We encourage you to make the most of the opportunities provided by the University to study abroad during your degree.
You can broaden your life experience and skills, as well as your academic knowledge. Returning exchange students invariably rave about what a rewarding experience they have had.
Studying abroad usually takes the form of a single semester at one of the University’s approved partner institutions. This occurs in Semester 2 of Stage 2.
The assessed work submitted at the partner institution during your semester abroad counts towards your final degree.
This means you need to select where you want to study for academic reasons, as well as for travel purposes.
View the slideshow from the Study Abroad briefing session (PDF: 2.3MB).
The Erasmus programme for universities in the EU offers funded places for students. It is academically very highly regarded.
The School of English has Erasmus partnership links with many universities across Europe. The University also has a partnership link with Groningen (the Netherlands), which is open to our students.
All these places are within easy reach and they offer many courses which are compatible with your English degree studies.
Almost all the teaching on English courses is done in English, so you need not worry about having to take classes in a foreign language.
You may want to learn another language during your semester abroad. The SOCRATES programme, under which these exchanges operate, offers some funds for language classes.
For further information about European exchanges contact Tonia Cook in the University’s Student Mobility and Integration team.
There are also some exciting non-EU exchange links open to Newcastle students. The School of English has its own partnership links with Dalhousie University and the University of New Brunswick (Canada).
This means that students applying for a semester at these institutions stand a strong chance of being accepted.
The Faculty and University-wide partners include:
- McGill, Waterloo and Concordia (Canada)
- Illinois and Vermont (USA)
- Adelaide (Australia)
For further information about North American exchanges contact Marsha Leask in the University’s Student Mobility and Integration team.
Registering 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 Adam Mearns and Dr Robbie McLaughlan 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. Adam Mearns or Dr. Robbie McLaughlan, the Student Mobility and Integration teams and Exchange Co-ordinators for the School.