While at the University of Newcastle you can participate in a range of fun, interactive programs.

Social and academic programs

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 to get away from the computer? Need time out from study? The GOALSS (Games for Overseas and Local Students and Staff) program uses sport to connect international students with domestic students and staff at Callaghan Campus (Newcastle). There are ten weeks of soccer scheduled for semester one, and players of all skill levels are welcome to participate. Weekly participation is not compulsory - you can join in as many, or as few, sessions as you like!

GOALSS will run from week 2 at No. 4 Oval (behind Wollotuka Institute).

Male: Thursdays 4pm - 5:30pm

Female: Tuesdays 4pm - 5:30pm

Register your interest here

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

There are over 70 clubs on campus with something for everyone, including sporting, social, cultural and religious groups.


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


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.