UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE
The University of Newcastle is in an area that combines a country setting with all the advantages of city living, approximately 500 acres with 300 acres of natural bushland complete with Australian wildlife. Situated on the breathtaking stretch of Australia's coastline, Newcastle boasts wonderful beaches, low cost of living, a very favorable climate and a casual lifestyle (and it's close to Sydney, the capital of New South Wales). Its population of 350,000 supports a thriving business and commercial sector, and an excellent network of leading health care and educational facilities. Newcastle offers all of the usual city comforts, such as restaurants, cafes, parks and gardens, theaters, art galleries, shopping centers and nightclubs.
Less than one hour's drive to the north is the impressive harbour of Port Stephens, a popular center for big game fishing, sailing, surfing and sailboarding. And to the west are the internationally famous wineries of the Hunter Valley, many of them more than a century old. Established in 1965, the University of Newcastle attracts students and staff of the highest caliber. The University has two campuses, Callaghan (the largest campus) in Newcastle and Central Coast Campus at Ourimbah (half way between Newcastle and Sydney). Today more than 19,000 students can choose from 150 undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered by 11 Faculties; Architecture, Art and Design, Arts and Social Science, Economics and Music, Nursing and Science and Mathematics. Its graduates are in high demand. The University is accredited and closely monitored by the Australian Government and offers Undergradutes (Bachelor) Degrees, Diploma and/or Associate Diplomas, Graduate Diplomas, as well as Masters and Doctoral Degrees.
Academic Program Highlights
Students will be able to choose from the full range of courses in Architecture, Art and Design, Arts and Social Science, Economics and Music, Nursing and Science and Mathematics. The usual full-time academic load for undergraduate students is 16 semester-hours and a study abroad student must enroll for a minimum of 12 semester hours. The language of instruction is Enlgish. For admission to the program, students must have completed one year of full-time study at a university or other institute of higher education, must have a grade point after of at least 2.5, and must submit three letters of recommendation and transcripts.
On-campus housing is available but on a limited basis. The University's Accommodation Service can help students who wish to live independently in the community. Residences have options for both meal plans and self-provision. Newcastle has well-stocked libraries, student clubs, shops, cafes, sports facilities, the Conservatorium Concert Hall, modern lecture theatres and laboratories. The Student Union organizes many of the University's important social and cultural events. The Sports Union offers a variety of recreational activities, from hang-gliding, mountaineering, surfing, and snow skiing to archery, fencing, and the martial arts. Courses are available in sports such as scuba diving, golf and weight trainin. The University boasts exceptional sporting facilities including a large multi-purpose sporting complex, featuring an indoor Olympic-standard swimming pool, a rock climbing wall, gymnasium and weight training room. Other sporting facilities at Callaghan campus include seven squash courts, a tennis complex, sports shop, five playing ovals, basketball and volleyball courts. Wollatuka, the Aboriginal Studies Center, has several field trips, which are open to international students.