Newcastle University

Newcastle University

Located in North East England on the river Tyne at the North Sea coast, Newcastle University combines tradition with modernity and world-class academic excellence.

Ranking among the top 1% of universities in the world and student support in the UK, Newcastle University is just a short walk away from the city centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. Known as one of the country’s friendliest and most lively cities, it offers a lot to discover including the famous Tyne Bridge, galleries and museums, beautiful brick architecture, and a great culinary scene. Explore the recently restored Newcastle Castle Keep (where the city takes its name), check out nearby Hadrian’s Wall, and visit Alnwick Castle, one of the largest inhabited castles in England!

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2024-2025 applications

Fall 2024 and Winter 2025
First come, first considered


University-specific additional requirements

No university-specific requirements. See the Eligibility section below for more information.

2025-2026 applications

Open November 1, 2024


Student experience

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Program details

Areas of Study:

Students have access to courses/modules in Newcastle's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Business and Finance and the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering. This includes agriculture, food & rural development, archaeology, art*, biology, business, chemistry, communications, computer science, economics, engineering (chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical), English, geography, geosciences, Greek & Roman Studies, history, linguistics, math, marine science, media studies, music*, philosophy, political science, sociology, statistics and zoology.

*These areas are limited to majors in these areas and require extra application materials (portfolio/audition CD)

Languages: Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish

Fine Arts: Please note that students wishing to take Fine Arts modules while at Newcastle can only do so in the 2nd semester (January - June).

Closed Programs: UCalgary students cannot take courses from Law or from the Faculty of Psychology and Biomedical Sciences.

Course Information:

Courses at Newcastle are called "modules". One UCalgary half course equivalent = 12 Newcastle credits. Students must take 60 credits per semester. Module descriptions can be found online. Please note that students should select their courses from Newcastle's exchange website only. Students cannot take more than 20% of the classes outside of their faculty/major. 

The academic year is divided into two semesters. Semester 1 runs from late September to late January and semester 2 runs from late January to mid-June. In most cases, it is possible for students to make arrangements to finish semester 1 in December.

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

    Newcastle recommends that students budget approximately  £1,112.50 per month to cover living expenses. For a more detailed breakdown, consult Newcastle's website.

    Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information. 


Exchange students can choose to live in catered and self-catered accommodation. To learn more about which option is best for you, click here. University Accommodation is not guaranteed for exchange students, however, Newcastle will provide help and advice for students looking for off-campus accommodation.

Student Tips: "I lived in Park Terrace. The rooms are nice with their own bathrooms. It is about a 5-minute walk from the campus and library. It was about 15 minutes from the centre of town and grocery stores. Furniture, bedding (at an extra cost), pots/pans, individual plates and cutlery, and wireless internet were provided. There was a laundry room located downstairs that cost £1.10 per wash and dry. The building was new and clean, and a kitchen was available in each flat to cook our own food."

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the University of Calgary, who have completed at least one full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B). Newcastle is willing to flex down as low as a 2.7(B-) in certain circumstances where students can show academic improvement in recent semesters.

Students apply to UCalgary first, then we nominate accepted students who have met the minimum requirements to our partners. Once you have been nominated to Newcastle, you will then apply directly to their exchange program. More information on Newcastle's application requirements can be  found here.

Students traveling on passports from countries that don't have English as a first language must prove their English proficiency. For more information about Newcastle's language requirements click here.

What supports or services are available at Newcastle?

Newcastle provides disability support for students with disabilities.

The UK has laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination and is a marriage equality country. Newcastle offers many services around student well-being including LGBT+ student support in a number of areas from social and representation to health and well-being. 

What's special about Newcastle?

Check out some videos about the City of Newcastle and the university campus.

Newcastle University gave an honorary degree to Dr Marin Luther King on November 13, 1967 (the only UK university during his lifetime). Newcastle University also has one of the largest research portfolios in the UK with focus on meeting societal challenges and sustainability.

Student Tips: "There are recreation facilities, libraries, computer labs, food vendors, and student clubs all available on or near campus. The university is in the centre of the city, so it is also easy to walk to a shopping centre etc. The facilities are similar to UCalgary, except they didn’t have a place like Mac Hall that had different food vendors. They has a university owned food store that had sandwiches and coffee in several locations on campus."

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment. In these videos, you will learn much of the basics about Global Learning, which may answer your initial questions.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how this program might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions, please reach out to our office! We offer drop-in advising for general inquiries, and if you have questions about this specific program or any others, you can book an appointment with the responsible advisor.

Please use the link below to find the most up-to-date information about our current advising options.

View the Global Learning Advising page

The advisor for the program is: Saniya Korhalkar

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.