Study Abroad Programs - University of Sunderland
The University of Sunderland, founded in 1901, is a modern university, at the heart of a vibrant city in the North East of England. The University of Sunderland is based on two main sites. On the north bank of the River Wear, the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s is at the heart of the university’s development plans. Sunderland Business School, the David Goldman Informatics Centre, and the brand new Media Centre are all based at this riverside location. Other state-of-the-art facilities include the impressive Murray Library and the science complex, a modern range of laboratories for students undertaking science programmes. The university’s acclaimed glass and ceramics teaching and research are based in the National Glass Centre.
Located at the heart of the great North East, Sunderland can offer both a great social scene and cultural attractions as well as mile upon mile of great golden beaches. The city is a place full of history, from the earliest Christian settlements through to the industrial heritage of shipbuilding, heavy industry and glass blowing. Close to the coast, and only a short distance from Newcastle, modern Sunderland is alive with cultural possibilities, and has a great range of bars, restaurants and clubs. The city centre has beautiful parks, restored historic buildings and a first-class modern shopping area. The Tyne & Wear rapid transit rail system – the metro – is quick and easy for students to use to travel around the city and to other parts of the surrounding region. Some of the most beautiful countryside in the North East is within easy travelling distance. An efficient train service from the city means the historic cities of Durham, Newcastle, York & Edinburgh are within easy reach. Budget airlines operate from Newcastle Airport which makes it a fantastic base from which to explore Europe.
Areas of Study:
Advertising, Business, Computer Science, Drama, English Literature, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health, History, Kinesiology (Sport Science), Modern Languages, Music, Performing Arts, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Studio Art (Drawing, Ceramics and Glass, Photography).
Minimum overall GPA 3.0
Fall Semester – mid September to early January
Spring Semester – late January to late May
For specific dates, visit Academic Calendar.
Students can participate in a direct exchange program at the University of Sunderland for one semester or for a full academic year. The first semester (fall) at University of Sunderland overlaps with the spring semester at UMaine with a week. UMaine exchange students may apply for a special permission to leave in December and take their finals early.
Classes at the University of Sunderland are called modules. The following links can help you select courses:
A full-time program consists of 60 credits per semester, or 120 credits per academic year:
20 Sunderland credits = 5 UMaine credits
Undergraduate programs at the University of Sunderland are made up of three levels:
Level 1 – first year introductory modules (100- and 200-level courses at UMaine)
Level 2 – second year intermediate modules (300-level courses at UMaine)
Level 3 – final year advanced modules (400-level courses at UMaine)
Modules at the University of Sunderland are offered with different duration:
S1 – modules offered in Semester 1 (September – January)
S2 – modules offered in Semester 2 (January – June)
FY – modules offered for the full academic year (September – June) and cannot be studied on a semester basis
Exchange Students are housed in Clanny House. The accommodation is modern, comfortable, self-catered with internet access and very competitively priced. Students can purchase a bedding set for $30 on site. Laundry and wireless internet available.
Estimated budget for one semester:
- Tuition – 15 credit hours of in-state or out-of-state tuition to UMaine
- Fees – mandatory fees for 15 credit hours to UMaine (Unified fee, Activity fee, Communication fee and Rec Center fee)
- Housing – $2,000 (Fall) and $3,800(Spring)
- Food – $1,600 (Fall) and $2,500 (Spring)
- Textbooks - $400
- Other Living Expenses (recreation, laundry, entertainment) – $500 (Fall) and $1,200 (Spring)
- Airfare – $1,000
- Health insurance – $100 – $200
- UK visa application fee – $100
- Personal expenses – vary
Schedule a meeting with the Study Abroad Advisor to start the study abroad process at 207-581-1509.