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  • Locations: Newcastle, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year
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  • Restrictions: Illinois applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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 by taking classes with British and international students alike. This program is special in that it is geared specifically towards pre-med, pre-dental, pre-health students, offering clinical medicine courses for MCB majors eager to learn and live abroad. With the university’s close proximity to downtown Newcastle, 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 (September to June).

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Program Specific Information

Academic Environment
On Site Support
Application Process
Contact Information
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(*Please note that program-specific costs are available through the "Budget Sheet" link at the top of this page.)


Academic Environment

Where you will study
Newcastle is a top research university whose reputation continues to grow. Newcastle University is a recipient of the Athena SWAN award, recognizing its commit to gender equality and representation.
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 program, the MCAT and other pre-professional exams.
This highly specialized academic year program is designed for students in their third year, although some exceptions may 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 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.



Students earn up to 32 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--), which count toward advanced MCB hours. 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 courses are a very special opportunity for students to learn alongside British medical students. Common topics in Clinical Skills are how to perform a physical exam on a patient how to properly take and interpret blood pressure, pulse rate, rhythm and character, and an EKG. The Clinical Cases in Neuroscience course allows students the opportunity to develop diagnosis skills by hearing how a patient case presents, and then doing the work necessary to determine what might be the medical cause of the problem. In addition to the academic offerings of Newcastle, students will have opportunities in undergraduate research and volunteering as well.  See Melissa Michael for a discussion of the courses that are currently available.
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. Newcastle is also home to an international airport, allowing easy access to the rest of Europe.
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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 plan social events. Newcastle also offers support to students with disabilities.

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Students live in university housing, alongside British and international students. Students can choose from self-catered (where students are responsible for providing their own meals) or catered halls (where meals are prepared for the students in a dining hall), depending on their preference. In the halls, students share bathroom facilities, but they have their own single room with a washbasin. Accommodations include libraries, common rooms, and exercise facilities. Self-catered halls are located at five complexes where rooms are centered around a central kitchen. Most, but not all, accommodations are located within walking distance of campus. The accommodations closest to the medical school (where most classes in the program are held) are Richardson Road (under construction FA17/SP18), Marris House, and Castle Leazes.

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Application Process

Students must be academically prepared for this program, meaning they have completed the MCB Core up to MCB 253 (MCB 150, 250/251, and 252/253). Applicants must be in good health and have the kind of flexibility and sensitivity to others that will allow for successful adjustment to an unfamiliar cultural setting.

The program is designed for students in their third year, but some exceptions may exist. Applicants should have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0.

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 Program 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)

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 Program Application, which includes:
  • 1 letter of recommendation - done electronically (must be an Illinois academic advisor, TA or professor)
  • Photocopy of passport
  • 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 will be completed online after you have been accepted into the program. MCB will hold a meeting for all approved applicants with further explanation.

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 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 people 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

Elly Hanauer in LAS International Programs:



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Program Dates:

Please review the program dates table below:

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/15/2019
02/16/2019 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.