University of Newcastle
University Info | School of Engineering Info | Exchange Student Info
- Top 50 in the World for Architecture and Built Environment
- Newcastle is home to one of Australia’s oldest ocean baths. The ‘Bogey Hole’ was carved out of the cliffs by convicts in 1820 and very popular with locals and students
- Number 1 in Australia for quality in Engineering – This ranking looks at the proportion of students who were satisfied with the quality of their educational experience
- Student Housing: Awarded the Asia Pacific Association for Student Housing award for Housing Operator of the Year in 2017, and Excellence in Student Experience in 2016
- UoN has a bike library – Students can pay $50 to ‘borrow’ a bike and receive $50 when they return the bike at the end of semester
The University of Newcastle, Australia is a world-class institution with an exceptional record of achievement making an impact within its own region and across the globe.
Our research is world-class and diverse. Our degree programs within business and law, education and arts, engineering and built environment, health and medicine, and science and information technology are internationally recognised and our partnerships and collaborations drive innovation. Our alumni are leaders and our students are preparing to make a difference in the world.
We are a multi-campus institution, with two main campuses in Newcastle (Callaghan) and the Central Coast (Ourimbah), with a student population of over 35,500 including more than 6,600 international students from over 100 countries. We have state-of-the-art facilities and our teaching and learning spaces are award winning with architecturally designed buildings and world-class infrastructure.
Our high academic standards, superb recreational facilities, natural surroundings, award-winning buildings and excellent access to the latest technology are all part of the reason why the University of Newcastle is an excellent choice as your Study Abroad destination.
The 2016 Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks the University of Newcastle at number 32 in the world or the discipline of Energy Science and Engineering and places Civil Engineering in the top 100.
In 2015, QS World University Rankings placed the University in the top three per cent in the world with 14 disciplines ranked in the top 200 universities. These include Architecture and Built Environment in the top 50, and Civil Engineering in the top 100.
Terms of Exchange
- Undergraduate Students: Accepted
- Graduate Students: Accepted
- Computer Science majors: Accepted
- Students should have the equivalent of a 2.5 on a 4.0 GPA grade scale. Borderline students may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
English Proficiency Requirements
Minimum IELTS score – 6.0 overall with a minimum score of 6.0 in each of the sub-tests of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
University of Newcastle also accepts other tests of English language proficiency.
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall (Semester 2): late July to late November
- Spring (Semester 1): late February to late June
- Aerospace Systems Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Systems Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mechatronics Engineering
- Medical Engineering
- Renewable Energy Engineering
- Software Engineering
You will need to click on the degree which contains the discipline in which you are interested to access the course descriptions.
A list of all courses can be found in our Course handbook.
- Students must take at least 50% of their courses in the College of Engineering.
Workload per Semester
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 unites (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.
Additional Application Materials
Students nominated by IIE to UoN must provide original or certified copies of all application documents, unless these are sent directly from the International Office of a partner institution or authorised education agent.
- An official transcript of your student record
- Evidence of English Proficiency as per policy
- Exchange students must have a supporting cover letter from home institution confirming nomination. This must be sent from your International Office.
- Copy of your passport
Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:
Students to receive acceptance packets within two weeks of application to UON.
On Campus Accommodation
UoN offers a range of on-campus accommodation at both the Callaghan and Ourimbah Campuses. Find out all the information you need to know about living on campus including what your options are, different residential colleges, how much it costs, how to apply and take virtual tours of our different room types at our on-campus accommodation guide.
Off Campus Accommodation
Finding off-campus accommodation is one of the biggest decisions faced by students. For those students who do not get placed on campus or don't want live on campus, the Accommodation Service has a comprehensive database and accommodation guide, which offers access to an abundance of quality housing that surrounds the University and Newcastle area. Consequently, there is an opportunity for students to live closer to the beach and night life.
We recommend that you stay in temporary accommodation for a few days when you first arrive in Newcastle so that you can familiarise yourself with the area. During this time, you can consider the different accommodation options available to you.
Estimated Cost of Living
Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. For your reference, here are some of the costs associated with living and studying in Australia. (All costs are in Australian dollars.)
Cost of Living
- Hostels and Guesthouses - $80 to $135 per week
- Shared Rental - $70 to $250 per week
- On campus - $80 to $250 per week
- Homestay - $110 to $270 per week
- Rental - $100 to $400 per week
- Boarding schools - $10,000 to $20,000 a year
Other Living Expenses
- Groceries and eating out - $80 to $200 per week
- Gas, electricity - $60 to $100 per week
- Phone and Internet - $20 to $50 per week
- Public transport - $10 to $50 per week
- Car (after purchase) - $150 to $250 per week
- Entertainment - $50 to $100 per week
The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa. Below is a guide on the requirements you must meet to study in Australia:
- You - $18,610
- Your partner - $6,515
- Your first child - $3,720
- Every other child - $2,790
All costs are per year in Australian dollars. To convert to your own currency, visit the XE conversion website.
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Global Experience Officer
Newcastle, Australia is a vibrant and diverse city with a population of 350,000. In 2011, the highly respected travel guide Lonely Planet listed Newcastle - Australia's seventh largest city and economic hub of the Hunter region - among the world's Top 10 Cities. Nestled on Australia's spectacular NSW coast and surrounded by some of the state's most popular destinations, Newcastle is an all-round great choice as a safe and friendly place to live. The city itself has a lot to offer - great weather, beautiful surrounds, an unbeatable lifestyle and a vibrant cultural identity that is truly its own. The city is recognised world-wide for its ongoing transformation and has come a long way since its 90 year history as the 'Steel City'.
When you choose the University of Newcastle, Australia for work or study, you will enjoy the area's stunning scenery and world-famous destinations, including the Hunter Valley Wine region, historic Maitland, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Barrington Tops National Park. Newcastle is also the gateway to the state's north coast. The city itself is an interesting mix of old and new architecture, dominated by the magnificent Christ Church Cathedral that sits atop The Hill, with views over the busy harbour, the city and coastline.