International and Exchange Students
Find out about our International Welcome Programme and how to prepare for your journey.
We're delighted that you will be joining us at Newcastle and look forward to welcoming you to the University.
Please see the this year's schedule of activities and information sessions: 2018 International Welcome Schedule
Our Pre-Departure Guide for International Students should hopefully answer any other queries you may have.
Reception for Parents of International Students
Parents of incoming students are invited to a special reception with Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Chris Day on Thursday 20th September. Please join Professor Day from 6pm-8pm in the Armstrong Reception Room, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University (campus map ref: 22) for the opportunity to meet with Newcastle University staff and fellow parents. We will welcome you to the Newcastle University network by celebrating the start of your family’s Newcastle journey and providing ways that you can stay connected to the University, wherever you are in the world.
We would be grateful if you could inform your parents of the reception and ask them to reserve their place to attend by completing an online booking form.
Students arriving in September 2018Students arriving in September 2018
International Welcome Week will take place from Monday 17 September to Friday 21 September.
The International Welcome Programme Sept 2018 details all of the activities and information sessions available for students.
The Home Office have recommended the following to ensure your border experience is processed quickly:
When completing landing cards, you should write an address where you can be easily contacted during your stay in the UK. Paperwork should be kept in your hand luggage and should be ready to present to a Border Force officer before reaching customs control.
Documents you will need to present to Border Force (please note: electronic copies are not acceptable) include:
1st Year Students:
Confirmation of payment/receipts for course and accommodation OR documentary evidence that the you have sufficient funds to pay for these.
Student ID Card or Admission/Offer/CAS letter(s)
Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) or evidence that you have continuing leave to remain as a student. (The latter will normally be indicated on your visa; but if this is endorsed in a passport that has now expired, you should bring their old passport with you).
Finally, all returning students are advised to check your email accounts prior to travelling back to the United Kingdom for correspondence from the Home Office. In the event that you have received email notification that your Student leave has been cancelled/postponed, you are strongly advised not to travel, but instead to contact your nearest British Diplomatic mission immediately for advice and assistance.
Students arriving in January 2019Students arriving in January 2019
International Welcome Week will take place from Wednesday 23 January to Friday 25 January.
Most students attending the January event will be doing a postgraduate research degree, study abroad programme, Non-EU Exchange programme or Erasmus programme. Your offer letter will include your recommended arrival date. For most students this will be 23 January 2019.
Further information will follow closer to the time.
International Welcome Week involves a schedule of information sessions. We'll inform you about the practicalities of being a new student at Newcastle University and hold social activities to help you make new friends. It also includes our Meet and Greet Service from Newcastle International Airport.
Our Airport Meet and Greet service team provides a warm welcome to new international students arriving at Newcastle Airport.
Information sessions will support you with practical arrangements, such as registering for your course and opening a bank account.
You'll have the opportunity to take part in various social activities that will help you to make new friends and settle into university life.
If you are staying in University accommodation, please check when your tenancy agreement starts. If you wish to arrive before the tenancy agreement starts, then you will need to arrange alternative accommodation. If you have any questions, please contact us.
You will find additional pre-arrival and registration information, applicable to all students at Newcastle, on other sections of this website. Our international website also contains a range of useful information.
If you require any further information please contact us.