Students milling around stairs and fountains at the United Kingdom's Northumbria University

University Study in the United Kingdom: Northumbria University

  1. Program Details

    Live and study in the popular university city of Newcastle upon Tyne and attend classes at Northumbria University with British students. Join clubs and sporting teams, and experience the excitement of one of England's liveliest cities.

    Location Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom
    Term Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
    Housing Dormitory
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.8
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About University Study in the United Kingdom: Northumbria University

    Newcastle/Gateshead is home to Northumbria University, located in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, a regional capital situated less than three hours from London and just one hour from Edinburgh.

    More than 50,000 university students live in the Newcastle metro area (15% of the total population), making for a vibrant student life. Newcastle upon Tyne is renowned for its nightlife, sports, festivals, entertainment, shopping, and friendliness.

    Housing & Meals

    You will live in one of Northumbria's on-campus student residences with other international and British students. 


    Northumbria's student union is one of the most active in the UK, offering several on-campus events each week. Northumbria has several student societies and organizations to help students integrate into campus life.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students studying at Northumbria University will:

    • augment their cross-cultural understanding through interaction with British and international students and community members;
    • gain appreciation of the academic culture of the UK and differences between the British and US educational systems through direct enrollment;
    • gain awareness and appreciation of British culture through dorm-style placements with British students, as well as access to a wide range of student organizations and clubs;
    • become more self-reliant through the experience of obtaining enrollment, housing, catering, and transportation independently;
    • become more effective at navigating differences by spending four to ten months of full integration in a foreign academic, cultural, and political climate;
    • and experience British and international perspectives on academic disciplines through direct enrollment at the British host university.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Host University Study

    15–18 credits per semester; 30–35 credits for an academic year



    Grade & Credit Conversion Scale

    Students are required to carry 50 credit units per semester (equivalent to 15 University of Minnesota credits).  Most classes carry 10, 15 or 20 credits, meaning students will have between three and five classes per semester. 

    For more information, visit Northumbria's main study abroad page.

    Major Advising Pages

    Northumbria University offers coursework that has been identified as a strong curricular match for the following UMN degree programs and student populations:

    Student Populations


    Global Identity

    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

    This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

    Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

  4. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:

    Term Program Dates Application Deadline
    Fall 2021 Late September - mid December Mar 26, 2021
    Academic Year 2021-2022 Late September - late May Mar 26, 2021
    Spring 2021 Mid January - late May Oct 15, 2020

    *This posted application deadline is for the Learning Abroad Center Application only. The application deadline for the host university will fall a few weeks after the Learning Abroad Center deadline. 

    *Applications after this deadline may be considered. Contact Eric Leinen to inquire.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in two parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately one week prior to the in-person session.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Spring 2021 TBD TBD
  5. Fees for University Study in the United Kingdom: Northumbria University

    Fall 2020

    Academic Year 2020-2021

    Spring 2020

    The Total Program Fee reflects the host university’s international tuition rate converted into US dollars, plus the Learning Abroad Center’s APAAC ($2050 one semester / $3100 for Academic Year) and required UofM international health insurance

    If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    BUTEX offers scholarships specifically for students going to the UK.

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  6. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Program Dates and Fees for term options
    Program Name University Study in the United Kingdom
    Track Name Northumbria University
    Country United Kingdom


    May & Summer Programs – University of Minnesota Students

    This program will require additional approval steps for Spring 2021 due to COVID-19. Connect with your LAC program contact for more information.

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

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    Fall 2021 & Beyond Programs – All students

    All students, both UofM and Non-UofM should use this apply button if applying for a program Fall 2021 or beyond (academic year, winter break etc.). You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

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    After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received.  Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

    • Northumbria University application (including an Official Transcript and one (1) Reference Letter). 
    • First Step

    In addition to completing the Learning Abroad Center's Online application checklist, you must also submit an application and supporting materials directly to Northumbria University. Once your application has been reviewed and endorsed by the Learning Abroad Center, instructions for how to complete your application with Northumbria will be sent to you. 

    Affiliate organizations and partner universities will not accept applications from UMTC students without the endorsement of the Learning Abroad Center. Students must participate in affiliate organization and partner university programs through the standard Learning Abroad Center application process.

  7. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Eric Leinen or call at 612.625.9008.

COVID-19 Update

This program was canceled for spring semester 2021 due to COVID-19.