WWU Exchange in Australia:
University of Newcastle
WWU students can study in Australia, the world's largest island and smallest continent. Whether you are interested in exploring the Outback, studying the life of koalas and kangaroos, or climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Australia has a number of opportunities for personal exploration and development. The University of Newcastle is nestled in Newcastle, New South Wales and about two and half hours north of Sydney by train. There is a student population of 35,500 which includes an international student population of 6,600. The University of Newcastle is well known for its academic excellence and innovative teaching, and is ranked as one of the world's top 100 universities for Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences. It has a strong connection to its local community and offers a variety of majors to meet the needs of any student.
The University of Newcastle, in the city of Newcastle, was founded in 1965. The city is located on the eastern coast of New South Wales (pop. 350,000) and enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers (68-83F December–February) and mild winters (49-64F June-August). The area is noted for such natural assets as beaches, lakes and rivers, bordered by a hinterland of mountains, forests and agricultural fields. The Newcastle beaches are the site of Australia's annual national surfing championships. The campus lies within 300 acres of natural bushland—complete with Australian wildlife—at the city’s edge and provides a well-stocked library, computer facilities, student clubs, shops, cafes, sports facilities, modern lecture theatres and laboratories.
Academic Program and Courses
Most undergraduate programs are divided onto two 14-week semesters with a 5-week break between each.
Fall Semester: late July to late November
Spring Semester: late February to late June
University of Newcastle offers programs through five Faculties:
- Business and Law
- Education and Arts
- Science and Information technology
- Engineering and Built Environment
Courses are available in Nursing, Aboriginal Studies, Sustainable Resource Management, Neuroscience, Media Studies, Art Therapy, Asian Studies, Australian Studies, Environmental Management.
for more information on studying at Newcastle as an international student.
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The University of Newcastle has four on-campus accommodations. The two most popular options are International House and Evatt House. At International House and Evatt House, each student has their own room in a shared apartment with five to ten students. Students share a common kitchen and bathroom. International House has a cafeteria which serves weekday dinners. Placement in on-campus accommodations can be very competitive. The University of Newcastle utilizes a random ballot system for assigning on-campus housing as space is limited.
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Exchange program participants will pay WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individucal student. Check the budget sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.
The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please not that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangement and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.
There are two applications for exchange students to complete. The first application is the International Programs & Exchanges (IPE) application. After students are selected for nomination, they must complete the University of Newcastle application
Check out our WWU Exchange Student's Blog on her program at Newcastle! She outlines pre-departure, arrival, on-site tips, navigating the host site, and more!
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