From 15 December 2021 fully vaccinated student visa holders and other eligible visa holders can travel to and from Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. We are very excited to welcome back our international students who will be commencing or returning to their studies at the University of Newcastle in 2022.


Getting Ready To Come Back To Australia

We recommend following the below steps to make sure you are ready and have all the information you need to come back to study at the University of Newcastle.

  1. Stay Informed

    We will update the latest information on this web page and via email. We strongly recommend our international students regularly visit the Study NSW website. The border information can also be found on the Department of Home Affairs website. Guidance regarding the recognition of foreign vaccine certificates can be found on the Australian Passport website.

  2. Applying to study with us

    International applicants can apply with their agents or through our International Application System. For students who cannot travel before the commencement of Semester 1 or Trimester 1 2022, we will continue to deliver remote, online study for most courses until you can travel to Newcastle.

  3. Accept your offer and apply for the student visa as soon as possible

    You will find the acceptance offer form at the end of your offer letter. If you have received a conditional offer, you should meet the conditions described before accepting your offer. When the University receives your offer acceptance, we will send you a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) as evidence of your deposit payment. Your COE will allow you to access streamlined student visa processing. We recommend you apply early even if you begin your studies online.

  4. Get ready to start your journey at the University of Newcastle

    Please visit this webpage for valuable information before you leave to study with us. If you are a new student, we will also send you pre-arrival information by email in the weeks before you start. We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful campuses!

  5. Language support assistance to International applicants
    The University of Newcastle has a group of Language Support Assistants to help our international applicants. Please submit an enquiry via our website

Frequently Asked Questions

You can return to study in Australia if you are fully vaccinated with a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved or recognised vaccine.

You must be an international student with a granted (Subclass 500 – Student visa) or a Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa holder.

The NSW Government has announced that we will not require international students to quarantine, where students are fully vaccinated with a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved or recognised vaccine.

Only students who are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will be eligible to return to NSW. This is to help protect the safety of the NSW community and the students themselves.

Please consult the TGA website or Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for advice on COVID-19 vaccines recognised for the purposes of travel to Australia.

All travellers to Australia, including those who have been vaccinated, must provide evidence of a negative pre-departure polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 3 days before their flight’s scheduled departure. The Australian Government continues to review this requirement taking into account the most recent scientific evidence.

Exemptions to pre-departure testing requirements are available for specific individuals and countries. Exemption criteria and supporting documentation are defined in the legislative instruments that sit under the Biosecurity Act. For more information visit the Department of Health website.

  • Please request a Confirmation of enrolment from the Program Advice team to ensure it covers the remainder of your studies before you reapply.
  • Please request a 1545 form from the Program Advice team to waiver the fee of your visa application.

The Australian Government requires all holders of a student visa to have approved health cover for the duration of their visa, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). Visit here for more information.

It’s very important if you haven’t already to arrange your accommodation in Australia, here are a few options:

Please ensure you update your accommodation details in your myHub as it is a Student Visa condition that you advise the University of your current address.

Information on how to find out what courses you should enrol can be found here.

There are multiple transport options for students to get to and from the University.

Visit Arrival and Customs to view the range of travel options available for each campus.

Please refer to our key dates so that you are aware what dates Semester and Trimester commence and that you leave enough time to arrive before the terms starts.


The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.