The University of Newcastle was founded as a technical college in 1965 in the town
of Callaghan, only seven miles from the city center of Newcastle. Since that time,
the University of Newcastle has come to host a student body of over 35,000, including
an international student population well over 7,400 students, offering some 85 different
undergraduate fields of study at its five campus sites. The Callaghan campus in New South Wales hosts a student population of 17,000 and is
set in beautiful native bushland.
In consideration of its origins as a research and technical college, it comes as no
surprise that the University of Newcastle ranks today as one of the world's top 100
universities for engineering, technology, and computer science. A wealth of offerings
are also available in the humanities and social sciences.
The university is an easy distance from Newcastle, a lively port city with pristine
beaches and an assortment of restaurants, cafes, parks, theatres, art galleries, shopping
centers and nightlife. The state's capital, Sydney, can be found only a little over
an hour south, easily accessible by car, train, or bus.
Blackbutt Reserve can be found a short ten minutes from the city center, hosting a
wide variety of native animals such as kangaroos, koalas, emus, wallabies, wombats
and tropical birds. Also nearby is Lake Macquarie, where students can enjoy an array
of water sports or just soak in the beauty of the natural scenery.
Courses available for most majors!
Fall Semester: Late July to early November
Spring Semester: Late February to late June
Academic Year: Late February to early November
Please see the 2017-18 Academic Calendar for specific dates
- Exchange students can enroll in any class, provided they meet the prerequisites.
Certain fields, such as Medicine, are reserved for continuing Newcastle students and
unavailable for visiting students.
- Generally study abroad students can expect Level 1 classes to be introductions to
the field. Most upper-division, study abroad students could hope to enroll in Level
2 or 3 classes, having some prior knowledge of the subject under study.
- Teaching will usually resemble a composite of both lecture and discussion sections.
Emphasis will be placed on course readings and outside research, therefore it is imperative
that students bring with them a solid foundation of academic writing and research
- Final grades are generally based upon a comprehensive exam. For this, keeping up
with assigned and supplemental reading becomes critically important.
- All work transfers back to San Marcos and can be used to fulfill all graduation requirements.
- University of Newcastle Grading Scale
Language of Instruction
- Class Level: Upper-division status (completion of 60 units)
- GPA of 2.75 or above and good academic standing to departure
- Prerequisites: Level 2, 3, & 4 classes generally require significant experience in
the field. Check the course description for course prerequisites. If, based upon
transcript review, you do not have the necessary prerequisites, you will be asked
to consider an alternative course.
- Special Note to Business Majors: In order to receive credit for upper-division courses abroad, you must have already
completed your Pre-Core course work at CSUSM.
15 semester units. Each Newcastle course is 10 credits, or 4 CSU semester units.
A minimum of 4 courses is required for release of financial aid.
There are a number of on-campus housing options with/without meal plans available at the University of Newcastle. On-campus housing
is limited, so it is important to apply online early, and researching off-campus accommodations as a back-up plan is definitely suggested!
There are a number of listings for off-campus housing hosted by the University of
Newcastle Accommodations Office. It is important to factor commuting time and expense
into your budget when considering living off-site. Deposits for off-campus housing
should never be made prior to arrival. It is important to check places in person,
review the contract, and then offer a housing deposit (bond).
- Students pay their normal State University Fee to CSU San Marcos, currently $3,634/semester.
No tuition or fees due at the University of Newcastle.
- On-campus residence: On average, $940/month for a shared room, shared bath, and partial
meal plan. Off campus housing varies based on location and type.
- Health Insurance: Australian Compulsory Overseas Health Cover is $200 a semester.
Supplemental Wells Fargo Study Abroad Health Insurance is $47/month. Both types are
required for your term abroad.
- Cost of meals and personal expenses will vary, but average $500 per month.
- Australian Visa: $450 (extra $75 for working visa, up to 20 hours/week)
- Sample 2017-18 Budget
- Students on approved study abroad programs are entitled to apply Title IV federal
financial aid to their program costs.
For Fall Semester Study: March 15
For Spring/Year Study: October 1
How to Apply
- Visit the University of Newcastle website at www.newcastle.edu/au to learn about the university. For life in and around Newcastle, visit a good tourism
site such as www.visitnewcastle.com.au.
- Meet with the CSUSM Study Abroad Advisor in Craven Hall 3200 to determine if you are
eligible for this program.
- Obtain course descriptions from the Unversity of Newcastle Online Catalogue. Please view the guide to course codes here to simplify a search in your academic field.
- Consult with a faculty advisor in your major/minor department to determine if Newcastle
courses will count toward your major/minor. If so, complete a Study Abroad Credit Approval Form. Please note: For GE classes, simply list those on your credit approval form.
This form MUST be submitted to Global Education before departure.
- Order an official transcript from CSUSM and any other college from which you have taken a semester or more in classes (even if you have already transferred credit to CSUSM). Please pick your transcripts up in person and deliver them to Craven 3200. Keep in mind that transcripts are now taking 7-10 business days to process. Plan
- Read about student accommodations. Fill out the online student accommodation form by the deadline indicated. All
housing is first come, first served and there is no guarantee that space will be available.
- Complete the University of Newcastle Application and submit it to the Study Abroad Advisor in Craven 3200 along with all other application
- Submit additional application details to Global Education here: CSUSM General Study Abroad Application
- Submit your flight details to Global Education here: Flight Information Form
- Attend the pre-departure orientation and consult with the Study Abroad Advisor as
necessary regarding the Student Visa process after Newcastle acceptance.