The University of Newcastle is a highly ranked institution with a stunning, ecologically sustainable campus. Here, you’ll work hard and play hard, experiencing the true Aussie lifestyle. The city of Newcastle has stunning beaches for surfing and swimming, a low cost of living, a favorable climate, and a casual lifestyle. The perks continue: Our Semester in Newcastle is our most affordable program in the Land Down Under. Enjoy your smart investment as you take your studies and social life to the next level. Best of all, you can easily travel to larger cities like Sydney, which is less than three hours away by train.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Spring: November 1
Fall: May 1
- Avg Course Load
- 3–4 Courses (12–16 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- Wide range of courses in the STEM fields
- 6,000 international students from more than 80 countries
- Great location: 20 minutes to the beach, 2.5 hours to Sydney by train
- Extensive academic, social, and sport facilities on campus and an outdoorsy vibe
- Easy access to mountains, national parks, beaches, and rainforests
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
Life in Newcastle
Welcome and Orientation
Your program will kick off with a bang in the form of the CISabroad Adventure Orientation. This 4 day/3 night orientation will provide you with a unique look into Australian culture and its iconic wildlife. You will have the opportunity to explore the rainforest, indigenous communities, and the largest tropical coral reef system in the world! You’ll also be able to cross off your bucket list things like holding koalas, snorkeling, and feeding kangaroos.
It’s not all fun and adventure during your orientation – we’ll also sit you down to prepare you for the culture and academics, and provide some tips like where to go out, how to stay safe, and where to shop. We’ll also touch on how to blend in like a local (get ready for a whole heap of Aussie slang you didn’t know you didn’t know!) Oh, and we’ll throw in a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy (ever had kangaroo?), so that you can start to taste the local flavor.
Once you’re off to Newcastle, you’ll also get an orientation to University of Newcastle to help you get a lay of the land and learn how to make the most of your time in your new home.
Farewell and Re-entry Program
Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to Australia.
Our Semester in Newcastle program has two fantastic housing options.* You can live on campus for a true dorm experience or off campus for a more independent lifestyle.
On-campus residence hall
- Single room with shared bathroom and kitchen
- Fully furnished and equipped for cooking
- Laundry facilities
- Walk to class
- Single room with shared bathroom
- Fully furnished living room
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Perfect for CISabroad students looking for a more independent lifestyle
- Centrally located in the city, about a 20-minute bus ride to campus
- Laundry facilities
*Please note that housing assignments are dependent on availability each term
- Farmers’ markets: Newcastle loves a good weekend market. There’s at least one every weekend – check them out for great vibes and fresh produce.
- Sports events: The University has a bunch of social sport teams to join if you want to keep active. Attend a professional rugby or soccer game in the city to see Newcastle turn out to support its local athletes and feel the atmosphere!
- Dance and yoga classes: Yoga is huge in Newcastle. Find one of our dance or yoga studios and roll out your mat!
- Café culture: Australians take their coffee seriously, and Newcastle is a prime example. Go on a local café crawl to find all the hidden gems – ask onsite staff for their tips!
- Sand dune surfing in Stockton: An experience not to be missed. If sand surfing isn’t your thing, try one of the 4WD safaris, or take a ride on a camel.
- Dolphin-watching in Nelson Bay: With over 140 Bottlenose Dolphins calling Port Stephens home, it’s no wonder these friendly locals are sighted so often.
More About Newcastle
Newcastle is a lively port city on a breathtaking stretch of Australia's coastline. The city has wonderful beaches for surfing and swimming, a low cost of living, a very favorable climate, and a casual lifestyle. You'll find miles of walking paths along the stunning coast, where spotting a dolphin or whale is common. Located in the same state as Sydney (less than three hours away by train), you'll have easy access to explore another of the country's most impressive cities—and beyond.
The Lonely Planet named Newcastle a top ten city in the world in the Best in Travel Guide in 2011. With a population of 350,000, Newcastle offers all the usual city comforts, such as restaurants, cafés, parks and gardens, theaters, art galleries, shopping centers, and nightclubs. At the same time, it retains the charms of a smaller beach community. The city's heritage as a coal port is still evident, but over the past few decades Newcastle has become a thriving, sophisticated city know for its relaxed, coastal lifestyle. The University of Newcastle has played a large role in this transformation.
A few miles south of the city is Australia's largest seaboard lake, Lake Macquarie, scene of many national and international sailing events. Less than an hour's drive north is the impressive harbor of Port Stephens, a popular center for big-game fishing, sailing, surfing, and windsurfing. To the west are the internationally famous wineries of the Hunter Valley, many of them more than a century old. And to the south are the beautiful beaches of the Central Coast. The oceanic climate of the region offers warm summers and mild winters. It’s no wonder Newcastle is a popular destination for study abroad students.
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past. You'll also enjoy a comprehensive culture- and adventure-based orientation, which will include excursions to places such as the rainforest, indigenous communities, and the Great Barrier Reef!
The Blue Mountains
Just west of Sydney, the Blue Mountains are known for dramatic scenery, steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls, and villages. Locals and tourists love these mountains for their amazing hiking possibilities.
Hunter Valley Wineries
The Hunter Valley is one of Australia's best-known wine regions. Come for the wine and stay for the stunning scenery, local produce, and adventure activities.
4 days on the Great Barrier Reef
Spend 4 days learning about the environmental and cultural beauty that Australia has to offer in the Great Barrier Reef. Whether you spend your time snorkeling, or exploring the rain forest, you won't leave Cairns without some unbelievable photos and memories!
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
Semester in Newcastle offers two 14-week semesters, starting in July and February. The University of Newcastle is well known for academic excellence and innovative teaching, and you’ll find almost anything you’re looking for, whether you want to stay within your major or branch out and take some courses unique to Australia.
Course descriptions and catalog:
Click here to view a spreadsheet of undergraduate courses. While this list is relatively basic in its description of courses, it will give a clear indication of:
– All undergraduate courses available to study abroad students
– The campus where the course is taught (you want the Callaghan campus)
– Semester 1 (spring) or semester 2 (fall) intake
Timetables: Click here to view class timetables.
Please note that Semester 1 = spring semester and Semester 2 = fall semester.
How to read the University of Newcastle course catalog
You will find courses offered at the 100, 200, and 300 levels. The 200- and 300-level courses at Newcastle are often the equivalent to junior- and senior-year course in the US. They will likely have prerequisites. You should select classes offered on the Callaghan campus.
In only about 50 years, the University of Newcastle has established itself as a world-class institution that ranks near the top. The University combines academic prestige with a stunning spot on the central coast of Australia. It's an ideal choice for students looking for a challenging academic experience in a smaller city.
The University of Newcastle offers a selection of courses that rival any university. You might be impressed by its top-ranked STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). Or you might be drawn to its business school, which holds accreditation by the AACSB. Finally, you can take excellent courses in a range of topics, including health and social sciences, architecture and design, and education.
If you're looking for a spectacular setting, the checklist continues: the campus is set on 345 acres of beautiful, natural bushland. Plus, you'll be just minutes away from surf, beaches, waterways, and forests. The University's main campus, Callaghan Campus, is a short stroll to the center of the City of Newcastle. Furthermore, the University has gained international recognition for practicing ecologically sustainable principles. Australians regard the University as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.
The campus at the University of Newcastle includes state-of-the-art buildings and other facilities. You'll enjoy a full gym, an indoor heated pool, aerobic studios, and the second highest climbing wall in Australia. Social and cultural events on campus are so popular that they attract residents from Newcastle unaffiliated with the University.
Newcastle’s student population is just under 27,000 and includes some 6,000 international students from 80-plus countries. The support services are exceptional. You'll easily integrate into campus life by joining any of the 100 campus-based sport or social clubs.
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Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Emma Van Loon
Program Coordinator - Australia and New Zealand
Site Director in Newcastle, Australia
Application DeadlineNovember 1ArrivalFebruary 15OrientationFebruary 15 - 18Classes StartFebruary 26Classes EndJune 29DepartureJune 30PRICE$15,990
Application DeadlineMay 1ArrivalJuly 19 (Estimated)OrientationJuly 19 - 22; University of Newcastle Orientation July 23-37 (Estimated)Classes StartJuly 30 (Estimated)Classes EndNovember 9 ; Exams November 12 - 30 (Estimated)DepartureDecember 1 (Estimated)PRICE$15,890 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- 4-day CISabroad Adventure Orientation in Cairns
- Full-time tuition and fees
- Housing (residence halls)
- Medical and accident insurance
- CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
- Academic advising
- Financial aid counseling
- Predeparture orientation
- Airport pickup
- University of Newcastle orientation
- On-site support
- Internet connection
- Student Guild fees
- University of Newcastle official transcript
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program