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The University of Newcastle
As one of Australia’s most naturally beautiful campuses, the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan campus is a great fit for students seeking an engaging learning environment combined with opportunities for outdoor exploration. Here, participants will challenge themselves in the classroom, benefiting from a wide variety of course offerings, while exploring a city that features five kilometers of waterfront attractions. Located two hours from Sydney, Newcastle is also just a short distance from the Lower Hunter Valley, a region famous for its wineries and national parks.
Select from the University of Newcastle's comprehensive academic program and enjoy the natural beauty of the bushland campus
Live in Newcastle, just two hours from Sydney, which features a lower cost of living than other major urban areas, an amazing climate and many outdoor pursuits
Explore the Great Barrier Reef and tropical far north Australia during your comprehensive five-day Orientation Program, with a week of adventure and learning
Enjoy living close to your classes in on-campus student housing with your own private bedroom and shared living space
Experience an alternative Spring Break with our optional Thailand or New Zealand excursion
Appreciate access to TEAN’s Newcastle-based Resident Director and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the semester
TEAN’s exclusive “Welcome Abroad” Orientation Program takes place in Cairns in the north of Australia famous for its tropical setting and access to the Great Barrier Reef – what better way to start the semester than a week full of adventure, including snorkeling on the largest coral reef system in the world? Your Australia Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful semester by introducing you to the local culture and academics while also getting to know your soon to be friends and having an exciting journey in the process. On the final day of Orientation, students travel to their host city where they are met by their local TEAN Resident Director and introduced to their housing and local area.
Newcastle students live in university managed, on-campus housing with an option for self- or fully catered facilities. Conveniently located just a short walking distance from classes, the dorms offer private bedrooms with shared living spaces and common recreations areas (plus the option of a single room pending availability).
Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in Australia, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Throughout your semester you will meet with the Newcastle Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.Meet the Team
About The University of Newcastle
- Established in 1965, the University of Newcastle’s main campus hosts more than 24,000 students.
- Ranked in the top 150 in the world for Nursing, Architecture, Education, Medicine, Sociology, Mineral & Mining Engineering, and Civil & Structural Engineering, according to the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
- Set in a natural bushland setting, close to some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, the campus is situated approximately seven miles west of the city and is easily accessible via train, bus or bike from the city center.
- Employment rates and starting salaries for University of Newcastle graduates are higher than the national average as the university prides itself in producing self-confident, well-equipped, ‘job-ready’ graduates.
- The university sits in the top 10 universities in Australia, in terms of its research funding performance and ranked in the top 3% of universities in the world, according to the 2019 QS World University Rankings.
- Its Business School is AACSB accredited.
- The school puts emphasis on protecting the flora and fauna that call the area home and have instituted many protected habitats making the campus’ natural bushland setting provides an inspiring environment in which to learn. Make sure to keep your eyes open for the kangaroo crossing signs!
The University of Newcastle is located approximately seven miles west of the city center and just under 3 hours north of Sydney by train. Visit the google map link below to see the campus location.View Map
The University of Newcastle offers more than 2,000 courses in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses see our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 3 – 4 courses per semester (between 30 and 40 Newcastle credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.Find Courses
Academic Departments and Schools at Newcastle are divided into three academic divisions: Engineering, Science, & Environment; Health, Medicine & Wellbeing; and Human & Social Futures.
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual, Performing Arts & Design||
- 2.5 GPA. Students with a 2.2-2.5 are encouraged to apply and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
- Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.
- Students attending a two-year institution may be considered on a case by case basis.
Events & Excursions
Activities / Immersion
Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Newcastle-based TEAN Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities change each semester.
In addition to the TEAN-organized events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Newcastle. Ranging from community events to music festivals, we tap you into the local culture right from the start.
Sydney Opera House Performance
While tourists stand around outside taking photos, the locals are inside the Opera House seeing some of the best theatre, opera, dance or musical performances in the world. We join the locals at one of the many performance spaces inside the Sydney Opera House to experience the wonderful arts scene of Australia.
Learn to Surf
Australians love the beach – being an island nation with beautiful coastlines and 85% of the population living within an hour of a beach, it’s not surprising. Surfing is the favorite pastime of Aussie beachgoers so we introduce you to this sport early on in the semester with a lesson to get you started riding the waves.
During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know Australia better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad. South Island, New Zealand New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural environments this planet has to offer and is home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports! From the Southern Hemisphere’s highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, whitewater rafting raging rapids and hiking glaciers, you won’t be bored or disappointed! This excursion is usually offered as a mid-semester break excursion. Thailand Take advantage of Australia’s ideal location in the South Pacific and explore incredible Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive nine-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself bathing elephants in a river, learning to cook Thai food, visiting exotic temples and spending the evening with hilltribe villagers. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion, usually offered during mid-semester break, is not to be missed. Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.
During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know Australia better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.
South Island, New Zealand
New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural environments this planet has to offer and is home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports! From the Southern Hemisphere’s highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, whitewater rafting raging rapids and hiking glaciers, you won’t be bored or disappointed! This excursion is usually offered as a mid-semester break excursion.
Take advantage of Australia’s ideal location in the South Pacific and explore incredible Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive nine-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself bathing elephants in a river, learning to cook Thai food, visiting exotic temples and spending the evening with hilltribe villagers. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion, usually offered during mid-semester break, is not to be missed.
Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Spring Deadline||Nov 1|
|Fall Deadline||April 15|
Your signed program contract and full payment for the program are due by the program deadline. Please note we do have options for using financial aid and enrolling in a payment plan if you cannot make full payment by the payment deadline. You can find more information about funding your program here
|Spring Payment Deadline||Nov 15|
|Fall Payment Deadline||TBD|
|Depart the US||July 2|
|Arrive in Australia||July 4|
|TEAN Orientation||July 4-8|
|University Orientation||July 11|
|Classes Begin||July 18|
|Semester Break||Sept 26 – Oct 7|
|Classes End||Oct 28|
|Exam Period||Oct 31 – Nov 12|
|Program Ends||Nov 13|
|Depart the US||Early Feb|
|Arrive in Australia||Feb 6|
|TEAN Orientation||Feb 10|
|University Orientation||Feb 13|
|Classes Begin||Feb 20|
|Semester Break||April 7-21|
|Classes End||June 2|
|Study Period||June 3-5|
|Exam Period||June 17|
|Program Ends||June 18|
Fees & Inclusions
- Tuition and program fees: $11,950
- Housing (on campus):$4,440 – $10,000
- Tuition and program fees: $13,250
- Housing (on campus): $3,875 – $4,475
- Full tuition (4 courses)
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged, on-campus housing
- Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
- Services of local Resident Directors
- Five-day Orientation Program with some meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
- Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
- Wireless internet access in all housing
- Access to pre-arranged and affordable cell phone packages
- Access to unique and exciting optional excursions which may include New Zealand, Thailand and other places
- Access to competitive airfares and pre-arranged flight itineraries
- Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
- University and course selection advice
- Official academic transcripts from host institution
- Credit approval and transfer assistance
- Help with student visa preparation
- Financial aid transfer planning
- Airport pickup and reception in Sydney
- Arrival Welcome packet containing important local contact details and information
- Newcastle Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
- Host university orientation
What’s Not Included
- International airfare ($1,800)
- Domestic airfare in US ($500)
- Student visa ($450)
- Books ($365)
- Meals during the semester ($2,500)
- Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)
- Travel insurance ($350)
- Travel and personal expenses ($1,500 – 2,500+)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!
"Newcastle is gorgeous! The weather is beautiful and the people are extremely friendly."
"The Newcastle campus is gorgeous with bridges, streams, and a jungle like atmosphere."
We Love Newcastle
Resident Director - Newcastle
Fish and Chips
Swell at Nobby’s Beach has some of the best fish and chips in town paired with fantastic views to watch surfers catching waves. You can also take a surf lesson yourself!
Resident Director - Sydney & Wollongong
Rent a Bike
Want to ride a bike? Find “Dan the Bike Man” and he’ll rent you one for the semester. He is a local legend – really – everyone knows him and his crazy love for bikes. As a relatively flat city, a bike is a great way to get around Newcastle.
What do you do for TEAN and what is the best part of your job?
I am the New South Wales Resident Director working with students who study in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. The best part of my job is watching students grow throughout their study abroad experience!
What should be on every student’s bucket list for a semester in Australia?
There are so many things to pick from!! My absolute favorite thing I have done in Australia was go to Rottnest Island in Western Australia. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. There are no cars on the island, so you rent bikes and ride around beach hopping. There are amazing snorkeling spots, great beaches to lay out and the quokkas are the absolute cutest!
What are some must-do activities for every Sydney study abroad student?
Everyone should do the Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk. If you do that and love it, then check out the Spit to Manly Coastal Walk. It’s a bit longer but so beautiful! You can also take the ferry to Manly Beach then, once you get to Manly Beach, walk up to Shelly Beach and go snorkeling. I also recommend heading to Newtown for some of the best vegan food around as well as great shopping and nightlife, wandering through Sydney’s amazing markets, like theGlebe and Marrickville markets, and seeing if there are any shows or concerts you’re interested in while you’re in Sydney – there are some really cool old theaters here!
Besides Sydney, what are some of your favorite places in Asia Pacific?
I loved Thailand for its culture – the people were so lovely, the food was amazing and seeing elephants is hard to beat! Of course, the beaches are gorgeous and I loved all the fun shopping too. I would highly recommend visiting Thailand while students are living in Australia. It’s very affordable and it’s so close!
What is the best meal (or food) you’ve had while traveling abroad?
When I was in Bali, I tried this jackfruit curry dish in Ubud. It was unbelievably delicious and the texture was amazing. This introduced me to cooking with jackfruit, which is now a weekly staple at my house. All the food in Bali was so fresh. I loved how you could buy tempe and tofu wrapped in banana leaves on the side of the road!