The University of Newcastle, Australia

Study abroad and exchange

The University of Newcastle regularly hosts students from overseas for semester or short term study experiences and supports international students to study abroad as part of their education through numerous exchange partnerships we have with universities around the world.

Study Abroad Guide

Studying abroad at the University of Newcastle gives you the chance to open up your world, expand your academic horizons and connect with people from around the globe.

View the 2020 guide to learn more

At the University of Newcastle, you will meet not only Aussies, but also students from around the world. From a total student population of over 35,000, around 7,500 students have come to us from over 100 countries outside Australia. You can meet people from every continent and walk of life.

Newcastle itself is one of the most liveable cities in the world. Its thriving harbour is the economic hub of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley region. In addition to a spectacular coastline and surf beaches, Newcastle has excellent cafes and restaurants, bars and pubs, boutique shopping and a diverse arts scene.

Newcastle is also perfect for students wishing to spend their free time travelling to Australia's other must-see destinations. It's around two hours from Sydney, one hour from the Hunter Valley vineyards, and just off the main coastal highway for exploring Australia's many picturesque seaside towns.

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GPA requirements

Undergraduate admissions: Students are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.0/4.0 or equivalent. Students should have completed at least one year of full time study at a university or other institution of higher education.

Postgraduate Admissions: Students are required to have a completed bachelor degree in a relevant discipline.

Gap year Admissions: Students are required to submit a completed high school transcript to be assessed on a case by case basis.

English requirements


Quick Guide to Undergraduate English Proficiency Equivalences





Undergraduate and
Gap year students


(No subtest below 6.0)

64 - 78

No subtest below:

R: 13 - 18
L: 12 - 19
S: 18 - 19
W: 21 - 23

4 stars in all 3 areas

Postgraduate students 6.5

(No subtest below 6.0)
83 - 93

No subtest below:

R: 19 - 23
L: 20 - 22
S: 20 - 24
W: 24 - 26
5 stars in all 3 areas

Please refer to the English proficiency policy for further accepted qualifications and Postgraduate English Proficiency requirements.

Areas of study

The University of Newcastle offers a wide variety of interesting, exciting and relevant courses to our visiting Study Abroad and Exchange students.

Some popular areas of study are:

If your preferred area of study is not listed above, please see a list of all courses at the University of Newcastle in the Online Course Handbook

Choosing your courses

You can choose courses to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or you can choose elective courses simply because they might be of interest to you.

To find out if you can enrol in a particular course, click on the course in the Online Course Handbook , scroll down the page until you see the 'Assumed Knowledge' or 'Requisite/Compulsory Course Components' heading. This section will tell you whether you have the prior knowledge required and / or whether enrolment into the course is restricted.

Assumed Knowledge means that the course will be taught on the understanding that students already have a certain level of knowledge. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they meet the Assumed Knowledge specified for the course. You will still be able to enrol even if you have not completed the Assumed Knowledge courses.

Requisites, or prerequisites, are courses or other activities which must be successfully completed before you can enrol in certain courses. You will not be able to enrol if you have not met these requisites, however some of these courses may be approved for enrolment on a case by case basis.

When choosing courses, please consider the semester you are attending:

Semester 1 at University of Newcastle runs between February and June
Semester 2 at University of Newcastle runs between July and November

For more specific information on important dates during the semester, click here

Course difficulty

A course's degree of difficulty is indicated by its code number, which often signifies the year in which it is taken. For example, a course coded 1000 level (eg ACFI1001) is likely to be taken in the first year of study and a course coded 2000 level (eg MARI2900) in the second year.

You should always ensure that you have the approval from your home institution to participate in any course.

How many courses can you choose?

As part of your Australian Student Visa requirements, all Study Abroad and Exchange students must be enrolled at a full time capacity.

  • The standard full time workload is 40 units (4 courses) per semester.
  • The minimum full time workload is 30 units (3 courses) per semester.

NOTE: 1 course = 10 units = 10 hours per week of study across the 13 week semester. This will be made up of both contact (lecture, tutorials etc) and non-contact (reading, studying, assignment etc) activities.  Full-time study requires 30-40+ hours of your time each week.

Credit Equivalence Guide *

The University of
Newcastle Credit Value

Equivalent USA
Credit Value

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*The above credit equivalences should be taken as a guide only. Individual assessments should be made of each student record by the home institution.

Academic Matters

Teaching methods

Teaching methods and forms of assessment vary according to the course. Students are usually required to undertake a combination of lectures, tutorials and/or laboratory classes and, in some cases, fieldwork placements.


Assessment is usually in the form of written assignments, short tests, participation in tutorials and practical work, as well as examinations in semester (or trimester) time or in the formal examination periods.

Both teaching methods and Assessment details can be found in the Online Course Handbook and are also discussed in the first lecture.

Credit transfer

It is the responsibility of all international students to negotiate the transfer of credit for studies undertaken at the University of Newcastle with their own home institution.

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There are various costs to take into account when considering whether to apply to study abroad.

Tuition Fees

ProgramTuition FeesComments
Exchange students Nil Students coming to the University of Newcastle as part of the Exchange program should consult their International Exchange Advisor at their home university regarding fees prior to arrival. Exchange students are required to pay the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) charge.
Study Abroad students (40 units)$9550* per semester This fee does not include international and domestic travel, accommodation, meals, text books, living costs, any special excursion costs, personal spending,or the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) charge.
Study Abroad students (30 units)$8650* per semesterThis fee does not include international and domestic travel, accommodation, meals, text books, living costs, any special excursion costs, personal spending, or the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) charge.

* This is the 2021 rate. Please note that the rate for subsequent years is subject to change.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

OSHC is insurance to help international students meet the cost of any medical and hospital care they need while in Australia. OSHC also pays limited benefits for pharmaceuticals and ambulance services.

It is a condition of your Australian student visa that you are covered by one of the Australian OSHC providers outlined by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. All students undertaking formal studies in Australia (and their dependents) must maintain OSHC for the duration of their time in Australia.

The University of Newcastle's preferred OSHC provider is Allianz Global Assistance and you will be notified of the cost on your letter of offer.

Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF)

During 2012, Australian universities, including the University of Newcastle, introduced a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) to improve the services and amenities offered to all students.

The SSAF amount will be invoiced upfront, separately from your course fees in each term you are enrolled.

Living Costs

In addition to the tuition and fees above, you will be responsible for other costs during your time in Australia, such as:

  • Living costs including accommodation, food, clothing, transport, entertainment etc
  • Incidental expenses including books, equipment required for your studies, Internet, sporting memberships etc.

If you wish to read more on the costs you are likely to incur in Australia, it is strongly recommended that you visit the University's costs of living webpage.

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1. Apply for a place in the Study Abroad / Exchange Program

  • Contact an official representative of your home institution to find out if you have a current or formal agreement with the University of Newcastle.
  • Decide on the courses you wish to study
  • Use the Application Guide whilst lodging an application.
  • Complete all relevant sections of the application form and attach certified copies of all supporting documents as listed below:
    • An official transcript of your student record
    • Evidence of English Proficiency as per policy
    • Exchange students must have a supporting cover letter from their home institution confirming nomination.
    • Copy of your passport

2. Receive and review your offer

Successful applicants will receive an offer of a place from the University which will provide information on fees, including tuition and OSHC fees, the date of commencement and duration of the program of study and the refund policy.

If you have supplied a list of courses you wish to participate in, their approval or non approval will be addressed on your offer. Be sure to make sure you read and understand all aspects of your offer letter. After reviewing your offer, if you believe it needs amendment, please contact prior to any further action.

It is a condition of your student visa to have Overseas Student Heath Cover (OSHC) through an approved Australian provider for the duration of your student visa. Please note that travel insurance and your university insurance is not the same as OSHC.

3. Acceptance and Payment of Fees

To accept your place, you will need to accept the conditions of your offer and pay the deposit.

Payment Options when accepting online: To accept and pay online using your credit card go to myHub and follow the instructions. If you choose the 'Accept without payment' option you will not be able to go back and later make a payment through myHub and therefore must use the payment option listed below. You are only able to use this option if you have received an unconditional offer.

Payment Options when accepting by email: You can make a payment by Credit Card or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Please see the last page of your offer letter for payment options.

4. Arrange your visa and accommodation

Once your acceptance and payment has been received and processed by UoN, you will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) which is required for you to apply for a student visa at the Australian Diplomatic Post in your country.

When the time comes to make your travel arrangements, you will need to decide where to live when you are in Australia. There are a number of different accommodation options for students attending the University of Newcastle. You should make this a priority as there is always high demand for accommodation of all kinds in Newcastle.

We know students need secure, affordable and comfortable accommodation when they are studying. Whether you’re interested in living on or off campus, we have services to help you.

On-Campus Accommodation

On-Campus Accommodation

Student Living is our award-winning accommodation precinct at Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses and is home to over 1800 students from all over the world. Our nine residences offer a variety of living options to suit our student community. Whether you're looking for a private or shared room, private or shared facilities, if you want to cook for yourself or you want someone else to cook for you - we've got it all here!

Off-Campus Accommodation

Off-Campus Accommodation

If you want to live off-campus, there are lots of options for you close to the University including rooms, apartments and houses. We offer a free off-campus accommodation service that is here to help you find the perfect place to live while you study.



Some families who live near the university host students in their homes for short or long stays. The University arranges each Homestay to ensure that all homes and host families are safe and friendly.

In this program, you will enjoy the comfort of home in Australia. Our host families will provide you meals and include you in their lives. It is a good opportunity to practice language skills and make new friends.

Temporary Accommodation

Temporary Accommodation

If you want to live off campus, you may choose to stay at a hostel or hotel for about a week while you find a room or apartment for the school year.

Permanent Accommodation

Permanent Accommodation

Further to the off-campus database you can also search for rental properties which are managed by real estate agents if you'd like to look for your own accommodation. Take a look at agencies such as DomainReal Estate or LJ Hooker. It is important to consider the full range of costs and responsibilities when looking for somewhere to live.

Video: Renting a home: Introduction to renting a property in NSW (English)

Below is some information to help you before you leave to study with us. We will also send you pre-arrival information by email in the weeks before you start.

To study with us you must have a valid Australian visa. Student visas are temporary visas that allow people to come to Australia for a specified period to study at an Australian educational institution.

How do I apply?

The Australian Government Department of Home Affairs provides comprehensive information about the different categories of student visas and the process to apply for a visa. All visa applications are lodged and assessed by them.

We are approved to participate in the Australian Government Streamlined Visa Processing initiative. This helps you by making the visa application process quite simple. It reduces paperwork and the time it takes for your visa to be issued.

In general, you will need the below to apply for your student visa:

  • A valid passport which will be valid for the duration of your study in Australia.
  • A Confirmation of Enrolment document, also known as an eCOE. We will send you this after you have accepted your offer to study with us and paid any deposit fees.
  • Evidence of Overseas Student Health Cover – you can arrange this yourself, or we can do it for you with our preferred provider Allianz Global Assistance OSHC.
  • Funds to pay the fees and charges for your visa to the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
  • Medical checks or any other information that immigration request as part of your application.

Where can I get help with my visa application?

Applying for a student visa can be a complicated process.

If you need help you can contact your nearest Australian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission.

You can also contact an official University of Newcastle, Australia representative education agent in your country who can help you with your application to study with us, as well as your visa.

Please note we cannot make representations to the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Control with respect to visa applications or grievances of international students.

How much does my student visa cost?

Visa fees and charges must be paid when you lodge your application with the Department of Home Affairs, and are non-refundable.

You can use this pricing estimator to check the cost of your visa.

What are the conditions of my student visa?

You should familiarise yourself with the visa conditions for student visa holders.

Some examples of conditions are:

  • You must update your Australian institution with your contact details and mailing address in Australia
  • Maintain enrolment as a full time student and maintain satisfactory academic progress in your studies
  • Keep on track to complete your studies within the duration of your student visa
  • Abide by work restrictions while you are studying

It is also important to note that once your student visa is issued, any change to your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) start date, your completion date, change of course or change of institution will be reported to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and could impact your student visa.

Can I work in Australia while I am studying?

Most student visas holders can work in Australia up to 40 hours per fortnight during the study period, and unlimited hours during a formal study break or holiday period.

More information on work conditions for student visa holders.

Research sector visa holders

If you hold a research sector visa and you have commenced your Doctoral degree (PhD) there is no limit on the number of hours you can work. However, you must continue to make satisfactory progress in your research studies and pass important confirmation and progress report milestones.

I am under 18 years of age. What do I need to do to apply for a student visa?

If you have not turned 18 you must make arrangements for your accommodation, support and general welfare for the duration of your stay in Australia in order to obtain a student visa.

You will not be able to travel to Australia until your welfare and accommodation arrangements have been confirmed with us.

To maintain adequate arrangements for welfare in Australia you must stay with an appointed guardian such as:

  • Your parent or legal custodian
  • a direct relative who has been nominated by your parents or custodians who is aged over 21 and is of good character
  • reside in homestay accommodation and report to a parental representative for your general welfare, as arranged and approved by us.

These arrangements must be in place for the entire time you are under 18 years of age and you must not change them without our written approval.

Once you have booked your flights to Australia, you can arrange your transfer from Sydney International Airport to Newcastle. We recommend local operator Central Coast Express Shuttle.

You should book this at least 3 days before you leave. We recommend you arrive 5-7 days before your study commencement date to give you time to settle in to your new home and attend orientation.

Travel times from Sydney International Airport

  • Sydney campus is 40 minutes by train
  • Central Coast campus is 2.5 hours by train
  • Newcastle campus is 3.5 hours by train

Travel time from Newcastle Airport

  • Newcastle campus is 40 minutes by bus

Travelling from Sydney Airport to Newcastle

If you are studying at our Callaghan campus or with our Newcastle Business School in the Newcastle city precinct, you will need to make your way up the coast to Newcastle.

Shuttle Transfer

A direct pick-up and transfer service is available between Sydney Airport and Newcastle with local operator Central Coast Express Shuttle. Visit their website to make a booking online. You will be contacted via email to confirm your booking details and payment options.

Bookings must be made at least 3 business days prior to the arrival date.

For students using this service to travel to Newcastle, please enter the discount code UON1 in the "Additional Requirements" section, along with your UON Student Number (located on your Letter of Offer).

The journey between Sydney and Newcastle is around 3 hours depending on the number of stops the bus makes en route.


There are regular trains from Sydney International Airport to Sydney Central train station where you can change trains for Newcastle.

It takes around 3 hours to Newcastle depending on how many stops the train makes.

You can plan your trip with Transport Sydney Trains.

Warabrook Station (on the Hunter line) is the closest station to the university's Callaghan campus.

Pick up from Central Coast and Newcastle Line or Hunter Line train stations

UON Global offers a complimentary pickup service for commencing international students from any train station between Fassifern or Warabrook and Newcastle Interchange inclusive. This service is from our third party provider Waratah Hire Cars which can transport you to your accommodation in Newcastle. Access the booking form here and ensure that you tick 'Other' and provide your Student Number (located in your Letter of Offer)  in the 'Additional Comments' box.

Travelling from Sydney Airport to the Central Coast

If you are studying at our Central Coast campus in Ourimbah you will need to make your way up the coast.

Free pick up and transfer

A free pick-up and transfer service is available for new international students travelling from Sydney Airport to the Central Coast. This service is available to newly arrived UON international students only. All accompanying family members and friends will be charged a transfer service fee. Central Coast Shuttle Express will contact you by email with a quote for additional passenger's airport transfer charges. This quote will include instructions for online payment using credit card. Please note all confirmed airport transfers payments are non-refundable.


Bookings can be made online and must be made at least 3 days prior to the arrival date.

For students using this service to travel to the Central Coast, please enter your UON Student Number (located on your Letter of Offer) in your Enquiry form.

The journey between Sydney and the Central Coast is around 2 hours depending on the number of stops the bus makes en route.

Travelling from Sydney Airport to Sydney campus

If you are arriving at Sydney Airport and studying at our Sydney campus, you have several options to go to and from the airport.

Travelling from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle

Newcastle Airport at Williamtown is around 40 minutes drive from our Callaghan campus and from Newcastle's city centre, where our Newcastle Business School is located.

UON Global offers a free pickup service to new international students landing at Newcastle Airport. This service is provided by our third party booking agent Waratah Hire Cars. Access the booking form here. Please ensure you tick the 'Other' box and provide your Student Number (located in your Letter of Offer) in the 'Additional Comments' box.

Customs and quarantine

When you arrive at Sydney Airport you must complete an incoming passenger card and clear customs.

Australia has some of the most stringent customs and quarantine regulations in the world – it is important that you know which items you cannot bring into Australia and which items you must declare to as there are severe fines and penalties if you do not follow the rules.

Prohibited items are not allowed into Australia. This includes weapons and firearms and illegal drugs.

Restricted items must be declared to a customs official. These include large amounts of currency over AU$10,000.00, prescription medication, food containing animal or plant products, plant items or wooden items.

For more information see the Arriving travellers section of the Australian Government's Australian Customs and Border Protection Service site.

A checklist of things to do and bring before you leave home

Passport and visa
Check that your passport is valid for at least 6 months prior to your entry arrival in Australia, and that you have all your visa documentation. It is also a good idea to make copies of your passport in case you lose your passport.
Arrange for immunisations and/or medication from your doctor. Have your eyes tested and a dental check-up.
Student enrolment and orientation information
You will need to bring your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE). You will be sent enrolment and orientation information from the International Office approximately one month prior to your commencement at the University.
Personal documents
Certified copies of your qualifications and certificates, ID cards, Drivers License, Birth Certificate (or certified copy).
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
This is a requirement for entry to Australia, so make sure you have your health cover policy arranged before you leave home.

If you elect to use the University Health Cover Provider, your OSHC will be provided by Allianz Global Assistance. This will be detailed on your eCoE.
Travel insurance
You should also consider travel insurance, which covers things your OSHC may not – such as cancelled flights, lost documents, dental or optical care, etc.
Make sure you are aware of the date and time of your flight. Keep your flight details in a safe and secure place, with your passport and visa.
Contact details
You may want to have a list of emergency contact details for family, as well as your embassy, accommodation and institution details. If you have used an education agent, keep their contact details on you, in case you need to contact them once you arrive in Australia.
Activating your student account
To make your transition in to study easier you can activate your University of Newcastle student account before you leave home.
Australian currency
There are money exchange places available at Australian airports and in cities, but it is recommended to have some Australian currency on you prior to leaving your home country. Confirm overseas access to your funds with your home bank. Apply for a credit card and/or arrange sufficient funds.
Transport from the airport
Whether you are taking public transport or a taxi, it is important that you have all the details of your journey including the time, the route, and your pick-up and drop-off points. If you need a map to assist you in getting to your accommodation from the airport, they will be available at the airport, or you can print one prior to leaving. Please note that unless otherwise specified, the University is not responsible for your transport from the airport.
Accommodation details
Make sure you have the address of where you will be staying as well as their phone number and payment confirmation (if you have already paid for your accommodation).
Clothing and other important items
Light, cool clothing for summer; weather proof jacket and warm clothing for winter months; power adapter and transformer; sun protection such as sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.

For a list of semester dates, including holiday periods and Australian public holidays, please view University Dates.

Keep in mind, while viewing the above link, that other important dates include:

Last day to enrol: The second Friday after the commencement of classes.  If you need to enrol after this date, you will be required to obtain approval from the course coordinator.  Approval is not guaranteed, so please ensure you enrol prior to this date.

Last day to withdraw without Academic penalty: The date your semester concludes. This does not include the exam period. If you withdraw during the exam period, you are too late and will receive a Fail grade (FF) on your transcript.

Fully Graded Date: This date is generally 2-3 weeks after the completion of the exam period in your enrolled semester.  Your lecturer will be required to update all grades and make your final grade available.  These can be viewed through your myHub account. Your transcripts will be sent to your home institution or agent (depending on who you applied through) after this date.

Newcastle Harbour


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.

At the University of Newcastle, 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 programs 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.


iLEAD Plus

iLEAD Plus is a global facing leadership program that is tailored to develop your unique capabilities and goals.

It is an experiential three stage program designed to connect you with local, national and international networks to accelerate professional development and future career readiness.

Learn more

Clubs and societies

There are over 100 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.


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! Feel free to turn up at any of the sessions below.


Basketball - Wednesday 3pm - 5pm  at The Forum

Soccer (Football) - Thursdays 3pm - 5pm at Oval 4

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 West Tower accommodation at 6pm. This bus will return people to the university after the event.


NuMates is a program run by UON Global to engage international and domestic students through a range of fun activities. You will be connected with a small group of fellow students from globally diverse backgrounds

Join us as we explore Newcastle and surrounds, creating lasting memories and great mates!

Lunch and Learn

Have you recently arrived in Australia? Do you want to make the most out of your time here as an international student?

Moving away from home and settling into a new culture can feel like an emotional roller coaster. We're here to help you settle in and make Newcastle feel like your second home.

At this workshop you will find out how things work in Aus. You will also learn some strategies to settle in and succeed.

Sessions are 12.00 - 1.00 pm at the Clubhouse. We even treat you to a free lunch!

Central Coast


iLEAD Plus is a global facing leadership program that is tailored to develop your unique capabilities and goals.

It is an experiential three stage program designed to connect you with local, national and international networks to accelerate professional development and future career readiness.

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

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

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


iLEAD Plus

The iLEAD Plus program is a global-facing leadership program that is tailored to develop a student’s unique capabilities and goals.

It is an experiential three-stage program designed to connect students with local, national and international networks to accelerate professional development and future career readiness.

Open to all UON students, it combines practical workshops, interactive online learning, personal mentorship, professional placement, and a range of global experience opportunities. Each stage has been designed to equip, test and demonstrate the skills and experiences that students will need to be effective and globally aware leaders of tomorrow.

Professional development

Expand upon your academic experience

GLOBAL SCOPE - Global Scope is a three or six week business consulting project delivered by student teams for NSW government agencies, non-government organisations, or private enterprise. Student teams are supported by professional mentors who provide project management and subject matter advice. Global Scope runs at different times during the year.

INTERCHANGE - It is an inter-university entrepreneurial competition. Interchange is held annually in August.

AIRPORT WELCOME DESK - Volunteer with Study NSW to make international students feel welcome upon arrival in Australia. This is an unpaid work experience opportunity run in collaboration with the government agency Study NSW.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS - A range of skills workshops are held on campus to help students build skills in areas of leadership, presentation and employability.

CAREER ADVICE - Career Advisors are available for phone appointments and online consultations. They will also host workshops on specific career aspects.

Networking events

UONG Global Sydney, in collaboration with the Professional Development Forum (PDF) Team, offers students the opportunity to access free networking events and talks on topics relevant to their personal and professional development. Students are invited to participate to events/talks at the HQ Haymarket venue. Australia’s first start-up hub supporting entrepreneurs to connect to Asia.

Engagement initiatives

UON Sydney in collaboration with project partners such as StudyNSW, City of Sydney Council and local community centres can engage students in social and professional events promoted through our monthly Engagement Calendar. For more information on programs and events, please refer to the Sydney Monthly Engagement Calendar (available at reception and via our Facebook group and UON WeChat or email at

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

Welcome dinner project

In collaboration with Joining the Dots, students have the opportunity to attend a dinner in an Australian home. See Sydney monthly calendar for the upcoming dinners.

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.

A sports loan desk is also available for students to play during lunch time or breaks between lectures. For more information and booking equipment email or ask at reception.

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.

China Connect Internship

Unique internship opportunities in China for UON students

Are you a current UON student? Would you like to complete an internship in China over the Summer of 2019/2020?

Through the China Connect program, we have a range of exciting internship opportunities for UON students.

These opportunities are a collaboration between UON Global, UON Careers and Student Development and AustCham, Beijing.

Who is AustCham?

The China Australia Chamber of Commerce in Beijing is a member organisation linking and facilitating business between Australia and China. Members range from the financial services sector, energy and resources, food and agribusiness, education, health and life sciences, SME's and E-Commerce.

AustCham will be coordinating the placement of students into companies that best match their area of study and location preference.

For more information on AustCham, please refer to the 'Doing internships in China' PDF.

Program highlights

  • Exclusive to UON Chinese and Australian students
  • English speaking and Mandarin speaking positions available
  • Offered outside for formal semester study periods
  • Internships in five (5) locations - Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu
  • Internships in Accounting, Business Management, Administration Management, Finance, Human Resources, Business Intelligence, IT and Public Relations
  • Host companies include: Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, KPMG, Grant Thornton, Savills, North Head, Servcorp, Bluestar AMG, Colliers, and China Australia Chamber of Commerce (Beijing, West China, South China).

Program benefits

  • Cultivate professional communication skills and business acumen
  • Gain insight into Chinese workplace culture and practice
  • Develop practical workplace skills relevant to your degree
  • Foster teamwork and leadership capabilities
  • Enhance employability and increase employment opportunities after graduation
  • Develop valuable professional network in China

Student testimonial

Jason Zhang, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

“For Commerce students, the China Connect internship and my work experience was valuable and an integral part of skill-building. The University and AustCham Beijing gave me a great internship opportunity in China that allowed me to gain real-world workplace experiences with the company, Lehman Brown, which relates to my educational background. It was a very supportive workplace environment and I found it to be a good networking experience. Forming a professional relationship with the Director and meeting other employees in the same field gave me valuable experiences to help direct my future."

Key dates

Information Session: 28th August 2019 - Register here

Expressions of Interest close: 11th September 2019

Written applications close: 5pm Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Selection period: October - November 2019

Internship: December 2019 – February 2020

Eligibility Criteria

  • Chinese or Australian citizenship
  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree
  • Minimum GPA = 4.5 (calculate your GPA here)
  • Undergraduate students - must have already successfully completed 120 units of study
  • Must be available to travel to China between December 2019 and February 2020
  • Student is responsible for all travel, accommodation, visa and living costs.

If you are interested in this internship opportunity, please complete the online Expression of Interest form.

For more information, please contact: Tel: +61 2 4921 6355, or Email:

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 Home Affairs.

For more information about workplace rights and conditions in Australia, please visit This information is also available in 30 languages other than English and in videos at

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:


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.


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.


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?


 85 - 100

High Distinction


 75 - 84



 65 - 74



 50 - 64




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.




Administrative Codes




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.



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.



Grade not applicable



Grade or score not applicable

Academic Marking Guide *

University of Newcastle Grade

GPA (7 point Scale)

Percentage %


Equivalent USA Grade

German Equivalences

High Distinction(HD)





1,0 - 1,3

Distinction (D)


75 – 84



1,7 - 2,3

Credit (C)


65 – 74



2,7 - 3,3

Pass (P)


50 – 64



3.7 - 4,2

Fail (FF)





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
















*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.

Your time at the University of Newcastle is coming to an end. We hope you have had a wonderful time with us. There are a few things to know about your return.

Results and transcripts

Students are able to access their exam results through MyHub. All Study Abroad and Exchange students will receive an official academic transcript which will be sent directly to your institution or representative after the official release of results. A request for this is not required, transcripts can take 3 - 4 weeks to arrive.

Before a transcript can be issued, all outstanding fees must be finalised (eg. library fines, excursions, course materials, accommodation, etc). Any negative service indicator in a student's account due to outstanding balances will block transcripts from being issued, or a student re enrolling.

Additional transcripts, will come at a cost of AUD10 per copy. Please visit the online shop for an Official Academic Transcript.

Appealing a result

For students that have returned home and need to appeal against a final result, a Request for Academic Appeal form must be completed and returned to the contact provided. Please read the form and policy carefully before submission.

Sharing your experience

Now that you have arrived home and are reflecting on the experience of studying abroad, you might consider sharing your experience at the University of Newcastle with other students at home.

Please contact your International Advisor when you get home to discuss possible options and your level of involvement. Ask if you can volunteer at your institutions next study abroad fair.


The University of Newcastle has alumni in more than 100 countries. Keep in touch with the university and other alumni via our global networks.

If you are a current student at the University of Newcastle looking for information about an overseas experience – be it a semester exchange, a short course or even an internship – head to Study overseas.

International student experience