Program Overview

On our Semester in Newcastle program, you’ll study at an excellent university with a stunning, ecologically sustainable campus, and experience the true Aussie lifestyle, complete with local Aussie friends. Fondly referred to as Newy, Newcastle is home to roughly 400,000 people. Newy is a port city located in New South Wales with a beautiful trail to Nobby’s Lighthouse. It hosts a superb mixture of beaches, historical architecture and diverse arts scene, which makes its charm even more apparent.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Spring: November 1
Fall: May 1
Avg Course Load
3–4 Courses (12–16 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English

Key Program Highlights

  • 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
  • Study on two of Australia's most unique campuses: Callaghan (covered in bushland) and Newcastle City - with a free shuttle to take you back and forth
  • Easy to meet local Australian students through campus clubs and organizations
  • Newcastle boasts one of the lowest costs of living for an Aussie city

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.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

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.

Accredited by The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations of Australia; Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)


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. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

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.

GPA Requirement

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.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

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:
Be sure to select classes offered on the Callaghan campus. 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

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. Please note that Semester 1 = spring semester and Semester 2 = fall semester.

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.

Housing Options

Our Semester in Newcastle program offers a fantastic housing option.

On-campus residence hall

  • Single room with shared bathroom and kitchen
  • Fully furnished and equipped for cooking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Walk to class
  • Internet

Local Life

  • 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.

 

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in 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.

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-Day Orientation on the Great Barrier Reef

Talk about an amazing orientation! 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!


Student Feedback

I met so many life long friends and had so many life changing experiences. My acceptance and understanding of different cultures grew during my time abroad and I loved expanding my knowledge on Australian culture.

Eric Axelrod, Semester in Newcastle, Ohio University

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Emma Van Loon
Program Coordinator - Australia and New Zealand

Travel Tip: When I begin planning a trip I love to leave two or three days free. There are always fun activities you’ll learn about while in country so you don’t want to miss out on them due to over scheduling!

Learn more about Emma

Gemma Shaw
Site Director in Newcastle, Australia

Travel Tip: Search for local instagram and facebook pages on food and events around the place you are travelling to. You may find some local hidden gems or some cool experiences you would not have found otherwise. It also helps you get a feel for the place and its people.

Learn more about Gemma

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Spring 2019
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    Arrival
    February 14
    Orientation
    February 14 - 17; University of Newcastle Orientation: February 18 - 22
    Classes Start
    February 25
    Classes End
    June 7; Exams: June 11 - 28
    Departure
    June 29
    PRICE
    $15,990
  • Fall 2019
    Application Deadline
    May 1
    Arrival
    July 18 (Estimated)
    Departure
    November 30 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $15,990 (Estimated)

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

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