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University of Newcastle, Australia
Newcastle, Australia (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Program Cost: Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Major: Accounting, Anthropology, Art/Graphic Design, Art: Art History, Art: Studio, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Communicative Disorders, Computer Science, Criminology, Earth Science, Economics, Education, English, Family Services, Finance, Geography, Global Studies, Health Promotion, History, Humanities, Leisure, Youth and Human Services, Management: Business Adminstration, Marketing, Mathematics, Movement and Exercise Science, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Communication, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Science: All Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Technology Management, Textile and Apparel, Theatre
Language of Instruction:
Work/Internship: No Credit Level: Undergraduate
Income Opportunities: No Instructor-led: No
Capstone: No
Program Description:

The Iowa Regents' Semester in Australia offers undergraduate students an opportunity to study for a semester at an Australian university. Students are fully integrated academically and socially with their Australian counterparts at the University of Newcastle.
Program Location

Newcastle is a down-to-earth Australian beach side city which combines a country setting with all the advantages of city living. It boasts wonderful beaches, casual lifestyle and it’s not far from Sydney, the capital of New South Wales. Its population of 350,000 supports a thriving business and commercial sector and an excellent network of leading health care and educational facilities. Newcastle offers all the usual city comforts, such as restaurants, cafes, parks and gardens, theatres, art galleries, shopping centers and nightclubs. The city and region are also popular tourist destinations.A few kilometers south of the city is Australia's largest seaboard lake, Lake Macquarie, scene of many national and international sailing events. Less than an hour drive to the north is the magnificent harbor of Port Stephens, a popular center for big game fishing and sailing, surfing, and sail boarding. To the west are the internationally famous wineries of the Hunter Valley.


australiaThe University of Newcastle provides international students with the perfect combination of lifestyle and learning. Today about 30,000 students study at the University of Newcastle with over 6,000 international students from more than 80 countries. Students choose from 150 courses of study offered by 6 Faculties (Colleges).

The University of Newcastle has one of the best campuses in Australia. Its 300 acres of natural bushland - complete with Australian wildlife - at the city's edge offers you peace and quiet: the perfect prerequisites for successful study. The Union houses a wide range of facilities such as cafeterias, coffee shops and bars, bookshop, credit union, gift and stationery shops. There are also two banks, a travel agency and a clinic with doctors and dentists on call.

On campus students have access to a state-of-the-art sports complex, which includes an indoor Olympic-sized swimming pool, an 60 ft climbing wall (one of the highest in Australia), two indoor basketball courts, two martial arts/aerobics studios, fully equipped weight and exercise rooms and an adjoining Health Education Center.

Academic Program

AustraliaThe semester program begins with a week long Orientation Program that prepares students for the academic and cultural experience ahead. All Study Abroad and Exchange students are free to study nearly any course offered by the University of Newcastle (from Aboriginal Studies to Teaching).  See the Course Handbook for course offerings.

Get involved in iLEAD!

  • Free to participate and no exams
  • Students participate in volunteer experiences, on and off campus
  • They attend inspirational seminars and meet renowned speakers
  • Students receive an iLEAD Completion CertificateThere are 3 main areas of participation required to complete the short iLEAD program:
1. Participate in three Skill Building Lectures
2. Participate in two International Leaders Series (ILS) speaker events
3. Accumulate 20 iLEAD points through activities such as volunteering internal or external to the University

In addition, students that join iLEAD will be able to participate in the 'Out & About Table' for activity points. The table is set up during the week in high traffic locations around campus, working and communicating with students and staff, promoting overseas opportunities, and other iLEAD activities.
Accommodations and Meals

Accommodation is not included in the program cost, however both on and off-campus accommodations are available (but not guaranteed) to all program participants.

The University of Newcastle offers five on-campus different residential houses, with each house offering different meal plans from self-catering to full meal plans. Students may request a specific hall depending on their dietary needs and/or preferences.

New Residences - single, double, and up to 6 person apartment, all self-catered
Barahineban - 95 rooms- single and double occupancy, all self-catered
Edwards Hall - 374 residents, 299 fully-catered, 75 self-catered
Evatt House - 211 residents, all self-catered
International House - 226 residents, all semi-catered
Program Costs

Students pay Regents tuition and fees plus study abroad fee to participate. The program budget sheet lists cost for any housing, food, round-trip air transportation, in-country transportation, international health insurance, visa, personal expenses, and books and supplies.  The University of Newcastle has a set number of exchange spots for UNI tuition every year, please confirm with UNI Study Abroad staff for more information.

All budget amounts are estimates only.  Prices are subject to change.  If you have questions, please contact
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Program Reviews


Program Ratings:
Overall Experience: 1 2 3 4 5
Program Value: 1 2 3
Cultural Experiences: 1 2 3 4 5
Housing: 1 2 3 4 5
Overall Learning: 1 2 3 4 5
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 03/15/2015
Rolling Admission 07/20/2015 11/27/2015
NOTE: Orientation: July 20-24, 2015; Class start: July 27, 2015; Break: September 21-October 2, 2015; Class resumes: October 6, 2015; Class end date: November 6, 2015; Exams: November 9-27, 2015
Academic Year 2015 03/15/2015
Rolling Admission 07/26/2015 07/01/2016
Spring 2016 10/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 02/21/2016 07/01/2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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