UON Rankings

Ranked in the top 250 of the world’s universities1, the University of Newcastle, Australia, is a leader in university education, with a reputation for high quality teaching and learning and exciting, contemporary academic programs. Students are taught by researchers who are leaders in their field and graduate ready to make an impact across the globe. Over two thirds of our graduates find employment within four months of finishing their degrees. Personal face-to-face learning is supported by cutting-edge facilities and the latest in digital learning technologies; while a vibrant campus culture makes the experience of UON the perfect balance of study and lifestyle.

The University of Newcastle is proud of its international student body. Of the 40,000 students enrolled in the university, over 7,000 originate from over 100 countries outside Australia. Studying at UON gives you not only the skills and networks to shape your future, but the global outlook necessary for today’s world. We also offer international students a range of support services and cultural programs tailored to their needs through our dedicated UON Global team.

Choose from over 100 undergraduate programs across five faculties: Business & Law, Education & Arts, Engineering & Built Environment, Health & Medicine, and Science & IT. If you know the program you’re interested in studying, you can search for it in our degree finder.

Undergraduate degrees are available for international students at all major campuses, including our two main locations, Newcastle Campus (Callaghan) and Newcastle City Precinct. Here, you can experience one of Australia’s most beloved coastal cities. You can also study in our new Sydney Campus, placing you in the heart of Australia’s busiest business hub, or in the tranquil environment of our Central Coast Campus . And for students wishing to study outside Australia, our Singapore Campus delivers many of our world-class undergraduate degrees in one of Asia’s most international cities.


Senior secondary school qualification

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Post-secondary study

Further education like diplomas and university study can also be assessed for admission.

Additional requirements

Some of our programs have additional requirements like an audition, or portfolio.

International Undergraduate Entry Requirements



Students who have completed university-level courses at other institutions may receive credit for that coursework at the University of Newcastle. These credit transfers could help you complete your degree earlier or study new subjects rather than repeat prior learning.

Most often, we award credit to students who have completed Diploma programs or part of a Bachelor degree. See our Credit and Articulation Procedure for more information.


For international students who do not meet either the language or academic requirements for entry into an undergraduate program, a range of pathway courses are available.

The University of Newcastle Language Centre is an award-winning leader in teaching English language (ELICOS). With locations in both Newcastle and Sydney, students are offered 25 hours of class time per week, and can take part in an incredible student experience program that provides cultural experience alongside daily and academic language skills.

Newcastle International College (NIC) offers a fully-accredited pathway to UON degrees if you do not have the academic requirements for direct entry, or would prefer to study the first year of your undergraduate degree in an environment especially designed for international students.


MEET THE STUDENTS OF UON GLOBAL from UON International on Vimeo.


Our undergraduate semester intakes are semester one in February, and semester two in July. You can apply online, via email or by regular mail. Learn more about applying to the University of Newcastle here


Our friendly international support staff can answer any question you have, no matter how big or small. You can fill out our simple enquiry web form, email international@newcastle.edu.au or phone +61 2 4913 8300

1 Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 and QS World University Rankings 2015
2 QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2015
3 Times Higher Education Most International Universities 2016
4 Excellence in Research Australia 2015
5 Higher Education Research Data Collection 2014