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Key facts for international students in Newcastle

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Newcastle Upon Tyne, more commonly known as Newcastle, is the world's 56th best student university according to QS Top Universities. It is also the biggest city in Northeast England. Named after the Norman castle that you can visit in the city centre, Newcastle has a huge historical heritage.

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Newcastle used to be a major industrial city, specialising in coal mining, engineering and maritime transport. To date, it's still a leader in the field of engineering and has even won awards for some of his buildings namely the Millenium Bridge in Gateshead.

Located on the Tyne River banks, the wharf is a thriving cultural hub with many restaurants, bars, nightclubs as well as many public areas giving you the best of Newcastle and Gateshead.

The Great North Run, which is the world's biggest semi-marathon, is held every year in Newcastle.

Inhabitants of Newcastle and its surrounding areas are nicknamed the Geordies like their dialect and accent which is the closest to the former Anglo-Saxon spoke some 1,500 years ago in the UK. So if you don't yet have a good command of English, now is the time to develop your language skills.

Universities in Newcastle

Durham University

Founded in 1832, Durham University was granted a royal charter (granting an individual or a legal person rights or powers) in 1832. It is thus one of the oldest universities in England and the United Kingdom as a whole.

Durham University consists of 63 listed buildings, ranging from the Durham Castle built in the 11th century to an Art Deco chapel from the 1930s.

Durham University ranks 96th worldwide by the Times Higher Education and 4th by the League Table Ranking. It also ranks 6th in the Guardian University Guide 2017 and 74th worldwide by QS Top Universities.

Durham has particularly praised its high-quality curriculum with a wide range of programs including English and Creative Writing, Forensic Science, Archaeology, Ancient History, Geography, Environmental Studies, Modern and Linguistic Languages, Sports Sciences and Theology. The university comprises three faculties, namely Science, Arts and Humanities and Social Science and Health. However, the university has a relatively low yearly intake as compared to others with around 16,000 students, including 25% of foreigners.

To enrol at Durham University, you not only need a baccalaureate diploma but you also have to be motivated and independent. Enrollment conditions may also vary from one program to another. Find more information on the university's website.

Newcastle University

Officially known as the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle University is another of the region's prestigious institutions, originating from the School of Medicine and Surgery established in 1834 that later became the College of Medicine, and the College of Physical Science founded in 1871 and renamed Armstrong College. Both merged into a single division of the Federal University of Durham. Newcastle's universities also merged into the King's College in 1937. Following an Act of Parliament in 1963, King's College has renamed the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Although generally known as Newcastle University, its official name is the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. The University can trace its origins to a School of Medicine and Surgery (later College of Medicine established in 1834), and to the College of Physical Science (later renamed Armstrong College founded in 1871). These two universities have become a single division of the Federal University of Durham. The universities of Newcastle merged to form King's College in 1937. In 1963, following an Act of Parliament, King's College became the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

QS Top Universities ranks Newcastle University 168th worldwide. It hosts a significant number of foreign students, accounting for one-third of the total of 21,000 students enrolled. It is deemed to be the 20th most attractive British university for international students. The university comprises three faculties namely the Faculty of Human Sciences, the Faculty of Medical Sciences and the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering.

To enrol, you need only a baccalaureate but also a good command of English, depending on the chosen curriculum. Other conditions may also apply. Find more information on the Newcastle University website.

Northumbria University

Northumbria University at Newcastle has its origins from three different regional universities – the Rutherford College of Technology, the College of Art & Industrial Design and the Municipal College of Commerce – which merged into Newcastle Polytechnic in 1969. Following the incorporation of the City College of Education in 1974 and that of the Northern Counties College of Education in 1976, Newcastle Polytechnic became the main regional centre for teacher training and received a Royal Charter in 1992. Since then, it has been renamed Northumbria University at Newcastle. In 2002, Northumbria University was chosen over its official name to improve its reputation not only in the country but also throughout the rest of the world.

Northumbria University ranks 701st on the QS Top Universities website. It is also deemed to be one of the best modern universities in the UK. It's interesting to note that 95% of its students either continue their studies or land a job following graduation. Moreover, it's student population comprises 22,000 students, including 15% of foreigners. Enrolling in Northumbria University will give you the opportunity of immersing in the English culture and history.

Northumbria University offers nearly 500 programs in its four faculties – the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Business and Law, the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and the Faculty of Health and Life.

To enrol, you need a baccalaureate and solid motivations. You also have to prove that you have a good command of English either with a recognized diploma or with an IELTS. Find more information on the university website.

Work and internship in Newcastle

It's still rather easy to find a job in the UK. Foreign nationals coming from the European Union do not need a visa to work or perform an internship in the UK. However, you will need a couple of documents such as your passport and proof of admission to a university in Newcastle and, probably, a copy of your criminal records which, obviously, have to be clean.

You also have to obtain a National Insurance number on your arrival – even though you can start working before applying. Furthermore, you will have to pay income tax and contribute to the national insurance scheme like any other employee in the UK. Find more information in the article Tax in the UK.

International students have to abide by some regulations regarding their work schedules. In general, you are allowed to work for a maximum of 20 hours a week (added to the internship time schedule). During holidays, you can work full time. Note that your university can determine the number of hours spent on the internship.

Study in Newcastle after the Brexit

It's still too early to talk about the Brexit consequences for international students in the UK – negotiations will be on till 2019. As at now, residence, financial support, and even the right to work or perform an internship remain unchanged. European national can thus travel to the UK with their passport or identity card. They can also stay for up to three months before enrolling in a university. Thereafter, they have to prove that they have enrolled in a university and have a health insurance. The European Health Insurance Card is only valid during a temporary stay.

Fees, scholarship and aids

Durham University

Count an average of £ 9250 a year.

There are different ways to finance your studies such as a loan that you can repay once you have found a job and earn enough. Find more information on student finance here.

International students can also register for grants and scholarships. Note, however, that terms and conditions may vary from one year to another. Find more information on the Durham University website.

Students going through a critical financial situation can also request for hardship aid but conditions applied are rather strict. More information here.

Newcastle University

For an undergraduate program in 2017-2018, count £ 9,250.

Different scholarships are available, depending on your financial condition.

Students coming from a low-income household can apply for the opportunity scholarship.

You can also choose from other types of scholarships depending on the subject of your studies.

Students can also apply for a sports scholarship. However, applications have to be made between early September and early October.

Student loans are also granted by the United Kingdom.

Northumbria University at Newcastle (Northumbria University)

Tuition fees amount to £ 9250 a year and are likely to rise every year like in any other university? Find more information on the Northumbria University website.

It's interesting to note that the National Health Service (NHS) can take the full responsibility of your tuition fees if you have enrolled in nurse, midwife, physiotherapist or occupational therapist courses. Find more information on the NHS website or call on 44 845 358 6655.

You can also go on a student exchange program with Erasmus or apply for a student loan.

Student accommodation

Real estate prices are with no doubt higher in the UK than in the rest of Europe. However, this is especially the case in London, and not necessarily true for Newcastle. You can thus rent a studio in downtown Newcastle for around 700 euros a month. Of course, it all depends on your lifestyle. For cheaper accommodation, you can also turn to your university campus.

Durham University

Room prices range from £ 4,891 to £ 7,616 a year depending on the size. Find more information on the Durham University website.

Newcastle University

On campus housing is a good way to make new friends. So if you don't mind sharing a room with other students, feel free to seek more information on the university campus website, taking into account that prices usually depend on the size of the room. At Newcastle University, count between £ 84.14 and £ 134.61 per week.

Northumbria University at Newcastle (Northumbria University)

Student housing prices range from £ 70 and £ 129.85 per week depending on the type of accommodation chosen. If you prefer to live in flat, flat sharing is a great and cheaper option. You can browse ads on the Internet or in local newspapers if you're already on the spot. You are likely to find more offers at the end of the year when students are leaving. Also, have a look at websites such as Spareroom and Easyroommate.

Temporary accommodation options such as hotels, hostels and B&B are also available even though these can be more expensive. You can still find cheaper rooms on the Eurohostels website.

Student life in Newcastle

Leisure

You will probably have some free time during your university years to discover your city and surrounding areas and why not party? Newcastle's city centre is the most vibrant area – having been completely renovated. For a taste of history, you should definitely visit the Discovery Museum at Blandford Square which is a five-minute walk in the west of the Newcastle Central station. Entry is free of charge and you can even sit down and relax at the coffee shop inside.

Biscuit Factory, at 16, Stoddart Street, is a contemporary art gallery east of Newcastle downtown. Students can also enjoy free entrance to the Newcastle Castle at Castle Garth. Last but not the least, Jesmond Dene is a quiet and peaceful area for those who enjoy open air spaces.

Eating out

Newcastle if full of nice and cheap restaurants. The Zapatista (28 Ridley place), for example, is a Mexican-style burrito bar if you want to try a different cuisine. At the Quay Ingredient (4 Queen Street), you can give a sandwich for £ 1.95, a breakfast for £ 2.95 and much more. If you want to go out, have a drink and enjoy some music, you should head to the Ernest bar (1 Boyd street).

Visa, enrollment and other useful information

You might need a visa to study in the UK, depending on your nationality. For now, students coming from the European Union do not need a visa. Feel free to seek all relevant information from your university and the UK embassy or consulate in your home country.

Enrollment in UK universities takes place in September. Deadlines are usually indicated on the UCAS website which provides practical information to students. Also, make sure to check whether an English test (TOEFL or IELTS) is required before registration. In case a test is required, it should be passed during the year you are planning to enrol.

If your application has been accepted, you should be notified between April and May. You can then respond to the university's offer by early June. In case you don't agree with the offer, you can still check for remaining seats on the UCAS website between March and September 20.

 Important:

You're advised to start looking for accommodation at least 10 months prior to moving. Consider making a short stay to visit your accommodation if possible.

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