The Fulbright Durham University Summer Institute is a four-week cultural and academic programme for US students, exploring archaeology related to the Roman-to-Medieval transformation of North East England.

Durham University is distinctive - a residential collegiate university with long traditions and modern values. 

After the Dark Ages in Europe, the 7th century saw a flowering of thought and culture in the North East of England. Bede - poet, scientist, historian and the greatest European scholar of the 7th century - is buried in Durham, as is St Cuthbert, who established 'English' Christianity from its Celtic and Roman roots.

Durham University is the inheritor of a continuous line of learning and scholarship dating from Bede and Cuthbert to the present day.


Led by Durham University's Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and the Department of Archaeology, Summer Institute students will:

  • Excavate and process artefacts on site
  • Conduct archeological laboratory work
  • Visit sites of historical and cultural importance
  • Take part in faculty-led classes at Durham University
  • Receive approximately five credits to transfer to their home institution

Previous cultural programmes have included:

  • Hike along Hadrian's Wall
  • Day tip to the tidal Holy Island of Lindisfarne
  • Overnight trip to London
  • Opportunities to visit York, Edinburgh or other parts of the UK

At the end of the programme, there will be a graduation ceremony and farewell reception.