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Programme Schedule

A large part of your experience whilst attending Northumbria International Summer School, as well as studying, is to enjoy all that our city and region have to offer.


Our dedicated team have designed a social programme which really brings out the best of what a North East summer has to offer, allowing you to explore the history and beauty of our city and region.

Newcastle has been regularly named as a top city destination in travel guides, embodying a vibrant mix of culture, the arts, shopping and nightlife.  Whether its galleries, monuments or stunning Georgian architecture, to the endless choice of restaurants or the biggest shopping centre in the UK, there truly is something for everyone to explore!

We have designed two different schedules for both programmes - please see below for more details

Welcome Dinner

Step back in time for a sumptuous feast, served on communal tables, by monks and town wenches, in Blackfriars’s candle-lit Banquet Hall, which King Edward III used to receive Royal Scot, Edward Balliol in 1334 and has been meticulously refurbished using local craftsmen.  The perfect opportunity to experience what life was like in Newcastle in the middle ages and get to know your fellow students in a relaxed and entertaining setting.


   AM  PM
Monday, June 17 - Friday, June 21 2019  Academic Content  Academic Content / Free Time
Saturday, June 22 2019  Trip to York (all day)
Sunday, June 23 2019  Free Time
Monday, June 24 - Thursday, June 27 2019  Academic Content Academic Content / Free Time 
Friday, June 28 2019  Academic Content Depart to Alnwick Castle for weekend stay 
Saturday, June 29 2019

 Activities at Alnwick Castle

(broom-flying lesson, Alnwick tour, film tour, market place, etc)

Sunday, June 30 2019  Northumberland tour then head home to Newcastle
Monday, July 1 - Thursday, July 4 2019 Academic Content  Academic Content / Free Time 
Friday, July 5 2019 Academic Assessment   Farewell Lunch
 Saturday, July 6 2019  Check out form Portland Green student accommodation


*please refer to each module's individual timetable for more details

Weekend Trips

Our dedicated team will organise two weekend trips included in the programme. For 2018, we will go to:

Trip 1 - City of York

Located only one hour by train from Newcastle, York is a walled city that was founded by the ancient Romans. We will visit some iconic places, such as the York Minster which has medieval stained glass and two functioning bell towers.  We will also have a leisurely stroll along Britain's prettiest street, The Shambles, with its wealth of shopping, restaurants, ghost walks and tours. A new, magical Harry Potter-themed shop has also recently been opened here. We will make a stopover at the National Railway Museum, home to over 300 years of history and over a million wonderful objects. 


Trip 2- Alnwick Castle, Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films!

Alnwick Castle is a stately home and castle only a one hour drive north of Newcastle, in the English county of Northumberland. It is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland, built following the Norman conquest, around 1096. After Windsor Castle, it is the second largest inhabited castle in England. An increased interest from the public was generated when it was used as a filming site as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. You will get to stay over one night as part of our programme and enjoy a special visit with a Harry Potter tour. It's not everyday you get to stay in a castle! 



Life in Newcastle

Newcastle has been named as the UK's Friendliest City (Big 7 Travel guide). The fast growing culture of Newcastle is one to witness. 

Sport Central

Sport is a way of life at Northumbria University and we want it to be part of your life too.

History of Northumbria

Since its foundation in the historic City of Newcastle upon Tyne, the University has developed into a successful regional, national and international institution.

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