Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update See details

Northumbria University

  • Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
Apply Now! Contact an Advisor

New Castle upon Tyne is a compact city that is well connected offering easy access by air, rail, road or sea.  New Castle upon Tyne offers a great choice of music, arts, theatre, cinema, food and shopping so there really is something for everyone and with one in every six people being a student you will quickly feel at home and in an amazing student environment. Attending Northumbria University will certainly be an eye opening experience.

Application Deadline


Program Start


Program End


Partner University

Northumbria University


  • Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Program Term

  • Academic Year
  • Fall
  • Spring

Language of Instruction


Exchange Program


Program Details

Academic Program

The Northumbria University Exchange & Study Abroad Program gives you an unmissable opportunity to spend an unforgettable semester or two in England. Northumbria University offers you a welcoming environment, a taste of British University life and a varied academic program that meets your interests and academic needs. 

Often a greater degree of independence is expected of students in in the UK and you should not expect to receive the kind of personal tutorial guidance provided at your home University. Classes may be large with little contact with teaching staff, though large lectures are usually followed up with smaller seminars.

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

You can choose to take course in a wide variety of options. Please note: The modules in the link below are only for Exchange and Study Abroad students. If you want to take Level five (2nd year) modules, you will require evidence of prior experience of studying the subject at university level. You can only take Level six (final year) modules ONLY IF you are majoring in that subject area.

Review Northumbria University for more information regarding course offerings.

General Education Information for UAlbany Students

Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.

Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students

Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.


All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary. 


Once you have been accepted by Northumbria, you will receive an email where you will be asked for your accommodation preferences to help Northumbria find the best fit for you. You will be able to choose between in-suite and shared bathroom facilities, and also select flat preferences such as single/mixed gender or whether you’d like to have a washing machine directly in your flat.


You can choose to live in catered accommodation in Claude Gibb. If you choose a different accommodation, you will have to prepare you own meal. You also have to buy your own utensils.

If you would prefer to be in a self-catering residence but do not want to cook every single day, we would recommend that you download the YoYo app on your phone which can be used to pay for catering around campus. You will find various meal deals on the app, and what’s best is you collect points every time you spend! Points can be redeemed for free chocolate and breakfast stotties – happy days!
Family and friends can also top up your YoYo app and pre-pay for meals for you. Just make sure all of your family have your login details before you leave the United States.


Review this program’s Estimate of Costs.  Note, there may be several tabs in the Estimate of Costs. Please be sure that you are reviewing the tab for your anticipated semester abroad.

More Information

Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.

Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.

Academic Requirements

Second semester Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are eligible to participate. Applications are welcome from students in all majors. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 is required. If your GPA is below the level indicated, consult with us about whether or not you should apply.

Experiential Learning

Living in Northumbria allows you to travel in England but you also have Scotland right next door. See what it is like to visit cities with different customs and cultures. 

Student Clubs and Organizations

You should be getting the most out of your experience abroad. By getting involved, you will be able to make tons of new friends, go somewhere new, learn new skills or perhaps do things you have never done before, all while having the time of your life at Northumbria. It’s all about making memories after all. Northumbria has many clubs and societies to choose form.

If you want something more casual, there are coffee shops and restaurants all within a short walk of each other. This is your opportunity to go places and see the country like no other!

Funding Opportunities

Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.

External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.

More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.

Program Advisor

Curry, Mark

About the City

Newcastle is a vibrant, multi-cultural city with a global reputation for its warmth and friendly culture. It boasts rich history and culture and sporting passion that can rival any city in the world. With famous landmarks such as the stunning coastline and beaches, Hadrian’s Wall, castles and the bridges over the River Tyne, the city and surrounding areas has many places to visit.

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required to participate in this program. U.S. citizens: If you are going to the United Kingdom to study for 6 months or less, you will get a Short-term Study visa. If you are going to the United Kingdom to study for more than 6 months, you will have to obtain a Tier 4 (General) visa. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.

Application Availability

Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:

  • Spring/Winter/Spring Break programs: July
  • Fall/Year/Summer programs: December

Program Dates

Fall 2019

09/23/2019 to 01/24/2020 (Please note that final exams ends on 1/24/2020. Students will need to research their module requests looking at the type of assessment (ie: written essay rather than an exam)). 

Spring 2020

01/20/2020 to 05/29/2020

The dates above are tentative. Once you confirm housing, you will be given arrival and departure dates.


About the Program

By the year 2000, Northumbria University was the largest university in the North East of England, with a broad portfolio of courses and a rich cultural diversity in its student population. Northumbria has a student population of around 32,000 with 3,300 overseas students on our Newcastle campuses and a further 3,000 studying on University programs in their own countries. Northumbria is top ten in the UK for the number of graduates entering professional employment and nine out of ten of our graduates are working or studying six months after graduation. Northumbria University is ranked 21st out of 111 universities in the 2014 Times Higher Education Student Satisfaction Survey.

Refer to the Northumbria’s University exchange student web page for more information and updates.

Program Orientations

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted in April (on a Saturday) and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.

Upon arrival at Northumbria University, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.

Support Services

UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.

Northumbria University’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.