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Durham Kilimanjaro Challenge
Student experienceVolunteering

Durham Kilimanjaro Challenge

This summer a group of daring Durham University students will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – the world’s tallest free standing mountain! This is all in the name of charity, providing clean water to thousands of people. And guess what, YOU can be there! Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most impressive sights in Africa and…
What to do in Durham in the Autumn
Durham CityEventsStudent experience

What to do in Durham in the Autumn

If you think that autumn is just the time of year that the leaves change and nothing else exciting happens – think again. First term is the time to explore and meet new people before exam prep and summatives really set in. There is so much going on in Durham at this time of year, so make the most of it (clue – a lot of…
But what is “proper” research?
DepartmentsResearchUndergraduate

But what is “proper” research?

“Research is what goes on when students are doing other things”, as I’m pretty sure I heard someone somewhere say. So I decided to stay around Durham over summer to take part in it myself while my friends were indeed doing other things, things perhaps involving beaches in Mediterranean climates. But Durham’s nice too.
Studying abroad in Tokyo
Study abroadUndergraduate

Studying abroad in Tokyo

Why did you apply to study abroad? Studying abroad has a huge array of benefits, including increased employability, serious improvement of your language skills, and a chance to meet contacts from around the world. But when I applied, I only thought of these factors as bonuses. The reason I applied to study abroad is because I…
Studying abroad in Malta
Student experienceStudy abroadUndergraduate

Studying abroad in Malta

I applied to study abroad for a number of reasons, the main one being that I knew it would look excellent on my CV and improve my employability. I also knew that living abroad on my own for a year was something that was out of my comfort zone. It would give me the next level of maturity and self-sufficiency, it would…
Studying abroad in Canada
Student experienceStudy abroadUndergraduate

Studying abroad in Canada

My expectations for my year out had always been high. I aspired to live the Canadian mountain life of hiking, snowboarding, and total immersion in nature, and Calgary, Alberta was the next best thing. A thriving, young city, a short hour’s drive from the mountains, with a huge university which oozes with North American…
My year at the University of Hong Kong
Study abroadUndergraduate

My year at the University of Hong Kong

Me playing a Chinese card game with friends I’m Max, a final year mechanical engineering student who just spent a year at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). During that time, I visited 11 countries, learnt the basics of Cantonese (no easy feat), and made friends from around the world. I took fascinating engineering…
Why study abroad?
Study abroadUndergraduate

Why study abroad?

Read this Q&A with Ellen Hill where she explains her reasons for choosing to study abroad and what she has gained from the experience. Why did you apply to study abroad? I wanted a change of scenery from Durham, so I applied to places that were the polar opposite of Durham – big, busy cities. I wanted to experience life in…
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