The University of Newcastle, Australia

While you are here

Newcastle Harbour


Orientation (known as “O-Week”) is your first week at UON before classes start. It includes information sessions that will give you practical information about living and studying at the university, as well as a range of social activities and off campus outings to help you get to know the area and make new friends with other international and domestic students.

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 is a global facing leadership program that is tailored to develop your unique capabilities and goals.

It is an experiential three stage program designed to connect you with local, national and international networks to accelerate professional development and future career readiness.

Learn more


There are over 150 clubs on campus with something for everyone, including sporting, social, cultural and religious groups. Student clubs are a great way to make friends, participate in social activities and experience Australian culture. Remember that extra-curricular activities can give you the edge when you apply for jobs – employers value volunteering both for the skills it gives you and what it says about you as a person - so you can benefit both personally and professionally by being a member of a club or society on campus.


Need a break from the classroom? Then get on the field!

GOALSS (Games for Overseas & Local Students & Staff) is a social sports program based at Callaghan campus featuring a range of sports. It's open to all international and domestic students, as well as university staff, and is a terrific way to make new friends from all walks of life – and all while helping you stay fit and healthy.

The environment is relaxed and social, so don't worry if you're not a champion player - this is all about having FUN!

Weekly participation is not compulsory - you can join in as many, or as few, sessions as you like! Feel free to turn up at any of the sessions below.


Basketball - Wednesday 3pm - 5pm  at The Forum

Soccer (Football) - Thursdays 3pm - 5pm at Oval 4


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 West Tower accommodation at 6pm. This bus will return people to the university after the event.


NuMates is a program run by UON Global to engage international and domestic students through a range of fun activities. You will be connected with a small group of fellow students from globally diverse backgrounds

Join us as we explore Newcastle and surrounds, creating lasting memories and great mates!


Have you recently arrived in Australia? Do you want to make the most out of your time here as an international student?

Moving away from home and settling into a new culture can feel like an emotional roller coaster. We're here to help you settle in and make Newcastle feel like your second home.

At this workshop you will find out how things work in Aus. You will also learn some strategies to settle in and succeed.

Sessions are 12.00 - 1.00 pm at the Clubhouse. We even treat you to a free lunch!

Central Coast

iLEAD PLUS (Workshops, Seminars and Leadership Opportunities)

Change is in the air! iLEAD Plus is being redeveloped, with UON Global offering a brand new tailored program.

In preparation for the next exciting phase of iLEAD Plus, the current program will be transitioning. Current iLEAD Plus students can still receive recognition for their completed program activities by submitting their portfolio for assessment.

Learn more

Community Connections

Community Connections offers friendship and practical support to international students, and assists members to adjust to life in Australia through language, cultural and social experiences. Meet local students, as well as your fellow international students, and share food, language and laughter. Members meet fortnightly and also take part in special social excursions. For more information e-mail

Conversation club

Conversation Club meets weekly and allows students to practice their speaking and pronunciation skills in an informal environment. This is particularly helpful for international students with a language background other than English, as well as students doing clinical placements, or anyone who is interested in meeting new people and practicing their professional and conversational communication. Light refreshments are provided. For more information e-mail

Clubs and Societies

There is much more to campus life than lectures and study. Clubs are a great way to meet others, share similar interests and perhaps make a few mates along the way. There are social clubs, sporting clubs and those of an academic nature.

For more information visit



The iLEAD Plus Program is a global-facing leadership program that is tailored to develop a student’s unique capabilities and goals.

It is an experiential three-stage program designed to connect students with local, national and international networks to accelerate professional development and future career readiness.

Open to all UON students, it combines practical workshops, interactive online learning, personal mentorship, professional placement, and a range of global experience opportunities. Each stage has been designed to equip, test and demonstrate the skills and experiences that students will need to be effective and globally aware leaders of tomorrow.

Professional Development

Expand upon your academic experience

GLOBAL SCOPE - Global Scope is a three or six week business consulting project delivered by student teams for NSW government agencies, non-government organisations, or private enterprise. Student teams are supported by professional mentors who provide project management and subject matter advice. Global Scope runs at different times during the year.

INTERCHANGE - It is an inter-university entrepreneurial competition. Interchange is held annually in August.

AIRPORT WELCOME DESK - Volunteer with Study NSW to make international students feel welcome upon arrival in Australia. This is an unpaid work experience opportunity run in collaboration with the government agency Study NSW.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS - A range of skills workshops are held on campus to help students build skills in areas of leadership, presentation and employability.

CAREER ADVICE - Career Advisors are available for phone appointments and online consultations. They will also host workshops on specific career aspects.

Networking Events

UONG Global Sydney, in collaboration with the Professional Development Forum (PDF) Team, offers students the opportunity to access free networking events and talks on topics relevant to their personal and professional development. Students are invited to participate to events/talks at the HQ Haymarket venue. Australia’s first start-up hub supporting entrepreneurs to connect to Asia.

Engagement Initiatives

UON Sydney in collaboration with project partners such as StudyNSW, City of Sydney Council and local community centres can engage students in social and professional events promoted through our monthly Engagement Calendar. For more information on programs and events, please refer to the Sydney Monthly Engagement Calendar (available at reception and via our Facebook group and UON WeChat or email at

The calendar is updated regularly and also includes information on free activities the city to offer.

Welcome Dinner Project

In collaboration with Joining the Dots, students have the opportunity to attend a dinner in an Australian home. See Sydney monthly calendar for the upcoming dinners.

Sports Activities

Students attend a nearby recreation centre for regular games of basketball, ping-pong and badminton. Community or inter-campus sports days are also held for students.

A sports loan desk is also available for students to play during lunch time or breaks between lectures. For more information and booking equipment email or ask at reception.

The University of Newcastle provides a comprehensive range of Student Support Services to provide additional assistance and encouragement for all students.  Some of the Support Services the University has are:

- The University Counseling Service

- The Learning Development team within the Centre for Teaching and Learning provide academic support.  You can book individual consultations or register for specific workshops.

- There are Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) for a variety of courses

- Newcastle University Students Association (NUSA) offer a range of services and provide a good location for meeting other students and grabbing free meals during the week.

- The Careers Service can assist if you want to look for a casual job while you're studying

- The University Health Service is a fully accredited general practice staffed by doctors and nurses who understand the medical problems of students. The Health Service provides both emergency and routine medical care to all students and staff as well as visitors.

- The Disability Support Service offers practical assistance and advice to students with a permanent or temporary disability or medical condition.

China Connect Internship

Unique internship opportunities in China for UON students

Are you a current UON student? Would you like to complete an internship in China over the Summer of 2019/2020?

Through the China Connect program, we have a range of exciting internship opportunities for UON students.

These opportunities are a collaboration between UON Global, UON Careers and Student Development and AustCham, Beijing.

Who is AustCham?

The China Australia Chamber of Commerce in Beijing is a member organisation linking and facilitating business between Australia and China. Members range from the financial services sector, energy and resources, food and agribusiness, education, health and life sciences, SME's and E-Commerce.

AustCham will be coordinating the placement of students into companies that best match their area of study and location preference.

For more information on AustCham, please refer to the 'Doing internships in China' PDF.

Program highlights

  • Exclusive to UON Chinese and Australian students
  • English speaking and Mandarin speaking positions available
  • Offered outside for formal semester study periods
  • Internships in five (5) locations - Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu
  • Internships in Accounting, Business Management, Administration Management, Finance, Human Resources, Business Intelligence, IT and Public Relations
  • Host companies include: Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, KPMG, Grant Thornton, Savills, North Head, Servcorp, Bluestar AMG, Colliers, and China Australia Chamber of Commerce (Beijing, West China, South China).

Program benefits

  • Cultivate professional communication skills and business acumen
  • Gain insight into Chinese workplace culture and practice
  • Develop practical workplace skills relevant to your degree
  • Foster teamwork and leadership capabilities
  • Enhance employability and increase employment opportunities after graduation
  • Develop valuable professional network in China

Student testimonial

Jason Zhang, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

“For Commerce students, the China Connect internship and my work experience was valuable and an integral part of skill-building. The University and AustCham Beijing gave me a great internship opportunity in China that allowed me to gain real-world workplace experiences with the company, Lehman Brown, which relates to my educational background. It was a very supportive workplace environment and I found it to be a good networking experience. Forming a professional relationship with the Director and meeting other employees in the same field gave me valuable experiences to help direct my future."

Key dates

Information Session: 28th August 2019 - Register here

Expressions of Interest close: 11th September 2019

Written applications close: 5pm Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Selection period: October - November 2019

Internship: December 2019 – February 2020

Eligibility Criteria

  • Chinese or Australian citizenship
  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree
  • Minimum GPA = 4.5 (calculate your GPA here)
  • Undergraduate students - must have already successfully completed 120 units of study
  • Must be available to travel to China between December 2019 and February 2020
  • Student is responsible for all travel, accommodation, visa and living costs.

If you are interested in this internship opportunity, please complete the online Expression of Interest form.

For more information, please contact: Tel: +61 2 4921 6355, or Email:

Part-Time EmploymentEmployment

As an international student holding a student visa, the Australian Government allows you to work part-time for a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight (two weeks) while your course is in session and unlimited hours during semester breaks and vacation periods.

Be sure to research all the details relating to your permission to work while on a student visa.

Finding part-time work depends on a number of things, including your English language ability and your own motivation to actively search for work. Remember to bring relevant documents with you to Australia that you may need to apply for part-time work, such as reference letters from previous employers.

To be eligible to work in Australia you will need to apply for a Tax File Number (TFN).

For more information, please visit Conditions for Working While Studying by the Department of Home Affairs.

For more information about workplace rights and conditions in Australia, please visit This information is also available in 30 languages other than English and in videos at

Careers Service

The University of Newcastle offers support to all students who are seeking part-time employment during their studies or full-time employment after graduation. The University's Careers Service provides students with a range of free services including:

  • Workshops addressing topics such as interview skills, career planning, job search strategies and resume writing
  • Individual interviews with a Careers Counsellor to discuss career choice and career planning
  • Mailing lists and databases of job vacancies for students seeking part-time employment during their studies or a full-time graduate position.

For more information, please visit the University's Careers Service.

Employment on completion of your studies  If you are not ready to leave Australian shores on completion of your degree you may be interested in the Professional and Other Skilled Migrants program. Alternatively, you may be interested in applying for a Temporary Graduate Visa.

Australia has a range of phone and internet services available, including public phones, fixed (landline) phones, mobile and internet.

Some of the major mobile phone and internet providers are Optus, Vodaphone, Telstra and Virgin.

Many providers will have outlets in major shopping centers. Mobile phones and SIM cards can also be purchased from some Post Offices.

Mobile phones

It is best to purchase a SIM card or Australian mobile number when you arrive in Australia, as using your home phone number will incur high costs. There are two types of mobile phone accounts you can choose from:


A prepaid service gives you flexibility because you control how much you spend and can stop using the service any time. Pre-paid SIM cards are sold in many shops and supermarkets, as well as by mobile phone providers. After an easy set-up process with the provider, you will have a working Australian mobile number which you can top up with credit as needed. You can usually top up your prepaid service online or at a range of retail outlets. Your mobile phone provider can provide details on how you can top up your service.


If you will be using your mobile a lot, and will be in Australia for a fixed period of time for study, a contract might work out cheaper for you. There are numerous mobile phone operators in Australia, and you can choose from a range of phone plans where you can get the handset with little (if any) up-front cost; you then pay a fixed price per month for a certain amount of calls, text messages and data.


Many internet providers in Australia are also mobile or fixed phone carriers, and they offer pre-paid or contract internet plans similar to the above. If you choose a contract service, will receive a modem, and just like a phone service, you pay a monthly rate to get a certain data allowance. Ask the providers you are considering for details of plans that might suit you.

Making international calls

To make international telephone calls from Australia, dial 0011 followed by the country code, the area code (if required) and the telephone number. To call Australia from overseas, dial 61 followed by the area code and telephone number. To make calls from one location to another within Australia, dial the area code (if required) followed by the telephone number.

Academic performance is usually graded at the end of each term and the final assessment can include assignment and tutorial work, examinations and practical work. The grading scale used at the University is as follows:

Grading Scale

What does it mean?


 85 - 100

High Distinction


 75 - 84



 65 - 74



 50 - 64




You have been awarded an Ungraded Pass. There are no marks associated with this result and you have met the level requirements to pass the course.




Administrative Codes




Incomplete. Not all the information is available to calculate a mark at this stage. Reasons for this may be that you have still to provide an assessment requirement or that the Lecturer has yet to complete the marking. If you are unsure about the reasons for this mark you should contact the School office.

"I" results are automatically converted to "FF" after 90 days.



Special Consideration. The result is pending the outcome of an application for Special Circumstances. "S" results are automatically converted to "FF" after 180 days if the result is not amended.



Grade not applicable



Grade or score not applicable

Academic Marking Guide *

University of Newcastle Grade

GPA (7 point Scale)

Percentage %


Equivalent USA Grade

German Equivalences

High Distinction(HD)





1,0 - 1,3

Distinction (D)


75 – 84



1,7 - 2,3

Credit (C)


65 – 74



2,7 - 3,3

Pass (P)


50 – 64



3.7 - 4,2

Fail (FF)





4,3 - 5,0

*The above marking equivalences should be taken as a guide only. Individual assessments should be made of each student record by the home institution.

Credit Equivalence Guide *

The University of Newcastle Credit Value

Equivalent USA Credit Value

ECTS Credit Value
















*The above credit equivalences should be taken as a guide only. Individual assessments should be made of each student record by the home institution.

It's important to check exam timetabling and seating prior to your exam. The locations of examinations will be displayed along with seat allocations, and all students are responsible to know when and where they will be seated in their exams. You should visit the allocated examination room before the examination date to avoid getting lost as this will not be an excuse for arriving late. 

Students are also encouraged to ensure you have completed all assessment tasks for all your enrolled courses, and be pro-active in discussing any difficulties with your course coordinator. The University of Newcastle awards only full unit credits; therefore, if a course assessment task is  not completed, you will receive an I (incomplete), which will then turn into an F (fail) after 90 days, if there is no attempt to complete the course.

The University of Newcastle takes your safety very seriously.  Security offer a free shuttle bus service around the Callaghan campus from 8:00 until 12 midnight, Monday to Friday during semester and suggest that students plan their movements and be aware of their surroundings when walking after dark.

Security services can be contacted on +61 2 4921 5888

Newcastle City Council in conjunction with NSW Police & Liquor Accord representatives have developed a free 'Walk Smart' smartphone application.  The app contains useful information relating to 'walk smart paths', a travel guide to the public transport system, late night services and general safety information to name a few.