The University of Newcastle is a highly ranked institution with a stunning, ecologically sustainable campus. Here, you’ll work hard and play hard, experiencing the true Aussie lifestyle. The city of Newcastle has stunning beaches for surfing and swimming, a low cost of living, a favorable climate, and a casual lifestyle. The perks continue: Our Semester in Newcastle is our most affordable program in the Land Down Under. Enjoy your smart investment as you take your studies and social life to the next level. Best of all, you can easily travel to larger cities like Sydney, which is less than three hours away by train.
Enjoy all of this and more:
- Wide range of courses in the STEM fields
- 6,000 international students from more than 80 countries
- Great location: 20 minutes to the beach, 2.5 hours to Sydney by train
- Extensive academic, social, and sport facilities on campus and an outdoorsy vibe
- Easy access to mountains, national parks, beaches, and rainforests
Newcastle is a lively port city on a breathtaking stretch of Australia's coastline. The city has wonderful beaches for surfing and swimming, a low cost of living, a very favorable climate, and a casual lifestyle. You'll find miles of walking paths along the stunning coast, where spotting a dolphin or whale is common. Located in the same state as Sydney (less than three hours away by train), you'll have easy access to explore another of the country's most impressive cities—and beyond.
The Lonely Planet named Newcastle a top ten city in the world in the Best in Travel Guide in 2011. With a population of 350,000, Newcastle offers all the usual city comforts, such as restaurants, cafés, parks and gardens, theaters, art galleries, shopping centers, and nightclubs. At the same time, it retains the charms of a smaller beach community. The city's heritage as a coal port is still evident, but over the past few decades Newcastle has become a thriving, sophisticated city know for its relaxed, coastal lifestyle. The University of Newcastle has played a large role in this transformation.
A few miles south of the city is Australia's largest seaboard lake, Lake Macquarie, scene of many national and international sailing events. Less than an hour's drive north is the impressive harbor of Port Stephens, a popular center for big-game fishing, sailing, surfing, and windsurfing. To the west are the internationally famous wineries of the Hunter Valley, many of them more than a century old. And to the south are the beautiful beaches of the Central Coast. The oceanic climate of the region offers warm summers and mild winters. It’s no wonder Newcastle is a popular destination for study abroad students.
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Valpo Application Requirements and Deadlines
You must have at least sophomore standing and at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. You should consult with your academic advisor and the OIP as early as possible.
Freshman year is not too early to begin your inquiries about study abroad. Almost all Valpo students can participate in this program without delaying graduation if they plan carefully with their academic advisor.
The deadline for Spring and Spring Break programs is October 1st and for Fall and Academic Year programs is March 1st. After the deadline, the Office of International Programs Study Abroad staff will review applications. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo email. Then, please apply for your program's application as listed on the 'Homepage' link at the very top.
See the budget sheet above.
Students pay the same tuition and general fee to Valparaiso University for the term(s) abroad. Any scholarships or financial aid apply, except for aid that requires on-campus participation (work-study and some athletic and music scholarships). Room and board will be charged per rates set by CIS.
Start your scholarships & funding search as early as possible so that you are able to plan and ensure you are able to meet any deadlines. Your study abroad advisor can also help you with brainstorming potential resources as well.
Program Contact Information
Study Abroad Advising
Cherelle Dunn- Study Abroad Coordinator
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Cherelle with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Emma VanLoon - Senior Program Coordinator-Australia Programming
Phone: (413) 582 0407, ext. 5019
*Online chat calls are welcome - book an appointment here: https://evanloon.youcanbook.me/
Additional Links & Information: Learn More!
Don't miss upcoming Study Abroad Fairs to learn more about our programs, including this one! OIP Study Abroad hosts two fairs per year ahead of each application cycle. Current fair information is below.
August 28th from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm in the CCLIR Community Room: Featuring Spring and Spring Break programs
January 31st from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm in the CCLIR Community Room: Featuring Fall and Academic Year programs
Study Abroad Advocates: Contact students who have recently participated in the CISAbroad Semester in Newcastle program.
Study Abroad Blog: Read about current and past students' experiences abroad!
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Apply for a Passport!
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.