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orientation

Orientation (known as “O-Week”) is your first week at UON before classes start. It includes information sessions that will give you practical information about living and studying at the university, as well as a range of social activities and off campus outings to help you get to know the area and make new friends with other international and domestic students.

Please click here to view the orientation schedule for your semester.

At UON, we understand that your student experience is more than just what happens in the classroom.  We’ve developed a great range of social and academic programmes that cater to any need – whether it’s meeting new friends, taking a break from studies, or giving your future the extra edge with our unique iLead Plus program.  Get involved…



iLEAD PLUS (Workshops, Seminars and Leadership Opportunities)

Students can attend exclusive professional development seminars and workshops held in Newcastle, as well as participate in programs and events as student leaders. It connects domestic and international students with each other and a range of industries. Give your future the iLEAD edge today. Learn more


Speed Conversations

Would you like to develop friendships with people from around the world? Speed Conversations has been designed to improve conversational English skills of international students and to help make friendships with local students.

Participants are divided into pairs and then given a topic of conversation to discuss for around 10 minutes. Pairs are then swapped and begin again with the next topic. Morning tea is provided and a social atmosphere makes Speed Conversations not just educational but lots of fun!

WHEN: Fridays during semester 1
WHERE: University of Newcastle Gallery, Callaghan Campus
TIME: 10.00am - 11.30am (including morning tea)

Register your interest here


GOALSS

Need a break from the classroom? Then get on the field!

GOALSS (Games for Overseas & Local Students & Staff) is a social sports program based at Callaghan campus featuring a range of global and Australian sports. It's open to all international and domestic students, as well as university staff, and is a terrific way to make new friends from all walks of life – and all while helping you stay fit and healthy.

The environment is relaxed and social, so don't worry if you're not a champion player - this is all about having FUN!

Weekly participation is not compulsory - you can join in as many, or as few, sessions as you like!

WHAT SPORTS ARE OFFERED?

Currently:

Squash - Tuesdays 2pm-4pm - Register here

Football – Thursdays 4pm-5:30pm - Register here

Cricket – Fridays 4pm-5:30pm - Register here


HOW DO I REGISTER?

To register for GOALSS, simply, click on the above links and complete the online form. Once enrolled in the program, you will receive regular emails with program details.


CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

There are over 150 clubs on campus with something for everyone, including sporting, social, cultural and religious groups. Student clubs are a great way to make friends, participate in social activities and experience Australian culture. Remember that extra-curricular activities can give you the edge when you apply for jobs – employers value volunteering both for the skills it gives you and what it says about you as a person - so you can benefit both personally and professionally by being a member of a club or society on campus.


CHEAP CHEWSDAY

Cheap Chewsday is a monthly dinner held at the Jesmond Park Uniting Church (JPUC), who are our gracious hosts on the first Tuesday of every month. JPUC and the UON Global Office participate in this as a way of extending a warm welcome to International students, as well as providing opportunities for friendships between students and the wider community. Both International and domestic students are welcome as are all faiths and nationalities.

The dinner runs from 6:30pm to 8:30pm with many of the dinners having an international theme. This is a great way to meet other students, catch up with friends, meet people from outside the University as well as eat delicious food.

The meal is held at the Jesmond Park Uniting Church Hall and they can be found at 15 Robert Street Jesmond, just across the road from Jesmond Park.

If you need transport when the event is on, a shuttle bus will depart from outside the UON Global office at 6:15pm. This bus will return people to the university after the event.

Register your interest for Cheap Chewsday here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9758N3Q

Register your interest for using the bus here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/98VT3LK


NUMates

Are you looking to make new friends and discover great places around UON and Newcastle? Join the NUMates program to meet people from all over the world, and experience some of Newcastle’s best events, cafes and tourist hot spots.

Click here to register get connected with UON’s vibrant global community.


THE SPACE

The Space is a social, cultural and recreational group for all postgraduate students and their families.

The Space is just that – a room where you can meet, chat, take a break, make new friends and learn more about... well, a lot of things! Every Thursday we’ll have a different special guest, game or activity. The Space operates on a monthly rotating schedule with regular themes being Guest week, Zen week, Speak week and Games week. Topics covered will include where's good to eat in Newcastle, what services are available to you around campus and how to access them, how the Police and other emergency services can help you in Australia, how to play mah-jong/chess/Wii u – the list of things that we will do and topics we will discuss will be many and varied, with the content being very student led.

For international students, it’s an opportunity to learn more about life at UON, Newcastle and Australia, brush up on your English and meet the locals. It’s a great way to meet people, learn about the University and de-stress. You can attend as often or as little as you like and get the opportunity to learn more about other students, student associations and lots of other things that will help you with life in Newcastle.

Unfortunately currently we do not have child minding facilities.

To put yourself on the email list to receive information about The Space and express an interest in attending register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/79TDNYR


iLEAD PLUS (Workshops, Seminars and Leadership Opportunities)

Students can attend exclusive professional development seminars and workshops held in Newcastle, as well as participate in programs and events as student leaders. It connects domestic and international students with each other and a range of industries. Give your future the iLEAD edge today. Learn more


iLEAD PLUS (Workshops, Seminars and Leadership Opportunities)

Students can attend professional development seminars and workshops held at UON, as well as participate in programs and events as student leaders. Students who attend or participate will gain points toward their ILEAD certificate. Learn more.

Upcoming events will be posted in Blackboard and listed on the Monthly Activities Calendar.


The Buddy Program

New students are paired with more experienced students to help them get to know their peers, the campus and the local area.


Speed Conversations

Provides a forum for students to speak in English and to get to know their peers. The events are held fortnightly.


English Corner

English Corner is held fortnightly. Each workshop explores a different topic related to Health & Wellbeing. A lunch is provided after the session.


Vocational English

The Vocational English course is a new series of lessons designed to familiarise students with the Australian workplace.


Skype Conversation

Students are connected with local students from the Callaghan Campus to allow them to practice English and get to know their peers.


For more information on these programs and other events, please refer to the Monthly Activities Calendar (available at reception) or email international-sydney@newcastle.edu.au.

The Calendar is updated regularly and also includes information on free activities the city has to offer.

Working towards completing your degree is central to your time at UoN. We offer a range of services and activities to make your learning experience easy and trouble-free and your overall university experience socially and culturally enriching.

Students enjoying campus life

The University of Newcastle provides a comprehensive range of Student Support Services to provide additional assistance and encouragement for all students.  Some of the Support Services the University has are:

- The University Counseling Service

- The Learning Development team within the Centre for Teaching and Learning provide academic support.  You can book individual consultations or register for specific workshops.

- There are Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) for a variety of courses

- Newcastle University Students Association (NUSA) offer a range of services and provide a good location for meeting other students and grabbing free meals during the week.

- The Careers Service can assist if you want to look for a casual job while you're studying

- The University Health Service is a fully accredited general practice staffed by doctors and nurses who understand the medical problems of students. The Health Service provides both emergency and routine medical care to all students and staff as well as visitors.

- The Disability Support Service offers practical assistance and advice to students with a permanent or temporary disability or medical condition.

 

Part-Time EmploymentEmployment

As an international student holding a student visa, the Australian Government allows you to work part-time for a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight (two weeks) while your course is in session and unlimited hours during semester breaks and vacation periods.

Be sure to research all the details relating to your permission to work while on a student visa.

Finding part-time work depends on a number of things, including your English language ability and your own motivation to actively search for work. Remember to bring relevant documents with you to Australia that you may need to apply for part-time work, such as reference letters from previous employers.

To be eligible to work in Australia you will need to apply for a Tax File Number (TFN).

For more information, please visit Conditions for Working While Studying by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).


 

Careers Service

The University of Newcastle offers support to all students who are seeking part-time employment during their studies or full-time employment after graduation. The University's Careers Service provides students with a range of free services including:

  • Workshops addressing topics such as interview skills, career planning, job search strategies and resume writing
  • Individual interviews with a Careers Counsellor to discuss career choice and career planning
  • Mailing lists and databases of job vacancies for students seeking part-time employment during their studies or a full-time graduate position.

For more information, please visit the University's Careers Service.

Employment on completion of your studies  If you are not ready to leave Australian shores on completion of your degree you may be interested in the Professional and Other Skilled Migrants program. Alternatively, you may be interested in applying for a Temporary Graduate Visa.

Australia has a range of phone and internet services available, including public phones, fixed (landline) phones, mobile and internet.

Some of the major mobile phone and internet providers are Optus, Vodaphone, Telstra and Virgin.

Many providers will have outlets in major shopping centers. Mobile phones and SIM cards can also be purchased from some Post Offices.

Mobile phones

It is best to purchase a SIM card or Australian mobile number when you arrive in Australia, as using your home phone number will incur high costs. There are two types of mobile phone accounts you can choose from:

Prepaid

A prepaid service gives you flexibility because you control how much you spend and can stop using the service any time. Pre-paid SIM cards are sold in many shops and supermarkets, as well as by mobile phone providers. After an easy set-up process with the provider, you will have a working Australian mobile number which you can top up with credit as needed. You can usually top up your prepaid service online or at a range of retail outlets. Your mobile phone provider can provide details on how you can top up your service.

Contract

If you will be using your mobile a lot, and will be in Australia for a fixed period of time for study, a contract might work out cheaper for you. There are numerous mobile phone operators in Australia, and you can choose from a range of phone plans where you can get the handset with little (if any) up-front cost; you then pay a fixed price per month for a certain amount of calls, text messages and data.

Internet

Many internet providers in Australia are also mobile or fixed phone carriers, and they offer pre-paid or contract internet plans similar to the above. If you choose a contract service, will receive a modem, and just like a phone service, you pay a monthly rate to get a certain data allowance. Ask the providers you are considering for details of plans that might suit you.

Making international calls

To make international telephone calls from Australia, dial 0011 followed by the country code, the area code (if required) and the telephone number. To call Australia from overseas, dial 61 followed by the area code and telephone number. To make calls from one location to another within Australia, dial the area code (if required) followed by the telephone number.

Academic performance is usually graded at the end of each term and the final assessment can include assignment and tutorial work, examinations and practical work. The grading scale used at the University is as follows:

Grading Scale

What does it mean?

 HD

 85 - 100

High Distinction

 D

 75 - 84

Distinction

 C

 65 - 74

Credit

 P

 50 - 64

Pass

 UP

 

You have been awarded an Ungraded Pass. There are no marks associated with this result and you have met the level requirements to pass the course.

 FF

 

Fail

Administrative Codes

  

 I

 

Incomplete. Not all the information is available to calculate a mark at this stage. Reasons for this may be that you have still to provide an assessment requirement or that the Lecturer has yet to complete the marking. If you are unsure about the reasons for this mark you should contact the School office.

"I" results are automatically converted to "FF" after 90 days.

 S

 

Special Consideration. The result is pending the outcome of an application for Special Circumstances. "S" results are automatically converted to "FF" after 180 days if the result is not amended.

 NA

 

Grade not applicable

 -

 

Grade or score not applicable

Academic Marking Guide *

University of Newcastle Grade

GPA (7 point Scale)

Percentage %

ECTS

Equivalent USA Grade

German Equivalences

High Distinction(HD)

7

85+

A

A+

1,0 - 1,3

Distinction (D)

6

75 – 84

B

A

1,7 - 2,3

Credit (C)

5

65 – 74

C

B

2,7 - 3,3

Pass (P)

4

50 – 64

D

C

3.7 - 4,2

Fail (FF)

3

<50

F

F

4,3 - 5,0

*The above marking equivalences should be taken as a guide only. Individual assessments should be made of each student record by the home institution.

Credit Equivalence Guide *

The University of Newcastle Credit Value

Equivalent USA Credit Value

ECTS Credit Value

80

24

60

60

18

45

40

12

30

20

6

15

10

3

7.5

*The above credit equivalences should be taken as a guide only. Individual assessments should be made of each student record by the home institution.

It's important to check exam timetabling and seating prior to your exam. The locations of examinations will be displayed along with seat allocations, and all students are responsible to know when and where they will be seated in their exams. You should visit the allocated examination room before the examination date to avoid getting lost as this will not be an excuse for arriving late. 

Students are also encouraged to ensure you have completed all assessment tasks for all your enrolled courses, and be pro-active in discussing any difficulties with your course coordinator. The University of Newcastle awards only full unit credits; therefore, if a course assessment task is  not completed, you will receive an I (incomplete), which will then turn into an F (fail) after 90 days, if there is no attempt to complete the course.

The University of Newcastle takes your safety very seriously.  Security offer a free shuttle bus service around the Callaghan campus from 8:00 until 12 midnight, Monday to Friday during semester and suggest that students plan their movements and be aware of their surroundings when walking after dark.

Security services can be contacted on +61 2 4921 5888

Newcastle City Council in conjunction with NSW Police & Liquor Accord representatives have developed a free 'Walk Smart' smartphone application.  The app contains useful information relating to 'walk smart paths', a travel guide to the public transport system, late night services and general safety information to name a few.