beijing, China

International Study Centre

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.
International Study Centre



Meet your Representatives

The China student recruitment team are there to help with any aspect of the application process. They would be happy to hear from you to assist with any questions you have. 

Ms Jian Li - Head of China Operations

Jian is responsible for international student recruitment and partnerships development in China. She also has responsibilities for management of the China office operations.
Jian Porfile

Ms Yingying Xu (Kristi) - China Recruitment Manager

Kristi is responsible for international student recruitment activities in China.
Kristi Staff Photo

Mainland China Events

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


Date Organiser & Registration link Country City Location Times Representative
24th November 2022 School and Agent visits China Chongqing Contact us to find out more   Kristi Xu, China Recruitment Manager
26th November 2022  New Oriental UK Tour China Chongqing     Kristi Xu, China Recruitment Manager
27th November New Oriental UK Tour China Chengdu     Kristi Xu, China Recruitment Manager




Organiser & Registration link

Location Times Representative



University student
"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



Gaokao is accepted for direct entry application of Faculty of Science programmes, with a requirement of 80% in average with Mathematics at 80% if required at A-Level. For students who attended Gaokao with interest in other programmes, we require you to complete an alternative qualification or a foundation programme for direct entry (please visit Durham University International Study Centre website for more information).

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

High-calibre students from across China are welcomed to apply via the China Excellence Identification Scheme (CEIS) to programmes in faculties of Science, Social Sciences & Health and Arts & Humanities.


“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.