International Relations Office

University-Wide Partner Universities


Newcastle University
Newcastle, UK


NUS Student Testimonial


Institution Profile

Newcastle University is one of the UK Russell Group universities with a reputation built on the quality of teaching, outstanding research and work with the community and industry. The University received its third Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2013, for its long-term research and development of new strategies for the rural economy, having won twice before - in 2005 for innovative solutions to cleaning up minewater pollution, and in 2009 for its pioneering research in the field of ageing and health.

The university has medical and engineering campuses in Malaysia and Singapore and a new London campus opens in September 2015. The reciprocal exchange is only with the main campus based in the city of Newcastle, UK. The city of Newcastle has a varied and progressive past, but is now a thriving cosmopolitan city.

Academic Calendar

Semester 1: Late September to late January
Semester 2: Late January to mid-June

Medium of Instruction for Classes


SEP Application
Exchange Compatibility

Suitable for students in the following faculties:

  • FASS
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Politics
  • exclude Economics and Psychology
  • FoS
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Biomedical Sciences – Restricted. Please refer to SharePoint on proposed modules grouping once you have accepted the internal offer from NUS
  • SoC
  • Computer Science – Only Level 3 Computing modules are available for semester-based exchange students. Please make sure you have the necessary pre-requisites to meet the requirements for Level 3 modules at Newcastle.
  • FoE
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • exclude Mechanical Engineering
  • SDE
  • Architecture - open to students in their senior years. Those still in the Bachelors' programme need special case-by-case arrangement before applying to Newcastle

Semester based exchange programmes is most suitable for Humanities/Social Sciences students. A lot of Newcastle Science/Engineering courses have modules which last the whole year. Students are reminded to carefully review the list of courses available: before applying for exchange at Newcastle. Students can do a search on the Module Catalogue to find out which modules are available in the different semester.

Students who are interested to take Biomedical Science modules at Newcastle are advised to follow the proposed modules grouping available in the SharePoint. Access to SharePoint will be given by students’ home faculty at NUS once they have accepted NUS internal offer for the exchange.

Exchange students should take a maximum of 60 credits per semester and 120 credits for a full year exchange.

Due to overlapping academic calendar, NUS students should consider going to Newcastle for a full year exchange or in semester 2. Alternative assessments at Newcastle are not available. If the module requires the taking of an examination, then students must take the examination at Newcastle before returning back to NUS. NUS students who wish to go to Newcastle for exchange in semester 1 should seek permission from their Dean’s office for late return to NUS before they apply for the exchange.

English Proficiency Requirements

NUS students who are accepted by Newcastle for exchange are expected to sit for Newcastle University English Language Assessment (UELA).  This is not a test by means of placing any barriers to entry onto studies, rather a diagnostic assessment, used to benchmark student’s current language ability and determine whether the student would benefit from any additional free English language sessions at Newcastle. Students can be exempted from taking the UELA test provided they have achieved an English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 in all four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking).


NUS and PU Application Procedures and Deadline(s)

Students nominated by NUS for exchange at Newcastle are to fill in an application form and submit to their Dean’s Office at NUS before the internal stipulated deadline. The application form named as “Non EU Exchange Student Application Form” can be found in the SharePoint which is open to students selected for exchange. Please ask your home faculty for the web link to the SharePoint.

Nominated students must apply for exchange in Semester 1 or full year by 23 March and for exchange in Semester 2 by 31 October.

Newcastle is not able to process exchange application meant for semester 2 of AY2015/16 which starts in January 2016 at the moment. NUS students who are selected by NUS for exchange in semester 2 of AY2015/16, have to wait for further instructions from Newcastle on the application procedures.

Students who wish to be considered for higher level modules when on exchange at Newcastle need to provide the course descriptions for the modules which they are currently studying but are not listed in the official transcript as evidence that they will achieve the pre-requisites for the higher level modules by the time the exchange term starts at Newcastle.

Housing Options

Applicants who wish to apply for University Accommodation, can apply online only after they have been offered a place of study at Newcastle University. The deadline for guaranteed full year accommodation applications is 30 June.

Visa & Insurance
Consular/Visa Regulation

Student who intends to travel to the UK to enrol on a course of studies which lasts 6 months (or more), must obtain a Tier 4 Student Visa before travelling to the UK. Please check whether you need a Tier 4 Student Visa to support your exchange in UK at:

If you are a Singapore citizen or a citizen of another country on the UK non-visa nationals list, and if your course of studies is less than 6 months, you can apply for UK Student Visitor Visa either prior to leaving your home country at the relevant British Embassy/Consulate, or on arrival at UK immigration at the port of entry. 

Applying for a Student Visitor Visa is usually an easier and cheaper process than applying for a Tier 4 Student Visa, if you do not need a Tier 4 Student Visa, please do not apply for it. Single semester students going to UK will not automatically be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement by their host university. The CAS is only needed for Tier 4 Student Visa application.

For students who need Tier 4 Student Visa, Newcastle’s International Office will issue the necessary CAS statement for Tier 4 Student Visa application. Applicants should ensure that they are fully aware of what they will need to do in order to successfully apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa. Further information can be found here: The CAS statement will contain a number that allows student to apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa.  The application for Tier 4 Student Visa can take up to three months and students are advised to apply for the visa in advance of their intended date of travel to the UK. 

Health/Medical Insurance

Students who are on exchange in UK for less than six months are not entitled to NHS treatment. Therefore semester based exchange students are encouraged to purchase additional insurance to cover medical costs, hospitalisation expenses and emergency evacuation costs which might be incurred while they are on exchange.

In addition, students are advised to purchase travel insurance to cover loss of personal items, delayed baggage as well as road accidents since they might be travelling to more than one country while on exchange.   

Cost of Living
Estimated Monthly Living Expenses
Breakdown of Costs
GB£250 -GB£400
GB£32 -GB£48
Others (Entertainment, clothes, mobile phones, utilities)
GB£258 -GB£323
Monthly Estimate
GB£660 - GB£891

Please refer to the Useful Links Section for the relevant links to the estimated costs of living.

Additional Information
Useful Links
More Questions?

Module Mapping, Course Selections & Application

Please check with your SEP Administrator/Coordinator in the Dean's Office.