Tuition Fees for International Postgraduate Coursework
The following fees apply to all commencing and continuing International students, regardless of the year of commencement.
This information applies to international students (i.e. NOT Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens) who are studying in undergraduate programs.
The fees listed above are in Australian dollars (AUD). Tuition fees for courses are set according to their academic subject area. A student's program fee may vary depending on their course selection.
The tuition fees cover teaching costs only. The fees listed below also do not include international and domestic travel, accommodation and meals, books, living costs or Overseas Student Health Cover charges.
Once you accept your offer you will be required to pay a Deposit Fee (currently $6,500AUD) to the University. This will be used as payment toward the cost of your tuition fees for your first semester of study with the University. This fee does not apply to international students who study with GradSchool.com. For further information go to the Gradschool.com Postgraduate Program Fees. Payment for subsequent terms of study are due once the student completes the enrolment process for that term and tuition fees have been calculated. Each term of study, you will receive a bill for the cost of your tuition fees. All bills issued by the University are electronic and can be viewed online.
All fees must be paid in full and on time. Non payment of tuition fees by the due date will result in the termination of a student's enrolment.
How to Calculate Your Fee
Each degree program requires the completion of a number of units. To accumulate the necessary units, students enrol in courses according to the degree requirements for each program. Each course has a unit value and this is ten (10) for most courses at the University of Newcastle. A normal full-time study load is 80 units in any year or 40 units per semester/trimester.
Courses are grouped into a number of academic subject areas where the first four letter abbreviation at the beginning of the course code tells you its subject area.
To calculate your exact fee, you should check the requirements of your program in the relevant program ehandbook.
Then refer to the relevant Fees Schedule table where the subject areas are listed in groups.
For example*, if in 2012 you were to undertake 3 courses in Mathematics (MATH), 2 courses in Philosophy (PHIL), 2 courses in History (HIST) and 1 course in Chemistry (CHEM) then you would calculate your fees as follows:
MATH: 3 x 2665.00 = 7995.00
PHIL: 2 x 2070.00 = 4140.00
HIST: 2 x 2070.00 = 4140.00
CHEM: 1 x 3250.00 = 3250.00
TOTAL = $19525.00
*The above example is taken from the International Postgraduate Coursework Fees Schedule. It assumes all courses have a 10 unit value. If a course has a value other than 10, then the calculation needs to be weighted appropriately.
You can estimate costs for later years based on these rates. However, International Student course fees are adjusted regularly so it is recommended to ensure you refer to the correct Fees Schedule.
Indicative Program Fees
Students enrolled in some programs have flexibility in choosing courses. Program costs are calculated on the assumption of typical courses taken for a full-time load of 40 units per teaching period (semester or trimester). Actual charges will be calculated based on courses selected and the workload undertaken.
The fees listed in the indicative program fee table linked above are in Australian dollars (AUD) and are the average price of a program per year. They are approximate values only. The actual annual program fee may vary depending on course selection. This means that if two students enrol in the same program, but study different courses during the year, they may pay different annual program fees.
It is expected that course fees will rise in subsequent years and therefore programs which take more than 12 months to complete will be subject to the increased course fees.
Student Services and Amenities Fee
New legislation has been passed by the Commonwealth Government which will allow the University to charge all enrolled students a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
This fee is being phased in for all student cohorts for study in 2013 and International students will not be charged until 2013.
All students will be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF) to assist with the funding of non-academic student services and amenities at the University.
In 2013 the SSAF will be charged each semester to a maximum for the year of $273 (full time study) and $204 (partial fee).
More information regarding SSAF can be found at:
Remission of Debt in Special Circumstances
Students who are unable to continue with their studies due to Special Circumstances, and who withdraw after the Census Date, may be eligible for Remission of Debt in Special Circumstances.