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Academic Overview

Loyola Center students are offered a choice of four distinct study abroad programs:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business and Finance
  • Psychology and Biomedical/ Biomolecular Sciences
  • Science, Agriculture, and Engineering

Students studying at the Center are encouraged to take the necessary courses to complete undergraduate degree requirements at their home institution.

Students are able to study at the Center for one semester or a full academic year. 

Disclaimer: In case of strikes or unexpected disruption to the academic semester Loyola University will work with the host university abroad to provide additional support or other academic arrangements to enable students to complete their coursework in agreement with the rules and regulations of the host university and the laws of the host country.  Loyola University Maryland will not makes any changes to its course, grade, or credit transfer policies following such circumstances.

Academic Terminology

An academic year is divided into two semesters: semester one begins in September and ends in January, however students studying for one semester in the Fall will take exams in December. Semester two runs from January to mid-June.

All modules (courses) have a code, a title, and a specific number of credits attached to them. Most modules are either 10 or 20 credits and 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. Loyola University Maryland awards credit (2.5 or 5) for all modules taken at Newcastle University.

Teaching Methods

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.

Academic Advisers

For each of the study abroad programs, there is a specialist academic adviser who will assist students throughout their modules. This will allow students to follow a stimulating academic program at Newcastle that complements their study at home.

Assessment Methods

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.


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.

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