Welcome to Teikyo University’s home in Durham

Established in 1990, Teikyo University of Japan in Durham (TUID) is an active branch campus of the Teikyo University Group in Japan, and it has been playing a key role in embodying the University’s three educational policies: Practical Learning, Developing International Perspectives and Nurturing Open-Mindedness.

In April and September, each year, we have a group of about thirty Japanese students from Teikyo University in Tokyo here on this campus. They come to Durham to improve their communication skills in English by taking English classes and also to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship with Durham University students and local people by interacting with them. By joining our study-abroad programme, they are seriously able to embody the university’s educational policies.


Equality & Diversity Statement

Teikyo University of Japan in Durham strives to treat all its members and visitors fairly and aims to eliminate unjustifiable discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender re-assignment, race, nationality, ethnic or national heritage, political beliefs or practices, marital status, family circumstances, sex, sexual orientation, maternity and pregnancy, spent criminal convictions, or any other inappropriate grounds.

Latest News

Saki's January Blog Post is uploaded here!

Volunteers Wanted for Online Conversation Exchange with Teikyo Students


From February 2022 – We are looking for new volunteers to join us via Zoom for 30 minutes a week to chat informally in English to our students in Japan about life in Durham. If you would like further information or to apply, please email Helen – helen.mcaree@durham.ac.uk

Unfortunately, we will not have any Japanese students on our Durham campus this year. There will be no Japanese Class this term or any Cultural Exchange programmes. We hope our students and Japanese activities will resume in 2022. 

Free ‘Language Encounter’ at St Aidan’s College, Durham

You can practice speaking Japanese with native speakers and other learners - any level welcomed and this is open to all Durham University students, staff and  members of the local community. Currently online but they hope to restart in person meetings in 2022. The Language Encounter event is open for many languages, not just Japanese so if you are keen go along! The event takes place a couples of times a term usually on an evening. Dates TBC.  If you have any queries, please contact Helen: helen.mcaree@durham.ac.uk

<Scholarship Programme> Teikyo University provides scholarship programmes for international students. Please click here for more information.

Photo Gallery

View our photo gallery » We added some photos of our students' activities in the UK.


Photo of the Lafcadio Hearn Cultural Centre

Principal′s Greeting

We have three buildings on the campus of Durham University. One is a University Lecture Building where Teikyo University students from Japan study mainly English, and the other two are Halls of Residence where our students and Durham University students live.

Our main building, called “Lafcadio Hearn Cultural Centre,” is named after a Greek-born Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn (1850 – 1904), who spent his teens (13 – 17 years old) studying at Ushaw College in Durham. He then went to America and became a journalist working for several newspaper companies. In 1890, he went to Japan and became an English teacher in Matsue and in Kumamoto and later became a Professor of English Literature at the-then Tokyo Imperial University (today’s Tokyo University). He was a prolific writer of books about Japanese folk tales and English Literature. Since he acted as a powerful ‘literary bridge’ between Japan and the Western world, our University found it very appropriate to title the building in his name.

I do hope that having Teikyo University here in Durham is meaningful both for Japanese students and for Durham University and its students, as well as local people.

Professor Kenichi Nakamura