University of Newcastle - Semester or Year Abroad


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General information applicable to all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad  Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs at the University of Newcastle through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about the University of Newcastle and all other Australia program options.   

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this University of Newcastle program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, formerly known as AustraLearn, offers semester and year abroad programs at The University of Newcastle. The University of Newcastle offers study abroad students the perfect combination of lifestyle and learning. Set in superb bushland and close to waterways, forests, and spectacular surf beaches, the University is internationally renowned and among the top ten research universities in Australia. The University's setting and relaxed atmosphere combine to offer an excellent environment for academic pursuits and personal development.

North American students are fully integrated into the life of the University both in the classroom and the halls of residence. The challenge of adjusting to the new academic and social environment is assisted by the friendly and open welcome given to students by the International Student Support staff, by the Australian students, and by the academics.

The University of Newcastle at Callaghan (the main campus) has one of the best campuses in Australia. Its 350 acres of natural bushland - complete with Australian wildlife - at the city edge affords you the peace and quiet necessary for successful study.




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Newcastle offers you a coastal landscape, surf beaches, working harbor, historic sites, the arts, and a vibrant nightlife.  It is ranked the #9 city in the world for 2011 by Lonely Planet. The Civic Cultural Precinct is where you'll find the Newcastle Regional Museum, Art Gallery, Civic Theatre, Civic Playhouse, and the University's Music and Business schools. The Newcastle East conservation zone covers an entire urban neighborhood preserving some of the best of the city's architectural heritage.

Newcastle's harbor waterfront and adjacent beaches are a popular leisure area for locals and visitors alike. Newcastle City hosts the This is Not Art Festival, Surfest, and the Maritime Festival, which annually attract tens of thousands of visitors from Sydney and the Central and Northern Coast.

The population of Newcastle is approximately 500,000 and supports a thriving business and commercial sector and an excellent network of health care and educational facilities. It is also a two-hour train ride from Sydney, the capital of New South Wales.

Less than an hour to the north of Newcastle is the magnificent harbor of Port Stephens, a popular center for big game fishing, sailing, scuba diving, surfing, and sail boarding. Less than a few miles south of the city is Australia's largest seaboard lake, Lake Macquarie – the scene of many national and international sailing events. To the west are the internationally famous wineries of the Hunter Valley.

Newcastle enjoys a pleasant climate year round - similar to the central Californian coast. Summer is warm to hot (68F - 83F) and winter is mild (49F - 64F).

Academic Highlights

University of Newcastle has been at the forefront in the development of Problem-Based Learning (PBL), both in Australia and internationally. PBL enables students to learn while solving problems that they are likely to come across in their professional lives. Used mainly in the disciplines of Architecture, Building, Health Sciences, and Medicine, PBL has been a marked success with students and with employers, who find that graduates tend to operate in the "real world" much more quickly and more efficiently than graduates who have experienced more traditional approaches to learning.

Ranked as one of the top ten research universities of Australia, the University of Newcastle currently employs three of the world’s top scientists as ranked by ISI (Institute for Scientific Information), as well as over 800 research academics and 150 research support staff. There are 1,000 research higher degree students studying across a wide range of disciplines.

Australian Flora and Fauna and Introduction to Aboriginal Studies are particularly popular courses for study abroad students, as they include excursions such as field trips to local Aboriginal spiritual sites, visits to National Parks, and Aboriginal archaeological digs.

Internship Available

Are you interested in completing a part time internship for credit while you take classes at University of Newcastle? Learn More>

University Services

The University of Newcastle boasts a campus-wide, fiber-optic information network. Students have access to the Internet in the University's libraries as well as the Computer and Information Sciences building and the halls of residence.

The University’s libraries also offer wireless access to all students, and a project is currently underway to provide campus-wide wireless coverage over the next two years. All study abroad students are provided with a free email account and on-campus Internet access.


As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad student you are guaranteed pre-arranged accommodation to fit your lifestyle. There are a variety of housing options available which you will apply for after acceptance. Read below for more specific options offered at this university:

The University of Newcastle offers accommodation in residential colleges and a “motel-type” residence located on the Callaghan campus. These co-ed residences are self- or partially-catered, single bedroom options. Students also have the option to live in pre-arranged self-catered, single or share bedroom apartments or share houses located near the central business district of Newcastle.


Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

  • Exciting excursions and activities
  • A chance to meet other students
  • Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area.

Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program which is included in your program fees the University of Newcastle will provide a university specific orientation. International Student Support staff arranges initial reception for students who arrive in Newcastle by plane, train, or bus. An enrollment and orientation program for international students is held before the commencement of each semester or trimester.

The general University Orientation Week begins on the Monday before the beginning of each semester. The orientation program includes an official welcome by the Vice Chancellor (President) of the University, a party hosted by returned University of Newcastle exchange students, and day excursions such as a dolphin watch cruise, reptile park excursion, tours of the wineries, and late night shopping trips. Students are introduced to the University’s facilities via campus tours and receive briefings on the Australian academic system, cultural issues, recreational activities, sports clubs, and local travel destinations. Students are also assisted through enrollment and subject registration.

International Student Support provides on-going service in a range of educational and welfare matters, ensuring that students have access to all the services that will make their stay in Newcastle a rich and academically rewarding experience.

Scholarships Available

In addition to the scholarships offered by GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, University of Newcastle supports GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students with one $1,000 AUD award each semester.

Special Programs/Excursions

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events
Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.
On-Going Activities
Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Specific Excursions Included in Your Program Fees

Multi Day Excursions included in your program fee
In addition to the Bridging Cultures Program, a free multi-day excursion is included in all semester/year abroad programs in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji. Students studying in these destinations can choose from one of the four excursions listed to the right. The cost of the excursion is included; however, you will need to pay for transportation to the destination. Learn more>

Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>

University of Newcatle Special Programs and Excursions

Low-cost excursions are organized for study abroad students (and their friends) during each semester. Excursions include day-trips to Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Barrington Tops, Nelson Bay, Taronga Park Zoo, and social events such as the U.N.D.I.E.S. winery tour, ice-skating night, and the International Students’ Film Festival. Check with the International Student Support Service for more information about the above trips and programs.

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

Central to student life is the University Union with over 25,000 members, which organizes many of the University's important cultural and social events such as the Orientation Ball, the Beach Party, Big Wednesday, and the Cultural Awakenings Festival. It also regularly hosts national and international bands at the Bar-On-The-Hill. Free bands, movies, and comedy acts are available every week.

The University boasts exceptional sporting facilities including the Forum Sports and Aquatic Centre. The Forum features an eight-lane, heated indoor Olympic swimming pool, Australia's second highest rock climbing wall (60 feet), a dedicated circuit room, 22-station electronic cardio theatre, aerobic studio, martial arts/dance studio with fully-sprung floors, and a large fully equipped gymnasium.

The Sports Union offers a variety of recreational and sporting activities from belly dancing, mountaineering and snow skiing to archery, fencing, and the martial arts. Squash, badminton, tennis, basketball, volleyball, soccer and football facilities are available, as well as off-campus access to golf, surfing, water skiing, and other sports.

Community Involvement

While abroad, we recommend getting involved in your local community. It's an awesome way to meet locals, experience the true Australian culture, and create long lasting memories. From volunteering to festival-going, we challenge you to make the most of your international experience... See a sample of community involvement opportunities available in Newcastle or discover your own upon arrival!

You can explore your volunteer efforts in the semester by signing up for the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Conservation Volunteer Weekend.

Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.
Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.
If you have any questions about course availability, please contact


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University of Newcastle
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing with MealsApproximately $5,000 - $7,200
Housing without MealsApproximately $4,000- $6,000
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

  • Multi-day on-site Bridging Cultures Program
  • Local Discovery Activities hosted by on-site Resident Coordinator
  • Welcome and farewell events
  • HTH Worldwide health insurance protection
  • Alumni opportunities, including professional ambassador program
  • International Student Identity Card
  • Exclusive Career-Building Alumni Institute (add-on option)

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Twin-Share room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.


Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level. Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 2.50

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

Program Manager
Rebecca Anderson
1-800-980-0033 x121

Advice From The Program Team:
This is a great campus if you want to be in a small city, close to the beach, and within a couple of hours of Sydney. Many students find off-campus housing along the beach and take transportation to the University.