Frequently Asked Questions

Two great sources of information are the Outgoing Student Handbook and the International Office webpages.

Are there any special entry requirements?

The mark threshold which must be passed to enable a student to go abroad in Stage 3 is 55% in both their Stage 1 and Stage 2 end-of-year marks. This reflects the fact that these are prestigious, competitive programmes which require demonstrable levels of capability and dedication. Students failing to attain this grade will not be eligible to continue on this degree programme i.e. they will not be allowed to go abroad.

Is funding available?

The Year in Europe
Students spending their year at one of our Erasmus partner institutes in Europe in 2011/2012 are eligible for initial funding which currently stands at €225 per month; an additional Top-Up Grant is paid in late spring, the value of which is decided each year at a national level (but has previously been approximately €150 pm).

The Year in North America
The year in North America programme is not supported by external funding in the way an Erasmus exchange is, and is therefore not eligible for this stipend. Students going to North America will also have to demonstrate to the authorities in those countries that they will be able to support themselves financially during their year away.

Newcastle Chemistry offers the following start-up package for all our study abroad students. This package provides personal, organisational and financial help.

  • Travel — a return economy class ticket to the host university will be covered, up to a value of £600.
  • Visa — if appropriate, the School will cover visa application costs.
  • Pastoral vists — an Academic Member of Staff from Newcastle will visit you whilst you are abroad.
  • Contact — we will stay in active contact with you to check that everything is running smoothly.
  • Insurance — the University will organise insurance cover for your year abroad.
  • Start-up guide — before you leave we will give you an induction to prepare you for your visit, with essential information about the place and region to make your arrival and stay as easy as possible.
  • Travel Kit — before you leave you will receive a travel kit containing essentials for your year abroad.
What are the fees?

The annual tuition fee of £9,000 is payable for students undertaking a study year abroad; no fees are payable to the host institution. However, the University, the European Union and the School of Chemistry offer excellent financial and personal help. See Is funding available? for details.

Will I need a visa?

For EU students, no visa is required, but Student Study Visas are necessary for those going to North America. The student is responsible for applying for their own visa, with the necessary documents issued by the host institution. Students must go to the relevant embassy in their home country to apply. The School will cover visa application costs.

How is my accommodation arranged?

For students going to North America, accommodation in Halls is often provided (but not guaranteed); this is organised by the host institution. Students should also be aware that their accommodation may be a shared study/bedroom; alternatively, lodging in private accommodation is also an option. In Europe the situation varies from country to country, and it is sometimes preferential to organise accommodation within the private sector; the host university can provide more details on this.

How do I organise my travel and study arrangements?

The Outgoing Student Handbook provides a calendar of what you should be doing and when, and contains useful checklists at the back.

What support is available?

To ensure that you are supported before and during your year abroad, we have the following mechanisms (see also Is funding available? ):

  • Pastoral vists — an Academic Member of Staff from Newcastle will visit you whilst you are abroad.
  • Contact — we will stay in active contact with you to check that everything is running smoothly.
  • Start-up guide — before you leave we will give you an induction to prepare you for your visit, with essential information about the place and region to make your arrival and stay as easy as possible.
  • Travel Kit — before you leave you will receive a travel kit containing essentials for your year abroad.