Program Overview

On our Semester in Newcastle – University of 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
Application Deadlines
Spring 2020: November 1
EXTENDED! New Date: November 10

Fall 2020: April 15
Spring 2021: November 1
Avg Course Load
3–4 Courses (12–16 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
  • Great location: 20 minutes to the beach, 2.5 hours to Sydney by train
  • Official University of Newcastle DIGITAL Transcript
  • 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 friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.


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)

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.

How To Choose Your Course

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.

Course Approval

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.

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Choose Your Courses

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

Life In Newcastle

Welcome and Orientation

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

University of Newcastle – Housing


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

Commute Walking Public Transportation
Kitchen Equipment
Laundry On-site
Single Room
Study Areas

Meet Your Site Director

Welcome & 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 (kangaroo is one possibility, seriously!), 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 & Re-Entry

Returning to your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system, especially as you transition away from living in a magical “land down under!” In fact, “reverse culture shock” is oftentimes even more pronounced than the initial culture shock you may have experienced, as you will have expanded your horizons and altered your worldview. Plus, Aussies are just a lovely bunch of people and it will be hard to leave them behind. Don’t worry, we’ve been in your shoes, so we’ll walk with you through some of the things to expect and help you process your experience in Australia over a tasty meal.

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

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.

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.

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

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!

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
Senior Program Enrollment Coordinator

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

Alexandra Woolner
International Operations Manager - Asia and the Pacific

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.

Learn more about Alexandra

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

Program Fees & Dates

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

  • Spring 2020
    Application Deadline
    November 1 EXTENDED! New Date: November 10
    February 13
    June 20
    $16,090 - $16,590
  • Fall 2020
    Application Deadline
    April 15
    July 9
    November 15
    $15,690 - $16,390
  • Spring 2021
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    February 13 (Estimated)
    June 20 (Estimated)
    $16,090 - $16,590 (Estimated)

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

Program Inclusions

Program fees are in US 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
  • Predeparture 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