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Australia: TEAN at University of Newcastle

Studying abroad has been the best academic and life decision I have made so far...I have grown as a person in maturity increasing my awareness of myself and the people around me. Studying abroad in Australia is the best thing I can recommend to any student. - Rollins Study Abroad Alum 
Wander through the environmentally-friendly Newcastle campus on your way to classes through Rollins partnership with The Education Abroad Network (TEAN). This program is a great fit for most majors and minors! 

Experience Australia

Wander through the environmentally-friendly Newcastle campus on your way to classes through Rollins partnership with The Education Abroad Network (TEAN). This program is a great fit for most majors and minors! 

  • Exceptional Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA
  • Required advising session (30 minutes). Please visit our home page to schedule an appointment.

Fall 2024

  • July 7: Arrival Date
  • July 7-11: TEAN Orientation
  • July 12: University Orientation
  • July 22: First Day of Classes
  • Sept 30 – Oct 11: Semester Break
  • Nov 16: Exam Period ends
  • Nov 17: Program End Date

Spring 2024

  • Feb 11: Required Arrival Date
  • Feb 11-15: TEAN Orientation
  • Feb 21: University Orientation
  • Feb 26: First Day of Classes
  • April 15-26: Semester Break
  • June 7: Last Day of Classes 
  • June 23: Program End Date

Flight and Orientation

  • Students arrange their own flight to Cairns and then on to Newcastle, but TEAN can assist through one of their preferred vendors.
  • TEAN offers a 6-day “Welcome Abroad” Orientation in Cairns, North Australia to introduce students to the culture and get to know their classmates. The orientation includes scuba diving and snorkeling the largest coral reef system in the world, exploring the rainforest village of Kuranda, watching an Aussie movie at the outdoor cinema, and attending a sunset dinner cruise. A sample itinerary can be found here.
  • PLEASE NOTE: TEAN does NOT provide transportation from Cairns to Newcastle. Students will be responsible for purchasing their own airfare between the two cities.


  • U.S. citizens must obtain a visa to study in Australia and TEAN will assist with the process.
  • The application is entirely online and payment must be made by credit card at the time of application.
  • For general information about the visa process and visas for non-U.S. citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page.

The University of Newcastle is one of Australia’s most naturally beautiful campuses, with many environmentally protected habitats. The University has nearly 17,000 students, 5,600 of which are international students.

Australian Studies Courses (Students must take at least one of these courses): choose two to allow for flexibility.

Newcastle Courses: Choose your other three courses from the many other offerings. As you search, make sure the courses are available at the “Callaghan Campus" or "Newcastle City," and are held in Semester 1 for spring and Semester 2 for fall.

Transfer of Credit

  • Students must take four courses for a total of 16 credits; one course from the list of "Australian Studies Courses,*" and three courses directly from the courses available in the University catalogue.
  • Grades appear on Rollins Transcript and Factor into GPA.
  • It can take up to three months for grades to be processed.
  • Students can take major and minor courses abroad (with approval from the academic department) and can also take competencies and rFLA200-level seminars abroad (with approval from the Registrar). 

Australian Educational System

  • Fewer class hours per week, less contact with professors and less continuous assessment. Most professors have a lecture-based teaching style.
  • Grades are based on only a few major assignments, such as a midterm and final exam.
  • First-year students are already focused in their major or specialization, so introductory courses cover higher level topics. 200-level or second year courses are the equivalent of an upper-level course at Rollins
  • Self-discipline and self-directed study are required for success. Students are expected to keep up with coursework and reading without prompting.


  • You will live in a modern, single room in a 5-6 bedroom on-campus apartment with shared common spaces operated by Newcastle's award-winning UON Student Living. Housing includes 24/7 security and Resident Assistants.
  • Their student-focused facilities include study areas, common rooms and indoor and outdoor social spaces. Students will have easy access to sporting, library, health, and academic facilities.


  • Students can buy groceries and cook in their shared kitchen, which is stocked with basic tools and utensils, as there is no meal plan.
  • There is also access to inexpensive student dining halls, coffee shops, and on-campus restaurants.

The beautiful campus and the city of Newcastle are well connected via train and bus, surrounded by wineries, national parks, miles of beach, and only two hours north of Sydney.  Newcastle has a relaxed coastal lifestyle, diverse nightlife, award-winning dining, a burgeoning arts culture, friendly people, and a serious coffee culture.

  • TEAN activities are designed to immerse students in the local culture, including surf lessons, local sporting events and music festivals, and trips to the Sydney opera house.
  • Newcastle University also offers academic support, health services, disability support services, a counseling center, sports and recreation facilities – including a 50-meter indoor pool, state-of-the-art gym with a indoor climbing wall, and more than 60 student clubs and societies .
  • Newcastle offers a cross-cultural friendship program through which volunteers from the local community link with international students.
  • TEAN also offers students optional excursions prior to the semester and during the semester breaks for an additional fee. These include destinations such as New Zealand, Thailand and Melbourne, Australia 

Program Fee

  • Most Rollins financial aid and scholarships will apply to the semester abroad.

    • Tuition: $30,290
    • Housing: $5,115

Also Includes

Airport pickup, orientation program (in Cairns and at Newcastle), on-campus housing, University of Newcastle Student Association membership, program administration, and emergency insurance.

Estimated Additional Costs

  • Transportation: Round-trip airfare from FL $1,800, on-site $900
  • Meals/food $2,200
  • Optional travel to the West Coast to meet the TEAN group: $400
  • Passport $165
  • Visa: $470 (USD)
  • Books, course materials, supplies $200
  • Personal Expenses $1,075 (estimate - depending on whether you wish to join the university gym)
  • Federal student loan fees if applicable: $40
  • Professional licensure, certification or credentials costs: $0


Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare and other costs associated with study abroad. Students can apply for scholarships through the Rollins program application. Students can also apply for additional partner scholarships through TEAN. 

Living and Working

Having a credit card while abroad is very helpful. Australia has a high cost of living compared to the United States. Students are able to work up to 20 hours a week on a student visa while abroad in Australia.