Semester in Newcastle

Program Information

Study abroad in an idyllic, beachside Australian city! On our Semester in Newcastle Program, you’ll get to study at an excellent university with a stunning, ecologically sustainable campus and experience the true Aussie lifestyle. The city of Newcastle boasts wonderful beaches for surfing and swimming, a low cost of living, a very favorable climate, and a casual lifestyle. The University of Newcastle is recognized internationally for both its academic excellence and its stunning, ecologically sustainable campus. On Semester in Newcastle, you’ll get:

Low-cost program in a laid-back city - Our Semester in Newcastle is one of the most affordable study abroad programs in Australia, and Newcastle boasts a casual lifestyle.

Stunning bushland campus – Imagine walking to class on a cobblestone path that winds through lush low-growth forest, or past beautiful gardens with exotic flora and fauna. That barely scratches the surface of what makes the campus in Newcastle unique.

A true Australian University – Through the University’s active student union and numerous social and sports clubs, you’ll meet tons of Aussie and international students and get right into the groove of a true Australian education experience.

Breadth of academics – From Digital Arts and Alchemy to Water Engineering and Australian Flora, you’ll find not only the expected courses in your major but also some you wouldn’t find anywhere else.

Adventure Orientation – This stellar orientation in Australia will acquaint you with the local culture and get you accustomed to the Aussie way of life.

Highlights and Excursions

If you've always wanted to study abroad in Australia, we've got a lot of reasons to study in Newcastle with our study abroad program. Here are just a few of the key highlights that make this program unique:

  • Adventure Orientation 
  • Lower cost of living than most other Australian cities = more money for travel 
  • 6,000 international students from more than 80 countries 
  • Great location: 20 minutes to the beach, 2.5 hours to Sydney 
  • The University is ranked in the top 100 Universities in the world for engineering/technology and computer sciences 
  • Real ease of meeting local Australian students 
  • Both on- and off-campus housing options 
  • Extensive sports facilities on campus


Semester in Newcastle at the University of Newcastle has fantastic housing options. You can live on campus for a true dorm experience, or off campus for a more independent lifestyle. Here are your options:

On-campus residence hall

  • Single room with shared bathroom and kitchen 
  • Fully furnished and equipped for cooking 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Internet

Off-campus apartment

  • Single room with shared bathroom 
  • Fully furnished living room 
  • Fully equipped kitchen 
  • Perfect for students looking for a more independent lifestyle 
  • Centrally located in the city, about a 20-minute bus ride to campus 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Internet


    Courses include applied sciences, business, creative arts, cultural studies, education, engineering, environmental science, health, and law, among others.

    For a complete list of course offerings, please click here.

    Campus Setting


    Average Course Load

    3-4 courses (12-15 US credits)

    GPA Requirement


    Language of Instruction


    Program Dates

    Spring 2014*:

    Start Date: February 13
    End Date: July 5

    Fall 2014*:

    Start Date: July 12
    End Date: November 22


    $13,990- $16,390*

    *Cost may change at any time due to the current exchange rates.


    • City and Beach Adventure Orientation
    • Full-time tuition and fees
    • Housing
    • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
    • Airport pick-up
    • Medical & accident insurance
    • University of Newcastle official transcript
    • Carbon off-set of travel & Green Travel Guide

    How to Apply

    • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner,
    • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
    • Pay the $200 application deposit*

    *This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing your online application.

    Past Students

    "Newcastle is a great place to study. it is a smaller city but there are places to go and things to see and it's really nice to go to the beach whenever you want. The University is very accommodating and a great learning experience. The people there are incredible and many of them will be my friends for life"

    Jenna W.