University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Information for International Students (Research Programmes)
Many of our postgraduates in the School of Modern Languages are from overseas and the University as a whole has over 2,000 students from over 100 countries outside the UK. You will be required to provide evidence of your English language ability before beginning your programme; this is normally set at a score of 65 (IELTS) or 575 (TOEFL). If necessary, the University can offer language training (a fee is charged for pre-sessional courses) and support during your programme of study in specific areas such as dissertation/thesis writing.
Fees are set by the University in July of each year. Overseas fees for 2002-03, given here for illustration, were set at £7400. Fees can be paid either in full on registration or in instalments. For updated details you can consult the following webpage: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/calendar/fees/postfees.html
There are various sources of funding for International students. Please note that we do not offer School-specific funding. The main source of funding is The Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme (ORS), which grants awards on a competitive basis to international postgraduate research students of outstanding merit and research potential. It is administered by Universities UK, on behalf of the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). The number of scholarships available at Newcastle under this scheme varies, but we have usually been allocated between 20 and 25 awards per year in recent years. Awards are made for research programmes only. They are made initially for one year but may be extended up to a maximum of three years. The value of the scholarship covers the difference between the tuition fee for a home (UK) postgraduate student, and the fee chargeable to an international postgraduate student. Please note that it does not cover living expenses. You are eligible for an ORS award if you have been offered a place on any research degree programme in any field of study and you have been assessed as overseas for fees purposes, and are wholly or partially self-financing. Please note that existing students in their first year of study are also eligible to apply for one of these awards. The only selection criteria are outstanding merit and research potential. Other factors such as finance, nationality, proposed field of study are not taken into account. If you are eligible to apply for an ORS award, you are also encouraged to apply for a University International Research Scholarship or International Postgraduate Scholarship (links below). The final closing date for receipt of ORS application forms is mid-April. However, you are advised to submit your forms (available from the Admissions Office) before the beginning of March to allow sufficient time for forms to be checked and references to be obtained.
Other sources of funding
There are a number of organisations which offer funding; see the links on our webpages below. We may be able to offer other income to our postgraduate students, for help with undergraduate teaching and other activities. Research students (usually only from their second year onwards) help with tutorials and language laboratory work, to gain experience of teaching.
For further information available on our webpages:
· Language requirements: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/international/english.phtml
· International Research Scholarship: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/international/irs.phtml
· International Postgraduate Scholarship: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/international/ips.phtml
· External awards: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/international/extawards.phtml
· General information on funding: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/international/intfinance.phtml
· Language support: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/langcen/
· Living in Newcastle: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/support/accomm.phtml
· Student life: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/life/
· Support for International Students: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/international/intwelfare.phtml
You can also contact our International Office for more information and advice about studying at Newcastle.
Tel: +44 (0) 191 222 8152
Fax: +44 (0) 191 222 5212
Updated April 2003