(Original post by sophia5892)
I currently have 16 hours of lectures a week which, with a few frees, puts me in uni for full days Mon and Tues and then on a Thursday afternoon. I get Wednesday's off and have only 1 hour on a Friday.
You're timetable can be pretty flexible depending on your modules as you can usually choose which groups you attend - ie. I do German on a Tuesday morning instead of Weds so I can have a day off!
I get 3 hours of German (1 lecture, 1 two hour seminar) and 6 hours of Japanese (all seminars) a week.
I think the big advantage of Newcastle over Bham is the size of the department. It offers variety while still being small enough to be personal. Your lecturers really do get to know you.
Nightlife wise it's great - although saying that I've not had a "typical" student night out. I'm into rock and metal music myself so I'm pretty involved with Newcastle Rock Society.
So i guess it comes down to exactly what you mean by indie?
There's always plenty of local gigs at bars/pubs and most music tastes are catered to in clubs.
Legends, where I go, plays alternative music on a Mon, Fri and Sat. Fridays will also be themed so they have a night that plays metal alongide punk/ska and then a night which plays industrial music and EBM.
Krash, at Venue, is on a Saturday. They play alternative music - described at Rock, Punk, Ska, Metal but I personally find it's not as heavy as I'd like. I believe there's also a new club night at Venue on a Thursday called "The Big Dirty" which is a similar idea.
Lots of bars/pubs also play alternative music.
Northumbria Students Union does an alternative night on a Tuesday called "Get yer skates on". I think this is more punk/ska/rock rather than heavy metal
The Rock Society will arrange pub crawls and stuff during freshers week to introduce the various alternative venues if that's your thing
As for international students...
From a student perspective I'd say your treated no differently - aside from you can expect lots of interest from language students about your country etc etc - in that way you're a bit of a novelty!
The university itself offers lots of support for international students through societies and schemes like mentors for ERASMUS students.
I wouldn't say it makes any difference to your ability to integrate and make friends - you'll always find someone with similar interests somewhere.
Some specific countries also have societies to enable international students to mingle/meet people from their country etc.
There's a lot of international students at Newcastle. For example in my Japanese class we have 2 Greeks, 2 Lithuanians, 1 Chinese girl and 1 Spaniard and 8 British students. It's pretty diverse.
Hope that helps