We are committed to supporting teachers, careers advisers and parents to assist high school students through an exciting, stressful and emotional time. So, to help we’ve put together some resources in one place so you can provide guidance and support to the students in your life.

These tools are designed to make the journey from high school and the HSC through to studying at university just that little bit easier.

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Key dates

Mar 19th Semester 1 - Census date

Last day to withdraw or drop a course without financial penalty.

Mar 31st HDR Semester 1 - Census date
Apr 2nd Semester 1 - Recess

April 2nd - April 16th

Apr 19th Semester 1 - Resumes
Jun 4th Semester 1 - Concludes

Last day to drop a course without academic penalty

Jun 7th Semester 1 – Formal Examinations

June 7th - June 19th

(Undergraduate and Postgraduate)

Jun 30th HDR Semester 1 - Concludes
Jul 1st HDR Semester 2 - Commences
Jul 2nd Semester 1 - Results released

Fully Graded Date (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)

Jul 12th Semester 1 – Rescheduled Examinations

July 12th - July 17th

(Undergraduate and Postgraduate)

Jul 19th Semester 2 - Commences
Jul 30th Semester 2 - Last day to add a course through myHub without approval
Aug 13th Semester 2 - Census date

Last day to withdraw or drop a course without financial penalty.

Aug 31st HDR Semester 2 - Census date
Sep 20th Semester 2 - Recess

September 20th - October 4th

Oct 5th Semester 2 - Resumes
Oct 29th Semester 2 - Concludes

Last day to drop a course without academic penalty

Nov 1st Semester 2 - Examinations

November 1st - November 13th

Nov 26th Semester 2 - Results released

Fully graded date

Dec 31st HDR Semester 2 - Concludes

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Illustration of a bee

Event • 10 Feb 2021 - 24 Mar 2021

Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration

Learn how to see and draw nature like an illustrator. Build observational and visual interpretation skills in an interactive and enjoyable way.

Modern Monetary Theory

Event • 3 Mar 2021 - 31 Mar 2021

Modern Monetary Theory: Economics for the 21st Century

Demystify macroeconomic principles and terminology and discover how Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) provides explanations for some of the world's most troubling financial concerns.


Student with high density apartment buildings in Hong Kong

News • 2 Mar 2021

Students to strengthen Australia’s ties with Indo-Pacific through cultural immersion program

The University of Newcastle has been awarded $2.59m to provide students an opportunity to participate in innovative Indo-Pacific cultural experiences.

Students arriving at University for the first time

News • 15 Feb 2021

Back to Uni for Newcastle students and it’s ‘COVID new normal’

As part of Orientation or ‘O’ Week celebrations, the University of Newcastle will welcome new students to its campuses via a series of welcome addresses, campus tours, demonstrations and social gatherings, commencing today.

Postgraduate student with laptop

Featured story • 3 Nov 2020

Skills and job trends now and into the future

We find ourselves in the aftermath of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic which wreaked havoc on the Australian economy. Although the unemployment rate peaked in July 2020, job security is still at an all-time low.

HSC Support

HSC Support

We’re here to support you during your HSC, to help you make a successful transition to university and to support you through your studies.

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Useful information

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.