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IAGE Direct Enroll: Newcastle Pre-Med (MCB)
Newcastle, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Illinois Sponsor:
LAS, Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
New Castle University
Program Description:

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MCB Majors:  Please see Resources and Contact Information below for details and planning.

Program Overview

Newcastle provides students the opportunity to immerse themselves in British culture, taking classes with British and international students alike. This program is special in that it is geared towards pre-med, pre-dental, pre-health students, offering medical school classes for MCB majors eager to learn and live abroad. With city centre right beside the campus, students can enjoy the rigorous learning environment on campus, and then pop over to the city centre to enjoy the music venues, pubs, restaurants, and shops. 
This program is available for the academic year.

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 Academic Environment

Where you will study

Newcastle is a top research university whose reputation continues to grow, reflected in its being named one of the Sunday Times' best universities in 2013. Newcastle's library system is comprised of three separate libraries that house over one million books, 5,500 journals and 200 computer workstations. Computer labs provide 1,200 PCs in thirty-two clusters.
This program offers Pre-Med/Pre-Dentistry (as well as pre-health) students the opportunity to participate in a study abroad experience tightly aligned with their academic discipline and their vocational goals. Students can earn credit in courses that articulate as advanced MCB courses as well as fulfilling the Physics and Biochemistry requirements for the MCB degree, the MCAT and other pre-professional exams.
This highly specialized academic year program is designed for students in their third year, although some exceptions do apply. This program offers students courses and opportunities that are not currently available in the United States to undergraduates. 

Student Life

Newcastle offers over 160 clubs and societies for its students. The Centre for Physical Recreation and Sport provides two indoor facilities that have sports halls, squash courts, injury clinics and a studio for martial arts and dance. There are several groupings of outdoor fields as well as a boathouse for rowing on the River Tyne.
The Union Society building is home to seven bars, which have a reputation for putting on excellent events, including club nights, live music, and comedy shows. Newcastle offers a wide array of cuisine in its more than 100 restaurants and cafes. There are all kinds of pubs and clubs located throughout the city, especially in the Quayside area. 


Students can earn up to 36 hours of credit for the academic year.
Students can choose from an array of courses, which have been articulated as exact course transfers (e.g. MCB 354, PHYS 101, 102) and as Illinois course credit (e.g. MCB 3-- and 4--). Examples of popular previously articulated courses follow:

Newcastle Course and Title
Illinois Course Conversion
Foundation Physics A & B = PHY 001 and PHY 002
Phys 101 and 102
BGM 2056 & BGM 2060:  DNA Replication, Proteins, Enzymes
MCB 354
Human Anatomy
MCB 244 and 245
Clinical Skills (how to give a physical exam)
MCB 3--
Clinical Cases in Neuroscience
MCB 3--
CMB 2004: Infectious Disease
MCB 3--
PSC 2017: Advanced Systems Physiology
MCB 3--
PED 1002: Pharmacology
MCB 3--
BMS 3012: Cancer Biology and Therapy
MCB 3--
BMS 3013: Disease of the Human Nervous System
MCB 4--
BGM 3024: The Molecular Basis of Cancer
MCB 4--
PSC 3008: Physiology of the Nervous System
MCB 314
PSC 2015: Reproductive &Developmental Physiology
MCB 3--
CMB 2003: Molecular Medicine
MCB 3--
PED 3011: Toxicolgy
MCB 4--
The two Clinical Skills courses are a very special opportunity for students to learn along side British medical students how to perform a physical exam on a patient and how to properly take and interpret blood pressure, pulse rate, rhythm and character, an EKG, as well as human anatomy. The Clinical Cases in Neuroscience course allows students the opportunity to develop diagnosis skills by listening to how a patient's case presents, and then doing the work necessary to determine what might be the medical cause of the problem. In addition to taking the courses listed above (many others available), students have opportunities in undergraduate research and volunteering as well.  See Melissa Michael for a discussion of the courses that are currently avialable.
All academic advising and course selection is done together with Melissa Michael in the School of MCB (, 217.244.6238). 
Class size
Classes are taught in the typical British system of lecture, seminar and tutorial, with class sizes in Newcastle ranging from 10-15 per seminar and 1-6 per tutorial. Students can earn 36 hours of credit for the academic year and 18 hours of credit per semester.
All classes (called “modules” in the UK) in this program will be taught in English.
Newcastle is home to world-class arts, music, shopping and sport right in the city centre. The city is just a twenty five minute train ride to the beach.
Newcastle is a big city in a small space, offering all the excitement of a modern metropolis combined with small-town friendliness.
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On-site Support

International Student Office

Newcastle University has its own international student office to assist with local issues and to occasionally plan social events. Find out more about the international student office by clicking here.

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Students live in university housing, alongside their British peers. Students can choose from self-catered or catered halls, depending on their preference. In the halls, students share bathroom facilities, but they have their own single room with a washbasin. Facilities include libraries, common rooms, TV lounges, music rooms, dark rooms and laundry rooms. Self-catered halls are located at five complexes where rooms are centered around a central kitchen. Accommodations are all located within walking distance of campus. The accommodations closest to the medical school (where most classes in the program are held) are Richardson Road, Castle Leazes, and Marris House.

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Application Process

Minimum Eligibility for ALL Terms:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (3.25 and above preferred)
  • Minimum Junior status (generally 3rd year students/some exceptions possible)
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by IAGE 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.
 Academic Year Program:
Final Deadline: February 15 (decisions will be made within 2 weeks of this deadline)
If applicants exceed slots available, those who apply earliest will be given priority.

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 $50 application fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.
This program has a two-step application process:
Step 1 .) The IAGE Application, which includes:
  • 1 letter of recommendation - done electronically (must be an Illinois academic advisor, TA or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Official Transcript (prefer a hard copy transcript)
  • Online questionnaires
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 School of MCB and the IAGE based on your application in Step 1, you will then submit a host-university application to the University of Newcastle. Your study abroad advisor will provide you with additional information, and supplemental application instructions will follow.

 Resources and Contact Information
For MCB Majors:
Please contact Melissa Michael in the School of MCB Instructional Program Office
252 Davenport Hall;; 217.244.6238
She will help you plan your coursework at Illinois and Newcastle University and answer your questions about the program.

 Please contact the following person with questions about the application process and pre-departure requirements:
Melissa Michael in the School of MCB Instructional Program Office
252 Davenport Hall;; 217.244.6238



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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
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/15/2017
02/16/2017 09/25/2017 06/15/2018

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This program is currently not accepting applications.