University of Newcastle

About University of Newcastle

Real-world, practical experience is embedded into all UON degrees. Our Work Integrated Learning programs are based on strong partnerships with leading local and global organisations and challenge and inspire students to acquire practical workplace skills – and to bring fresh new perspectives to their work.

Many of our degree programs are entrepreneurial and innovative in approach, helping students bring their ideas into reality. Students may choose to participate in our Innovation, Start-Ups and Entrepreneurship course or learn how to get their ideas off the ground with our Innovation Hubs.

UON is passionate about growing and nurturing globally experienced students, rich in cultural and social awareness, who may ultimately contribute to solving some of the world’s biggest challenges. Whether it is overseas learning, study tours or international work placements, we offer global opportunities across every area of study.

We embrace novel approaches to learning and teaching in the classroom. Our ‘flipped classrooms’ enable a dynamic and collaborative way of teaching and more interactive learning, and prepare our students for the workplace they’ll be joining.

New relies on diverse perspectives – that’s why we believe that education needs to be accessible to students with varied backgrounds. We offer a range of pathways into university for students from diverse backgrounds, and equity and social justice is at the heart of all that we do. 

UON is the largest provider of enabling programs in Australia (Commonwealth Grant Scheme 2017, Department of Education and Training) and we support Indigenous students with our world-renowned Wollotuka Institute.

Acceptance and enrolment

Undergraduate applicants

Successful applicants have seven days from the date of offer to accept an offer to study at the University of Newcastle. To accept you will need to follow the instructions detailed on the acceptance of offer page. If you do not comply with the requirements listed for your program, your offer may lapse and you may not be permitted to enrol.

PART-TIME ENROLMENT

Part-time enrolment is available in most programs. Part-time study often requires daytime attendance at classes. If you require further general information about the availability of evening classes, contact the University.

ADVANCED STANDING/ACADEMIC CREDIT

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

You can submit your application for credit at any time – you do not need to wait for an offer. To be eligible, you must meet all other admission and selection requirements, as well as the University’s limits on time expired since completing your previous studies. If your previous study is one of our approved arrangements, you only need to upload a certified academic transcript. Otherwise, you need to upload certified copies of your academic transcript and detailed course content descriptions to your credit application.

DEFERMENT OF OFFER

You will have seven days from the date of offer to defer. UON accepts applications to defer the commencement of most of its undergraduate courses for a period of one year. If the University does not receive your request for deferment within seven days of your offer, the offer may lapse and you may need to re-compete for a place. Deferment is normally only granted once.

The following courses require an application to defer and approval is not guaranteed:

  • 785000 B Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program)
  • 483400-10 B Midwifery. 

To find out more, visit the University of Newcastle website.

International Year 12 applicants

International Year 12 applicants have seven days from the date of offer to accept an offer from UON. To accept your offer, follow the instructions provided to you with your offer letter. If you do not comply with the requirements listed for your program, your offer may lapse and you may not be permitted to enrol.

ENROLMENT

Enrolment at the University is carried out online and information is provided during orientation.

ORIENTATION

Orientation is a fun and relaxed introduction and welcome to university life and facilities at the Newcastle – Callaghan, Newcastle City and Central Coast locations. You will also be able to meet faculty staff and ask them questions. 

Students enrolling in programs offered by the Faculty of Health must attend an extended orientation up to three weeks before lectures start. Further information will be provided after you accept your offer. 

DEFERMENT

You will have seven days from the date of offer to defer. UON accepts applications to defer the commencement of most of its undergraduate courses for a maximum period of one year. You can only defer offers on the grounds of compassionate or compelling circumstances.

If you want to defer your offer, contact UON Global for information before accepting or deferring your offer. If the University does not receive your request for deferment within seven days of your offer, the offer may lapse and you may be required to re-compete for a place. 

To find out more, visit the University of Newcastle website.

Postgraduate applicants

If you are offered a place in a postgraduate coursework program you will receive an offer notification from UAC. 

ADVANCED STANDING/ACADEMIC CREDIT

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program.

You need to submit a credit application with appropriate documentation, such as official academic transcripts and detailed course outlines. 

DEFERMENT

Deferments are available for some postgraduate coursework programs. If you are unable to commence your studies, you must apply to defer or re-apply at the appropriate time and be considered along with all other new applicants.  

To find out more, visit the University of Newcastle website.

Campus information

Locations

The University of Newcastle's main campus is in Callaghan, just 12 kilometres from the heart of Newcastle. The University has additional campuses in Newcastle City, Central Coast, Sydney, Port Macquarie and Singapore.

To find out more, visit the University of Newcastle website.

Student and campus services

UON has a range of student support services. These include counselling, chaplaincy, academic assistance and learning support, and employment and career advice. Campus facilities include a medical centre, computing centre, sporting and recreation facilities, and a childcare centre.

The university supports a variety of student organisations, clubs and societies for students to become involved in campus life.

UON has dedicated support services for students with disabilities and special needs

ON-CAMPUS ACCOMMODATION

Living on campus is a great way to make the most of university life. With all costs included, and the convenience of living so close to class, the distinctive world of on-campus living is more affordable than you may think.

Each residence has a unique atmosphere and offers a choice of accommodation options, with either private or shared rooms and private or shared facilities. All rooms are fully furnished and you can choose from either full or semi-catered, or self-catered for more independence.

On-campus residents are supported by an integrated ResLife program that offers strong academic and social support and a wide variety of fun activities to cater for all tastes. Living on campus is a perfect transition for students leaving home for the first time or who are arriving from other towns, cities or countries.

HEALTH SERVICES ON CAMPUS

The health service provides medical centres staffed by doctors and nurses at our Newcastle and Central Coast campuses. Students can make an appointment to see a general practitioner about any health issue. Specialist mental health services, including a psychiatrist, are available at Callaghan. 

To find out more, visit the University of Newcastle website

Fees and charges

Undergraduate applicants

All University of Newcastle students must pay student contributions for a Commonwealth-supported place (CSP). When you study in a CSP course, you only have to pay part of the cost of your course (a student contribution) and the Australian Government pays the remainder of the cost. 

To find out more about course fees, visit the University of Newcastle website.

Domestic students are also required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2018 these were:

  • full-time students – $149 per half year ($298 annually)
  • part-time students – $111.50 per half year ($223 annually).

To find out more about the SSAF, visit the University of Newcastle website.

International Year 12 applicants

Tuition fees are calculated based on the subjects selected within each degree program, and are set according to their academic subject area. Your program fee may vary depending on your subject selection. Tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

The tuition fees cover teaching costs only. The fees listed in the entries in the course search are a guide only and do not include international and domestic travel, accommodation and meals, books, living costs, the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) or Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) charges.

A deposit is payable on acceptance of an offer of a place in a degree program. The deposit will be used to pay OSHC and the SSAF, and the balance will be put towards the cost of your first semester tuition fees. If the total cost of your tuition fees exceeds the deposit amount, you are responsible for payment of the extra cost of the tuition. Subsequent payments are due once you complete the enrolment process for each semester and tuition fees have been calculated. You will be issued with an invoice stating the amount due for that semester.

To find out more about course fees for international students, visit UAC's course search.

STUDENT SERVICES AND AMENITIES FEE

All international students are required to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

In 2018 these were:

  • full-time students – $149 per half year ($298 annually)
  • part-time students – $111.50 per half year ($223 annually).

To find out more about the SSAF, visit the University of Newcastle website.

Postgraduate applicants

Study costs are dependent on whether you are enrolled as a Commonwealth-supported student or as a domestic fee-paying student. 

Most postgraduate coursework programs are offered as full fee-paying, where students are required to pay a tuition fee per unit studied, charged on a semester/trimester basis. 

Eligible domestic fee-paying students enrolled in a postgraduate coursework program may have access to the Australian Government’s FEE-HELP scheme. The fee is indicative only and varies according to the selection of courses within the study program. Fees are subject to change on an annual basis.

To find out more about postgraduate course fees, visit the University of Newcastle website.

Domestic students are also required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2018 these were:

  • full-time students – $149 per half year ($298 annually)
  • part-time students – $111.50 per half year ($223 annually).

To find out more about the SSAF, visit the University of Newcastle website.

International students

Your stay in Australia

LIVING EXPENSES

It is a requirement of the Department of Home Affairs that prospective international students can demonstrate that they have sufficient funds while living in Australia. 

Living costs include items such as:

  • Accommodation (including rental bond)
  • electricity and/or gas
  • entertainment
  • food
  • personal and household items
  • telephone and internet bills
  • transport (bus/train).

To find out more about living expenses in Australia, visit the University of Newcastle website.

WORKING WHILE STUDYING

During your stay in Australia you are permitted to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight during teaching periods, and unlimited hours outside teaching periods. Certain categories of voluntary, unpaid work is included in this total, and work undertaken as part of your course is not included. You should not rely on working to fund your tuition or living expenses while in Australia as work cannot be guaranteed and spending excessive amounts of time working may adversely affect your studies. Applications for work visas can only be submitted after you have arrived in Australia and started your classes. The Department of Home Affairs determines work entitlement for students. 

To find out more about working while studying, visit the University of Newcastle website.

PREPARING FOR STUDENT LIFE

In order to study in Australia, you must hold a valid student visa. If you come to Australia on a tourist visa and subsequently enrol at UON, you must convert your tourist visa to a student visa immediately. The University cannot make representations to the Department of Home Affairs with respect to visas of overseas students.

If you are offered admission, it will be to a full-fee program for students wishing to undertake studies at an Australian educational institution. The offer will not be to a scholarship, employment or immigration program.

As an international student, you must enrol in your program full-time. If you enrol in less than the required full-time load, you will be considered by the Department of Home Affairs to be in breach of your student visa conditions. As an international student you must fund your entire studies independently and leave Australia when your studies are complete and/or when your student visa expires, or when you cease to be eligible for a student visa. 

To find out more, visit the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs website.

STUDENTS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE

Before you are granted a student visa, the Australian Government must be satisfied that you have appropriate accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements in place for the period that you will be under 18 years of age while in Australia.

UON may accept responsibility for welfare arrangements for international students who are under 18 years of age.

To find out more, visit the University of Newcastle website

Overseas Student Health Cover

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is insurance for international students to help them with the costs of medical and hospital care they may require while they are in Australia. OSHC does not cover dental treatment. UON’s preferred provider is Allianz Global Assistance. The University has a preferred arrangement in place with Allianz Global Assistance to help students streamline this process. The University will deduct the cost of your health insurance from your deposit.

Students on certain scholarships and those with reciprocal health insurance arrangements in their home country are exempt from this requirement. If you are a Norwegian student, for example, you are exempt from health cover as this is provided under the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. 

The Australian Government requires all international students on a student visa and their dependants to purchase an approved policy from an Australian registered health fund for the duration of their visas. OSHC is not included in tuition fees.

To find out more, visit PrivateHealth.gov.au.

Postgraduate students

International fee-paying applicants must apply directly to the University. For further information, visit the University of Newcastle website.