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An international student's guide to late applications and Clearing 2023

An international student's guide to late applications and Clearing 2023

by Amy Cousins

Think you have left it too late to study in the UK and apply to Newcastle University this year?

Or perhaps you are worrying about your exam results, and don’t know how to make your dream of studying at a Global Top 125 university come true?

In fact, not only do you still have plenty of time to apply to us, we have shared a handy guide below to take you through it.


You can apply directly from 1 July

From 1 July, you can apply to us online by completing our direct application form on the international section of our Clearing website.

You can search our courses to find which course you would like to apply for and check the English Language and academic qualifications accepted from your country.

Once you are ready to apply, use the direct application form link on our website. You will be asked to include:

  • information about you, including your name, nationality, and address
  • your course selection and qualifications
  • copies of your academic and English Language qualifications that have been translated into English

After you have submitted an application, you will receive a copy of your completed application form and we hope to be in touch within two working days with a decision.


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What happens next?

If you meet our requirements, we will be in touch with an offer. You will be one step closer to joining us and we will then ask you to:

accept your offer by completing our acceptance form. You must do this within 10 days so we can guarantee your offer

apply for accommodation within three working days of meeting all the conditions of your offer


Applying later? Call or chat to our team

Like most UK universities we set up a hotline so you can contact us to talk about degree programme vacancies.

Between Thursday 6 July – Friday 14 July, if you have your International Baccalaureate, call our hotline number +44 191 222 5106. This line will be open from 09:00–17:00 (British Summer Time).

From Thursday 17 August, our International hotline will open and you can call our hotline number +44 191 222 5000. It will be open from (BST):

  • 17 August: 08:00–18:00
  • 18 August: 08:00–17:00
  • 19 August: 09:00–15:00
  • 21 August onwards: 09:00–17:00
We also offer a ‘live chat’ function, allowing you to type out your questions and get written replies, if this is easier for you.


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Using our hotlines/ live chat 

When you get in touch with us, our advisers will ask if you have a UCAS ID. You will only have this if you originally applied to study in the UK through UCAS – the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

If you have a unique Clearing ID, they will ask for this, too. You will only receive a Clearing ID if you applied through UCAS but are not holding any university offers.

The ID numbers help our admissions staff look up your details, but don’t worry if you don’t have these – our advisers will still be able to guide you through the application process.

If English is not your first language, our advisers will also chat to you about your academic qualifications and English proficiency.

If you meet the entrance requirements of the course you are interested in, they should be able to make you an informal offer straight away. You will then get an email explaining your next steps and how to accept your offer from us by adding it to your UCAS application.

Once your offer is confirmed, it will show as an acceptance on the 'Choices' page in your application.


Top tips  

Don't worry if you are not confident with applying through Clearing.

Below, we have listed our top tips for applying through Clearing as an international student:

  • Get in touch as soon as you can after direct applications open. UK students don’t get their results until August, so you will have an advantage if you get your grades before then and give us a call.
  • Check the entrance requirements of the course you are interested in. At Newcastle, we accept a broad range of international and EU qualifications – visit our undergraduate course profiles for more detail. Our entry requirements may vary from those published, so please call or chat to check.
  • If English is not your first language you must have a recognised English language test or qualification. Find out what we accept HERE, or in our undergraduate course descriptions.
  • Know how you are going to fund your studies – you may be asked about this.
  • To study in the UK you will need to apply for a Student visa, so make sure you understand how this process works.
  • Write down some of the questions you might want to ask when you get in touch with our hotline or live chat advisers, and keep a notepad and pen, or laptop handy, so you can take down the answers.

We hope you have found this blog post useful. For more information about our direct applications route and Clearing at Newcastle University, visit our Clearing website.

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