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.
The university ranks among the top 1% universities in the world (QS 2016) and is joint 1st for student support in the UK (THE 2016). The university is just a short walk away from the city centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, one of the country’s friendliest and most lively cities, which offers a lot to discover, such as the famous Tyne Bridge, galleries and museums, beautiful brick architecture and a great culinary variety. Hear the local accent – the Geordie dialect - or explore the recently restored Newcastle Castle Keep (where the city takes its name) or check out nearby Hadrian’s Wall or Alnwick Castle, one of the largest inhabited castles in England!
University-specific additional requirements
One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.
Open November 1, 2021
Priority deadline January 10, 2022
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.
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.
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 £993 per month to cover your living expenses. For more detail, consult Newcastle's website.
Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.
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 the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the funding page for more information.
*This program is eligible for Eyes High funding! This is an internally nominated award worth $3000. Eligibility requirements and more can be found on the funding page.
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) though Newcastle is willing to flex down as low as a 2.7(B-).
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 requirements click here.
An academic reference is required for a complete application.
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 wellbeing 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."
Global Learning 101
Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.
Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange 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.
Study Abroad Advising
If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.
1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.
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.
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 study abroad 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 Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.
Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.