Study Abroad Center, 3224 Memorial Union, (515) 294-6792
A Semester in Australia, University of Newcastle
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Why University of Newcastle?
Here are a few reasons why you should consider a semester abroad at UoN:
#1 Since 2012, UoN has ranked in the top 3% of universities in the world by QS World University Rankings and by Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
#2 With over 150 clubs, societies, and other groups at UoN, it is easy to be involved on campus. These clubs range from sports, social, cultural, and faith based groups.
#3 You will be able to travel all over Australia, New Zealand, and even Southeast Asia because UoN has a two week mid-semester recess.
#4 It is located in the 2nd most populated area in New South Wales, with about 300,000 people. Newcastle is a popular tourist destination because of its beaches, nature reserves, and relaxed atmosphere.
The city of Newcastle is the second largest city in New South Wales (Sydney is the largest). Newcastle is located on the coast with beautiful beaches and is within proximity of lakes and mountains. It is also only a few hours train ride from the cosmopolitan excitement of Sydney. Newcastle offers great city attractions such as restaurants, cafes, parks and gardens, theaters, art galleries, shopping centers, and nightclubs. The weather there is very favorable with temperatures ranging from 49-64 degrees in the winter and 68-83 degrees in the summer.
The study abroad program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study for a semester or a year at the University of Newcastle (UoN).
UoN offers a wide variety of classes that, in many cases, mirror courses and programs at Iowa State. Some popular areas that interest ISU students are: Business, Engineering, Sciences, and Liberal Arts. All ISU study abroad students must be enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Newcastle. Therefore, you will take 3-4 classes that will earn 12-16 U.S. credits or 30-40 units. Classes are a mix of international and Australian students and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.
For more information on UoN courses: University of Newcastle A-Z course finder.
To determine how these transfer courses are applied to specific degree requirements in your major/minor, speak with your academic advisor.
Where will I live?
Students attending UoN will have a variety of housing options on campus. On-campus housing placement is guaranteed and required. There is Edwards Hall (Teds), Evatt House, International House, Barahineban (Bara), and New Residences. All of the on-campus options are clustered together and within walking distance of classes. “Teds” is the only dorm-style living option while the others are more apartment style. All rooms, except some in Bara, are single (private), with kitchen and bathroom facilities shared with other occupants of the apartment. Room and board fees are paid directly to the University of Newcastle after arrival in Australia.
Students can research housing options online: UoN Accommodation
The ISU Program Fee for the Fall 2017 Semester is $8,300. Exchange spots are offered to in-state, Iowa residents, but the number of exchange spots is variable and limited. An exchange spot offers a reduced program fee. There are no exchange spots available for Spring 2017.
For more details, click on the "budget sheet" at the top of this page.
The ISU Program Fees include tuition, fees, and ISU’s CISI insurance. The ISU Program Fees do not include airfare, housing, food, mandatory Australian insurance, and all other additional expenses.
Study abroad students can participate in Newcastle’s iLEAD, an international leadership and development program that offers workshops, volunteer opportunities, and exposure to political and social issues around the world.
To learn more about the Newcastle program, contact Anne Grevstad-Nordbrock in the Study Abroad Center. She is happy to meet with you and answer your questions. Email: email@example.com