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:
Average Courseload: 3–4 courses (12–16 U.S. credits)
GPA Requirement: 2.5
- 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!
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 with 8 or more classes available
- Art & Design
- Natural & Applied Sciences
- World Languages
Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.
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 course is 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.
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 The Local Life
Newcastle loves a good weekend market. There’s at least one every weekend – check them out for great vibes and fresh produce.
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!
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
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.
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
- Single Room
- Study Areas
Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:
- 4 day CIS Abroad Aussie Orientation in Sydney
- 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
- The Local Life 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.
Aussie Orientation in Sydney
Your program will begin with a 4 day Aussie Orientation in Sydney where you’ll meet other program participants, explore cultural icons, and complete Australia bucket list items. Explore The Rocks, visit the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Harbor Bridge, and take in the views of Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach, and Manly. We’ll discuss program and behavioral expectations, touching on topics such as culture, slang, food, and where to go and what to do as you settle into your new home. Once you’re settled in, get an orientation at your new campus to help you get adjusted.
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
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.
Your Support Staff
You’ll be supported every step of the way!
Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.
Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!
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.
Read more below for information related to this program:
On-Site Program Modifications
We want your time abroad to be an experience of a lifetime. We also know that it is a unique time to be going abroad. Below is some helpful information to you so you can make the best decision for your finances, academic career, and personal health and safety.
Our Financial Commitment
CIS Abroad is working with international partners to create refund and withdrawal policies that limit the financial impact on students and families should COVID-19 change a student’s plan to travel. See our refund policy page for more information.
To insure yourself from additional loss, such as the loss of airfare, or any other non-recoverable loss after your program begins, we recommend purchasing trip protection insurance, aka CFAR/IFAR insurance.
Our Academic Commitment
CIS Abroad has carefully selected programs where there is minimal to no academic risk.*
If a student must quarantine or miss classes due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e, live or recorded.
If a city or country goes on lockdown due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.
* If a student cannot travel to their destination due to COVID-19 restrictions, remote academics are guaranteed on select programs and in certain courses. If accessing remote academics from the US are important to you, please contact our advising team to learn more about which program locations or courses are right for you.
Our Health & Safety Commitment
CIS Abroad has developed a site-specific risk management plan for every location so that health and safety protocols are monitored, managed and communicated throughout the semester. We have developed a COVID Care Package included in our program fee to make traveling and living in a host country easier on students, especially those first few weeks on-site:
- COVID compliant airport pick-up and transfer to housing (except for Barcelona’s programs).
- Access to quarantine housing upon entry, if quarantine is required when entering the country; this housing may incur additional charges.
- Information and assistance on meal delivery, if quarantine is required when entering the country.
- COVID-safe classrooms and campus facilities as well as access to masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies according to country and location specific standards.
- Vaccine requirements for all participants to ensure COVID-safe program excursions and guaranteed housing with vaccinated students.
- Access to accommodation if isolation is necessary due to positive COVID test or exposure; this housing may incur additional charges.
- Access to COVID testing; this testing may be an additional charge.
- Medical and accident insurance that covers COVID-related illness (except for on programs operating in the USA).
- Cultural activities and reflection that emphasize safe, local exploration geared to the specific context of being abroad at this special time.
*if quarantine is required upon entry, we will let you know 60 days before a program starts, or as soon as the information is known to CIS Abroad. Your program coordinator will keep you updated as to any changes in dates, arrival, local restrictions and costs. If it is required, this may entail an earlier departure date and an additional housing and meal cost.
We recognize not every student, family, or university will allow travel this year, despite the risk mitigation outlined above. Should students apply for 2022 programs, and then choose to defer to a future program, we would be happy to move that student’s application to a program with a later start date. We are committed to providing our innovative virtual programs to meet your internationalization goals.
We plan to show you the best of what your location has to offer this term; great culture, great food, and interesting people. On the Excursions tab, you can see the day or overnight trips we usually offer. It is too soon to know if we can offer those same experiences or if we’ll stay a little closer to our program base. Just know that great experiences await you.
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 12 (Estimated)
- Departure: June 19 (Estimated)
- Price: $16,090 - $16,590 (Estimated)
- Application Deadline: Apr 15
- Arrival: July 7
- Departure: November 14
- Price: $17,190 - $18,190
- Application Deadline: Nov 1 (Estimated)
- Arrival: February 11 (Estimated)
- Departure: June 18 (Estimated)
- Price: $17,190 - $18,190 (Estimated)
- Application Deadline: Apr 15 (Estimated)
- Arrival: July 6 (Estimated)
- Departure: November 12 (Estimated)
- Price: $17,190 - $18,190 (Estimated)
Higher price: 4 courses
Lower price: 3 courses
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.