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.

Latest News

Saki uploaded October’s blog entry. Please have a look!

Durham University Centre for Foreign Language Study is offering online programmes for all levels for a fee,  Please check this link.

Volunteers Wanted for Online Conversation Exchange with Teikyo Students


From September – December 2021 – 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. 

<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

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