The University of Newcastle, Australia

Other pathways and study options

If your Selection Rank (SR) was not what you expected, you are from another university or you haven't studied in a while there are a range of other entry pathways and options to study at the University of Newcastle.

Open Foundation student

Open Foundation

If you are seeking a new career direction, considering attending university after time in the workforce or looking to further pursue your interests, our Open Foundation program can help make this happen with guaranteed entry to over 40+ University of Newcastle degrees. Flexible study means you can learn at your own pace, including online, part-time or full-time options.

Newstep student


If you did not complete Year 12 or missed the chance to get the marks needed for university entry, our Newstep program offers you the perfect pathway between senior schooling and University, allowing you to apply for entry to degrees at not only UON but other Australian Universities. Study on-campus at Newcastle or the Central Coast.

Yapug student

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entry

Yapug is a pathway designed to help Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people gain entry into undergraduate degrees, including a pathway into Medicine. Start your university experience in a culturally appropriate learning environment, supported by indigenous peers and staff. You don't have to meet the requirements for entry to university or have any prior experience.

A student in one of our Student Hubs

Non-award admission and cross-institutional study

If you want to study one or more subjects at university without advancing to a degree or diploma you can choose non-award study. You can apply for non-award admission as preliminary work for a higher degree, for professional requirements or because of an interest in the area.

If you are currently studying at another university you can complete courses at the University of Newcastle for credit towards your degree.

Newcastle International College

Newcastle International College (NIC)

NIC is the official on-campus pathway college for international students, offering various Foundation and Diploma courses leading to either year 1 or 2 at the University of Newcastle.


University of Newcastle Language Centre

Need to improve your English language skills to gain entry into a degree program at the University of Newcastle, or would like to improve your English skills to boost your career? English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) are designed to enable international students to develop their English language skills for a variety of purposes.

We offer a range of programs to suit varying levels of English language proficiency, and all courses prepare students for further study at the University of Newcastle.