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Language of Instruction:
English Credit Level: Undergraduate
Instructor-led: No Capstone: No
Program Description:


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.

Newcastle Sign
The 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, a 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.

Newcastle BeachThe 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 Psychology). 

See the Course Handbook for course offerings for each term.

Students typically take three to four courses while at Newcastle. Students attend class 1-2 times per week for each class and the majority of graded content is weighed on a midterm and final assignment or exam. It is very different from a US classroom setting in comparison.

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 Certificate. There 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.

Accommodation is not included in the program cost, however, both on and off-campus accommodations are available (but not guaranteed) to all program participants. Students also have the option to stay with a host family in Newcastle, if they would like. 

The University of Newcastle offers five on-campus different residential houses, with each house offering different meal plans from self-catering (no meal plan) 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 Ratings:
Overall Experience:
1 2 3 4
Program Value:
1 2 3 4
Cultural Experiences:
1 2 3 4
1 2 3 4
Overall Learning:
1 2 3 4
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2017 03/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 07/17/2017 11/24/2017
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.