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General Overview

modern building on Newcastle campus with artwork featuring university's logo and mascot The LAS-MCB in Newcastle program 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 center to enjoy the music venues, pubs, restaurants, and shops. This program is available for the academic year (September to June).

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.

overhead interior view of library at Newcastle 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. Newcastle University's iconic red brick arches This program offers students clinical courses and opportunities that are not currently available in the United States to undergraduates.

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 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 3xx
CMB 2004: Infectious Disease MCB 3xx
PSC 2017: Advanced Systems Physiology MCB 3xx
PED 1002: Pharmacology MCB 3xx
BMS 3012: Cancer Biology and Therapy MCB 3xx
BMS 3013: Disease of the Human Nervous System MCB 4xx
BGM 3024: The Molecular Basis of Cancer MCB 4xx
PSC 3008: Physiology of the Nervous System MCB 314
PSC 2015: Reproductive & Developmental Physiology MCB 3xx
CMB 2003: Molecular Medicine MCB 3xx
PED 3011: Toxicology

The clinical course is 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. 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).

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 32 hours of credit for the academic year and 18 hours of credit per semester.


Students live in university housing, alongside British and international students. Students can choose from self-catered halls (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 common area and a 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.


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.


The absolute deadline to apply for this program is February 15th in the semester before you intend to go. Please refer to our "The Study Abroad Process" page for more information.

You can find more information about the LAS-MCB in Newcastle program and its application here.