Founded in 1832, the University of Durham is the third oldest university in England. Durham is considered one of the best British universities, as many of the academic departments rank in the top ten in the country. The university has over 15,000 students and offers undergraduate programs in 25 academic departments. Academic strengths include English, economics, history, chemistry, philosophy, and theology.
A unique aspect of university life at Durham is the collegiate system. BC students are fully integrated into university courses and life and are placed in one of 16 residential colleges. The colleges are exciting and caring communities and are at the center of students' out-of-classroom experience.
The program is for the full year only and BC students are fully immersed and integrated into Durham University. Students may take any available course in the undergraduate catalog for which they are qualified. Students are further immersed by becoming part of their college community and by participating in any of Durham University's many sponsored activities.
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Academics & Support
The academic system at Durham is different than what students find at Boston College. Students will take a total of 120 credits, which is generally 6 classes. Students can enroll in up to three academic departments. Most courses last the entire academic year. Courses or modules are less structured than courses at Boston College. Students are expected to do much more independent reading and research. Students’ grades will be based on a limited number of assignments. It is likely that ones grade will be based on one final exam or paper.
Students should consult the host university’s course catalog
to review any course requirements, restrictions or limitations. Students should review and understand the information provided by the host university.
- Fall Term: Starts in late September and ends in mid-December
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in late June.*
* The exam schedule is not release until the spring term. Students should be prepared to stay until the end of exams as taking exams outside of Durham's regulations is not allowed.
Students are expected to live in university housing. Students pay housing costs directly to Durham. Housing costs may include a meal plan. Durham students live in one of Durham’s residential colleges. Colleges are located throughout Durham. Each college has its own distinct culture and history. Colleges are the center of student life outside of academics. Each college varies in their traditions and the accommodation offered. Some accommodation is fully self-catering, while some offer a meal plan. For more information about each college, visit their website.
Students at Durham eat at their residential colleges, on-campus or off campus. Many of the rooms share kitchens and students can buy their own food to cook. Meal choices and options vary from college to college
The colleges organize many social and volunteer activities. The university is well-known for its vibrant sports culture and students are invited to participate in the many sports activities on campus. In addition to being members of a Durham college, BC students have full membership to the Durham student union, which also offers varies activities and events.
For full details, please visit the website for the colleges and the Durham Student Union sites: