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 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

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 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).

TEAN Staff

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.

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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.

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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 instructionsStudents 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.

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.
  • 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.

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 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.

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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.

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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


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.

Extended Spring Deadline Nov 18 Nov 25
Fall Deadline April 23

Fall 2020*

Date of Departure Mid-July
TEAN Orientation TBD
Housing Move-In TBD
University Orientation July 13 July 17
Classes Begin July 20
Semester Break Sept 28 Oct 11
Classes End Oct 30
Exam Period Nov 2 Nov 14
Program Ends Nov 15

*These dates are tentative. Final dates will be released closer to the fall semester.

Spring 2020

Date of Departure Feb 10
TEAN Orientation Feb 12 Feb 16
University Orientation Feb 17 Feb 21
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 19
Program Ends June 20

Fall 2019

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

Fees & Inclusions

Spring 2020

  • Tuition and program fees: $11,390*
  • Housing (on campus): $4,440 – $5,995

*Tuition for 4 courses. Students are permitted to enroll in 3 courses but there is no tuition discount.

Fall 2019

  • Tuition and program fees: $11,580*
  • Housing (on campus): $4,440 – $6,100

*Tuition for 4 courses. Students are permitted to enroll in 3 courses but there is no tuition discount.

What’s Included

  • 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.


TEAN Scholarships

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!

We Love Newcastle

Andrea Ciotti

Resident Assistant - Newcastle

Newcastle Tip
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!

Laura Carroll

Resident Director - NSW

Newcastle Tip
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.

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