With its close proximity to Newcastle, the University of Sunderland is a respected UK institution that combines academic excellence with student support. The university offers rich education and facilities placing it among the best UK universities for student experience (Times Higher Education, 2005). It is a research active university with 10 of its subjects classed among the world’s leading including Pharmacy, Engineering, Business, Media, History, and Social work. The University of Sunderland’s leading research and collaborations with private and public sectors contribute to its high graduate employment rate reaching 95.8%.

Durham University is England’s third oldest university offering a distinctive education with both ancient traditions and modern values. It is one of the UK’s leading universities ranking 5th in the UK and Top 100 in the world. In addition to its overall academic standing, it ranks in the world top 50 for employer reputation, guaranteeing a high employment rate for its graduates. It is further renowned for its excellent research-centered programs, modern research facilities, and a wide range of student activities including sports, theatre, and volunteering opportunities.  Durham University has a long history of welcoming students from all over the globe, ensuring an intercultural learning experience.