Student Life

Univeristy of Newcastle

TEAN Resident Director based in Sydney: Christian was born in the English city of Bath. Christian studied abroad in Bayonne, Bordeaux and Fontainebleau in France and Ettlingen in Germany as a high school student. He completed semesters in the National Academy of Art, Sofia - Bulgaria and Ecole des Beaux-Artes de Nantes, France as an undergraduate Fine Art student. After graduating and a few years living in London as a struggling artist, in 2005 Christian decided to give Sydney a go, enrolled into the University of New South Wales as a postgraduate Art Education student. And has been here since, working with The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) in various guises. His favorite destinations are Sydney, Australia (of course!); Malta; New Zealand and Thailand.

Housing: Newcastle students live in university-managed, on-campus housing with an option of self- or fully catered facilities, some with single rooms. Beyond making new friends and connections, living on campus provides students easy access to all sporting, library, health, and academic facilities available. The advantages of living on campus are endless.  It's not only a great way to forge life-long friendships with people from around Australia and the world, you will also join a unique community that provides welfare support, encourages personal development and values academic success. Living on-campus is a great way to make the most of university life.  You'll gain a greater sense of connection to the University and the people you will meet. Students will have access to fully furnished study rooms and facilities with internet and phone connections. You will have easy access to all sporting, library, health, counseling and academic facilities available on-campus.

There is 24-hour security, seven days a week. The Residential Assistants live in College to provide help when you need it. In addition, programs are offered within your College specifically developed to assist your transition successfully into academic life, the reason why you're here!

Meals: 16 meals per week are offered on-campus. International Programs will issue students an additional credit to cover weekday lunches.

Orientation: Students are met by TEAN at the airport. There is an extensive five-day orientation program run by TEAN, which introduces students to Australian culture and to the city of Sydney. Orientation activities may include a harbor dinner cruise, rappelling off of the majestic cliffs of the Blue Mountains, a trip to the Featherdale Wildlife Park to meet some koalas, a walk along the Eastern Beaches, the Harbor Bridge Climb, a city tour and much more!  At the end of the four-day orientation, students will move into their homestays and have a free day to settle in and get to know their new families. 

Students will then join the University of Newcastle international student orientation, during which they will learn about the campus, finalize course registration, and learn about the many opportunities to get involved at the University. Orientation is a program of activities and information sessions designed to introduce new students to university life – what will be expected of you academically, how to put your university timetable together, and where to get help. There are also a range of social activities such as whale watching by boat, visit the reptile park, city tours, and parties and chilling in the welcome lounge.

Campus Activities: The University of Newcastle provides extensive student support services including: university email account, academic skills support, on-campus security, health services, disabilities support; counseling service; computer labs; sports and recreation facilities including 50-meter indoor pool; more than 60 clubs and societies including cultural, political and spiritual groups; library; chaplaincy; cafés and restaurants.

University of Newcastle Student Facilities: The sports facilities on the Callaghan campus are amongst the finest of any university in Australia and include: six ovals for sports such as cricket, rugby union, football, baseball, ultimate frisbee and archery; a regional rowing pavilion and a tennis centre with four hard courts and four synthetic grass courts

The University campus also includes award-winning facilities at The Forum Sports and Aquatic Centre: a 50 metre, eight-lane heated indoor swimming pool, an 18 metre indoor climbing wall, a large weights training area and a high performance training area, various training zones and more than 80 group exercise classes each week

At the Callaghan campus you’ll find cafeterias, a juice bar, food outlets and bars, as well as a travel agency, post office, book shop, bank, gift and stationery shops, medical centre, dentist and hairdresser.  The Central Coast campus also has cafeterias, book shops and stationery supplies.

Clubs and Societies: With more than 60 clubs and societies at the Callaghan campus, and 24 at the Central Coast campus, there are plenty of ways to meet people and get involved.  You can try a new sport, like ultimate frisbee, or go scuba diving or mountaineering.  There are also many cultural, political and spiritual groups, like the Medieval Combat Club, Classics Society or Fairtrade Club.

iLead: iLead is the University’s “International Leadership Experience and Development” program. It is an exceptional opportunity for students of all backgrounds to gain international experience and leadership skills. As part of the program, you will go to dynamic, interactive seminars to learn about global issues and to build your leadership experience. You will meet with highly respected international figures – people who are famous in their fields of expertise, who have traveled the world, who have led and been part of significant international events and organizations. iLEAD is free to join and students must accrue a predetermined amount of points through participation in various activities, each of which has its own point total. Once students gain the full amount of points they receive a completion certificate.

Community Connections Program: This functions as a cross-cultural friendship program through which volunteers from the local community link with international students. The program allows students to learn more about Australian culture while sharing information about their home country with others. After meeting with a program volunteer, both the student and volunteer will decide how often they will meet, where they will meet and what they will do together. Students are first interviewed by a Program Coordinator at Newcastle and are then linked with a community member of the same gender.

Student Support Services: The University’s International Student Experience & Community Engagement Team provides a range of welfare and support services.  The team offers practical support to students who find themselves in unfamiliar circumstances, or who need local advice and help with:

  • Getting to the university and finding somewhere to stay
  • Orientation
  • Getting involved in non-study activities, clubs and societies
  • Issues that may interfere with academic performance
  • Visa issues
  • Issues with paying bills on time
  • Personal safety
  • Guardianship for students under 18 years of age
  • Loneliness or homesickness

Program Activities and Excursions: In addition to the orientation activities, the TEAN Resident Director will coordinate group activities for students in Newcastle such as coffee breaks and if interest, a sporting event. Many times though, the students in Newcastle tend to join the TEAN coordinated activities coordinated in Sydney for activities throughout the semester such as a symphony performance at the famed Sydney opera house or a cricket match. 

Life in Newcastle: As Australia’s seventh largest city is only 160kms north of Sydney; Newcastle is located in the heart of the Hunter Region and bordered by a stunning coastline with beautiful beaches. Temperatures range from about 68 degrees in January to 45 degrees by July.

Newcastle is Australia's second oldest city making it a region rich with unique history. The Awabakal and Worimi peoples are recognised and acknowledged as traditional custodians of the land and waters of the Newcastle area. The earliest Aboriginal reference to the naming of Newcastle is Muloobinba (meaning Mu-lu-bin [edible sea fern] -ba [place of]). Following European settlement, Newcastle became a coal and steel city. Today, it is New South Wales's second largest city and the seventh largest city in Australia.

With its sheltered harbour and profusion of natural resources, Newcastle has long been a preferred place for settlement. Located at the mouth of the Hunter River and in the heart of New South Wales’s prosperous Hunter region, it lays claim to an exceptional mix of agriculture, natural attractions and industry. The topography of the area is diverse with sand dunes, wetland areas and coastal national parks complimenting the hustle & bustle of city life.

Newcastle boasts a diversified commercial, cultural, trade and industrial economy. This robust economy ensures Newcastle continues to cement its position as one of Australia’s key business destinations.

Don’t leave Newcastle without...

  • Swimming and sunbathing at all of the city’s chill beaches, including Nobby’s Beach and Mereweather Beach
  • Rewarding yourself after an exhilarating afternoon in the surf with a heaping helping of Scottie’s chips
  • Trying your hand at a game of cricket with your new friends at Fort Scratchley
  • Spending a lazy Saturday exploring the cafes of Darby Street
  • Taking to the road for a trip to the famous Hunter Valley vineyards
  • Grabbing some friends for a BBQ along the Harbour Foreshore

Flight: TEAN offers students an optional group flight through Student Universe. This flight departs from the West Coast--typically from either Los Angeles or San Francisco.  Rollins strongly recommends that students join the TEAN group flight.  The credit issued to students will be based on the cost of the TEAN group flight.  Students will be directly responsible for costs associated with travel to the departure airport for the group flight.  Booking through TEAN/Student Universe gives students the option to change their return date once for no fee (unless there are fuel/tax changes) so students who decide to travel a bit at the end of the program will have some flexibility. TEAN will email students about the flight option in late fall.

Travel: In addition to the group excursion, students are also able to travel independently during free weekends.  Australia’s diverse cities and varied eco-systems provide an array of fabulous destinations within easy reach, using buses, trains and planes.  In the past, students have also chosen to travel to other countries in the region—New Zealand, Thailand and others.  International Programs reminds students to check State Department and Centers for Disease Control websites, and to research visa requirements, before traveling outside of Australia.



Spring 2014 Deadline:

February 24, 2014

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