Summer in Australia
University of Newcastle

Green Campus
New Offerings

Keep it cool (literally and figuratively) for a summer in laid-back "Newy"

Escape the heat of the summer for a month of Australian “winter” in a refreshingly cool setting. Newcastle, affectionately called “Newy,” is the epitome of Australia: laid-back, fun-loving, and adventurous. With a population of about 550,000, Newcastle is the perfect size to get your fill of arts and entertainment. Exceptional public transportation provides easy access to the scenic coast, national parks, Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie, and so much more. A top global university, Newcastle is situated on an ecologically sustainable “bushland” campus and is a leader in climate action. Summer courses include field trips, so you’ll learn beyond the four walls of a classroom.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 1 course (3-4 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.0 (min. one semester of higher ed.)


  • Study at a top-ranked university, listed in the world’s top 200 universities
  • Support a green campus, ranked top five in the world for Partnering for a Sustainable Future and 16th in the world for climate action
  • Trade the summer heat for Australia's refreshingly cool "winter"
  • Enjoy easy access to the beaches, rainforests, mountains, and national parks
  • Immerse in the Aussie way of life with a laid-back and friendly campus and 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 main campus, Callaghan, is set on 345 acres of beautiful, natural bushland. 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. Or, hop on the campus shuttle for a quick ride into the action in Newcastle’s central business district (CBD). And, you’ll never be too far from surf, beaches, waterways, parks, and forests.

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)

All CIS Abroad returning transcripts from institutions in Australia are completely digital. This will mean no physical copies of transcripts will be mailed for this program.

Areas of study with at least 2 classes available

  • Business
  • Natural & Applied Sciences
  • Health

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

This summer program is intended for visiting study abroad students to enjoy courses that highlight some of University of Newcastle’s top disciplines. The curated course selection features field trips that provide experiential-based learning.

You’ll take one of the following courses over the four week program.

Course Offerings

TOUR3003 – Destination Management and Marketing (includes field trip)
EXSS2030 – Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology (includes guest lectures)
ENVS2006 – Ecology and Management of Wildlife (includes field trip)
CHEE2935 – Resource and Energy Optimisation (includes field trip)

Course Descriptions

College of Human and Social Futures

TOUR3003 – Destination Management and Marketing (includes field trip)
The marketing of tourism is a planned and progressive strategic priority to ensure sustainability and enhance global competitiveness. Building upon theories and models unique to experiential tourism marketing, this course investigates a range of approaches and challenges associated with destination marketing.

The course examines the challenges of contemporary tourism marketing in the context of the management and marketing of sustainable destinations. Key topics also include the role of destination management organisations and destination communities in experience creation and promotion, and the role of governments in destination recovery following crises.

Working through experiential exercises you will undertake research and develop marketing strategies reflective of professional practice in tourism marketing. Work integrated learning is embedded in the curriculum with specialised insights further gained through industry engagement in course delivery.

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Examine and discuss the key concepts and principles of marketing as applied to destinations and the tourism experience
2. Demonstrate an evaluative understanding of current issues associated with destination marketing
3. Access, examine and assess the effectiveness of marketing strategies applied to tourism
4. Engage in tourism and marketing research and inquiry to inform strategic decision making and problem solving
5. Demonstrate skills in oral and written communication as well as critical and analytical thinking in accordance with professional contexts
6. Work independently and as a team member to collect and analyse information to guide your problem solving and decision making

Topics include but are not restricted to the following:

Strategic marketing and sustainable tourism
Destination marketing and branding
Understanding tourist markets
Tourism marketing, communication and promotion
Tourism marketing and information technology
Tourism product and price
Collaborative approaches to tourism marketing
Tourism marketing and crises

College of Engineering, Science and Environment

EXSS2030 – Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology (includes guest lectures)
Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology is a fundamental element in empowering learning, well-being and athletic performance of different individuals and teams. This course introduces students to various fundamental constructs that impact on adherence, participation and performance in sport, exercise and physical activity. The content provides a basic overview of key concepts that help to recognise, explain and interpret human behaviour within sport, exercise and physical activity settings. The course will provide students with an ability to recognise the broad and inter-linked influences that psychological factors have within sport, exercise and physical activity settings. Students will need to demonstrate an ability to interpret and modify such factors to enhance one’s performance and wellbeing. By the end of this course, students will develop sound understanding of key concepts in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology and will be able to identify and apply evidence-based behavioural techniques needed to increase exercise adherence, improve health and fitness, and
performance needs.

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the role of exercise, physical activity and sport in mental health and wellbeing, and best practices in the delivery of health, exercise and performance advice (ESSA 13.2.2);
2. Explain and interpret behavioural theories in relation to common social determinants of health that influence health, physical activity, exercise and sport for individuals and groups/teams (ESSA 13.2.1 & 13.2.3);
3. Identify and analyse psychological factors and behavioural strategies that influence and predict participation and adherence to exercise, physical activity, sport and performance settings (ESSA 13.2.4);
4. Select and employ the appropriate methods and tools, including professional and communication skills, to evaluate client’s needs and monitor their progress towards achieving realistic goals in exercise, physical activity, sport and performance settings (ESSA 13.2.5);
5. Identify, interpret and apply behavioural strategies in relation to client’s needs, preferences and goals in an exercise, physical activity, sport and performance setting (ESSA 13.2.5).

Topics include but are not restricted to the following:

Personality, motivation, self and exercise adherence and sports performance
Individual and group, psychological factors affecting sport, exercise, wellbeing and performance
Evidence-based behavioural strategies and mental skill training
Psychological growth and development through sport and exercise
Practical skills and assessment in sport, exercise, physical activity and performance
Diversity, inclusion and cultural competencies

ENVS2006 – Ecology and Management of Wildlife (includes field trip)
Wildlife around the world are increasingly heading toward extinction. One method governments use to avert this extinction crisis is to create threatened species recovery plans that outline what we know about a species and how we can keep it alive into the future.

This course will develop your understanding of the ecology and management of wildlife via the creation of a species recovery plan. Students will work in groups to identify why recovery plans are important, and then to collect the information necessary on their chosen taxa to compile a recovery plan.

In doing so, students will develop skills on species identification and survey methods to ensure they can make appropriate recommendations in their recovery plans. Students will summarise published data on their focal species and related taxa to generate sections of their recovery plan on the species ecology and evolutionary history, unique adaptations, threatening processes and fully costed management solutions.

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Create a fully costed recovery plan for a threatened species.
2. Assemble information relevant to the creation of the recovery plan, including that on species taxonomy, distribution, status, population trends, ecology, habitat and threats.
3. Translate lessons learnt on a threatened species that is relevant to other species.
4. Debate threatened species management from a range of perspectives.
5. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of methods of surveying wildlife.
6. Work effectively independently and as part of a team.

The Theme of the course revolves around creating a recovery plan for a threatened species. Specific emphasis is given to processing key components of the recovery plan including:

What is in a species recovery plan and why are they important?
Understanding the ecology of your focal species
Determining critical habitat and identifying critical threats for your species.
Paraphrase the national and international legal obligations that may affect your species.
Methods to study, identify and describe the diversity of animals.
The importance of your study taxa to indigenous people.
Social and economic interests associated with the conservation management of your species.
Decide what the broader benefits will be from the successful conservation of your species (ecosystem services).
Describe the existing conservation management practices that are being implemented for your species, and evaluate how successful this has been.
Compile recovery goals, objectives and actions to improve the conservation success of your species and the cost the recovery actions you propose.

CHEE2935 – Resource and Energy Optimisation (includes field trip)
This course introduces you to the concepts of sustainability and cleaner production as applied in an industrial context. The course explores the potential role of engineers in the development of sustainable technologies, with a focus on energy and resources. Process impacts including atmospheric pollution and water use are also considered in addition to greenhouse gas emissions from a variety of energy technology types. Quantitative tools to optimise chemical processes are outlined to increase resource use efficiency.

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the concepts of sustainability and cleaner production, and the challenges that engineers face in applying these concepts in an industrial and societal context
2. Show familiarity with the concept of cleaner production and how to apply it to real life applications
3. Exhibit an understanding of basic principles of green engineering applied to product design and manufacturing processes
4. Quantify environment flows using appropriate mass and energy analysis
5. Assess different energy sources in their ability to deliver clean and reliable electricity and heating/cooling utilities
6. Optimise industrial heat exchanger systems in order to reduce overall energy consumption
7. Critically analyse environmental emissions and develop simple methodologies to reduce these emissions
8. Present clear arguments to support the findings of analysis undertaken as part of an open-ended Case Study

Topics to be covered in this course include:

State of the world, role of engineers and sustainable engineering principles.
Life cycle analysis (concepts and application).
Analysis of fossil fuel and renewable energy technology impacts.
Pinch technology and Heat Exchanger Network (HEN) analysis.
Evaluating and comparing energy technologies for sustainability.
Sustainable hydrogen production and use.
Case Study.

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 (2.5 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 550,000, 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

  • 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.

Off-Campus Dorms


Enjoy a quiet yet central location in Hamilton, just outside central Newcastle. Rooms are shared, with twin beds and an ensuite bathroom. There are communal kitchen facilities, laundry, and common areas.

The off-campus dorms are located within walking distance of numerous shops, cafes, restaurants, and parks. Just a few minutes further afoot, you’ll find Newcastle’s CBD (central business district – “downtown”), where your options for entertainment are considerable.

Australia’s accessible public transportation system allows you to hop a public bus or train bound for beaches, sports complexes, or up or down the coast. The main University of Newcastle campus, Callaghan, is worth a short commute – its beautiful, parkland setting feeling like a world away from the city.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomEnsuite
  • Bed linens
  • Desk
  • Double Room
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Microwave
  • Study Areas
  • Television
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included


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

  • CIS Abroad Aussie Orientation in Sydney
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • 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

This program includes our awesome Aussie Orientation! You’ll kick things off with a warm reception in Sydney, after which you’ll settle into Newcastle. Once in Newy, you’ll get familiar with University of Newcastle and surrounds, so you’ll be well oriented by the time your classes start!

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

As the program draws to a close, you’ll go home with the tools you need to make the most of your experience. We’ll gather everybody together for a farewell meal. We’ll help you reflect on your experience during your time abroad and prepare you for cultural differences you’ll experience as you return home (reverse culture shock is real!).

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.
Aussie Orientation in Sydney - Summer

Aussie Orientation in Sydney - Summer

Your program will begin with a 3 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. You’ll also get an orientation on your first day at University of Newcastle, so you should be pretty well adjusted by the time classes kick off!

Surfing Lesson

Surfing Lesson

Would you like to feel like a true Aussie? We thought you might mate! Enjoy a lesson with an instructor and have a fun time with your surfboard catching the waves. *Usually at the iconic Bondi 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

Seth Daily
Travel Tip:

Making friends is key. The first thing I do when I get to a new place is find events that are going on. Ask locals, join social media groups, pay attention to posters and signs. Then attend all of them.

Travel Tip:

Making friends is key. The first thing I do when I get to a new place is find events that are going on. Ask locals, join social media groups, pay attention to posters and signs. Then attend all of them.


Raised in a family that encouraged participation in every activity from baseball to marching band to martial arts (too many for healthy stress levels, in hindsight), I was enrolled in every school trip my parents could afford. That early exposure to overseas travel grew into a passion for new and different environments. After high school I followed a path of studies that took me from Los Angeles, where I was raised, through Switzerland to learn French, and finally landed me in Australia, where I now reside with a degree in business and political science. My journey has taught me that besides creating lifetime friendships and unforgettable memories, travel to new cultures brings out our deepest empathy as we see the world from others’ point of view. When more people can have that experience, it’s a step towards making the world a better place.

Your Support Staff

Amanda Murphy
Travel Tip:

Don’t overplan. Have a place to stay, pick a few major things you want to do, and then just get lost in the beauty of it all. If you plan too many activities, you miss out on stumbling into the most wonderful things that you’ll never forget.

Advising and Enrollment
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!


Kaylee Klinger, our student advisor and 2x CIS Abroad alum, can help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal objectives. It’s not always an easy choice, but you can’t go wrong! Once you’ve decided, we’ll guide to you submit an online application.


Once you’ve submitted your initial application and the fee, you’ll be assigned a Program Enrollment Coordinator. We’ll work closely together to guide you through the enrollment process and prepare you for a life-changing experience!

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: Mar 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 6 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 6 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,490 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

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.