Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Incoming Exchange Students

What is a module?

The majority of degrees at Newcastle University are ‘modular programmes’ made up of basic units called modules. Each module has a credit value (usually 10 or 20 credits, although you may come across different values too). Modules allow programmes to be more flexible and give you greater opportunity to combine different subject areas.

The International Office can provide information regarding credit transfer and grade equivalence.

What is a stage?

Degree programmes are modularised in Stages. Each Stage corresponds to one academic year. All Visiting Students will be registered as a Stage 1 student.

What is a semester?

Degree programmes are linked to an academic year. The academic year is split into two semesters. Semester 1 runs from September to January, and Semester 2 runs from January to June. Holidays follow the traditional pattern of three terms plus three vacations (Christmas, Easter and Summer).

How will I be taught?

Modules may be taught in different ways – there is no standard format. Most modules will offer lectures and seminars. Some may also offer tutorials, laboratory classes or PC classes. The number of lectures and seminars on offer will vary between modules. The structure of the teaching should be explained to you during your first lecture for each module.

How will I be assessed?

Modules may be assessed in different ways – there is no standard format. Depending on your choice of module, assessment could include written examinations, oral examinations, course work, projects and dissertations.

Do International students receive any additional support?

Yes, Newcastle University has a dedicated International Office which offers a range of services tailored to meet the needs of international students joining the University.