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
2.5
Application Deadlines
Spring: November 1
EXTENDED! New Date: November 10

Fall: May 1
Avg Course Load
3–4 Courses (12–16 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English
Highlights
  • 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.

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)

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 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.

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

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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.

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 - Australia, New Zealand, and Hawai'i

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

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 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
    Arrival
    February 13
    Orientation
    CIS Abroad: February 13-16 | University of Newcastle: February 17-21
    Classes Start
    February 24
    Classes End
    June 5; Exams: June 9-19
    Departure
    June 20
    PRICE
    $16,590
  • Fall 2020
    Application Deadline
    May 1
    Arrival
    July 18 (Estimated)
    Departure
    November 30 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $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

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 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