By Jeffrey Sendejar, ISA Australia Site Specialist for Newcastle
If you’re looking for truly authentic Australian experiences off-the-beaten path during your semester abroad – think Newcastle.
Newcastle, Australia is a bustling, coastal city in New South Wales, Australia which offers students the ability to take advantage of Australia’s natural beauty, both land and sea. With nearly a dozen beaches and access to miles upon miles of pristine coastline, Newcastle offers limitless opportunities for students to swim, surf, or soak up the sun during their semester abroad.
The University of Newcastle is one of the top research universities in Australia and offers courses in nearly every discipline. From Business and Communications to STEM fields and Arts & Social Sciences, there are a wide range of courses on offer for both Spring and Fall semester programs. With courses from so many disciplines, nearly every student will be able to stay on track with their degree plan while studying abroad in Newcastle. But don’t think you’ll be stuck indoors studying because the University of Newcastle campus boasts of 1.4 square kilometers of iconic Aussie bush land and grounds to take every opportunity to sport some sunnies (sunglasses), and study outdoors.
While abroad, students studying at the University of Newcastle are never in short supply of opportunities to get off campus and explore all that the city, and the state (New South Wales) has to offer. Downtown Newcastle is only a short bus ride away from the main U of N Callaghan campus, and offers an abundance of museums, galleries, cafes and shops. But, if you’d rather get away from the city beat, the Hunter Valley a well-known wine region, Barrington Tops National Park – a world-heritage listed rainforest, and Australia’s largest salt water lake – Lake Macquarie, are all within a few hours journey from the city. Plus, students have easy access to explore the iconic sights of Sydney which is also accessible via a 2-hour train ride south of the city.
The student experience at the University of Newcastle has been described as the perfect balance of lifestyle and learning. The University’s comprehensive course offerings, paired with the city’s laid-back, coastal attitude makes Newcastle, Australia a study abroad destination that offers the best of both worlds. While every student’s study abroad experience is bound to be unique, a semester abroad in Newcastle is sure to provide you with every opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, broaden your academic horizons, and make your study abroad experience truly unforgettable.