The timing is intended to enable Stage 2 students to make a smooth transition from Stage 1 by getting Stage 2 studies under way at Newcastle, before taking modules at other partner universities.
Students taking specialist language degrees might already have a year abroad as part of their degrees. Students taking joint honours degrees may need to consult their tutors and degree programme directors about the most suitable location for their semester abroad.
The work for which you are assessed at the partner institution during your semester abroad counts towards your final degree marks at Newcastle. So you need to select where you want to study for academic reasons, as well as for travel purposes.
Due to the structure of our degree programmes (which are double-weighted at Stage 3), we don't allow Stage 3 students to have a semester abroad. There are two routes for a semester abroad:
Register your interest in study abroad
All Stage 1 students who are interested in a semester abroad should attend the Semester Abroad briefing meeting. This is organised by Dr Gosia Krzek and Dr Eliza O'Brien and held at the School in Semester 1.
The briefing will include talks from staff and students and the opportunity to have your questions answered. While starting to explore your options, you may find it helpful to consult the Student Mobility and Integration team website.
We encourage you to look at the websites for the partner institutions. This will give you a sense of student life at each place and to investigate what kind of modules they offer which are compatible to your degree subject.
At North American institutions you may find that the form of assessment is a little different (there is more continuous assessment).
Wherever you study, the work you do in your semester abroad will be regarded as ‘essential’. You will get full credit in terms of marks and your final degree classification here at Newcastle.
If you are interested in going to North America or Europe you can discuss your options with Dr Gosia Krzek or Dr Eliza O'Brien, the Student Mobility and Integration teamrs and Exchange Coordinators for the School.