At the University of Newcastle we believe that international students have something very valuable and important to offer our communities and culture.

With this in mind, we have created the Connect 88 program. This unique program gives Chinese students the opportunity to share their culture and their expertise with businesses in the Newcastle area who are looking to grow their own understanding of China and doing business with China.

Participants in a Connect 88 internship will gain:

  • An immersive experience of Australian workplace culture.
  • Practical insights on how to position oneself competitively in the Australian and global job market.
  • Opportunities to leverage real-time knowledge of China to make a real contribution to the development of industry in Newcastle.

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Part-Time Employment

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 www.fairwork.gov.au/internationalstudents. This information is also available in 30 languages other than English and in videos at www.fairwork.gov.au/languages.

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.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.