Northumbria University

Why Study Here?

  • Northumbria is 3rd in the UK for International Student Satisfaction – as one of the UK’s largest and most respected professional universities, it is a popular choice for international students.
  • The university’s academic and graduate employment record, links to industry, huge choice of courses with start dates in September and January and attractive scholarships for the most able international students are just some of the great reasons to study at Northumbria.
  • Northumbria is ranked 7th in the UK for the number of graduates in professional employment on permanent contracts (DLHE) and is the number one university in the UK for graduate start-ups based on estimated turnover (HEBCIS).
  • The university is based in the north east of England in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and also boasts a campus in London. Newcastle is one of the UK’s most popular, welcoming and attractive student cities and was rated top 3 in the national award for best City Life for students in WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2015.
  • The university has invested more than £200m in its estate since 2005.
  • City Campus is located in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne – a city which has been repeatedly voted the UK's best city for students. Coach Lane Campus is situated just a few miles away and the two are linked by a bus that is free for students to use
  • Rail transport links connect Northumbria to capital cities London in 3 hours and Edinburgh in 1.5 hours. Newcastle International Airport operates domestic and international flights to locations across the world.

What Do International Students Study?

English Language Requirements

  • All applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements for the course of study they wish to undertake. English Language requirements for courses can be found here.
  • For students who have not yet met these requirements, Northumbria offer an International Foundation Programme (IFP) and run Summer Schools to help international students develop their English language skills. All of the University’s English language programmes are accredited by the British Council.
  • Northumbria also provides in-sessional support to international students.

Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £12,000 £12,000
Mixed - -
Laboratory £13,000 £13,000
Clinical - -

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • We recognise that studying in the UK is a big financial commitment.
  • To help make study at Northumbria more attainable for everyone we offer competitive fees and generous discounts and scholarships for international applicants.

Pre-Arrival and Welcome

  • Northumbria offers a free meet and greet service from Newcastle airport to the campus.
  • All international students are required to enrol on campus and our Welcome Week and University Induction provide a great opportunity to make new friends and learn about university services.
  • The university and the Students’ Union also run a programme of trips and social events for all students called Fast Friends to help students make the most of their time at Northumbria.

Accommodation for International Students

  • Northumbria has a wide range of student accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.
  • The university offers over 5000 rooms, most of which are within a 10 minute walk of the main City Campus and Newcastle city centre, with a range of options including catered, non-catered, en-suite and standard.
  • The newest development, Trinity Square, opened in 2014 and accommodates almost 1000 students. It has a prime location on the banks of the River Tyne in Gateshead and boasts on-site fitness facilities, a games area, dedicated study spaces and high speed internet access. On the doorstep is a multi-screen cinema, bars and restaurants, a large supermarket and retail outlets.
  • As a guide, accommodation prices range from £73.50–125 per week, with premium and studio accommodation available in the range £130–200 per week
  • To see a tour of each residence, view images of bedrooms, compare room sizes and see rent prices, visit the accommodation web pages.

Organisations for International Students

  • As a Northumbria student, you will automatically become a member of the Students’ Union which has over 100 societies to join, including a range of international, cultural and religious societies.
  • The university also has a team of dedicated Welfare and International Advisers, who offer free, confidential guidance and support on issues like immigration/visas, working in the UK, student finance, registering with local medical services and driving in the UK. The team are part of the university’s award-winning Student Support and Wellbeing Team, who were named ‘Most outstanding student services team’ in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2015.

Overseas Campus

  • Northumbria University has regional offices in China, India, Malaysia, Thailand and a permanent Northumbria University Officer in Nigeria.
  • The university also works in partnership with universities in Hong Kong, Indonesia, South-East Asia and the Caribbean.
  • International Office staff and academic colleagues also regularly travel all over the world to meet and interview new students. Visit the international pages on Northumbria’s website to check out the visit calendar for details of where and when we will be in your country.