|University of Newcastle Quick Snap|
|Location:||Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
(Two hours north of Sydney)
|Main Campus:||Callaghan, Newcastle|
|City Population:||150,000 (550,000 Greater Newcastle region)
|Semester 1 Starts:||February|
|Semester 2 Starts:||July|
Business and Law
Education and Arts
Engineering and Built Environment
Health and Medicine
Science and Information Technology
The University is known worldwide for its problem-based learning programs. Used mainly in the disciplines of architecture, building, health sciences, law, 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.
The University of Newcastle at Callaghan boasts one of the best campuses in Australia. Its 120 hectares (300 acres) of natural bushland—complete with Australian wildlife—at the city's edge offers you peace and quiet—the perfect prerequisites for successful study.
Similarly, the Central Coast campus, nestled in a bush hillside, offers a tranquil environment. Modern facilities are set in an intimate campus layout. Both campuses have facilities to match their setting: well-stocked libraries, student clubs, shops, cafes, sports facilities, modern lecture theatres and laboratories.
The university also has two sites within the Newcastle CBD. Its School of Music and Conservatorium is located in the Civic Theatre precinct, while the School of Law, Legal Centre, and Graduate School of Business are located in University House. In addition to these the university's medical and nursing programs have a significant presence in major clinical, teaching, and research facilities at several hospitals and health centres.
The 2013-14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) has ranked the University of Newcastle in the top 251-275 group of universities, up from 276-300 in 2012.
Newcastle’s harbour waterfront is a popular recreation and leisure area for locals and visitors. The Queen’s Wharf restaurants and the foreshore parkland, together with the 50 hectare Honeysuckle waterfront development, provide a five-kilometre stretch of waterfront attractions.
Newcastle boasts some of Australia’s best beaches and waterways for swimming, surfing, sailing and other water sports. Nearby Lake Macquarie is the largest coastal salt water lake in Australia, which is four times the size of Sydney Harbour and a short drive from the city.
With a regional population of about 550,000, Newcastle supports a thriving business and commercial sector as well as an excellent network of health care and educational facilities. The region is famous for its coal, which is a multi-billion-dollar industry. Combined with a low cost of living and a favourable climate, Newcastle represents a relaxed and welcoming lifestyle. Students enjoy average temperatures in summer of between 20 to 28 degrees Celsius and 7 to 18 degrees Celsius in winter.
Newcastle offers international students a coastal landscape, surf beaches, a working harbour, historic sites, the arts and a vibrant nightlife. The Civic Cultural Precinct is where you’ll find the Newcastle Regional Museum, Art Gallery, Civic Theatre, Civic Playhouse and the University’s music and business schools.
The city of Newcastle is about a three-hour train ride north of Sydney. Students can navigate from the campus to the city centre by train or bus, which takes approximately 15 (train) to 40 minutes (bus).
Canadians love that the University is located in a city that is designed around Australia’s beautiful ocean coastline. The campus scenery is fantastic with bushland, forests and duck ponds right on the doorsteps of the University’s classrooms. The city of Newcastle also offers a regional setting with many activities and a lower cost of living than other major cities in Australia.