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The University of Newcastle is associated with AustraLearn: North American Center for Australian and New Zealand Universities, located in Denver, Colorado. AustraLearn is a non-profit organization, which facilitates students' enrolment into 26 institutions in Australia and New Zealand. For more information on how AustraLearn can assist you with applying to this university and others, please visit www.australearncanada.org. The University of Newcastle is a comprehensive, international university and one of Australia's leading research institutions. It employs close to 2,300 staff and offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs through the five faculties of Business & Law, Education & Arts, Engineering & Built Environment, Health, and Science & Information Technology. The University's student population is 23,000, including some 2,300 international students from more than 60 countries studying both on- and off-shore in programs.

Areas of Expertise

Our teacher education program is the largest in Australia and our medicine, engineering, law, architecture, and building programs are highly regarded by their respective professions.

On Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Co-ed:1,000 bedsLowest: $105Highest: $231

We operate the largest single site accommodation complex of any university in Australia. There are close to 1,000 students living on the Callaghan Campus in three traditional halls of residence and one new motel style complex. Students also have access to a comprehensive accommodation service including an online accommodation database to make finding suitable housing easier. Additionally, the University provides a homestay service in Newcastle. Please refer to www.newcastle.edu.au/study/international/commencing/accommodation.html.

Off Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Homestay:100 bedsLowest: $175Highest: $175

Our Off-Campus Accommodation Office maintains an interactive database of current accommodation and will help you find a house or unit as well as provide you with other important information. There is also a homestay service in Newcastle. The Accommodation Office is located in the Student Services Centre.

Incoming Students

Please refer to www.international.newcastle.edu.au/01university/facilities_services.html.

Career Planning

The careers counsellors at the University provide a range of confidential services to undergraduate and post-graduate students. Graduates of the University may continue to access these services two years after graduation. Prospective students may also access a careers counsellor after first speaking with a Prospective Student Adviser or a Faculty Program Officer. Prospective Student Advisers can be contacted on 02 4921 5588 or studentemployment@newcastle.edu.au. Please refer to www.newcastle.edu.au/services/careers/index.html.

Sports

Intramural Sports for Female: Badminton Club, Baseball & Softball Club, Boat Club, Cheerleaders-Newcastle Royals (Performing), Cricket Club, Cultural Awakenings World Cup Soccer Tournament, Fencing Club, Karate Club (Association), Mountaineering Club, NUDES - Scuba Diving Club, Rugby League, Rugby Union Club, Squash, Tae Kwon Do Club, Underwater Hockey Club, University of Newcastle Archery Club, University of Newcastle Ultimate Frisbee Club, University of Newcastle Volleyball Club, University of Newcastle Women's Hockey Club, University of Newcastle Women's Soccer Club, Water Ski & Wakeboarding Club, and Wrestling Club. Intramural Sports for Male: Badminton Club, Baseball & Softball Club, Boat Club, Cricket Club, Cultural Awakenings World Cup Soccer Tournament, Fencing Club, Karate Club (Association), Men’s Soccer, Mountaineering Club, NUDES - Scuba Diving Club, Rugby League, Rugby Union Club, Seapigs Men’s Hockey Club, Squash, Tae Kwon Do Club, Underwater Hockey Club, University of Newcastle Archery Club, University of Newcastle Ultimate Frisbee Club, University of Newcastle Volleyball Club, Water Ski & Wakeboarding Club, and Wrestling Club. Intercollegiate Sports for Female: Basketball (Male/Female), Cricket (Open), Netball (Female/Mixed), Soccer (Male/Female), Softball (Mixed), Swimming (Mass Participation), Tennis Day, Touch Football (Mixed), Volleyball (Mixed), and Campus Scamper (Mass Participation). There is also a sports dinner at the end of the year. Intercollegiate Sports for Male: Basketball (Male/Female), Cricket (Open), Netball (Female/Mixed), Soccer (Male/Female), Softball (Mixed), Swimming (Mass Participation), Tennis Day, Touch Football (Male/Female), Volleyball (Mixed), and Campus Scamper (Mass Participation). There is also a sports dinner at the end of the year. We enjoy fantastic sporting facilities. The Forum sports complex houses a state of the art 50 metre indoor heated pool, a 18 metre climbing wall (the second highest in Australia), a fully equipped gymnasium, two martial arts/aerobics studios, and two competition indoor courts for sports such as basketball and volleyball. We also have a squash and tennis complex and of course there are a number of ovals.

Activities

Golf Lessons for Beginners, Learn to Surf, Bondi Adventure, Learn to Sail, Aus Surf Safari's, MOJO SNOW, Planet Funk - Street Dance, Learn to Salsa, Latin Fit, Pilates, Smart Women Use Weights to Lose Weight, Indoor Climbing for Beginners, High Performance Training for Men, Senior First Aid, Resuscitation Re-accreditation, Sport Taping, and Sport Massage.

Clubs

African Student's Association, British Comedy Club, Campus Christian Movement, Chinese Students and Scholars' Association, Combined Health Undergraduate Group, Computer Gamers Society, Engineering Fraternity, Generate - On Campus, Information Science - Club 3050, International Social Club - ELICOS, IT Association, Japan Australia Club, Medical Society, Medieval Society, Newcastle Graduate School of Business, Newcastle Queer Collective, Newcastle University Gamers Society, Newcastle University Thai Student Association, Physics Society, Psychology Higher Degrees, Recreation and Tourism Society, Singapore Students' Association Newcastle, Socialist Student Organization, Starlight Foundation-Students Club, Surfside Evangelical Students, Uni4Christ, United Nations Society of the University of Newcastle, Uniting Church in Australia Tertiary Students Association - Newcastle, University of Newcastle Delegation of International and Exchange Students, and Utopium.

Information Technology

The University boasts a campus wide, fibre optic information network that provides access to several online specialist and public domain information services. Access to Internet services can be gained through the University’s libraries as well as discipline based computing networks. Every student is provided with an e-mail account. Internet connection is available in residences.

Cultural

A multi-faith The Chaplaincy Centre on the Callaghan Campus, Moslem prayer rooms, and Hindu worship at the off-campus Vedic Samati of Newcastle. Halal food is available in local area and on campus. Students from 70 different countries are on-campus. Large shopping centers, multiplex cinemas are 15 minutes from Callaghan campus. Anime Club, Australian Chinese Friendship Society, Cultural Awakenings, Indian Origin Society, Indonesian Students Association, La Pena (Latin American Society), Octapod Student Club, Taiwanese Sweet Potato Student Association. Newcastle Adventist Students Association, Newcastle Campus Chinese Christian Initiative, Newcastle Christian Students, UNIS - Islamic Society, The University of Newcastle Baha'i Society. Rotaract Club of Newcastle University (Charity), Uni Choir (Music), University of Newcastle Rural Health Club (Student Development), UNU Crew (Student Development), and Vital Focus Productions (Performing).

Special Services

The Disability and Student Support Unit offers help in the form of note taking, readers, library assistance, advocacy, FM systems, audio loops, sign interpreters, transcription services, back supports, and ergonomic chairs. Exam and assessment assistance is also readily available. The Learning Skills Unit offers courses in essay writing skills, time management, reading and note taking, public speaking, critical analysis, statistics, and mathematics. If you have a particular problem with some aspect of your learning, then staff can put together a program to help.

Affiliated Institutions

Partner universities include McMaster University, University of Calgary (Engineering), and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Fine Art).

International Involvement

International research agreements that make it possible for our researchers to join in research initiatives with US and European research teams. For a number of years, we have also been at the forefront in the development of Problem Based Learning (PBL) - not just in Australia, but internationally. Further, The University of Newcastle has reciprocal agreements with overseas universities enabling many international students to study at Newcastle for one or two semesters and Australian students to study overseas with the period of study credited to their degree program. The fees for the period of study are covered by the reciprocal agreements. Students are often eligible for a Student Exchange Scholarship to help defray the cost of airfares, accommodation, and other living expenses.

Campus Tour

Details during orientation week of each semester.

Other

The University Counseling Service is available to both students and staff, free of charge, on a confidential basis. It is staffed by psychologists and social workers whose function is to assist in clarifying and resolving a range of issues that might otherwise interfere with a student's academic or personal effectiveness. The Chaplaincy Centre is also available to all students and is staffed by chaplains who are friendly and approachable. They are there to discuss anything of a spiritual, religious, ethical or personal nature, and they also run regular discussion groups.

Modified on June 22, 2006