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ISA: University of Newcastle, Australia (Third Party)

The Program

ISA, a non-profit organization, directly enrolls you into University of Newcastle for a semester or year abroad. The University of Newcastle offers study abroad students the perfect combination of lifestyle and learning. Set in superb bushland and close to spectacular surf beaches, waterways and forests, the University is internationally renowned and among the top ten research universities in Australia. The University’s setting and its relaxed atmosphere combine to offer an excellent environment for academic pursuits and personal development.

North American students are fully integrated into the life of the University both in the classroom and the halls of residence. The challenge of adjusting to the new academic and social environment is assisted by the friendly and open welcome given to students by the International Student Support staff, by the Australian students and by the academics.

The University of Newcastle at Callaghan (the main campus) has one of the best campuses in Australia. Its 350 acres of natural bushland – complete with Australian wildlife – at the city edge affords you the peace and quiet necessary for successful study.

The Academics

The University attracts students and staff of the highest caliber. Study abroad students can select from hundreds of subjects (courses) at both undergraduate and postgraduate level across across a wide variety of disciplines, including: architecture and building; arts and humanities; business; commerce; design; economics; education; engineering; fine arts; food technology; health sciences; law; management; mathematics; medicine; music; nursing; science; and social science. Click here for course syllabi.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.

General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ANTH 3028 Indigenous Rights and Aboriginal Australia ABOR 1110 Introduction to Aboriginal Studies 3 12/31/2018
ARE 4462 Environmental and Resource Economics 3006 Environmental Economics 3 6/30/2020
CE 3510 Soil Mechanics 2280 Geomechanics I 4 6/30/2020
COMM 4820 Public Relations CMNS 3530 Public Relations Strategy 3 12/31/2018
COMM 4993 Foreign Study CMNS 3270 Communication & Discourse 3 12/31/2018
COMM 4993 Foreign Study CMNS 3320 International Media Studies 3 12/31/2018
ENVE 4310 Environmental Modeling 2050 Engineering Computations and Probability 3 6/30/2020
HIST 1998 Varieties of History HIST 1051 The Australian Experience 3 6/30/2018
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HIST1052 Australia and the World 3 12/31/2016
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HIST 1010 Foundations of Australian Society 3 6/30/2018
LING 1030 Language and Environment LING 2000 Language and Society 3 6/30/2018
MUSI 1193 Foreign Study in Music musi2002 Introduction to Keyboard 3 12/31/2020
NRE 4135 Introduction to Ground-Water Hydrology 3470 Contaminant Hydrogeology 4 6/30/2020
NRE 3125 Watershed Hydrology 2009 Catchment and Water Resource Management 3 6/30/2020
NRE 2000 Introduction to Geomatics 2161 GIS and Remote Sensing 4 6/30/2020
NRE 2600 Global Sustainable Resources 3006 Sustainability: Theory and Practice 3 6/30/2020

The Experience

The University offers single-room accommodation at four co-ed halls of residence: Edwards Hall, Evatt House,  International House and Barahineban Hall. Uni-Lodge has double-occupancy, air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms, kitchenettes, T.V., VCR’s, telephones and computer internet access points. Off-campus housing can be arranged with help from International Student Support staff. Off-campus accommodation options include apartments, shared houses, homestay or the University managed Uni-ville townhouses.

The University of Newcastle boasts a campus-wide, fiber-optic information network. Students have access to the Internet in the University’s libraries as well as the Computer and Information Sciences building and the halls of residence. All study abroad students are provided with a free Email account.

Central to student life is the University Union. With over 20,000 members, the Union houses an array of facilities such as cafeterias, coffee shops, Internet Cafe and bars, bookshop, travel agent, gift and stationery shops and a hair-dresser. There are also two banks, a medical center and a dentist on campus.

The Union organizes many of the University’s important cultural and social events like the Orientation Ball, the Beach Party, Big Wednesday and the Cultural Awakenings Festival. It also regularly hosts national and international bands at the Bar-On-The-Hill.

The Sports Union offers a variety of recreational and sporting activities from belly dancing, mountaineering and snow skiing to archery, fencing and the martial arts. Sports such as golf, weight training, surfing and waterskiing are also available.

The University boasts exceptional sporting facilities including the Forum Sports & Aquatic Center.  The Forum features an 8 lane, heated indoor Olympic swimming pool, Australia’s second highest rock climbing wall (18 meter), a dedicated circuit room, 22 station electronic cardio theatre, aerobic studio and martial arts/ dance studio with fully-sprung floors and a large fully equipped gymnasium. Other sporting facilities include seven squash courts, five badminton courts, a tennis complex, five playing ovals, baseball diamond, basketball, volleyball courts and an outdoor soccer pavilion.

Two popular subjects for study abroad students are Australian Flora and Fauna and Introduction to Aboriginal Studies. Both subjects include field trips such as tours of local Aboriginal spiritual sites and visits to National Parks and Aboriginal archeological digs. Short field trips are also included in a number of other Australian Studies subjects including Australian Flora and Fauna and the Geomorphology of Australia.

The University is also known worldwide for its problem-based learning programs. Used mainly in the disciplines of architecture, building, health sciences, medicine, and nursing, problem-based learning places students in small groups where they solve problems they are likely to face in their working lives. In other words, it gives a purpose to learning.

Click here for information on applying to an ISA program.


Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Newcastle, Australia
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 10/08/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Engineering, Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.5