In Newcastle you will find two main universities. Newcastle University and Northumbria. Two very good universities that offer a very wide choice of teachings. For my part, I chose to turn to Newcastle University, I could have had both but the teachings at the Business School were more interested in Newcastle University. And oh how i don’t regret my decision.
Northumbria is a well-known school in the UK. It is one of the top 20 British colleges in terms of student satisfaction. With more than 35,000 students, Northumbria is one of the largest institutions in the UK. Having not studied at this university I let you discover a little more by following this link https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/northumbria-university-and-the-european-union/.
Newcastle University is ranked in the Top 10 of the uk’s top universities and ranks 141st in the world by QS world ranking. So let me tell you a little bit more about this university.
First of all, I’ll start with what will surprise you first: the size of the campus. It is often said that the CAMPUS of NU (Newcastle University) and the city merge as the campus is so large. The campus is a mix of old buildings (a bit Harry Potter style for the main campus) and all-new buildings (such as the Business School). This campus is so big that when you step out of one of the buildings you can always pick up the Wi-Fi. In short, something a little crazy. Newcastle University has a very large number of teachings. So you can be at the university of medicine, law, business etc… and each area has its own building and everyone meets at the main campus when there are exams or courses that bring together a lot of students for example.
Time and logistics
It’s a bit confusing at first but we adapt very quickly. As for my experience, I’m a business school student so I was in the brand new Business School building, it’s about a 10, 15 minute walk from the main campus. Don’t worry, you rarely have classes in one building and in another as a result. As a general rule, if this happens you are given plenty of time to make the trip quietly. A little advice look a little before where the campus and your building are located (if you are in law, or business it will not be the same).
By studying at Newcastle University you can also enjoy the libraries which are IMMENSES, open 24 hours a day and multi-award winning for the quality of their service and the variety of books they offer! It’s got everything in it.
A semester in Newcastle
A semester in Newcastle is like a standard semester in business school in France. You go to class for 3 or 6 hours and you go home or you have time to do other activities. You will of course have homework or group work but nothing unattainable. I knew that the classes I was taking were classes in addition to what I had at home. So I wanted to take some classes a little fun or that were out of the ordinary, courses that I was sure Not to find when I returned to France.
In the end I did not regret, I really enjoyed the courses. The teachers, most of whom are all English, they are always listening and do not judge any of your answers. They often like to ask if someone from a different country can bring their point of view on the issue, which makes the course very rewarding.
You will understand this university did not disappoint me at all. Whether it’s at the infrastructure level or the courses that are being taught. Teachers and members of the administration are ultra responsive and always with little care, a real pleasure!
The activities proposed by universities
One important thing to know is that the two universities offer different sports in large complexes, you learn about their offers. FYI, Northumbria has a huge sports complex where you can play basketball, badminton, swimming pool etc… You don’t have to be part of Northumbria to get there you’ll just have to pay a few pounds to get back.
For the record, there is a (friendly) rivalry between Newcastle Business School and Northumbria, although as an Erasmus student and so there for 1 semester or 2 maximum you don’t care about this false enmity. It’s just good to know what you’re getting into, you’ll understand now why when a student asks you where you’re studying and you say, “A Newcastle BS or Northumbria, expect some kind of thinking like that, oh you live it well?” Now you’ve been warned! Smile stupidly and change the subject everything will be fine.
I recommend some links if you are interested in Northumbria: https://www.studyexperience.fr/etudes-superieures-a-letranger/etudier-au-royaume-uni/nos-universites-britanniques/northumbria-university/
Here is a small topo of business schools partners with Nothumbria:
- Audencia (Nantes)
- Dijon ESC
- ESC La Rochelle
- Montpellier BS
- EDHEC BS
- Clermont ESC
- IESEG (Paris, Lille)
- ESSCA- Graduate School of Science Angers (Angers)
- IDRAC-Institute for Research and Action (Lyon)
- Claude Bernard University (Lyon)
For the other fields of study look: https://nu.moveon4.com/publisher/3/eng
For Newcastle University:
- Edhec: Lille
- EPSCI Group (Cergy Pontoise)
- Grenoble School of Management (Grenoble)
- Kbs (Marseille, Bordeaux)
- Neoma BS (Reims, Rouen)
- TBS (Toulouse)
For other schools here is the list of partners according to the areas: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/mobility/newcastle/europe/partners/#humanities&socialsciences