Study Creative Writing Abroad

If you are interested in taking courses through a study abroad or exchange program, please consult the list of worldwide opportunities available through the International Centre.  Among the programs we recommend for Creative Writing students are those available at

Please consult the Chair of the English Department regarding appropriate choices of Creative Writing programs at institutions abroad.  Applications for these study abroad and exchange programs are due at the International Centre by January 31.

Study Creative Writing in England at University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

The Department of English offers its own exchange program with the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (England) in which students are free to take Creative Writing classes.  The program is available to any student who

  • wishes to take a full slate of classes at Newcastle, in either a full year or second semester (end of January to May)
  • has a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • has completed at least one full year at Dalhousie and will return to complete the degree
  • is prepared for cultural differences and academic differences
  • is a self-starter and independent learner

Application Process

An application form, which is available from the English department, requires:

  • Statement of interest
  • Letter of reference from a professor
  • List of proposed courses (to be confirmed later if you are accepted)
  • Cost of living worksheet
  • Interview with the selection committee

Application Deadline

We will accept applications for Newcastle up until March 31 (deadline somewhat flexible). If your application is accepted, you will then be required to apply for admiission to the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.The School of English at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

  • Covers literature of all periods: British, American and Post-Colonial
  • Special strength in children's literature, linguistics, film and creative writing
  • Faculty teach their own research specialties, lecturing and leading seminar groups
  • Visit Newcastle's Website for more information

British Academic Terms

  • Module = 1 Semester Class
  • Each Module = 200 hours of student effort (30 hours of contact time)
  • Combination of lecture (50 students) and small seminar groups (10-15 students)
  • Each Module = 5 of our credits
  • Full Course load = 3 Modules (15 credits)
  • Stages 2 / 3 = upper-level classes

Things to Consider

  • Credits transfer to Dal as Pass / Fail, not as grades (no impact on Dal GPA)
  • U.K. transcripts with grades must be included in any future applications
  • U.K. grades much lower: 70% is an A
  • You may not be able to satisfy program requirements with these courses