Frequently Asked Questions
NOTE: The International Foundation program will no longer be offered by the University of Newcastle beyond 2013. For international students requiring pathway to degree programs at the University of Newcastle, please visit the Newcastle International College (NIC) website.
- Why Choose the University of Newcastle?
- Who needs to study International Foundation?
- What is the commencement and duration of International Foundation?
- What course structures/choices are available in International Foundation?
- What Average Mark (AM) will I need to achieve in International Foundation?
- What is the English Language proficiency level & Tuition Fee for International Foundation?
- Is Guardianship and Homestay available for students under 18 years?
- Is student welfare/support provided in International Foundation?
Why Choose the University of Newcastle?
Ranked in the top 10 of Australian research universities and located on the pristine coast of NSW, the University of Newcastle offers a high quality academic experience for all international students. Our university of is a comprehensive international university with particular strengths in Health Sciences, Engineering and Business & law. By considering the International Foundation, you are on your way to being part of this unique experience.
Who needs to study International Foundation?
International students who do not have the academic qualification to gain direct undergraduate admission can qualify for admission to a degree program through their studies in IF. Students undertake courses that will provide them with specific preparation for various undergraduate programs. As the International Foundation is located and taught on the main campus of the University of Newcastle, students experience both academic and environmental orientation advantages in their studies.
What is the commencement and duration of International Foundation?
International Foundation is a one year program conducted on the Callaghan Campus. The IF program consists of 80 units of study over two semesters, commencing on the 4th March 2013. All students are expected to attend the Orientation program, on the 25th February 2013 - one week prior to the commencement of semester I studies. The International Foundation (IF) program will only have ONE intake of students in 2013 (commencing in March of 2013).
What course structures/choices are available in International Foundation?
Students study courses which relate to their preferred undergraduate degree program. There are four pathway programs available: Health Sciences/Medicine, Engineering/Science/IT, Business/Law/Commerce or Education/Arts. All students study two English for Tertiary Studies courses and six additional courses relevant to their nominated undergraduate degree. In the Foundation Health Studies pathway, problem based learning is incorporated into the course delivery and is a core component of this IF Health Sciences pathway.
What Average Mark (AM) will I need to achieve in International Foundation?
IF students are assessed for undergraduate admission based on their Average Mark (AM) over 80 units of study. Students need to achieve a minimum AM of 55 to successfully complete IF. The AM required for admission to individual degree programs varies from 55 to 90, and examples of various undergraduate degrees and the required AMs can be found in the IF brochure.
What is the English Language proficiency level required to study in International Foundation?
An IELTS score of 5.5 (with no band less than 5.0) or, a TOEFL score of 500 (CBT 173) is required for ELP. In 2013 the Tuition Fee for International Foundation is AUD $15,000 for the full year program.
Is Guardianship and Homestay available for students under 18 years?
In accordance with the ESOS Act, the University of Newcastle organises accommodation with a Homestay host family for IF students who are under 18 years of age, and ensures appropriate welfare arrangements including the provision of an appointed University Guardian.
Is student welfare/support provided in International Foundation?
A wide range of student support services, advice and assistance is provided within the International Foundation program and across the University student support facilities. As a full time student, all IF students are able to utilise the available International student support services.