The city is home to two universities, Newcastle, which was created in 1963, and the former polytechnic Northumbria, which was formed later out of the city’s art, commerce, technology colleges.

Newcastle University teaches 3,300 students from 120 countries and ranks seventh in the world on the International Student Barometer for foreigners’ overall experience. It offers international students a range of support as well as a low cost of living and specialist societies. An in-house study showed international students chose Newcastle because of its reputation and quality.

Northumbria University advertises itself as a modern institution that guides students onto the next step on their career ladders. There is a 90 per cent course completion rate among more than 3,000 international students that enrol here, which has been attributed to the institution’s support services. The university also runs Erasmus student schemes.