Universities in Newcastle
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Newcastle Upon Tyne, more commonly known as Newcastle, is one of the world's best student cities, 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.

Newcastle used to be a significant 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.

Best universities in Newcastle

Durham University

Founded in 1832, Durham University was granted a royal charter (granting an individual or 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 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 more than 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.
It hosts a significant number of international students, accounting for one-third of the 21,000 students enrolled. It is also 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 is 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, its student population comprises 22,000 students, including 15% of foreigners. Enrolling at Northumbria University will give you the opportunity of immersing in 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 recognised diploma or with an IELTS. Find more information on the university website.

Fees, scholarship and aids

Durham University

Count an average of £ 16,905 a year as an international student.
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.
You can also request for hardship aid, but conditions applied are rather strict. Find more information here.

Newcastle University

For an undergraduate program in 2019, 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 around £ 15,000 a year and are likely to rise every year like in any other university. Find more information on the Northumbria University website.

Good to know:

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.

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.


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

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