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I am a non-EU international student (Indian from Dubai), currently holding an offer for psychology BSc (undergraduate) at Durham university. I’ve heard conflicting reports on how diverse the university is. I come from a very diverse place and so I’m used to being around a lot of nationalities. I’m currently debating between Durham, Edinburgh and Warwick. Could anyone give me more clarity on how welcoming the university is to international students?
Thanks :smile:)
Original post by Anonymous
I am a non-EU international student (Indian from Dubai), currently holding an offer for psychology BSc (undergraduate) at Durham university. I’ve heard conflicting reports on how diverse the university is. I come from a very diverse place and so I’m used to being around a lot of nationalities. I’m currently debating between Durham, Edinburgh and Warwick. Could anyone give me more clarity on how welcoming the university is to international students?
Thanks :smile:)

Durham is very poorly diverse. it's the main reason why i chose St Andrews which is the complete opposite. That does not mean Durham will not be welcoming, you will certainly be 'one of the lads' if you get on well with people. Edinburgh will be similar. Warwick is a similarly good uni and will be more diverse but i can't comment on how good the Warwick course is or if you will be happy with being in a (good) campus on the outskirts of Coventry
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Original post by A Rolling Stone
Durham is very poorly diverse. it's the main reason why i chose St Andrews which is the complete opposite. That does not mean Durham will not be welcoming, you will certainly be 'one of the lads' if you get on well with people. Edinburgh will be similar. Warwick is a similarly good uni and will be more diverse but i can't comment on how good the Warwick course is or if you will be happy with being in a (good) campus on the outskirts of Coventry


Yeah I think it’s mainly down to Edinburgh and Durham for me. Whilst Durham is less costly (3 years for the same degree I get at Edinburgh in 4 years), Edinburgh is bigger and has a city-vibe, which is what I’m used to. I’m 50/50 for both. What do you think?
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Yeah I think it’s mainly down to Edinburgh and Durham for me. Whilst Durham is less costly (3 years for the same degree I get at Edinburgh in 4 years), Edinburgh is bigger and has a city-vibe, which is what I’m used to. I’m 50/50 for both. What do you think?

honestly i'd be very tempted to go with Warwick for you. Warwick is also the one with the strong employer links, although i personally didn't go with it in the end for the location.

the 4 year Scottish system is amazing and i 100% recommend it, but Edinburgh is as white as Durham and although it's an amazing city, the uni has a track record of very poor student satisfaction as it's quite an impersonal experience unlike Durham which will be cosier.
Original post by Anonymous
I am a non-EU international student (Indian from Dubai), currently holding an offer for psychology BSc (undergraduate) at Durham university. I’ve heard conflicting reports on how diverse the university is. I come from a very diverse place and so I’m used to being around a lot of nationalities. I’m currently debating between Durham, Edinburgh and Warwick. Could anyone give me more clarity on how welcoming the university is to international students?
Thanks :smile:)

It's not a good university honestly. Honestly majority of the students at Durham seem to be heavy party goers and do little to no studying. It also seems to take anyone because the students I ve met were so poor quality.
Also its white AF.
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Original post by A Rolling Stone
honestly i'd be very tempted to go with Warwick for you. Warwick is also the one with the strong employer links, although i personally didn't go with it in the end for the location.

the 4 year Scottish system is amazing and i 100% recommend it, but Edinburgh is as white as Durham and although it's an amazing city, the uni has a track record of very poor student satisfaction as it's quite an impersonal experience unlike Durham which will be cosier.


The reason I chose to prioritize Edinburgh and Durham over Warwick is because for my particular course - Psychology, Warwick isn’t as good as the other ones. I’m also not a fan of the location like you haha.
Original post by Anonymous
The reason I chose to prioritize Edinburgh and Durham over Warwick is because for my particular course - Psychology, Warwick isn’t as good as the other ones. I’m also not a fan of the location like you haha.

well it's a tough one but i would pick Durham which is very strong for your course. what college have you been allocated to? the Hill colleges will be more diverse than the Bailey ones and be aware some of the newer colleges might be far out from the centre
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Original post by A Rolling Stone
well it's a tough one but i would pick Durham which is very strong for your course. what college have you been allocated to? the Hill colleges will be more diverse than the Bailey ones and be aware some of the newer colleges might be far out from the centre


I’ve been allocated to St Cuthbert’s society which is a Bailey college. I’ve been doing research and Edinburgh is consistently ranked higher in a lot of prospects e.g. employability. I’ll have to look more closely to course structure and that may tip the scales a bit.
As a Durham graduate, I can safely and quite objectively, I suppose, say that I've never witnessed a hostile environment at the university concerning international students and that it's a very welcoming university for people from all backgrounds. Every UK university is diverse since Britain is a hub for international students so I wouldn't say that you should make your decision based on diversity.

As for the city vs. town life, true, Durham is a small town -- albeit defined as a city for one reason or another -- but there's plenty to do ranging from formal dinners to college bars and everything in between. There are also a few decent pubs around town and very few clubs. In any case, Newcastle is literally 15 minutes away by train... If you ever feel like experiencing a city vibe.

Academically, Durham is an excellent institution and one that has a great reputation within the UK. Internationally, however, I would say that Edinburgh seems to lead in the list you mentioned. Warwick somewhere in the middle.

Concerning St. Cuthbert's Society, it is definitely one of the better colleges at Durham! They have the best bar between the colleges, lots of great memories there.
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I’m an indian and I’ll be joining Durham this year. I too was concerned by the lack of diversity initially but then I realised all these unis are in the UK and UK has a majority white population. A very small number are racist towards different ethnicities. And this small number of racists will exist in any university you go to. There’s a people of colour society and Indians in Durham society where people of our ethnicities come together and socialise etc etc.
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Im an international student ( indian from dubai) with offers for psychology from durham, bath and edinburgh. having abit of a hard time deciding - any advice?
Original post by Anonymous
I am a non-EU international student (Indian from Dubai), currently holding an offer for psychology BSc (undergraduate) at Durham university. I’ve heard conflicting reports on how diverse the university is. I come from a very diverse place and so I’m used to being around a lot of nationalities. I’m currently debating between Durham, Edinburgh and Warwick. Could anyone give me more clarity on how welcoming the university is to international students?
Thanks :smile:)

hi im quite late and you might have already made your decision but im an EU student who has firmed durham for psychology and and put Warwick as my insurance. I've heard all these rumours too and probably Edinburgh and Warwick and more diverse but people have told me that people embrace internationals, though they may always be those people who don't but that happens at most unis. All three are greta unis with good courses and academic reputation. I believe you should think of more of how you want your experience to be like, big city or small town? collegiate system?
Ik this is an old thread - but could you give me an update about your time at Durham, did you like it?
Currently an offer holder for Law.

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