Loyola University Maryland's Newcastle Center
The Loyola Center at Newcastle offers ‘The Ultimate Study Abroad package
; besides Tuition and Accommodation, the Program includes support by the on-site Director and Center staff, and you will go on various cultural trips and excursions throughout the U.K, and there’s a long-weekend to a European City for Full Year and Spring Semester students – this is all included in your fee! Find out where we’ve been recently on our Instagram
What can you study?
The Loyola Center at Newcastle offers a great deal of flexibility in the courses students may take. They have the ability to take a variety of courses in different fields or can focus on one specific subject. The University has five Subject Pathways for Study Abroad [GB1] but Loyola Center students can study subjects across any of them, as best fits their degree requirements.
Students studying at the Center are encouraged to take the necessary courses to complete undergraduate degree requirements at their home institution. A full list of current courses for Fairfield can be found on the courses page[GB2] . All modules open to Study Abroad students at Newcastle can be found in the Module Catalogue. If you find a course that interests you and could work towards your degree requirements, you can seek approval from the Subject Chair at Fairfield. This must be granted before you leave for the Program.
Most majors can be served by studying though the Loyola Center. It is often difficult for students studying majors in the Sciences to study abroad. This program was particularly designed to enable Science majors to study abroad.
When can you study?
Students are able to study at the Center for one semester or a full academic year. Loyola University Maryland awards credit (see info below) for all modules taken at Newcastle University.
When you study in Semester Two, you also have the added bonus of our month-long Easter holiday. Students utilise this time to travel in Europe with others on the Program after our long-weekend in a European destination. Semester One is shorter but does not include this holiday break.
Where will you live?
Loyola Center students live in student accommodation
with local and international students, and are fully integrated into the University's academic schools and student community. It’s only ever a short walk away and you can state a preference to Loyola, although this cannot always be accommodated based on numbers and availability each year.
An academic year is divided into two semesters: Semester One begins in September and ends in January. Semester Two runs from January to mid-June.
All modules (more commonly referred to as courses in the States) have a code, a title, and a specific number of credits attached to them. Study Abroad students are required to follow a normal undergraduate workload based on 120 credits for a full academic year or 60 credits per semester.
You will be assigned a specialist academic adviser at Newcastle who will be able to assist you throughout your modules. You can speak to them about academic concerns, but also personal and pastoral concerns or questions can also be brought to them. They are accessible for your whole study abroad experience.
You will also be supported through pre-departure support by Loyola Maryland staff and receive a full and detailed orientation week when you arrive at Newcastle. The Loyola Center Manager also hosts weekly ‘Drop Ins’ for you to come by with any questions or concerns throughout the year.
At Newcastle University, teaching staff use a wide variety of teaching and assessment styles. Lectures, seminars, tutorials and, in some subjects, laboratory classes—provide the main points of contact between student and tutor. These are often supplemented with fieldwork, guest lectures, student presentations, conferences, and private study. For more information on the UK Higher Education study experience see the UK Council for International Student Affairs
Assessment is by written, practical, and oral examinations. Coursework and projects may also be assessed. In most cases, study abroad students will complete the same assessments as full-degree students. If necessary, the Loyola Center will make arrangements for students studying for Semester One only to be assessed prior to departure at Christmas. Individual assessment pieces tend to count for a much higher percentage of the overall module mark. So you will have fewer assessments but with a greater weight on them.
When students have completed their period of study at Newcastle, they will receive a Loyola University Maryland transcript stating the Newcastle modules studied, the Loyola equivalent credits earned, and the Loyola equivalent grade awarded. The credits will be transferred back to Loyola with U.S. credit equivalent. Students will receive 5 Loyola credits for 20 Newcastle credits and 2.5 Loyola credits for 10 Newcastle credits for a total of 15 Loyola credits per semester.
A Loyola University Maryland transcript will not automatically be sent to the home institution. It is the responsibility of the student to request a transcript from the Loyola University Maryland records office once a semester at the Loyola Center has been completed. Please keep in mind that it could take 8-12 weeks after the exam period has ended to send a Loyola University Maryland transcript to the student's home institution.
For Additional Information
Please contact Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad for a conversation about this Program.
You can also visit Loyola's Newcastle program website https://www.loyola.edu/department/international-programs/locations/programs/newcastle