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Global Updates

Information on urgent and ongoing current global issues affecting mobility activities. Currently include Covid-19 updates and Brexit information.

Covid-19 information 2020/2021

Last updated 08 July 2020

Whatever your situation, please do not make any travel bookings or financial commitments as yet for your placement or exchange.  Please know that your safety and wellbeing are taking priority in our planning and considerations.

Newcastle University Students Going Abroad

 ‌The University has taken the difficult decision:

  • to cancel all international work and study placements due to start in Semester 1 of Academic Year 2020-21 for degree programmes that have a mandatory year abroad
  • to cancel all international work and study placements for the Academic Year 2020-21 for programmes with an optional year or semester abroad

Exchanges and Studying Abroad at Newcastle University in 2020/2021

Newcastle University has taken the difficult decision to withdraw all physical incoming and outgoing exchanges for Semester 1 of Academic Year 2020-21.

International mobility is a significant part of our student experience; it supports our aim to be a globally inclusive institution and foster an environment that places international ambition and activities as central to our everyday thinking and working. We deeply value the diversity that incoming exchange students bring to our campus.

We would therefore be happy to host students virtually during Semester 1 as our teaching and learning will be offered online for most courses during this time. We may also be able to allow a deferral to Semester 2 and the Global Opportunities Team will be discussing the options available with individual students shortly.

Further Support

If you have any questions, please contact the Global Opportunities Team or your home institution as appropriate. We are unable to answer calls as we are working from home, and are currently dealing with high email traffic, but we will get back to you as soon as we can. Your patience is appreciated.

Further information about COVID-19, including health guidance, is available at