The University of Newcastle, Australia

Faculty of Science International placements

Students studying at the University of Newcastle have the opportunity to undertake work placement (within their area of study) outside of Australia by enrolling in SCIE3600.

SCIE3600 provides students with the chance to broaden their educational and cultural experience through participation in an organised out-of-country activity, such as an internship, work experience, period of volunteering, Faculty-authorised study tour or workshop from a recognised institute.

Examples of overseas activities

  • Rainforest conservation in Madagascar or Peru
  • Sea Turtle and Coastal Conservation in Mexico
  • Development projects in India, Mexico, South Africa or Vietnam
  • Human Rights programs in Argentina, Cambodia, Ghana or Morocco

How to organise your activity

SCIE3600 is a student-driven course, meaning students gain access to this course via individual initiative. Students are expected to organise their own activity as well as travel plans. It is the student's responsibility to provide the Course Coordinator with a written brief of their proposed activity for formal approval, before commencing this course via an online expression of interest form.

Once approved, students will need to apply directly to the overseas provider/company and arrange all travel.

If you do not have an activity in mind, existing university-approved programs are in place and can be found here.

On commencing this course, but before starting the overseas activity, students will need to complete a health and safety and risk induction. Full information on this compulsory component will be available in the course outline provided by the School.


Students will be required to cover the course cost of SCIE3600, a University of Newcastle Tuition Fee (10 units). Students will also be required to meet all costs incurred for their overseas experience including payment to an overseas provider/company if applicable.

Financial assistance

Students may be able to access financial assistance including the OS-HELP Loan and/or Global Traveller Grant.

How to apply

To register your interest, complete the brief survey. For more information on SCIE3600, read the course outline.


To be eligible to enrol in SCIE3600, students must have successfully completed at least 80 units of study at 1000 level. Admission to this course is based on merit and the number of places available may be restricted. For more information, refer to the student process flowchart.

Find out more Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the Global Office (Hunter Building, Callaghan).