Durham University

Fund for English Language Training in Afghanistan

in our wish to contribute to the building of a civil society in Afghanistan, friends and alumni of the University are donating funds to a postgraduate scholarship scheme for young Afghan women. We must first provide the students with high-quality English language training at Kabul University.

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Despite meeting Durham University’s rigorous academic entry requirements, the majority of applicants have struggled to attain the requisite ‘Academic English’ language qualifications. We now realise it will be necessary for all scholarship recipients to demonstrate before they leave Afghanistan a level of Academic English sufficient to allow them to commence their studies in the UK. We must therefore provide all successful applicants with high-quality English language skills training in Kabul.


Kabul is one of the few offices of the British Council that do not routinely offer English language courses as part of their remit. Nevertheless they are willing to arrange the 156 hours of teaching annually which we estimate is necessary. Benefiting from this would be ten students for six hours per week for 26 weeks.