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North America

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

Each year we receive around 1000 applications from across North America. Currently over 350 of our students are from the USA and Canada.
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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 North America and are considering applying to Durham. We have a dedicated team who are on hand to answer any questions you have. 

 

Information for North American Applicants

Meet your Representatives

Get in touch with the North America Student Recruitment Team
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Events

See our upcoming events to find out more about Durham
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Canadian Entry Requirements

Academic entry requirements for applicants from Canada
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USA Entry Requirements

Academic entry requirements are for applicants from the USA
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Scholarships

Our scholarships support students from around the world
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US & Canadian Loans

Find out more about US and Canadian loans
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North America Partnerships

Find out more about our partnerships in North America
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Send us additional documents to support your application
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Meet your Representatives

The North America 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. 

Jessa Collings, Deputy Head of International Student Recruitment

Jessa is responsible for international undergraduate student recruitment strategy at Durham University. She is also responsible for supporting applicants from North America.
Regional Manager for the Americas

Nathan Lamb, International Officer

Nathan is the International Officer for North America and is responsible for supporting applicants from the USA and Canada.

North America Events 

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

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"There really is something for everybody at Durham from sports to theatre to debating to volunteering. Whatever your interests, you will find it!"

Helena Bland
BA History, from California

 

 

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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

 

 

Canada

If you have any questions regarding the entry requirements for Canada, please email us at North.America@durham.ac.uk.

Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland Nova Scotia Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon Territory Postgraduate

Alberta

A*A*A An average of 90% across 5 grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30/31 (including 88% in Maths 30-1 for programmes that require A level Maths).
A*AA An average of 88% across 5 grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30/31 (including 88% in Maths 30-1 for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAA An average of 86% across 5 grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30/31 (including 88% in Maths 30-1 for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAB An average of 84% across 5 grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30/31 (including 88% in Maths 30-1 for programmes that require A level Maths).
ABB An average of 80% across 5 grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30/31 (including 88% in Maths 30-1 for programmes that require A level Maths).

British Columbia

A*A*A An average of 90% across 5 grade 12 subjects (including 88% in Grade 12 Pre-Calculus for programmes that require A level Maths).
A*AA An average of 88% across 5 grade 12 subjects (including 88% in Grade 12 Pre-Calculus for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAA An average of 86% across 5 grade 12 subjects (including 88% in Grade 12 Pre-Calculus for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAB An average of 84% across 5 grade 12 subjects (including 88% in Grade 12 Pre-Calculus for programmes that require A level Maths).
ABB An average of 80% across 5 grade 12 subjects (including 88% in Grade 12 Pre-Calculus for programmes that require A level Maths).

Manitoba

A*A*A An average of 90% in English 40S, and across at least 4 other courses at level 40S or 40G (including 88% in pre-Calculus 40S for programmes that require A level Maths).
A*AA An average of 88% in English 40S, and across at least 4 other courses at level 40S or 40G (including 88% in pre-Calculus 40S for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAA An average of 86% in English 40S, and across at least 4 other courses at level 40S or 40G (including 88% in pre-Calculus 40S for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAB An average of 84% in English 40S, and across at least 4 other courses at level 40S or 40G (including 88% in pre-Calculus 40S for programmes that require A level Maths).
ABB An average of 80% in English 40S, and across at least 4 other courses at level 40S or 40G (including 88% in pre-Calculus 40S for programmes that require A level Maths).

New Brunswick

A*A*A An average of 90% across 5 college preparatory courses: 120, 121 or 122 (including 88% in Grade 12 Pre-Calculus A120/B120 for programmes that require A level Maths).
A*AA An average of 88% across 5 college preparatory courses: 120, 121 or 122 (including 88% in Grade 12 Pre-Calculus A120/B120 for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAA An average of 86% across 5 college preparatory courses: 120, 121 or 122 (including 88% in Grade 12 Pre-Calculus A120/B120 for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAB An average of 84% across 5 college preparatory courses: 120, 121 or 122 (including 88% in Grade 12 Pre-Calculus A120/B120 for programmes that require A level Maths).
ABB An average of 80% across 5 college preparatory courses: 120, 121 or 122 (including 88% in Grade 12 Pre-Calculus A120/B120 for programmes that require A level Maths).

Newfoundland

A*A*A Overall average of 90% in grade 12 courses (including 88% in Maths for programmes that require A level Maths).
A*AA Overall average of 88% in grade 12 courses (including 88% in Maths for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAA Overall average of 86% in grade 12 courses (including 88% in Maths for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAB Overall average of 84% in grade 12 courses (including 88% in Maths for programmes that require A level Maths).
ABB Overall average of 80% in grade 12 courses (including 88% in Maths for programmes that require A level Maths).

Nova Scotia

A*A*A An average of 90% across 5 grade 12 subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced) (including 88% in Grade 12 Pre-Calculus for programmes that require A level Maths).
A*AA An average of 88% across 5 grade 12 subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced) (including 88% in Grade 12 Pre-Calculus for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAA An average of 86% across 5 grade 12 subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced) (including 88% in Grade 12 Pre-Calculus for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAB An average of 84% across 5 grade 12 subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced) (including 88% in Grade 12 Pre-Calculus for programmes that require A level Maths).
ABB An average of 80% across 5 grade 12 subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced) (including 88% in Grade 12 Pre-Calculus for programmes that require A level Maths).

Ontario

A*A*A An average of 90% across 6 Grade 12 4U or 4M courses (including 88% in Grade 12 Advanced Functions (MHF4U-C), or Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U-A), or Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U-B) for programmes that require A level Maths).
A*AA An average of 88% across 6 Grade 12 4U or 4M courses (including 88% in Grade 12 Advanced Functions (MHF4U-C), or Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U-A), or Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U-B) for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAA An average of 86% across 6 Grade 12 4U or 4M courses (including 88% in Grade 12 Advanced Functions (MHF4U-C), or Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U-A), or Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U-B) for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAB An average of 84% across 6 Grade 12 4U or 4M courses (including 88% in Grade 12 Advanced Functions (MHF4U-C), or Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U-A), or Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U-B) for programmes that require A level Maths).
ABB An average of 80% across 6 Grade 12 4U or 4M courses (including 88% in Grade 12 Advanced Functions (MHF4U-C), or Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U-A), or Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U-B) for programmes that require A level Maths).

Prince Edward Island

A*A*A An average of 90% across 5 Grade 12 academic subjects  (including 88% in Advanced Calculus for programmes that require A level Maths).
A*AA An average of 88% across 5 Grade 12 academic subjects  (including 88% in Advanced Calculus for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAA An average of 86% across 5 Grade 12 academic subjects  (including 88% in Advanced Calculus for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAB An average of 84% across 5 Grade 12 academic subjects  (including 88% in Advanced Calculus for programmes that require A level Maths).
ABB An average of 80% across 5 Grade 12 academic subjects  (including 88% in Advanced Calculus for programmes that require A level Maths).

Quebec

A*A*A A minimum of 12 academic semester credits in the DEC, with an average of 90% or better including English (88% or better in Calculus 1 and 2 for programmes that require A level Maths).
A*AA A minimum of 12 academic semester credits in the DEC, with an average of 88% or better including English (88% or better in Calculus 1 and 2 for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAA A minimum of 12 academic semester credits in the DEC, with an average of 86% or better including English (88% or better in Calculus 1 and 2 for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAB A minimum of 12 academic semester credits in the DEC, with an average of 84% or better including English (88% or better in Calculus 1 and 2 for programmes that require A level Maths).
ABB A minimum of 12 academic semester credits in the DEC, with an average of 80% or better including English (88% or better in Calculus 1 and 2 for programmes that require A level Maths).

Saskatchewan

A*A*A An average of 90% across 5 academic courses at the 30 level including English A30 and English B30 (88% in Pre-Calculus 30 for programmes that require A level Maths).
A*AA An average of 88% across 5 academic courses at the 30 level including English A30 and English B30 (88% in Pre-Calculus 30 for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAA An average of 86% across 5 academic courses at the 30 level including English A30 and English B30 (88% in Pre-Calculus 30 for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAB An average of 84% across 5 academic courses at the 30 level including English A30 and English B30 (88% in Pre-Calculus 30 for programmes that require A level Maths).
ABB An average of 80% across 5 academic courses at the 30 level including English A30 and English B30 (88% in Pre-Calculus 30 for programmes that require A level Maths).

 

Yukon Territory

A*A*A An average of 90% across 5 grade 12 subjects including English 12 (88% in Pre-Calculus 12 for programmes that require A level Maths).
A*AA An average of 89% across 5 grade 12 subjects including English 12 (88% in Pre-Calculus 12 for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAA An average of 87% across 5 grade 12 subjects including English 12 (88% in Pre-Calculus 12 for programmes that require A level Maths).
AAB An average of 86% across 5 grade 12 subjects including English 12 (88% in Pre-Calculus 12 for programmes that require A level Maths).
ABB An average of 85% across 5 grade 12 subjects including English 12 (88% in Pre-Calculus 12 for programmes that require A level Maths).

Postgraduate

Postgraduate Taught Programmes

A Bachelors degree, with one of the following scores (or better): GPA 3.3 out of 4.0, GPA of 6.5 out of 9.0, 85% out of 100, 80% out of 90, or Grade B+.

Postgraduate Research Programmes

A Master of Arts / Master of Science (Research) with a minimum of 2 years study, or an MBA.

United States of America

If you have any questions regarding the entry requirements for the United States, please email us at North.America@durham.ac.uk.

Undergraduate

Durham University is not test optional. Offers to study at the University are made primarily on the basis of demonstrated academic merit. We have specific academic entry requirements for each of our Degree Programmes.

Use the Course Database to find out what the A-Level requirements are for the programme you are applying to and then convert this to US qualifications using the tables below.

Equivalencies

A*A*A

Can be fulfilled with one of the following:

 Three AP test scores of:

5,5,5

 Two AP test scores of:

5,5

PLUS one of the following:

  • Honors Course: A+
  • SAT I: 1390 (min 720 RW, 650 M)
  • ACT: 30
  • One year-long equivalent Dual Enrolment/College course at A

Associate’s Degree:

CGPA 3.4

Successful completion of year one of a Bachelor’s Degree with a GPA of 3.4

A*AA

Can be fulfilled with one of the following:

Three AP test scores of:

5,5,5

Two AP test scores of:

5,5

PLUS one of the following:

  • SAT I: 1350 (min 700 RW, 650 M)
  • ACT: 30
  • Honors Course: A
  • One year-long equivalent Dual Enrolment/College course at A

Associate’s Degree:

CGPA 3.3

Successful completion of year one of a Bachelor’s Degree with a GPA of 3.3

AAA

Can be fulfilled with one of the following:

Three AP test scores of:

5,5,5

OR

Four AP test scores of:

5,5,4,4

Two AP test scores of:

5,5

PLUS one of the following:

  • SAT I: 1350 (min 700 RW, 650 M)
  • ACT: 30
  • Honors Course: B+
  • One year-long equivalent Dual Enrolment/College course at B+

 

Associate’s Degree:

CGPA 3.2

Successful completion of year one of a Bachelor’s Degree with a GPA of 3.2

AAB

Can be fulfilled with one of the following:

Three AP test scores of:

5,4,4

Two AP test scores of:

5,4

PLUS one of the following:

  • SAT I: 1290 (min 650 RW, 620 M)
  • ACT: 28
  • Honors Course: B+
  • One year-long equivalent Dual Enrolment/College course at B+

Associate’s Degree:

CGPA 3.1

Successful completion of year one of a Bachelor’s Degree with a GPA of 3.1

ABB

Can be fulfilled with one of the following:

Three AP test scores of:

5,4,4

Two AP test scores of:

5,4

PLUS one of the following:

  • SAT I: 1290 (min 650 RW, 620 M)
  • ACT: 28
  • Honors course at B+
  • One year-long equivalent Dual Enrolment/College course at B+

Associate’s Degree:

CGPA 3.0

Successful completion of year one of a Bachelor’s Degree with a GPA of 3.0

 

Subject-Specific Requirements

  • For students wishing to gain entry to a programme that requires A-level Mathematics, AP Calculus BC at grade 5 is required. 
  • For students wishing to gain entry to a programme that requires A-Level English, AP English Literature and Composition is required.
  • For students wishing to gain entry to Music programmes, we recommend taking AP Music Theory.
  • For students applying to BA History, one History AP subject is required. Only one of the two/three APs needed can be fulfilled using a History AP.
  • For students wishing to gain entry to a programme that requires GCSE Mathematics, SAT Reasoning Maths at 670+, ACT Maths at 28 or better, or a maths related AP course (e.g. Calculus AB or Statistics) is mandatory. 

Important things to note regarding admission:

  • We also accept SAT Subject Tests. If you have SAT Subject Test scores, please get in touch to see if this can reduce the number of other standardised tests required.
  • You do not have to have completed all AP's at the time of applying. We understand that many students will take AP's in their Senior year and we can assess these when the results are released. 
  • Where a high school is no longer offering AP’s – two Honors level courses may be accepted for some Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences programmes. A minimum of one AP will still be required, please email North.America@durham.ac.uk to confirm.  
  • Students using an Associate’s Degree or similar to apply still need to meet all A Level subject requirements where applicable. If you are unsure if your qualification will meet these requirements, please email North.America@durham.ac.uk to confirm.
  • If you are planning to use one year-long equivalent Dual Enrolment or College course, you need to have studied that subject for the equivalent of one full time year, e.g., across two semesters or three trimesters. For example, Psychology 101 and Psychology 102.

Durham’s College Board Code: 5488

Postgraduate

A Bachelors degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 3.3 or better out of 4.0