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orientation

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.

Please click here to view the orientation schedule for your semester.

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

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


Speed Conversations

Would you like to develop friendships with people from around the world? Speed Conversations is designed to improve the conversational English skills of international students, help them understand the way locals speak and to help develop friendships among students.

Participants are broken up into groups where students chat in English about topics that are given topics. Students are encouraged to ask questions and talk about the things they would like to know or talk about.

Morning tea is provided and a relaxed social atmosphere makes Speed Conversations not just educational but lots of fun!

WHEN: Fridays during semester 1
WHERE: University of Newcastle Gallery, Callaghan Campus
TIME: 10.00am - 11.30am (including morning tea)

Register your interest here


GOALSS

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!

To register:

WHAT SPORTS ARE OFFERED?

Currently:

Football – Thursdays 4pm-5:30pm

Badminton – Fridays 5:30- 7:30pm

To register for Football, click here

To register for Badminton, click here


CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

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.


CHEAP CHEWSDAY

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 the UON Global office at 6:15pm. This bus will return people to the university after the event.

Register your interest for Cheap Chewsday here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9758N3Q

Register your interest for using the bus here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/98VT3LK


NUMates

NUMates Cultural Mentoring Program

Designed for both domestic and international students, joining NUMates is a great way to get to know Newcastle and meet new people from all around the world. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first semester here, or if you have been here for a while. You’re welcome to join!

Here’s what you’ll get from joining NUMates:

  • An authentic introduction to the lifestyle and culture of Newcastle
  • A way to connect with fellow students from globally diverse backgrounds
  • An opportunity to develop skills in cross-cultural understanding and communication

How does NUMates work?

We connect you with a small group of fellow students from Australia and around the world. With the support of a trained group leader – a student just like you – your group will explore a range of locations and activities around Newcastle as you get to know each other. You will also be kept up to date on the range of events and festivals happening around Newcastle and UON.

How do I get involved?

It’s simple. Click here to register and provide us with some details. You can also tell us if you’d like to find out more about becoming a Group Leader – we’ll provide you with some extra training, and it looks great on a resume!


THE SPACE

The Space is a social, cultural and recreational group for all postgraduate students and their families. In 2017, The Space will be run by the Newcastle University Postgraduate Students’ Association (NUPSA) and relevant information can be found here


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 international-ourimbah@newcastle.edu.au


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 international-ourimbah@newcastle.edu.au


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 www.yourimbah.com.au


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


The Well-being Series and English Corner

Two separate series exploring different topics on promoting and maintaining well-being. The Well-being Series is aimed at post-graduate students who may be entering the workforce.


Communicate

Students attend the Beehive Industries centre to speak with older community members.


Tea at Three

UON Students speak with senior students from a local High School over afternoon tea.


Welcome Dinner Project

In collaboration with Join the Dots, students have the opportunity to attend a dinner in an Australian home.


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.


For more information on these programs and other events, please refer to the Monthly Event Calendar (available at reception and via our Facebook group) or email international-sydney@newcastle.edu.au.

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

Working towards completing your degree is central to your time at UoN. We offer a range of services and activities to make your learning experience easy and trouble-free and your overall university experience socially and culturally enriching.

Students enjoying campus life

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.

 

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 Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).


 

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:

Prepaid

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.

Contract

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.

Internet

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?

 HD

 85 - 100

High Distinction

 D

 75 - 84

Distinction

 C

 65 - 74

Credit

 P

 50 - 64

Pass

 UP

 

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.

 FF

 

Fail

Administrative Codes

  

 I

 

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.

 S

 

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.

 NA

 

Grade not applicable

 -

 

Grade or score not applicable

Academic Marking Guide *

University of Newcastle Grade

GPA (7 point Scale)

Percentage %

ECTS

Equivalent USA Grade

German Equivalences

High Distinction(HD)

7

85+

A

A+

1,0 - 1,3

Distinction (D)

6

75 – 84

B

A

1,7 - 2,3

Credit (C)

5

65 – 74

C

B

2,7 - 3,3

Pass (P)

4

50 – 64

D

C

3.7 - 4,2

Fail (FF)

3

<50

F

F

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

80

24

60

60

18

45

40

12

30

20

6

15

10

3

7.5

*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.