Newcastle upon Tyne is a friendly, exciting city and a popular study abroad destination in the UK. The teaching style and the university programmes are strictly connected with the global challenges and the future employability demands. Known also as one of the best places to live in Britain, top universities from Newcastle value cultural diversity, attracting international students from over 100 countries.
Newcastle upon Tyne has a pretty stable economy, with digital technology, manufacturing, health care, retail, tourism and cultural centres as the main sectors.
Companies based in Newcastle include: Fenwick, the Sage Group, Virgin Money, Bellway, Newcastle Brown Ale and other multinationals with local offices are: BAE Systems, British Airways, Orange, Npower, Ubisoft, HP, Procter &Gamble among many more.
Students can find plenty of internship opportunities in local companies; students planning to become experts in journalism should try at the BBC North East and Cumbria, or the Sunday Sun newspaper that is published here.
Newcastle upon Tyne has a rich cultural heritage and a unique charm made by the combination of the remains of the medieval buildings and the modern architecture. In Newcastle, you can spend your free time by visiting some of the local attractions, by going shopping at some of the finest stores in UK or by watching sport events and attending many festivals.
Newcastle upon Tyne is abundant in green spaces and parks, like Leazes Park and St. James' Park. You should not miss Town Moor in the north of the city centre, which is larger than London's famous Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath put together.
Notable attractions in Newcastle upon Tyne:
Sports fans can watch a game of the Newcastle United F.C., a Premier League football team, or the Newcastle Eagles basketball team.
In terms of nightlife, Tyne is renowned as Great Britain's number one tourist attraction. You can find plenty of pubs, bars and nightclubs around the Bigg Market and the Quayside area of the city centre. Go to Collingwood Street, popularly referred to as the 'Diamond Strip' due to its concentration of high-end bars.
Newcastle upon Tyne does not have a large multicultural environment except the incoming student population, but the city is home to several minorities, such as: Polish, Czech populations, Bolivians – as the largest Bolivian population in any UK city and Asian – particularly Chinese, Pakistani and Bangladesh people.
Several international enterprises have set their offices in Newcastle and the city council is providing a range of free business and start-up support, to build a prosperous city.
Newcastle upon Tyne has a general mild weather due to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream. As one of the driest cities in the UK, winters are milder and summers are cooler. The average high temperature in December – January is 7 C (45 F) and during the hottest summer months of July – August 18 – 19 C (65.5 – 66 F).
Ranked among the best in the world by the most recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Newcastle University is in its global top 150, while The Sunday Times University Guide 2012 placed us in 12th position in the UK.