Semester in Newcastle
University of Newcastle

LGBTQIA+ Friendly

Authentic, local experience on a bushland campus.

On our Semester in Newcastle – University of Newcastle program, 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 a port city located in New South Wales, home to roughly 400,000 people. With a beautiful trail to Nobby’s Lighthouse, Newy hosts a superb mixture of beaches, historical architecture, and a diverse arts scene, which makes its charm even more apparent.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 3–4 courses (12–16 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5

Highlights:

  • Great location: 20 minutes to the beach, 2.5 hours to Sydney by train
  • Official University of Newcastle DIGITAL Transcript
  • Easy access to mountains, national parks, beaches, and rainforests
  • Study on two unique campuses: Callaghan (covered in bushland) and Newcastle City - with a free shuttle!
  • Newcastle boasts one of the lowest costs of living for an Aussie city

Program Details

University of Newcastle

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)

Beginning effective January 1, 2020, all CIS Abroad returning transcripts from institutions in Australia will be completely digital. This will mean no physical copies of transcripts will be mailed for this program.

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Natural & Applied Sciences
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • World Languages

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Beginning effective January 1, 2020, all CIS Abroad returning transcripts from institutions in Australia will be completely digital. This will mean no physical copies of transcripts will be mailed for this program.

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 ONLY select classes offered on the Callaghan or the Newcastle City 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:

  • If the 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

Semester 2 = Fall semester

A full course load in Australia is a minimum of 3 courses and maximum 4 courses. Students will not be able to take more than 4 courses.

Why Life in 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.

Live La Vida Local

  • 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.

Housing in Newcastle

Location

As a student at the University of Newcastle, you’ll live in an on-campus residence on the Callaghan Campus. Occupy a single room in a 5-6 person apartment with locals and other international students. Please note most apartments are co-ed. Please contact your program coordinator if you would like a gender-specific apartment.

Your apartment will come fully furnished and you will be provided with a linen and kitchen pack. You’ll be able to cook in a kitchen that’s well-equipped. Study areas, ground floor common area, bbq area, and laundry facilities are available on site.

Meals

Make your own meals in the kitchen, stocked up with all the tools you’ll need. Put your skills to the test and try your hand at some local favorites!

Inclusions and Amenities

  • CommuteWalkingPublic Transportation
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Single Room
  • Study Areas

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • 4-day CIS Abroad Adventure Orientation in Cairns
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing (residence halls)
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Overseas Health Insurance (mandatory for any student studying in Australia)
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • University of Newcastle orientation
  • On-site support
  • Internet connection
  • Student Guild fees
  • University of Newcastle official transcript
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Your program will kick off with the action-packed and engaging Great Barrier Reef Orientation. This 4-day/3-night orientation will provide you with an amazing introduction to Australia’s culture, wildlife, and natural environments. Get ready to be on your feet (and in the water) much of the time, visiting places like the rainforest, indigenous communities, and the Great Barrier Reef. Also do things we know you came a long way to do, like holding koalas, snorkeling, and feeding kangaroos.

This active and engaging orientation program isn’t just one big adventure, however! Discuss program and behavioral expectations, touching on topics such as culture, slang, food, and where to go and what to do when you settle into your new home in Melbourne. Once you’re settled in, get an orientation at your new campus to help you get adjusted.

Farewell & 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. Your site director will walk you through some of the things to expect and help you reflect on your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights. Also, enjoy a group meal as part of your farewell to Australia.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad 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.

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!

Surf Lesson

Surf Lesson

A surf lesson is a right of passage in Newcastle. Surfing is one of the most challenging and rewarding sports. Pro tips: Shoulders back, head up, knees bent! Even if surfing isn’t your thing you can still enjoy the day on the beach.

Hunter Valley Wineries

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.

Site Director

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.

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.

About:

Gemma is a born and raised Newcastle girl. She spends as much time in the water as possible and despite all her travels loves to return to her home in ‘Newy.’ She is in her penultimate year of law at the University of Newcastle (UoN). Throughout out her studies she has had the opportunity to travel to The University of Technology, Troyes in France to complete an intensive French language course and spent a semester studying history at McMaster University in Canada. Gemma has also worked as a theatre specialist at Camp Timberlane in Haliburton, Canada. Gemma is excited to help all study abroad students see the best of what UoN, Newcastle and Australia have to offer. Gemma is excited to use her international experience and her position as Vice-President of the University of Newcastle Exchange Student Network to help her in her role as Newcastle’s Site Director.

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 text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Julia Sementilli
Travel Tip:

Be open to meeting new people! Some of my favorite memories while traveling include meeting people in hostels, or by getting involved at my school abroad. You never know who will be a lifelong friend! Try all of the local foods, even if you don’t think you will like it. Write everything down in a journal- you will appreciate those stories later!

Alexandra Woolner
Travel Tip:

Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

COVID-19 Plan

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country and our risk management team makes decisions based on those and our own policy. We will make a decision no less than 45 days before a program starts what options are available to you and what the contingency plan is for your program. We will do all that we can to support you during this time.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2020/21. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Spring 2021 Programs or consider a Virtual Internship.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Nov 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: February 13 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 20 (Estimated)
  • Price: $16,090 - $16,590 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: July 9 (Estimated)
  • Departure: November 15 (Estimated)
  • Price: $15,690 - $16,390 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Spring Terms: On Campus – 3 units: $16,090, On Campus – 4 units: $16,590
Fall 2020: 3 courses: $15,690, 4 courses: $16,390

 

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

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