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What you need to know

This page will give you all the information that you need to explore your study abroad opportunities.

There are many factors to consider when deciding if Study Abroad is for you. Here you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive. There is also information on the competitions that you can enter whilst abroad to enhance your experience. If you have any further queries please contact us via social media or at

Types of Study Abroad Opportunities

Erasmus +

The Erasmus + exchange programme offers excellent opportunities among EU member states. We have a range of partners across the EU and, in partnership with the British Council, are able to offer a wide range of financial assistance to our students studying in Europe. The majority of our Erasmus partners teach in English (please note that it is mandatory for students on language and International Business with Language programmes to be taught in the local language) however there will be the opportunity to learn a second language should you wish.

Bilateral Exchange

A bilateral exchange refers to studying abroad at one of our partner institutions with whom Northumbria exchange a specified number of students. For example, if two students from RMIT Melbourne come to study at Northumbria for a semester then two students from Northumbria will be able to study at RMIT Melbourne for a semester. As part of an exchange agreement you will pay your fees to Northumbria. There are several scholarships available to students studying abroad outside the EU.

Easter/Summer Opportunities

Easter and summer opportunities across the world are available for all students. These usually take place at a Partner Institution and last around two weeks. There is a fee for most of these programs.

How much will it cost?

Whilst the fees for exchange programmes (including Erasmus+) will be covered by the fees you pay to Northumbria University, you should still consider the additional living costs that you will incur.

Please be aware that all students applying for a US or Australian visa will need proof of the equivalent of between $6,000USD - $9,000USD or $9,305AUD per semester to cover your living expenses prior to your departure from the UK.  This can consist of a certified bank statement from your account or your parents, or a stamped & signed memo from your bank confirming the amount currently in your or your parents’ account showing the necessary amount. 

Additional Costs

Other costs that will need to be considered are:

  • Travel to and from the country, and any other travelling you may wish to do whilst there
  • Passport or Passport renewal
  • Student Visa or Authorisation - varies depending on the country but will cost approx. £200-£250
  • International Student Identity Card – approx. £12
  • Medical Insurance - the university you chose may recommend a specific health plan, but expect to pay roughly £250 - £600 depending on the length of time you are abroad and the country you are studying in.
  • Personal/Property Insurance
  • Academic Materials (books etc.) – approx. £100


Application for the scholarships is open to anyone who is studying in outside of Europe, for either 1 semester or a full academic year.  An invitation to all students studying outside the EU will be sent to all students who are successful in being allocated a study abroad place.

Please note these scholarships are not available to students who are undertaking non-term time programmes (i.e. summer schools), Erasmus+ Students, or students receiving funding from the host University.

There are 12x £500 scholarships available.

The scholarships carry with them certain conditions, which relate to the selected students being involved in and undertaking activities to represent Northumbria, such as:

  • Active promotion of Northumbria during your time at the partner institution – this will range from wearing Northumbria branded clothing e.g. a hoody to actively encouraging students to study at Northumbria
  • Taking part in our Study Abroad Fair/Welcome Events to help inform fellow students of your experiences/answer any questions others may have about your time at the partner institution and active promotion of the Partner institution and/or host country once you are back at Northumbria
  • A mandatory video of your stay
  • Providing profiles or photos of your experience for our Instagram account (NUstudentsAbroad) and webpages

Please note:

  • The scholarship will not cover all the costs that you will incur during your time abroad.  It is important that you see this as a contribution and take into account the total cost of your time abroad.  Please refer to the information above which highlights what you need to budget for both whilst you are away and before you leave as part of the application procedure.

Do I need to speak another language?

The majority of our Erasmus partners teach in English (please note that it is mandatory for students on language and International Business with Language programmes to be taught in the local language) however there will be the opportunity to learn a second language should you wish.

For students studying in locations where the local language is French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Czech, Danish, Greek, Portuguese or Swedish we can offer (depending on availability) an Online Linguistic Language Support package to help with your day-to-day language requirements.


Private Accommodation

Different universities will provide different levels of assistance when it comes to private housing.  Some may provide you with a list of local hostels, others may give general advice on the local housing market, while others may be able to provide more practical help in house hunting.  You may also be able to find information on the accommodation pages of the university’s website and on general international student pages.

If you choose to rent private accommodation we advise that you familiarise yourself with the landlord and tenant legislation and obligations in the country as it can be very different from UK law. You may also wish to book yourself into a hostel for a week prior to your start date and use this time to ‘house hunt’ in person.

University Accommodation

Individual university websites will list information on the cost of living in that particular country.  Most will include fees for accommodation in halls of residence, meal plans and/or ad hoc board arrangements. Staying in university accommodation will likely be easier to arrange, will be organised and ready for your arrival and you will meet more students during your time abroad.

What about my Newcastle Accommodation?

Do not sign up for a year-long private tenancy agreement in the UK unless you can afford to pay accommodation both here and on the exchange. Whilst re-letting is possible, Northumbria University cannot guarantee that you will be able to re-let for the time you are away.  If you have any concerns that you wish to discuss please contact the Accommodation Office at Northumbria.

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