International applicants

Due to COVID-19, changes have been made to the international student application process for admission 2021. International students currently undertaking either secondary or tertiary studies both onshore or offshore are now eligible to apply for the program. The Joint Medical Program welcomes applications from onshore international applicants.

The application closing date for entry 2021 is 7 September 2020.

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Fast Facts
LocationNewcastle - Callaghan
Fees2020 $74,446
2021 $76,328
Duration5 years with a maximum time to complete of 8 years
Start DatesSemester 1
English Language ProficiencyIELTS overall minimum 7.0
IELTS section minimum 7.0
Mode of DeliveryFace to face
University of Newcastle Program CodeBachelor of Medical Science 40046
Doctor of Medicine 40047
CRICOS code082394J
Application closing date for 2021 entry7 September 2020

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Academic Requirements

All applicants must satisfy the minimum academic requirement based on their most recent studies either secondary or tertiary. Your academic eligibility will be assessed when you lodge the direct application.

Additional Requirements

Additional selection requirements apply for this program. All applicants must satisfy the personal qualities requirement. Your personal qualities are considered just as important and influential to the learning and practice of medicine as your academic abilities. Applicants who satisfy the academic requirement will be invited to the University of Newcastle to undertake the face-to-face personal qualities assessment consisting currently of Multiple Skills Assessment (interview). Travel to this interview is at the applicant’s own expense.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

All applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency standard requirements prior to their admission by demonstrating completion of a recognised qualification.

Many applicants will be able to satisfy these requirements by holding certain qualifications undertaken in English, from a specific list of countries. If you have lodged an application for admission, and you do not automatically satisfy the requirements, you will be advised of this, as it will impact on your eligibility to receive an offer of admission. You will need to demonstrate and prove your proficiency in English via additional tests and qualifications that are accepted by the University of Newcastle.

The English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy will outline in detail what University of Newcastle’s requirements are for admission. Applicants should review the Flowchart and Requirements tables (accessible in from the Policy - Associated Information) for additional information on the variety of qualifications and/or recognised English exams will satisfy the requirements.

Genuine Temporary Entrant

The Australian Government operates an overseas student visa program that enables people who are not Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents to undertake study in Australia. A person who wants to undertake a course of study under the student visa program must obtain a student visa before they can commence a course of study in Australia. A successful applicant must be both a genuine temporary entrant and a genuine student.

An applicant who is a genuine temporary entrant will have circumstances that support a genuine intention to temporarily enter and remain in Australia, notwithstanding the potential for this intention to change over time to an intention to utilise lawful means to remain in Australia for an extended period of time or permanently.

When your application for admission is received, the University of Newcastle will assess your application against the University’s admission requirements and the genuine temporary entrant criterion set out in Ministerial Direction 69. If the University forms the opinion that you are not a genuine entrant it may refuse to assess your application, withdraw an offer of a place, or cancel your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). For further information please visit the Department of Home Affairs.

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

Alternate Pathway

Newcastle International College (NIC) offers a fully-accredited pathway to University of Newcastle degrees if you do not meet 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.

Compulsory Program Requirements

Students are required to undertake rural as well as urban placements at clinical schools and/or general practice locations which may be at a location away from Newcastle. Travel, accommodation and related expenses for placements will be the responsibility of the student.

NSW Health Verification Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. For more information please see here.

It is important to note that international students within the Joint Medical Program must maintain their international student visa status for the duration of their studies. If an international student’s residency status were to change to Permanent Resident their position within the program would be withdrawn and they would need to reapply and compete for entry as a domestic student.