New students

Welcome New Students!

Arriving at a new school, in a new country can be a pretty overwhelming experience. That's why we've tried to make it easier for you with our Language Centre New Student program. The below information will outline everything you need to know to get off to a good start with your English course.

New Student Program

When you arrive at the Language Centre on the first day of your English Course, you will enter the Language Centre New Student Program over the course of your first week. See the below tables which outline examples of the typical activities you will take part in during the program.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9am Welcome Distribution of materials Studying in Australia briefing
Enrolment & administration briefing
Morning class Morning class Morning class
10:45am Orientation information
Placement testing
Distribution of level placements
11am Lecture Lecture & Library tour Lecture & Library tour Lecture & Library tour
12pm LUNCH LUNCH Lunch Lunch Lunch
1pm International Student Support Program briefing.
Campus and City Tours
Break out into level groups for class placement & language learning activities Afternoon class Afternoon class Afternoon class

Where to go

On your first day, you should make your way to the campus and head to the Language Centre.


For the Newcastle campus at Callaghan the Language Centre is centrally located near the Auchmuty Library. For more details, visit Campus maps.

Note regarding car parking at the Newcastle campus:

If you are driving to campus, please be aware that parking can sometimes be difficult to find on campus. We recommend you allow plenty of time to find a car park, and then walk to the Language Centre. The closest parking bays for students are in the Architecture or Engineering carparks - P3 and P8 on the Campus map. Information about parking fees is available here.


For the Sydney CBD campus, the Language Centre is located at 55 Elizabeth St, Sydney.

What to bring

On your first day, please bring the following:

  • Passport and Australian visa
  • Your Letter of Offer/COE to study at the University of Newcastle
  • IELTS or TOEFL results (if you have them)

It is also advised that you consider bringing the following:

  • Writing materials and paper
  • Packed lunch or money to purchase lunch
  • Money for parking if you are driving or your parking permit sticker if you have already arranged this.