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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 110 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.

How to apply

If you have your results, you can apply to us. 

Browse our courses to find the degree programme you would like to apply for and check the English Language and academic qualifications accepted from your country. 

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 Monday 3 July, our International hotline will open and you can call our hotline number +44 191 222 5000. It will be open from (BST):

  • 3 July-17 August (Monday to Friday): 10:00-12:00 & 14:00-16:00
  • 17 August: 08:00–17:00
  • 18 August: 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 of your application in UCAS Hub.


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 you receive your results. You can also apply through UCAS as soon as you receive them, too. 
  • 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.