Study Abroad and Exchanges

Services for Students

Arrival

We look forward to welcoming you to the University and city. Find out about the support available on arrival to help you settle in.

When you receive your offer of a place at Newcastle, we'll send you pre-arrival information with details of our International Welcome.

We run an orientation programme for international students with events designed to help you settle in to life at Newcastle. This includes a schedule of:

  • information sessions to help you with the practicalities of being a new student at Newcastle University
  • social activities to help you make new friends

It also includes our Meet and Greet Service from Newcastle International Airport.

You'll find more information about preparing to come to Newcastle and our welcome service on the pre-arrival website.

Accommodation

Find out what accommodation options are available for study abroad and exchange students.

You are guaranteed a place in university accommodation provided that you:

  • are taking part in a recognised study abroad scheme at Newcastle for the full academic year
  • have accepted our offer of a place to study at Newcastle
  • complete the online Accommodation Application Form by 30 June of your year of entry

Students coming for one semester are not covered by the guarantee. A timely study abroad application will raise chances of securing on-campus accommodation. If you're coming in semester two (January-June), you have a better chance of securing accommodation.

We recommend you apply for accommodation as soon as you've accepted our offer to study here. All study abroad students apply for undergraduate accommodation.

If there are no rooms available or your application is late, we'll make every effort to find you alternative accommodation.

The Accommodation Service can also provide you with advice and guidance on how to find private accommodation.

Visit our accommodation service website for more information on the options available to you.

Wellbeing

We understand that coming to live in a foreign country can be a daunting experience and provide a wide range of support and advice to help you while you're here.

Our Student Wellbeing service can provide advice on:

  • counselling and mental health
  • faith
  • fees, funding and finance
  • healthcare and medical matters
  • general wellbeing

As well as this, our Disability Support team offers confidential advice to current and prospective students with a range of disabilities, such as dyslexia, medical conditions and mental health issues.

For students bringing children, we also give advice on childcare support during your time in Newcastle.

Our Student Progress Service offers a helpdesk service to students who have queries about examinations, scheduling and visas. They can provide documents confirming student status, statements of qualification and transcripts of study. They also provide information on hardship funding and bursaries.

Insurance & Finance

Insurance

Full-time non-EU/EEA nationals studying at the University for a period of six months or more have to pay a ‘health surcharge’ as part of their Tier 4 Visa application. This allows you to receive medical treatment through the National Health Service.

If you're a non-EU/EEA national studying here for less than six months we recommend that you take out medical insurance before arriving in the UK.

We advise that you take out insurance to cover your personal belongings while studying abroad. This can be done either in your home country or with a local company, many of whom offer competitive rates for students.

Banking

If you're only studying in the UK for one semester you won't be able to open a bank account here. Make sure that you can get access to your money before you leave home.