Study Abroad at Durham University with Arcadia

Durham University
Course Registration Instructions

How to Select Your Courses from the Online Listings

Durham University courses available to study abroad students are located on the Durham website

  • The URL will take you to the "Faculty Handbook," which has a list of all the departments at Durham.
  • Clicking on individual level will take you to a course list where you can view courses by number and title.


You Should Pay Particular Attention to the Following

  • Type – Study Abroad students are only eligible to take “Open” courses.  Be sure that you are only pre-registering for “Open” courses.
  • Pre-requisites – Some modules are follow-on modules or require you to have taken specific courses in order to be eligible to study them. Please check that you are able to meet the pre-requisites of any of the modules that you plan to study.
  • Level – This is the year (of a three-year degree) in which a Durham degree student would take the course. Because British students come into university ahead of most American students, Year 1 is considered equivalent to a Sophomore level course, Year 2 a Junior level, and Year 3 a Junior/Senior level. You will be expected to choose the majority of your modules from Level 1 and Level 2.
  • Credits – Students at Durham need to accumulate 120 credits in an academic year, which equates to 6 modules.
  • Location – You should only choose courses that are located on Durham’s campus so be sure that the location reads “Durham.”


Things to Remember

  • This is an academic year only program because each module runs across all three terms.
  • Michaelmas Term – Fall semester; Epiphany Term – the first half of the spring semester; Easter Term – the second half of the spring semester. All final exams are held in the Easter Term.
  • Students will be enrolled in the Combined Honours Programme, which is roughly equivalent to a liberal arts program at an American University.
  • The benefit to enrolling in the program is that it offers students the greatest amount of flexibility by allowing students to enroll in up to three different academic departments.


Making Sure Your Credits Will Transfer Back

  • Meet with your advisor to discuss course selections. It is your responsibility to make sure that you are registered for a full academic load and that the courses you take abroad will transfer for credit to your home school.
  • While every effort will be made to accommodate your course selections, Arcadia University does not guarantee placement in any course.
  • Keep in mind that your course selection form is used as part of your application and for the pre-approval process by the host university. Actual course registration does not take place until arrival at Durham University.
  • Make sure to list alternate courses. List your choices and alternates in order of interest. Your first choices may not be available due to schedule changes, time conflicts or cancellations.
  • Flexibility is very important. If you mandate certain courses that might be unavailable or inappropriate, you may limit your chances of admission, even though you meet the program’s overall academic requirements.



For assistance with any part of the application process, call Michelle Kasmauskis, your program manager, at 1-866-927-2234, or email

Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form on your Arcadia Passport.