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.


Semester Program


February - June
July - November

17,000 Students

2.5 GPA to apply


Forest Setting
Traditional Campus

On-Campus Student Housing
Off-Campus Student Housing


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 area, an amazing climate and many outdoor pursuits

Explore the Great Barrier Reef and tropical far north Australia during your comprehensive six-day Orientation Program, with a week of adventure and learning

Enjoy living in the local community in our high-quality, ideally located off-campus student housing

Experience an alternative Spring Break with our optional Thailand excursion

Appreciate access to TEAN’s Newcastle-based Resident Director and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the semester

Program Details


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 scuba diving and 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.

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Newcastle students choose between living in university managed, on-campus housing with an option for self- or fully catered facilities (with the option of a single room pending availability). On-campus accommodation offers the convenience of easy access to all sporting, library, health, and academic facilities available to students, as well as walking distance to campus.

Alternatively, students can choose TEAN off-campus accommodation located in close proximity to public transportation, nightlife, local parks, iconic beaches, and cafes and restaurants. Off-campus accommodations offer a choice of single or shared room arrangements featuring kitchens, restrooms on each floor, and a shared living space that includes a television, couches, and lounge space for studying and getting to know your Australian housemates.

 TEAN Staff

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 issues that you may face during your time abroad.


About The University of Newcastle

  • Established in 1965, the University of Newcastle’s main campus located in Newcastle hosts more than 17,000 students.
  • The University of Newcastle is situated approximately seven miles west of the city and is accessible via train, bus or bike from the city center.
  • The campus is set in a natural bushland setting, close to some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches.
  • The University of Newcastle prides itself in producing self-confident, well-equipped, ‘job-ready’ graduates. Employment rates and starting salaries for University of Newcastle graduates are higher than the national average.
  • The University sits in the top 10 universities in Australia, in terms of their research funding performance.
  • The campus’ natural bushland setting provides an inspiring environment in which to learn. The campus prides itself on protecting the flora and fauna that call the area home and have instituted many protected habitats. Make sure to keep your eyes open for the kangaroo crossing signs!


Academic Departments and Schools at Newcastle are divided into five academic divisions: Business and Law; Education and Arts; Engineering and Built Environment; Health and Medicine and Science and Information Technology.

The University of Newcastle offers more than 2,000 courses in the below disciplines. You can also refer to the Newcastle online course catalog for a listing of all courses. Students enroll in 3 – 4 courses per semester (between 30 and 50 Newcastle credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Subject Area
  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Construction Management
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Hospitality
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Logistics Management
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Parks & Recreation Managment
  • Sports Management
  • Tourism
Communications & Media
  • Animation
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing / Professional Writing
  • Film (Practical)
  • Film / TV Studies (Theory)
  • Journalism (Broadcast)
  • Journalism (General)
  • Journalism (Print)
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Media/Multimedia
  • Public Relations
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Special Education
  • Construction Engineering
  • Engineering, Chemical
  • Engineering, Civil
  • Engineering, Computer Engineering
  • Engineering, Electrical
  • Engineering, Environmental
  • Engineering, Industrial
  • Engineering, Materials Science
  • Engineering, Mechanical
  • Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Art Therapy
  • Disability Studies
  • Family Studies (Health)
  • Food Science
  • Health Administration
  • Health Science (General)
  • Kinesiology / Exercise Science / Athletic Training / Human Movement
  • Medical Technology
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacy
  • Recreation Management
  • Speech Pathology
  • Sport and Leisure Studies
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Development Studies
  • Family/Human Studies (Humanities)
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Religious Studies / Theology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
International Studies
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • Chinese Language / Studies
  • French Language / Studies
  • German Language / Studies
  • International Relations
  • Japanese Language / Studies
  • Anatomy
  • Animal Science
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Statistics
Visual, Performing Arts & Design
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Dance
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Music
  • Music Theory
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Theatre
  • Theatre Performance
  • Theatre Studies
  • Video Game Design
  • Vocal Performance
  • Web 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.
  • Sophomore standing at a four-year degree-granting institution at the time of enrollment.
  • 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.

Optional Excursions

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 pre- and mid-semester excursions organized during school breaks.

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 exotic 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.

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Melbourne, Australia

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.

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Program Dates

Fall 2016

Date of Departure July 10
TEAN Orientation July 12 July 17
Housing Move-In  July 17
University Orientation July 18 July 22
Classes Begin July 25
Semester Break  Sept 19 Oct 3
Classes End  Nov 4
Exam Period  Nov 7 Nov 25
Program Ends Nov 26

Spring 2016

Date of Departure Feb 8
TEAN Orientation Feb 10 Feb 14
Optional Pre-Semester Excursion Not available
Housing Move-In Feb 14
University Orientation Feb 15 Feb 19
Classes Begin Feb 22
Semester Break March 25 Apr 8
Classes End Jun 3
Study Period Jun 4 Jun 5
Exam Period Jun 6 Jun 24
Program Ends Jun 25

Fees & Inclusions

Fall 2016


  • Tuition and services: $11,580
  • Housing (off campus): $3,740 – $4,935

What’s Included

  • Full tuition
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged, off-campus TEAN housing (University of Newcastle on-campus housing also an option)
  • 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 pre-semester and Spring Break trips, which may include New Zealand, the Great Barrier Reef, Thailand and other places
  • Access to competitive airfares and pre-arranged group flights
  • 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
  • Airport transfer at end of semester

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($1,800)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Student visa ($525)
  • Books ($365)
  • Meals during the semester ($2,000)
  • Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.


TEAN Scholarships

In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year we award thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.

We Love Newcastle

Todd Gretencord

Todd Gretencord

Resident Director - Internships

Newcastle Tip
Bathers Walk

Looking for a place for your morning run? The Bathers Walk is a continuous pathway from the Harbour to Merewether Beach. Even more ambitious? The bathers walk will lead you to the start of the Great North Walk that will take you all the way to Sydney.

John Yocum

John Yocum

Manager of Enrollment

Newcastle Tip
Secret Swimming Spot

Locals can point you to the Bogey Hole. Don’t miss this secluded swim spot that was once the private bath of our first governor.

Caroline Tell

Caroline Tell

Resident Director - Sydney

Newcastle Tip
Rent a Bike

Want to ride a bike? Find “Dan the Bike Man” he’ll rent you one for the semester. As a relatively flat city a bike is a great way to get around.

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