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Newcastle — affordable and home to one of Britain’s most successful universities

In addition to being named ‘one of Britain’s most successful universities’* and holding an excellent record for both teaching and research, the University of Newcastle upon Tyne has much to offer the international student.

Whether you are at Newcastle University for a single semester or several years, there is plenty to do to make the most from your time there. The city is compact so you are never too far away from shopping facilities, fine restaurants, lively music venues, cinemas, sports facilities, theatres, galleries and museums.

The city’s surrounding region is historically rich and houses Hadrian’s Wall — a near 2,000- year-old relic of Roman times. Wars between the Scots and the English centuries ago have left the area with many beautiful castles. Some areas have been used as locations in films such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The local people, the ‘Geordies’, are renowned for their friendliness and pride in welcoming newcomers to their region.

Living in the city of Newcastle is affordable and good value for money. It is one of the least expensive places to live in the UK — accommodation is reasonably priced, many amenities are within walking distance of each other and your accommodation, and there are many venues offering student discounts. While it is impossible to say exactly how much you will need to cover your living expenses once your tuition fees are paid, as a guide, it is recommended that undergraduates who spend nine months in Newcastle would need £5,500 and postgraduates who spend 12 months in Newcastle would need £6,500 for living expenses. This should cover accommodation charges, food, travel and other day-to-day living expenses.

Full-time students are normally permitted to work; however, you should not rely on this as a means of financing your studies. The university’s on-campus job shop provides advice and advertises job opportunities.

University of Newcastle upon Tyne is home to a diverse and cosmopolitan community with over 2,500 international students from over 100 countries worldwide. This creates a dynamic environment, culturally, socially and academically, and means the institution is experienced in helping international students to get the most from their studies. The Newcastle area is also home to a vibrant Indian community.

The university offers welcome and orientation events for all international students and its Student Advice Centre offers a professional service to all students and their dependants, which is free, friendly and confidential. This includes immigration advice and assistance with applying to extend visas. A confidential student counselling service provides one-to-one, group and e-mail counselling for all students at any point during their time at Newcastle.

Many international students choose Newcastle University for its quality research and first-rate teaching staff. The 2001 Research Assessment Exercise confirmed the university’s standing as a strong and vibrant research-led institution by awarding Newcastle 29 of its highest ratings for outstanding international research performance. The university also scores top marks for its teaching: Newcastle’s average score is ‘excellent’ in teaching quality assessments carried out by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

The university has a long history of providing quality tertiary education and can trace its origins to a School of Medicine and Surgery, established in Newcastle in 1834, and to Armstrong College, which was founded in the city in 1871 for the teaching of physical sciences. Since then it has expanded to incorporate three main faculty areas: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences and the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering. There are 27 schools within these faculties, all of which are research active and offer a wide range of full and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Read why the following international students made Newcastle their first choice:

“Before choosing the UK, I compared many aspects of studying in the USA or the UK, the two most popular countries that Taiwanese students would consider. After comparing the tuition fees, the living expenses, the academic research and the duration of study, I decided to come to Newcastle.”
Hsuan Hsieh from Taiwan

“What I enjoy most about living in the UK is the exposure to western culture and my independence. I had never travelled to this part of the world before and feel delighted to have been exposed to this different lifestyle. I like studying in the UK because my course is extremely good and the lecturers, staff and other students have been extremely helpful.”
Rajeeva Jayawardena of Sri Lanka
International Trade

“I chose the University of Newcastle upon Tyne because of its international reputation for teaching and research.”
Zhiguo Ding of China
MA International Financial Analysis

Newcastle is an hour and a half from Edinburgh, Scotland and three hours from London by rail. Newcastle International Airport is approximately 12 kilometres from the University campus. The city is easily accessible by sea from The Netherlands and Scandinavia.

* The Guardian University Guide 2004 named the University of Newcastle upon Tyne ‘one of Britain’s most successful universities’

Contact a counsellor if you would like to learn more about studying at University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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