The University of Newcastle College of International Education

The University of Newcastle College of International Education is the official on-campus pathway college to the University of Newcastle, providing entry to over 130 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at a world-class university.

Our goal is to prepare you for success at university. Studying at UNCIE you’ll benefit from small-class sizes and one-on-one support to gain the English and academic skills required to thrive at university and complete your degree with confidence.

At the same time, you will have access to all the exceptional facilities and services at the University of Newcastle. This includes 7 state-of-the-art libraries holding 1.3 million resources, over 150 clubs and societies, free career counselling and a Centre for Teaching and Learning that provides drop-in sessions and academic workshops.


Newcastle is a vibrant, multicultural city who is known for its stunning beaches, lively creative community, and entertainment all year round. With nature, art, fun and history, Newcastle is a city to suit everyone’s tastes! The second largest city in the state of New South Wales, Greater Newcastle is home to over 570,000 residents making it larger than cities such as Canberra, Wollongong, Hobart and Darwin.

Post study work opportunities

International students may be able to continue to live and work full time in Australia temporarily, after graduating from the University of Newcastle. Graduates are not guaranteed a post-study work visa and must meet strict criteria. There is also a fee involved.

You can apply for a post-study work visa if:

  • you are under 50 years of age
  • you hold an eligible visa
  • you have recently completed an eligible qualification, and
  • you meet the study requirements outlined by the Australian government.

For more information on the options available to international students in Australia, see the Temporary Graduate visa information from the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

Additional benefits for Newcastle students

Newcastle has been classified as a regional area for migration purposes. This means that graduates who are granted a Post Study Work Visa are eligible for an extra year on top of the standard 2 years of residency and work rights (3 years total). Those graduating from the Ourimbah campus on the NSW Central Coast are eligible for an additional 2 years (4 years in total), which is the maximum possible in Australia.

Newcastle is the main city of the Hunter Region which is the most populated area in New South Wales after Greater Sydney. The Hunter Region is the biggest regional economy in Australia – worth more to the Australian economy than Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.

Eligible students who choose to study and then continue to live in Newcastle or the Central Coast will benefit from:

  • priority processing and access to one of 25,000 dedicated regional visa places
  • access to a wide list of occupations that qualify for a visa
  • the ability to apply for a second Temporary Graduate visa with an additional 1-2 years of post-study work rights.
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The University of Newcastle College of International Education

Courses Offered

  • Foundation Studies
  • Degree Transfer
  • Pre-Master's program

University Campus

  • Newcastle, New South Wales

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