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Newcastle University to Partner with NAIA

26 July 2023

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that it has signed a partnership with Newcastle University as its new ‘Official International Graduate Athletics Program.”

The agreement will span three years and will enable the University to partner with the NAIA’s member schools to offer student-athletes opportunities when their undergraduate degrees have ended in the United States. Once their careers have ended, NAIA student-athletes will be able to seek academic and athletic endeavors with Newcastle.

“We are excited to form this relationship with Newcastle University,” said NAIA President and CEO, Jim Carr. “A chance to see the world after graduation and expand on their athletic and academic experiences overseas is a wonderful opportunity that we are glad to bring to our student-athletes and member institutions.



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Once a student-athlete graduates, no matter if they have played a few games, a single season or exhausted their athletic eligibility in the United States, they can play in several leagues and sports in the UK at Newcastle.

“We are thrilled about this collaboration, which presents graduating student athletes with the opportunity to pursue their sport while earning a top-tier master's degree in one of the most popular student cities in the UK,” said Katy Storie, Newcastle University Athletic Director. “We believe that this partnership is a natural fit for both organisations with NAIA producing so many committed and talented student athletes looking to take their next steps and we are so excited to welcome them into our community.”

Thomas Day, International Recruitment Manager (North America), added: “The UK is an increasingly attractive option for US student athletes looking to get international experience, earn a Master’s degree and continue to play sports. With most of our Master’s programmes only taking 1 year, it means students can save time and money in comparison to staying in the US for Grad School. Eligible US students can also access financial support through the US Federal Loan program.”