While at the University of Newcastle you can participate in a range of fun, interactive programs.

Social and academic programs

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.