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This is why International Students Should Choose Newcastle

This is why International Students Should Choose Newcastle

by Newcastle University

Are you thinking of studying in the UK in 2021? Do you want to know why we're one of the most popular higher education destinations?

According to the UK's Higher Education Statistics Agency, over 500,000 EU and international students are currently studying here, so you won't be alone!

But we know there is a lot to consider about studying abroad - from understanding the language, to sorting out finances, choosing accommodation and more. In fact, going to study in a new country can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. 

To help you decide which UK university is right for you, we've put together just a few reasons why you may want to consider Newcastle University.

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You will live in a cultured, affordable city 

If you’re moving to another country where the first language isn’t your native one, it’s normal to feel scared or have concerns about whether you will feel safe, comfortable and happy there. 

In the UK, Newcastle is famous for being friendly and welcoming. In fact, countless Newcastle graduates choose to stay in the city even after they’ve completed their studies!

Although life is a little different at the moment because of the pandemic, Newcastle offers all the perks of city life, with the comforts of a town.

Voted 4th in the UK for local life (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2020) its friendly local people, simple and easy-to-understand transportation system, and winding streets lined with beautiful buildings make it a popular choice for international and EU students year after year. 

Newcastle is also among the most affordable cities in the UK (ranked joint 1st for affordability, QS Best Student Cities 2019). But just because it’s budget-friendly, doesn’t mean you have to compromise on culture. This city is brimming with local music, fascinating history, an enchanting theatrical, arts and literature scene and a passionate sports presence.

Whatever your interests, heritage or passions in life, there is space for you to grow and find happiness in the city of Newcastle.

For more of an insight into what you can do and see in Newcastle, why not read our blog on the top things to do once lockdown is lifted


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You will study at one of the highest ranking universities in the world 

Newcastle University has a number of impressive achievements to its name - we are a founding member of the Russell Group and rank in the top 160 universities in the world, to name just two!

We strive to offer our students the best experience when they choose to study with us, and challenge ourselves to keep improving.

At Newcastle, there are no limits to the subjects and specialisms you can explore. We have one of the largest European Union research portfolios in the UK, so you can rest assured you will delve deep into your chosen subject with like-minded students, and researchers who are experts in their field.

Newcastle also has partnerships that span the globe - stretching from Australia to the Netherlands. 


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You will benefit from gold-standard teaching

Our teaching staff are as dedicated to your learning as they are to their own fields of expertise. We’re incredibly proud of the amazing work our academics do, from developing drugs that can slow the spread of ovarian cancer to discovering new underwater species. Changes that benefit societies across the world can be traced back to the people that teach at our historic campus.

We hold the TEF Gold Award for teaching - gold is the highest level in the UK, and shows how we value our students' teaching and learning experience with us. And in 2019, we were ranked in the top 25 universities in Europe for Teaching Excellence by Times Higher Education

More recently, in 2021 we have been awarded 5 QS Stars for teaching and 5 QS Stars for our facilities.

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You will be at a university that values your health and safety during these uncertain times

From screens and barriers to support social distancing, to wipes and hand sanitiser stations across campus, we are taking every step to keep our students safe this year. We've also developed an early warning system to detect potential Covid-19 outbreaks in our University community.

To make sure our international students feel safe and supported, we offer a free Meet and Greet service at Newcastle International Airport. If travel restrictions are still in place when you join us, we'll work to make travelling to campus as easy as possible for you. For example, last year we supported students by setting up a quarantine safety corridor between the airport and our University accommodation.

And if you need to go into quarantine for a little while after you've arrived, we will provide a full support package and make sure you’re happy and comfortable throughout the quarantine period. 

For more information on how we will be keeping our students safe, read our 2021 student experience blog. 


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When you graduate, you will be incredibly employable 

Newcastle University ranks as one of the best in the world at engaging with employers. In fact, as of 2020, we rank in the top 200 universities in the world for employability

A degree from Newcastle is respected by employers - in the UK we are ranked Top 10 for graduate prospects and we are a Top 20 most targeted university by the Times Top 100 Employers.

Our degrees also give you many transferable skills - from team-work to communication skills, analytical skills and more. And you will benefit from the support and guidance of our award-winning Careers Service

Our Careers team is one of the most innovative in the UK and will help you develop your CV, find work experience, master interview techniques and much more. They will support you as you apply for your dream career, both while you’re studying with us and for up to three years after you graduate.

We hope you have found this blog post useful. If you're interested in studying with  Newcastle University find out more about our undergraduate experience here, or explore postgraduate study with us, here

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