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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 area, 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 in the local community in our high-quality, ideally located off-campus student housing
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 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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 50 Newcastle credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.Find Courses
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.
|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 18|
|Fall Deadline||April 23|
|Date of Departure||TBD|
|Classes Begin||Feb 24|
|Semester Break||April 13||April 27|
|Classes End||June 5|
|Study Period||June 6||June 8|
|Exam Period||June 9||June 26|
|Program Ends||June 27|
*These dates are tentative and final program dates will be posted later this year.
|Date of Departure||July 15|
|TEAN Orientation||July 17||July 21|
|Housing Move-In||July 21|
|University Orientation||July 22||July 26|
|Classes Begin||July 29|
|Semester Break||Sept 30||Oct 11|
|Classes End||Nov 8|
|Exam Period||Nov 11||Nov 29|
|Program Ends||Nov 30|
|Date of Departure||Feb 11|
|TEAN Orientation||Feb 13||Feb 17|
|University Orientation||Feb 18||Feb 22|
|Classes Begin||Feb 25|
|Semester Break||April 15||April 26|
|Classes End||June 7|
|Study Period||June 8||June 10|
|Exam Period||June 11||June 28|
|Program Ends||June 29|
Fees & Inclusions
- Tuition and program fees: $11,580*
- Housing (off campus): $4,440 – $6,100
*Tuition for 4 courses. Students are permitted to enroll in 3 courses but there is no tuition discount.
- Tuition and program fees: $11,480
- Housing (off campus): $4,440 – $6,100
- Full tuition (4 courses)
- 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 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 ($2,000)
- 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.
Receive money to study abroad starting at $1,000 by applying to TEAN scholarships. 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 Assistant - Newcastle
BBQ in the Park
Spend a day in one of the many parks around Newcastle with public BBQ use available for all. Get a group together and have a picnic – my personal favourite spot is King Edward Park.
Director - South Pacific
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.
What led you to your current role as TEAN’s Director – South Pacific?
I’ve worked in study abroad for more than 25 years at UNSW…20 of which was with the TEAN program! I managed the Study Abroad & Exchange portfolios at UNSW and when I was approached to take on this new role, I was very excited to try something new with a company that I have a lot of respect for. I love what TEAN does – from recruitment to in-country support and everything in between. We are truly hands-on and our students have the experience of a lifetime.
What originally got you into the field?
While I was studying at UNSW I worked casually in the Study Abroad Office and met some great international students. I don’t mean to sound cliche but I loved being involved in their life-changing experiences – that was what hooked me. I was originally just going to continue for a year and then move to the U.K. but obviously the job changed my career path indefinitely.
What is the best part of your job?
Seeing the students live their best life. I also love seeing and hearing about their experiences while abroad, like what changed them and what they didn’t expect. They leave our program a different person – one that is ready to take on the world. Again a cliche but it’s true!
What are some of the common challenges student have to overcome to study in Australia?
Students are shocked by how different Australia actually is from the U.S. They see the same icons and pop culture but, underneath, we have a very different culture. I think students can sometimes go through culture shock more than if going to study in a country with another language because the differences aren’t obvious at first so are very surprising. The university degrees are set up differently here too. Most degrees are only three years and there aren’t as many electives. Australia’s teaching methods and assessments are different as well, more independent which I feel students get used to and like. Worrying about credits transferring to home universities is a concern so students need to work closely with their advisors before leaving their home schools.
In your experience what makes Sydney a great place to study abroad?
Australia overall has excellent universities, incredible cities and is very safe. Sydney in particular is a fabulous multicultural city that offers absolutely anything and everything you could want. The busy weekly lifestyle gives way to laid back weekends and exploring new areas, taking in shows at the Opera House, or a sporting match at the former Olympic Park. Or you can just grab brunch or coffee at the beach! You can make your experience what you want.