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The Iowa Regents Semester in Australia program in Newcastle offers undergraduate students an opportunity to study for a semester at the University of Newcastle. Participants are fully integrated academically and socially with their Australian peers.
Download a recent information sheet from the University of Newcastlehere
The program at Newcastle begins with a week-long orientation program that prepares students for the academic and cultural experience ahead. Students then enroll in regular courses offered by the university.
Academic credit earned at the University of Newcastle transfers to the University of Iowa. Study abroad students must enroll for a full-time load of courses while studying at Newcastle. A full-time load is typically 3 or 4 courses and is generally equivalent to 12 or 16 s.h. of credit at Iowa.
While planning to study abroad, students should browse through Newcastle's course listings to see which classes are likely to be available during their term in Australia. Some courses may have pre-requisites, please discuss this with your study abroad advisor if you have questions.
• Newcastle Course Handbook (individual course listings): http://www.newcastle.edu.au/course/
• Newcastle Undergraduate Programs (equivalent to degree requirements, useful for finding classes by major or discipline): http://www.newcastle.edu.au/program/undergraduate/
When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the Australian university system differs from the American university system in that the Australian students typically complete their studies in three years.
General guide to course offerings:• 1000-level: first-year courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
• 2000-level: second-year courses will generally be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.• 3000-level: third-year courses will generally be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
• 4000-level courses and higher are part of a post-graduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
Newcastle offers strong support services for international students, excellent recreation facilities, and dozens of student organizations, from the Bushwalking Club and the Rugby Union to the Cinema Society and the Environmental Studies Club. Consider visiting the Wollotuka Institute to learn more about Indigenous Australians.
Consider joining the iLEAD Program once you arrive in Newcastle! You will immerse yourself in local culture through community volunteering, leadership activities, and listening to internationally renowned speakers, while earning a certificate and building valuable skills in team building and intercultural awareness. There is no cost to participate in the iLEAD program.
The Iowa Regents Semester in Australia is offered both spring and fall semesters. Semesters at Australian universities generally run February-July and July-November. The University of Newcastle's academic calendar is available at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/dates/academic/.
If you are ready to learn more, please call 319-335-0353 and schedule an appointment with the relevant study abroad advisor. Students should also discuss their study abroad plans with their academic advisor.
The University of Newcastle enjoys the reputation nationally and internationally for teaching and research excellence. It offers Iowa students a broad array of courses in the arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences, business, architecture and engineering. The main campus is set in 300 acres of natural bushland about 8 miles from the city center. The University's student population is over 25,000, including some 2,000 international students from more than 60 countries.
Like many communities in Australia, Newcastle was originally established as a penal colony. The discovery of coal in the area transformed 19th century Newcastle into one of the world's busiest coal ports. Located in a breathtaking stretch of Australia's coastline, Newcastle today is a bustling, modern, down-to-earth city of 350,000. Newcastle offers all the usual city attractions: restaurants, cafes, parks and gardens, theatres, art galleries, shopping centers and nightclubs.
The city and region are popular tourist destinations for Australians. A few kilometers south of Newcastle is Australia's largest seaboard lake, Lake Macquarie, which is the scene of many national and international sailing events. Less than an hour's drive to the north is the magnificent harbor of Port Stephens, a popular center for big game fishing and sailing, surfing, and sailboarding. And to the west are the internationally famous wineries of Hunter Valley.
Newcastle boasts wonderful beaches, a low cost of living, a very favorable climate, and a casual lifestyle. Newcastle is also just a few hours from the cosmopolitan excitement of Sydney. Frequent train, bus, and taxi connections make it easy for visitors to make the 2-3 hour trip between the two cities.
Australia ranks as one of the best places to live in the world according to measurements of income, human development, healthcare and civil rights. The sixth-largest country in the world by land mass, its comparatively small population of approximately 23 million people is concentrated in the highly-urbanized east and southeast coast of the Australian continent.
Students may apply for a variety of housing options on campus or may live off campus. On campus housing placement is guaranteed and recommended.
For on-campus housing, room and board fees are paid directly to the University of Newcastle after arrival in Australia. Board plans and costs vary. Please refer to Newcastle's accommodation page as well as theHousing Brochureto learn about different housing options and to see photos, floor plans, and rates.
For off-campus housing, there are several options available. Students living off-campus will need to commute to campus for their classes (trains service the area and the trip usually takes about 15-20 minutes). Do not book your off-campus housing until you arrive in Newcastle. Arranging your accommodations after you arrive will help you avoid scams. Please refer to Newcastle's off campus accommodation page to learn more.
Your study abroad advisor will share more information about housing options during the Newcastle pre-departure orientation.
Students will receive instructions on making travel arrangements during a program-specific orientation session. Students will arrange their own flights to Sydney. Upon arrival, ground transportation is available to take students to the program site.
To apply for the program, you must be a student at one of the Iowa Regents Universities: University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa or Iowa State University. Students must have at least sophomore standing at the time of application and a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Study Abroad has yet to calculate the Spring 2015 session costs. The program fee for Fall 2014 is $8,476 for UI students who are residents of the state of Iowa and $10,120 for non-residents. This program fee includes tuition, administrative fees, the Overseas Student Health Cover mandated for all international students studying abroad in Australia. It does not include room, board, round trip airfare, passport and visa fees, the Iowa Regents CISI health insurance fee, or any personal expenses.
Study Abroad has not yet created a cost sheet for the Spring 2015 session, but you can review the Fall 2014 session's cost sheet by clicking on the link below.
Financial aid received to attend the University of Iowa may be applied toward the program cost. In addition, eligible program participants are encouraged to apply for merit, need-based and Diversity Ambassador scholarships awarded by Study Abroad. More information is available at: http://international.uiowa.edu/study-abroad/funding/
For information on CISI health insurance, please visit this web site: http://international.uiowa.edu/study-abroad/travel-insurance-faq
This program requires you to meet with a study abroad advisor before applying online. Call the study abroad office, 319-335-0353, to schedule. The online application for the spring session of this program will be available from 8/1/2014 to 10/10/2014. The deadline to submit supplemental materials is 10/17/2014.
Click here to apply.
After the application cycle has finished, students will receive an email, an acceptance letter, and more information about accepting their place in the Iowa Regents Semester in Australia program as well as information on applying for visas and purchasing plane tickets. Continue to check this website for more information on post-application procedures.
The following materials should be READ and kept for your records:
• UI Student Health Service Travel Clinic: http://studenthealth.uiowa.edu/services/international-travel
As assigned by your study abroad advisor.
Orientation for Spring 2015 participants is to be announced.
A recent Newcastle participant produced this video with footage pulled from his semester abroad. Check out the Flickr photo album below, too.