Rollins College partners with The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) to offer this incredible program at the University of Newcastle. Students enjoy the benefits of studying at the University of Newcastle, with access to all campus courses, facilities and activities, as well as the support of a full time resident director through TEAN based in Sydney. The program emphasizes Australian Studies and students are encouraged to pursue the Australian Studies Minor in conjunction with their study abroad experience. The program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors in any discipline and students will find a wide range of courses to fit the needs of almost any academic program. The goal of the semester is to introduce students to Australian society and provide full immersion into student life at one of the premier institutions in Australia.
Location: Very few places on earth boast such perfect positioning along the coast. As the only city in Australia with its Central Business District situated both on the beach and the harbor waterfront, Newcastle features a cosmopolitan vibe along some of the continent’s most sought-after real estate. Surfers from around the world regularly descend upon its beaches to participate in one of the world’s top surfing competitions and even for those who don’t know a “barrel” from a “curl,” Newcastle is a laidback paradise for beach-goers. Besides boasting a favorable climate, the city offers students a vibrant nightlife, keeping you active day and night! Take some time to soak in your surroundings with a trip to the lookout at Bar Beach, the city’s highest point and a mecca for hang gliders. Just two hours from Sydney, Newcastle features a lower cost of living, an amazing climate, and many outdoor pursuits!
Host institution: The University of Newcastle was established in 1965 and the main campus located in Newcastle approximately 7 miles west of the city and accessible via train, bus or bike from the city center. The University of Newcastle is composed of 5 faculties, 16 schools, more than 10 research institutes, and 20,000 students (5,600 of which are international students). As Australia’s most research-intensive university outside of Sydney, Newcastle has a vibrant research culture and also focuses on problem-based learning (described locally as a “hands-on approach to teaching and learning”).
The campus combines a natural bushland setting with outstanding architecture, which creates an inspiring environment in which to learn. The campus prides itself on protecting the flora and fauna that call the area home and have instituted many protected habitats. Make sure to keep your eyes open for the kangaroo crossing signs! The University of Newcastle also features state-of-the-art sporting facilities with a vast array of aerobic classes. The campus’s Bar on the Hill plays host to movie screenings, trivia nights, open mic nights, and regularly introduces students to new local bands. The laidback surfer culture of Newcastle spills into the campus environment, allowing students to enjoy their semester in a relaxed and friendly setting.
The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) has been working with partner universities to offer quality study abroad programs to American students in the South Pacific and Pacific Rim since 1995. The organization began with programs in Australia and has expanded into New Zealand, China and Southeast Asia. TEAN will provide Rollins students with a comprehensive orientation program, organized activities in and around Sydney, an exciting group excursion, and the support of a full-time Resident Director in Sydney, Christian Bonett.