Semester in Newcastle

Our most affordable Australian semester program, on a sustainable, bushland campus. From Digital Arts and Alchemy to Water Engineering and Australian Flora, you’ll find unexpected courses on your Semester in Newcastle.

We’ve got the most affordable program in Australia. Our semester in Newcastle is one of the most affordable study abroad programs in Australia, and Newcastle is one of the most affordable cities in Australia  Savings for you means money for travel to the Great Barrier Reef, the outback, and beyond.

We’ve got stellar academics on an amazing campus. Academic offerings in all major disciplines on a bushland campus? You’ve never experienced anything like it.

We’re with you every step of the way. At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad. Study Australian culture, from bush walks to surfing to Aussie slang! We’ve been there, and we’ll help you make the most of it.

Study abroad in an idyllic, beachside Australian city! On our Semester in Newcastle Program, you’ll get to study at an excellent university with a stunning, ecologically sustainable campus and experience the true Aussie lifestyle.  The city of Newcastle boasts wonderful beaches for surfing and swimming, a low cost of living, a very favorable climate, and a casual lifestyle. The University of Newcastle is recognized internationally for both its academic excellence and its stunning, ecologically sustainable campus. On Semester in Newcastle, you’ll get:

Low-cost program in a laid-back city - Our Semester in Newcastle is one of the most affordable study abroad programs in Australia, and Newcastle boasts a casual lifestyle. 

Stunning bushland campus – Imagine walking to class on a cobblestone path that winds through lush low-growth forest, or past beautiful gardens with exotic flora and fauna. That barely scratches the surface of what makes the campus in Newcastle unique.

A true Australian University – Through the University’s active student union and numerous social and sports clubs, you’ll meet tons of Aussie and international students and get right into the groove of a true Australian education experience.

Breadth of academics – From Digital Arts and Alchemy to Water Engineering and Australian Flora, you’ll find not only the expected courses in your major but also some you wouldn’t find anywhere else.

CISabroad Adventure Orientation – Start off your semester with a 4 day/3 night orientation exploring the Great Barrier Reef! This orientation will provide you with a unique look into Australian culture and its iconic wildlife. You will have the opportunity to explore the rain forest, indigenous communities, and the largest tropical coral reef system in the world! You'll also be able to cross holding koalas, snorkeling, and feeding kangaroos off your bucket list!


If you've always wanted to study abroad in Australia, we've got a lot of reasons to study in Newcastle with our study abroad program. Here are just a few of the key highlights that make this program unique:

  • CISabroad Adventure Orientation
  • Lower cost of living than most other Australian cities = more money for travel
  • 6,000 international students from more than 80 countries
  • Great location: 20 minutes to the beach, 2.5 hours to Sydney
  • The University is ranked in the top 100 Universities in the world for engineering/technology and computer sciences
  • Real ease of meeting local Australian students
  • Both on- and off-campus housing options
  • Extensive sports facilities on campus

Imagine landing in Australia and exploring the local area with a group of study abroad students and some local CISabroad staff! This is exactly how you will start your CISabroad program in Newcastle! The CISabroad Welcome Orientation is the perfect way to get acquainted with Australia before your program. All spring students will arrive in Sydney to explore the the city and local customs. All fall students will arrive on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia to experience an amazing coastal area in Australia with rich history and customs. 

When you arrive in Australia your site director will provide you with a detailed schedule of events for your orientation. CISabroad orientation is a chance for you to explore Australia, meet your on-site staff and fellow CISabroad Australia students. It's a a great start to your semester and a quick way to integrate into the culture! 

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.

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses
Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses. You can select from five Faculties (colleges): the Faculty of Business and Law, the Faculty of Education and Arts, the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, the Faculty of Health, and the Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Course load: 3–4 classes (12–16 US credits)

Course approval: It is best to get 7–8 classes approved before you go abroad. 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.

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.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 


For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

A lively port city on a breathtaking stretch of Australia's coastline, Newcastle boasts wonderful beaches for surfing and swimming, a low cost of living, a very favorable climate, and a casual lifestyle—and it's only 2.5 hours from Sydney. It is located in New South Whales, Newcastle is the largest coal exporting harbor in the world. 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, while retaining the charms of a smaller beach community.

Lonely Planet named Newcastle a Top Ten city in the World in “Best in Travel Guide” in 2011. It is a city full of heritage that is known for its relaxed coastal lifestyle with a blend of imagination, sophistication and culture. Many walks of life call Newcastle home, including artists, sports champions, entertainers, musicians, authors and researchers. The University of Newcastle offers a great study environment – it has the city feel without all the hustle and bustle.

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 tourist destination among Australians.

Our Semester in Newcastle program is located at the University of Newcastle. Founded in 1951, Newcastle is AACSB-accredited and accredited by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations of Australia. According to QS World University Rankings, the University of Newcastle is recognized as Australia’s #1 University under 50 years of age and ranked top 100 in the world for engineering, technology, and computer science.

The University is set in a truly amazing bushland campus, and is really close to spectacular beaches, waterways, and forests. The University has 2 main campuses in Newcastle. Most students study at the Callaghan Campus, which is about 4 miles from the city center on 345 acres of beautiful natural bushland. The site has gained international recognition for practicing ecologically sustainable principles.

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. As a CIS study abroad student, you’ll get academic advising, personal counseling, and cultural counseling.

Cricos Code: 00109J

On Semester in Newcastle, you will take part in the 4-day CISabroad Adventure Orientation. We’ll prepare you for the cultural difference you may encounter and give you a chance to meet other CISabroad students heading to study in Australia.

Upon arrival at the University, you’ll take part in a weeklong orientation that gives you important academic and settling-in information. For the adventure-minded, low-cost excursions and field trips are organized throughout the semester, including Aussie- experience and adventure tours.

You’ll quickly see that the University Union is central to campus. The Union houses an array of facilities, such as cafeterias, coffee shops, pubs, a bookshop, a bank, a gift and stationery shop, and a hair salon. The Union also organizes cultural and social events throughout the semester, among them lunchtime concerts, street theater, arts festivals, and markets. The campus facilities support student life and learning, and you will find excellent libraries, computer centers, modern lecture theaters, laboratories, and top-notch recreational facilities.

Semester in Newcastle at the University of Newcastle has fantastic housing options. You can live on campus for a true dorm experience, or off campus for a more independent lifestyle. Here are your options:

On-campus residence hall

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

Off-campus apartment

• 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
• Internet

CISabroad’s Country Director and Queensland site director in Australia:

Jackie was born on the Central Coast, NSW (on the coast half way between Newcastle and Sydney) and now lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Jackie holds a Masters in Communication (Corporate Communication) from Bond University, QLD and a Bachelor of Social Science (Recreation and Tourism) from Newcastle University, NSW. Jackie has a passion for travel and education having worked, lived and studied overseas.

As an undergraduate student Jackie studied abroad at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, upon her return from the US, Jackie kicked off her career in international education working in student support and admissions at the International Office at University of Newcastle. Later relocating to Denver, CO for two years she lived and worked in the international education sector, enjoying weekends snowboarding and hiking in the Rockies – simply incomparable to the ‘mountains’ in Australia! Upon returning home she took on a support role for US students studying in Australia and New Zealand before moving into various marketing and management roles focused primarily on project management, business analysis, large scale events and strategic planning.

Favorite destinations: Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, USA, Finland and Malaysia.

Interests: Yoga, jogging, the beach, hiking, family adventures, thinking she can still snowboard and of course – travel.

Jackie will welcome you to Australia and will be available to students for activities, emergencies, issues or simply to discuss any concerns around your program. You will be introduced to her prior to the start of your program – so you will know who you are meeting when you land down under!


Indigo Ryan, Regional Site Director in Newcastle (University of Newcastle)


Indigo was born and raised in a small regional town just outside Newcastle, Australia. She is a 4th year arts/law student at the University of Newcastle, Australia, with a passion for international studies and travelling abroad. She spent a semester studying at McMaster University in Canada. Now she wants to help other people reach their study abroad goals. As the Vice President of the Exchange Club, Indigo is enthusiastic about the exchange experience and supporting the creation of a global network of students. She lives by a personal philosophy of grasping every new opportunity with both hands. Indigo plays for the Women’s Hockey team at her university and also volunteers with the university Amnesty and Oxfam clubs. Her life-long goal is to work in the field of international humanitarian relations or public policy with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

1. What is the cost of the program? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for Semester in Newcastle can be found on the Price and dates page. 

2. When are the program fees due?

The program fees for Semester in Newcastle are due on December 31st for Spring programs and June 1st for Fall programs. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms.

The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We do also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. Application deadlines can be found here.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

For Semester in Newcastle, you WILL NEED A PASSPORT. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For Semester in Newcastle, you WILL need a visa. You will receive specific visa instructions once you have been accepted to the program.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For Semester in Newcastle, the GPA requirement is 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact a CISabroad Advisor" button on this page or call us at 1-877-617-9090 to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you!

6. What are my housing options? 

For Semester in Newcastle, you can live on campus for a true dorm experience or off campus for a more independent lifestyle.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

You will take 3–5 classes (12-16 U.S. Credits). To see the courses available, go to the course catalog

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: Fall 2016
Arrival July 15
CISabroad Orientation July 15 - 18
University of Newcastle Orientation
July 18 - 22
Classes Start July 25
Classes End November 4
Departure November 26
Application Deadline May 1
Term: Spring 2017
Arrival February 17
CISabroad Orientation February 17-20
Classes Start February 27
Classes End June 23
Departure June 24
Application Deadline November 1
Term: Fall 2016 Price: $15,190
Term: Spring 2017 Price: $15,190

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • CISabroad 4 day/3 night Adventure Orientation on the Great Barrier Reef
  • 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
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • University of Newcastle orientation 
  • On-site support
  • Internet connection
  • Student Guild fees
  • University of Newcastle official transcript 
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

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