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  • Locations: Newcastle, Australia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Restrictions: WWU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Fields of Study: Accounting, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Art History, Astronomy, Biology, Botany, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Dance, Design, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Science, Finance, Health & Nutrition, History, Hospitality & Tourism, Information Technology, International Business, International Relations, Journalism, Law & Judicial Sciences, Linguistics, Marine Biology, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Performing Arts, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Social Sciences, Theatre, Women's Studies
Housing Options: Independent Housing, Student Residence/ On Campus Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

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University of Newcastle



Fun Facts about New South Wales

  1. The original inhabitants of Sydney (the Cadigal people) spoke the Eora language
  2. The top five languages (other than English) spoken in NSW are: Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Greek.
  3. Hugh Jackman, Rebel Wilson, Rose Byrne and Toni Collette were all born in New South Wales
  4. Human remains found at Mungo, paleoanthropological site in New South Wales, indicate that Australia was inhabited about 46,000 to 50,000 years ago
  5. Newcastle was home to the first lighthouse on the east coast – a coal-fired beacon at Colliers Point which opened in 1804

Program Snapshot

The University of Newcastle is
  • Ranked within the top 250 universities in the world
  • 13 of UoN’s disciplines are ranked in the top 200 in the world
  • Ranked within the top 8 in Australia for research
The University of Newcastle is a comprehensive institution with two main campuses in Newcastle (Callaghan campus) and the Central Coast (Ourimbah campus). It offers over 100 undergraduate programs across five faculties: Business and Law, Education and Arts, Engineering and Built Environment, Health and Medicine, and Science.
The university is about two and half hours north of Sydney by train.  There is a student population of 40,000 including about 7,000 international students.

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 Programs & Courses

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar is based on the Southern Hemisphere calendar. The academic year generally runs from February to November. The first semester typically begins in February to early-March and ends with an examination period in late June. The second semester typically begins in late-July and ends in November. Students can study for a single semester, an academic year (starting Fall quarter at Western), or a calendar year (starting Winter quarter at Western).
  • Semester 2:  early July to mid-November (Fall quarter at Western)
  • Semester 1:  mid-February to late June (Winter and Spring quarters at Western) 
Australian Academic Terminology

Course: The term "course" refers to an entire program that leads to a degree (For example, a course is a bachelor of arts).

Unit/Subject: The terms “unit” and “subject” refers to a single class. For example, students typically take 3-4 units per semester.

Mark: The term "mark" refers to a grade. ECU uses the following grading scale:
Grade Description Percentage
HD High Distinction 80-100
D Distinction 70-79
CR Credit 60-69
C Pass 50-59
C* Pass (conceded) 45-100
N Fail 0-49
Academic Credit

In Australia, universities assign a credit point value to each unit of study (i.e. class). The credit points represent the weight of an individual class in relation to others within the major, rather than the number of classroom or study hours. Therefore, an introductory breadth course may be worth ten credits, while an advanced core course may be worth 20 credits. Thus, the credit value listed on your transcript may not have a direct bearing on the number of credits actually transferred to your home institution. To understand how many classes you should take, you need to understand how the host site defines your “study load” as this definition varies among universities.

Selecting Classes (units)

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 enroll 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 enrollment 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 enroll 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 enroll in certain courses. You will not be able to enroll if you have not met these requisites, however some of these courses may be approved for enrollment on a case-by-case basis.
When choosing courses, please consider the semester you are attending

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 (e.g. ACFI1001) is likely to be taken in the first year of study and a course coded 2000 level (e.g. MARI2900) in the second year.
If you want the course you take at UoN to apply towards a required course at Western, you should always ensure that you have the approval from your academic department prior to taking the course.

How many courses to take

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.
  • The maximum full time workload is 50 units (5 courses) per semester
NOTE: 1 course = 10 units = 10 hours.  Full-time study requires 30-50 hours of your time each week for class work, reading, studying and assignments,  so be sure to think about your study commitment.


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. If you prefer to live off-campus, either by yourself or with others, finding quality accommodation can take time. UoN’s off-campus accommodation service offers free assistance to all UoN students wanting to organize off campus accommodation. UoN also has a homestay accommodation available for international students.

Click Here for the Newcastle Accommodations Webpage

Cost for accommodations range from AUS $150 – AUS $350 per week.

Program Cost
Exchange program participants will pay a student fee based on WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees.  For students studying abroad for three quarters, this fee will be equal to in-state tuition and mandatory fees. Students studying abroad for a single semester will pay a semester rate for tuition, which equates to ½ year of in-state tuition. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student.
Please note that students will be required to purchase two health insurance policies. As required by WWU policy, students must purchase study abroad health insurance. As required by Australian Immigration, students will also need to purchase Overseas Health Cover the full duration of the student’s visa, which can only be provided by Australian approved providers.

The 2017 OSHC Fees are as follows;
  • One semester: AUD$408 for 6 months
  • Two semesters: AUD$765.00 for 12 months
Cost Estimates
  • Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Academic Year 2018): ~$2,750 per quarter
  • Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Single Semester 2018): ~$3,940
  • Housing: AUS $185 – AUS $229 per week
  • Meals: AUS $80 – AUS $200 per week
  • Books: ~AUS $400 per semester
  • Airfare: $1,500 - $2,000
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 note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-program activities.

How to apply

Step 1: Nomination

You must be nominated by Western’s EdAbroad office before you can apply for admission to ECU. Here is the process:
  1. Create one EdAbroad application
  2. Complete the following four items:
    1. Sign the Read & Sign forms
    2. Pay the application fee
    3. Answer the Questionnaire (This will help prepare you for the interview)
    4. Submit a completed Recommendation.
    5. There are two other items, but students can complete them later.
  3. Call the EdAbroad front desk to schedule an interview.
  4. Deadline for Submitting Nomination material
    1. Fall Semester: February 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)
    2. Spring Semester: June 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)
    3. Late applications accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Step 2: Accepting the Nomination
  1. The EdAbroad office will make nomination decisions as soon as possible after all eligible candidates have been interviewed.
  2. The EdAbroad office will notify students of their nomination status by email. Nominated students will receive an attached Nomination Letter.
  1. Students should initial and sign the nomination letter and return it to the EdAbroad office by the date requested in the letter. Note that students will be required to pay a $500 deposit against tuition after accepting the nomination.
Step 3: Apply Online
  1. Decide on the courses you wish to study
  2. Complete all relevant sections of the application form and attach certified copies of all supporting documents as listed below:
    1. An official transcript of your student record
    2. Exchange students must have a supporting cover letter from their home institution confirming nomination.
  3. Copy of your passport Deadline for Completing Online Application (date subject to change)
    1. Fall Semester: April 15
    2. Spring Semester: October 15
Step 4: Receive and Review your Offer
  • Successful applicants will receive an offer of a place from Newcastle, which will provide information on any relevant fees, including OSHC fees (health insurance), 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 Western’s required study abroad health insurance is not the same as OSHC.

Step 5: Acceptance and Payment of Fees
To accept your place, you will need to accept the conditions of your offer and purchase you OSHC.

Step 6: 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.

Additional Information
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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This program is currently not accepting applications.