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IAGE Direct Enroll: Northumbria University - School of Design
Newcastle, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Illinois Sponsor:
FAA, Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
The School of Design at Northumbria University
Program Description:

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Program Overview
Get hands-on experience in Northumbria University’s School of Design in Newcastle! Students interested in design will find an invigorating atmosphere in the School of Design with energetic instructors, and can build an artistic community with their fellow students. Near the city centre, Northumbria University is the perfect place for the aspiring designer to learn, explore, and grow. This program runs for the academic year, fall semester, and spring semester. Please note that studying for the spring semester only is closed to Industrial Design students.

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Program Specific Information

Academic Environment
On-site Support
Application Process
Contact Information
rogram Dates

General Study Abroad Information

Program Cost, Financial Aid & Scholarships (*Please note that program-specific costs are available through the "Budget Sheet" link at the top of this page.)
Health & Safety Information
Passport/Visa Information

Academic Environment
Where you will study

The School of Design at Northumbria University is located on the City Campus East, and has become a Newcastle landmark since opening in September 2007.  The campus has even won awards from The Journal newspaper. Northumbria's School of Design has established an enviable reputation for producing innovative, highly creative designers who go on to make directional contributions within the international design arena. 
This program is also suitable for students interested in FashionFashion CommunicationFashion MarketingInteractive Media Design, and Motion Graphics & Animation.

Student Life

Northumbria University's Students' Union has been officially named as the UK's Union of the Year by the National Union of Students (NUS). The Students' Union houses a restaurant, 4 bars, live music, dance events, and various other entertainment. The new sporting facility on campus opened in 2010 and offers first class sports provision across a number of facilities, including a 12m climbing wall, 25m swimming pool, golf simulator and fitness centre to name a few. In addition, there are modern indoor and outdoor sports facilities at Coach Lane Campus. 

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The Semester/Year Program at Northumbria is particularly ideal for students in Graphic Design and Industrial Design.  Design students typically study abroad in their junior year and enroll in Year 2 modules at Northumbria. Visit Northumbria University's website more information on the Graphic Design and Industrial Design modules. 
Students intending to study Industrial Design must study for the academic year or fall semester, due to the course structure at Northumbira.  Students intending to study Graphic Design may study during fall semester, spring semester, or the academic year.  Study abroad students who participate in the academic year program may have an opportunity to apply for an internship in the second half of spring semester.
It is important to note that students will be placed in a semester's worth of courses based on their application and portfolio and will not necessarily be able to choose each individual course.  For this reason, students are encouraged to be flexible with their course selection for study abroad. 

For a listing of courses offered that already have Illinois equivalencies, please click here.

Class size

As this program involves various styles of classes, including regular lectures as well as studio time, class sizes may vary.


All classes (called “modules” in the UK) in this program will be taught in English.


Off campus, students can explore city of Newcastle. Newcastle offers a wide array of cuisine in more than one hundred restaurants and cafes. There are all kinds of pubs and clubs located throughout the city, especially in the Quayside area. The nightlife in Newcastle is considered one of the best in the world. Travel about an hour outside of Newcastle to relax on the golden beaches, wild moorland, the biggest man-made lake in Europe, and more castles than any other county in the UK. 

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On-site Support

International Student Office

Northumbria University has its own on-site international student office to assist students with local issues (from classes to accommodation) and may host social gatherings throughout the semester. Find out more about Northumbria’s International Student Office by clicking here.

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Students live in University housing with British and other international students. Students studying at Northumbria may opt for a residence hall or rented housing. Accommodation is less appointed than in the U.S., particularly in rented housing, but the location in the centre of an exciting city usually makes up for that.  Click here fore more information about your housing options.


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Application Process
Minimum Eligibility for ALL Terms:
  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed 2 university semesters at the time of application
  • Many of the courses require some form of supporting documentation, whether in the form of a portfolio, showreel or piece of written work.  Click here for advice on portfolio content.
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.
Spring Semester Programs: September 15
*please note that the spring semester is closed to Industrial Design students

Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs: February 15 

How to Apply
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $100 Study Abroad Systems Fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.
This program has a two-step application process:
Step 1 .) The Study Abroad Office Application, which includes:
  • 2 letters of recommendation - done electronically (must be an Illinois academic advisor, TA or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Official transcript
  • Online questionnaires 
  • Portfolio (click here for advice on portfolio content)
Only application materials for Step 1 must be turned in by the corresponding term’s deadlines as listed above.
Step 2.) The Host University Application, due  (TO BE COMPLETED AFTER YOU ARE NOMINATED BY AN ADVISOR IN STEP 1):
  • If you are nominated by the Study Abroad Office based on your application in Step 1, you will then submit a host-university application to the Northumbria University School of Design. Your study abroad advisor will provide you with additional information, and supplemental application instructions will follow.
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Contact Information
Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Study Abroad Office Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)

First Steps Info Sessions:
Click here for the dates and times of the First Steps Info Sessions.

Program Contact Info
Mike Nelson
112 International Studies Building
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Reception hours: 9:00 am - 4:45 pm

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Program Dates

Please review the program dates table below

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2017 02/15/2017
02/15/2017 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/15/2017
02/15/2017 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017 09/22/2017 TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2018 02/15/2018 02/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/15/2018 02/15/2018 TBA TBA

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