Before you apply

Once you have established that you are eligible to apply, there are a few important things to consider before taking the exciting step to study with us.

Areas of study

The University of Newcastle offers a wide variety of interesting, exciting and relevant courses to our visiting Study Abroad and Exchange students. You can chose from most courses offered in the Bachelors of Arts, Business, Commerce, Science, Mathematics, Engineering and many more. 

Some popular areas of study are:

If your preferred area of study is not listed above, please see a list of all courses at UoN, as well as further information about the above areas by looking up Areas of Study  and the Online Course Handbook

How to select your courses

You can choose courses to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or you can choose elective courses simply because they might be of interest to you.

Restricted courses

It may be possible to choose courses from subject areas at the above links in 'Course Lists' however not all courses will be suitable as electives. Some courses are restricted (eg. MEDI -Medicine) Other courses require special permission (eg. LAWS courses are for students in law degrees) or some courses require assumed knowledge (eg. need other course/s completed before you can enrol). It is a good idea to check the assumed knowledge section to make sure that you have the right background to be successful.

To find out if you can enrol in a particular course, click on the course in the Online Course Handbook , scroll down the page until you see the 'Assumed Knowledge' or 'Requisite/Compulsory Course Components' heading. This section will tell you whether you have the prior knowledge required and / or whether enrolment into the course is restricted.

Course difficulty

A course's degree of difficulty is indicated by its code number, which often signifies the year in which it is taken. For example, a course coded 1000 level (eg ACFI1001) is likely to be taken in the first year of study and a course coded 2000 level (eg MARI2900) in the second year.

You should always ensure that you have the approval from your home institution to participate in any course.

How many courses can you choose?

As part of your Australian Student Visa requirements, all Study Abroad and Exchange students must be enrolled at a full time capacity.

  • The standard full time workload is 40 units (4 courses) per semester.
  • The minimum full time workload is 30 units (3 courses) per semester.
  • The maximum fulltime workload is 50 units (5 courses) per semester

NOTE: 1 course = 10 units = 10 hours.  Full-time study requires 30-50 hours of your time each week for class work, reading, studying and assignments,  so be sure to think about your study commitment.

Academic Matters

Teaching methods and forms of assessment at UoN vary according to the course. Students are usually required to undertake a combination of lectures, tutorials and/or laboratory classes and, in some cases, fieldwork placements. In order to meet assignment and examination requirements, students are expected to spend as much time conducting library research and personal study as they do in class.

Assessment is usually in the form of written assignments, short tests, participation in tutorials and practical work, as well as examinations in semester (or trimester) time or in the formal examination periods.

Both teaching methods and Assessment details can be found in the Online Course Handbook and are also discussed in the first lecture.Credit transfer: It is the responsibility of all international students to negotiate the transfer of credit for studies undertaken at the University of Newcastle with their own home institution.