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Iowa Regents Semester in Australia: University of Newcastle

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Calendar Year


Newcastle, Australia




-Minimum UI and Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5

-At least sophomore standing at time of application

-Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing

Application Due:

No longer accepting applications

Program Cost:

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*NOTE: This program will no longer be accepting applications for semesters taking place after Fall 2019*

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 NewcastlePDFhere

Academic Program

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 prerequisites—please discuss this with your study abroad advisor if you have questions.

• Newcastle Course Handbook (individual course listings):
• Newcastle Undergraduate Programs (equivalent to degree requirements, useful for finding classes by major or discipline):

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.

Cultural Activities

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 PDFiLEAD 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.

Program Dates

The Iowa Regents Semester in Australia is offered for both the 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 the following link: Key Dates.

For More Information

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.

*NOTE: This program will no longer be accepting applications for semesters taking place after Fall 2019*

The University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle enjoys a national and international reputation 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 on 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.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

*NOTE: This program will no longer be accepting applications for semesters taking place after Fall 2019*

Living Arrangements

Students may apply for a variety of housing options on campus. On-campus housing placement is guaranteed.

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 the

PDFHousing Brochureto learn about different housing options and to see photos, floor plans, and rates.

The room types and fees for 2019 can be found by reading the following pdf: PDF2019 room types and fees.

Your study abroad advisor will share more information about housing options during the Newcastle pre-departure orientation.

Travel Arrangements

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.

*NOTE: This program will no longer be accepting applications for semesters taking place after Fall 2019*


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, a minimum UI and Cumulative 2.5 GPA (both must be above 2.5), and must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.


The program fee for Fall 2019 session is $7500. The program fee includes tuition and administrative fees, as well as the housing application fee and housing acceptance fee. It also includes a housing linen pack (sheets, a duvet, duvet cover, pillow, pillowcase, towel). It does not include room, board, round trip airfare, passport and visa fees, the Iowa Regents CISI health insurance fee, the required Government of Australia Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), or any personal expenses.

Interested students can review the Fall 2019 session's cost sheet by clicking on the link below.

PDFFall 2019 Estimated Costs

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:

For information on CISI health insurance, please visit this website:

Application Instructions

This program requires you to meet with a study abroad advisor before applying online. Call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

How to Apply

Click here to apply.

*NOTE: This program will no longer be accepting applications for semesters taking place after Fall 2019*

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.

Confirmation Materials

Acceptance Packet

The following materials should be READ and kept for your records:

PDFPayment and Withdrawal Policy

PDFUI Financial Aid Information

Health Insurance Information

Additional Reading

PDFList of Australia & New Zealand books and movies

PDFAustralian academics handout

PDFFlags handout

PDFVegemite article

PDFBite Me! article

• UI Student Health Service Travel Clinic:

Orientation Information

Orientation for spring 2018 participants is to be announced.

A recent Newcastle participant produced this video about his experiences abroad.

There are no photos available for this program yet. Do you have any photos to share with us? If you do, please contact us at:

1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343