International Students




Welcome to Newcastle!

We are a world-class university with a thriving international community. Currently we have students from over 140 different countries.

If you are thinking about joining us, we are here to help you every step of the way.

Newcastle and Japan - a long and lasting history

Japan’s connection with the North East of England - and Newcastle in particular - stretches back 150 years, when the Emperor Meiji’s Iwakura Mission visited Newcastle in 1872. This was the start of a close and lasting relationship between educationalists and industrial leaders here in Newcastle, and the people of Japan. Japanese students started arriving here already in the 1870s.

150 years on, the links between the North East and Japan are still thriving. Newcastle’s sister town Gateshead is twinned with Komatsu in Japan. Komatsu the company, as well as Nissan and Hitachi are some of the dozens of Japanese companies that have chosen to situate their businesses here. Indeed, the Japanese ambassador to the UK has called the North East of England “the ‘second home’ of Japanese manufacturing”. Newcastle University has its own Japanese Studies department, one of only a few in the UK.

Newcastle University is also a member of the prestigious RENKEI group of six UK and six Japanese universities, coordinating research activities across countries. 

This Japan-UK Research and Education Network for Knowledge Economy Initiatives (RENKEI) is coordinated through the British Council in London and Tokyo. 

In 2022, we celebrated 10 years of this partnership. Japanese member universities are: Osaka, Kyushu, Kyoto, Tohoku, Nagoya, and Ritsumeikan.

There is a thriving Japanese community here, with a Japanese Saturday school (補習授業校) for children nearby. Japanese food and ingredients are available in the local Asian supermarkets, there are Japanese restaurants, and even a Japanese dessert tea house near the university!

Student life

Newcastle is friendly, multicultural and safe. The city centre is just a few minutes' walk from the campus, and we're also close to the beach and countryside. Whether you want traditional afternoon tea or a visit to a traditional English pub; or to see a football game at our world famous Newcastle United, or a trip to one of the many theatres, it is all within walking distance. Newcastle also links to places such as the Lakes District, Scotland and London.

At Newcastle, you will develop connections with fellow students from around the world.

The International Society brings together students of different nationalities. This can help you settle in to the local environment and promotes cultural diversity on our campus. The Student Union is also home to the Anglo-Japanese Society and the Anime Society, and many other special interest groups you can join. For more information, please visit activities/societies.

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Newcastle is friendly, multicultural and safe. The city centre is just a few minutes' walk from the campus, and we're also close to the beach and countryside.

At Newcastle, you will develop connections with fellow students from around the world.

The International Society brings together students of different nationalities. This can help you settle in to the local environment and promotes cultural diversity on our campus.

Find out more about societies on the NUSU website.

Entry Requirements


Find out the qualifications from Japan that we accept for entry onto undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Newcastle.


INTO Newcastle

If you do not meet these requirements you may be eligible to apply for entry to a course at INTO Newcastle.

These courses are conducted on our campus and prepare you for studying with us.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English you will generally need an IELTS score of 6.5, or equivalent, to study at Newcastle University.

Our English language requirements section also lists the alternative English language qualifications we accept. 

If you don't meet our English language requirements, extra support is available. You could also complete a pre-sessional course to help improve your English before you start your degree. We provide these at our INTO Newcastle, if you will be studying in Newcastle.

You will also receive language support throughout the course of your studies.


Most non-EEA students need to apply for entry clearance permission before departure to study in the UK. You can find more information on our Visa and Immigration page

Fees & Funding

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for international students from outside the European Union are provided on individual course profiles. Find an undergraduate course or a postgraduate course and check what fees apply.

Scholarships and discounts

If you want to come and study at Newcastle University and you're from outside the EU, we have a number of schemes you could take advantage of. Visit our undergraduate finance pages or our postgraduate funding and finance database for more information on scholarships and discounts.

Cost of living

Newcastle upon Tyne is a budget-friendly city for international students, compared to other UK cities. This is because:

  • the rent tends to be lower than the UK average
  • many amenities are within walking distance of your accommodation
  • the city is very compact, with most of the shops, theatres, cafes and restaurants a few minutes' walk from the campus
  • there are many discounts for students

Approximate living costs, excluding tuition fees and return fares, can be found on our Living Costs page.


Education agents

Education agents can help you find the right university and assist you with applying for a course. They can also offer advice on visas, accommodation, travel and more.

We have excellent relationships with education agents from Japan who can provide further information and assist you with the submission of your application to Newcastle University. Our contacts are listed below.


Okada Building, 4F, 1-19-8 Shibuya, Shibuya-ka, Tokyo, 150-0002

東京都渋谷区渋谷1-19-8 岡田ビル4

Tel: (81) 03-6427-9605

Other offices: Osaka

Ryugaku Journal

JR Shinanomachi Building 6F, 34 Shinanomachi, Shinjuku-ku, 160-0016 Tokyo 

160-0016, 東京都新宿区信濃町34, JR信濃町ビル6

Tel: (81) 0120-890-987


Takagi Building 3F, Kamiosaki 2−15−14, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo-to, 141-0021

東京都品川区, 上大崎2丁目15-14, 高木ビル3F

Tel.: (81) (0)3 5272 9143
Fax: 03 5272 9146

Other offices: Osaka


How to Apply

All applications for undergraduate degrees are made online through UCAS. 

Postgraduate applications are made through our online portal. You can create, edit and submit your application here. 

Visit our undergraduate or postgraduate websites for a step-by-step guide on the application process. 

Applying to INTO Newcastle

INTO Newcastle offer courses that prepare you for studying with us. Click here to find out more about International Pathway courses




Our graduates are in demand 

From social leaders, innovators of industry and famous faces, Newcastle University alumni are leaving their mark across the globe.

Skills for the workplace 

Our courses have strong links with industries which informs both teaching and research carried out at the University. This equips our graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in their chosen career.

Careers service

Our award-winning Careers Service has much to offer its international students. They run various modules as part of courses to equip students for a modern workforce. Their initiatives and events throughout the year can help you plan and begin your job search as soon as you arrive, whether it be part-time jobs or graduate jobs.

Meet Us

Contact us

You can contact us by email with any questions you may have about applying to Newcastle.

Explore our campus and the city of Newcastle upon Tyne by watching our videos or taking a virtual tour.

Representatives from the International Office and academic schools visit different countries throughout the year. Our upcoming visits to your country are listed here and new events will be added as they are confirmed. You can see all our travel plans on our events page.