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Study abroad: Making memories to last a lifetime

Study abroad: Making memories to last a lifetime

by Judith Charlton

Whether it’s learning to fly a broomstick, or eating fish and chips at the beach, students on our Study Abroad at Newcastle University programme make memories that last a lifetime.

Studying abroad allows students to live and learn in a foreign country for a single semester or a full academic year.

At Newcastle that means the chance to study at a Global top 125 university (QS World University Rankings 2023) and live in a top 50 student city (QS Best Student Cities 2023). It’s also an opportunity to experience British culture and explore some of the heritage and highlights of beautiful North East England.

What is Study Abroad?

Through the Study Abroad programme students spend time learning at a host university in a foreign country. They get the chance to immerse themselves in a different culture, experience different styles of education and improve their language skills.

Students develop a broader perspective of the world and, in turn, contribute to the diverse, multicultural life of their host university.

Study Abroad at Newcastle University

Our programme has been running for many years, welcoming students from North America, Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Asia. In 2021, we were selected to host students from Indonesia through the Indonesian International Student Mobility Awards (IISMA) scheme.

Students benefit from structured support, both before they arrive, and during their studies. An integral part of the programme is the chance to immerse themselves in student life in Newcastle and get a flavour of the region’s culture through a free Social and Cultural Programme.

Social and Cultural Programme

Study Abroad Manager Vikki Hedges said: 'The Social and Cultural Programme provides students with opportunities to see more of the region and learn about our rich history and heritage.

'Our goal is to offer a range of weekend and evening activities that will enhance students’ educational and social experience.'

The programme's activities are free and focused, with clear aims to:

  • provide students with the opportunity to broaden their social circle and make friends
  • be exciting and memorable, introducing students to Newcastle and the distinctive local region
  • help students enhance their intercultural awareness and understanding – skills that will boost their employability
  • offer activities that promote physical and mental wellbeing

Activities are also fun, and can range from a broomstick flying lesson at Alnwick Castle (which twice starred as the magical Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films) and volunteering activities with Newcastle’s Students’ Union, to cheering on rugby union team Newcastle Falcon’s at a home match, or a trip to the beach at Tynemouth followed by a meal of fish and chips.

Other activities include visits to the historic cathedral city of York and a tour of the Victoria Tunnel, a feat of Victorian engineering running under the foundations of Newcastle that was built to carry coal to the River Tyne when the city was a major coal port.

Study Abroad student, Ninan, said: 'These trips and activities really shaped my experience in Newcastle. I had the chance to visit so many places and experience new things, all thanks to the amazing Study Abroad team.'

SA beach again

Indonesian International Student Mobility Awards (IISMA)

Last year, Newcastle hosted 10 Indonesian students through the Indonesian International Student Mobility Awards (IISMA). As part of the social and cultural focus of their visit they joined activities organised by Newcastle’s Students’ Union and engaged with both the University's Indonesian Society and International Society.

As Indonesian ambassadors tasked with raising the profile of their country, they also staged an interactive event on campus to commemorate Indonesia’s National Heroes’ Day, so all students and staff could engage with aspects of Indonesian culture.

Over 100 visitors attended the event, taking home souvenirs including batik tote bags, Indonesian noodles, bookmarks and pens.

Vikki said: ‘It was such a privilege working with this charming and joyful group of students. They truly made the most of their time in Newcastle – embracing the city, community and culture with warmth and sincerity.

‘And we gained so much from their wonderful presence on campus, too – learning about what life is like in Indonesia, remarking on the differences and appreciating our commonalities.’

Find out more about Study Abroad at Newcastle University, including how you could apply to us HERE, or contact us for more information. You can also read more in our blogs Study abroad: A life-changing opportunity in Newcastle and Study abroad: A dream come true for Gusaimas.