UW-Platteville Education Abroad's program at the University of Newcastle (UoN) is designed to provide students with a personalized and integrated living and learning experience at an Australian university. Students may participate for one semester or for a full academic year, enrolling in at least 12 credits per semester. Courses are taken alongside Australian and international students, and the courses available to U.S. study abroad students can be found on UoN’s website: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/course.
While selecting courses, please keep in mind:
Semester Codes: UoN uses a coding system in their online course finder to identify the semester in which the course is delivered. Please note:
UoN Semester I U.S. Spring Semester
UoN Semester II U.S. Fall Semester
Course Location: Since UoN has multiple campuses, students need to ensure that they are selecting courses offered at the Callaghan Campus or Newcastle City Campus. Students are not encouraged to take courses on other campuses due timetable conflicts and long commutes. (Business courses are hosted on the Newcastle City Campus)
- Australian Units: 10 Australian Units are equivalent to 4 U.S. Credits.
All students studying abroad at UoN through UW-Platteville Education Abroad are required to enroll in two courses:
ANTH 1010 Cross-Cultural Understanding (1 U.S. credit): Taught by the UW-Platteville On-Site Coordinator in Newcastle, this course is offered just to students studying abroad through UW-Platteville Education Abroad and is designed to help students examine their own experiences in Australia and discover the aspects of Australian life and culture that underlie them. These experiences are supplemented with group and individual excursions to explore various aspects of Australian culture including politics, philosophy, society, art, education, history, and the media. It is intended to stimulate personal reflection and a cross-cultural perspective and consists of lecture, discussion, journal writing, and excursions.
- One course on Australian Culture (10 Australian Units, 4 U.S Credits): For this requirement, students may choose any course offered at UoN that has significant course content about Australia life and culture, and may include courses in the areas of art, culture, history, literature, media studies, or social science.
Credits will be validated on an official UoN transcript at the end of the semester.
10 Australian units is equivalent to 4 American credits, and the grades students receive abroad will be converted to the U.S. grading system of A, B, C, etc. based on the official transcript that is received from the institution abroad. UW-Platteville Education Abroad uses the following conversion guide as a guideline, provided by World Education Services, in converting students’ grades: http://www.wes.org/gradeconversionguide/index.asp.
Please note that this only serves as a general conversion guideline.
While all credits should be transferable, students should work with their academic advisor at their home institution to choose appropriate and beneficial courses from the UoN curriculum prior to their semester abroad. Courses that may fulfill specific requirements for major, minor, general education, or elective requirements towards an American degree must be approved by the appropriate person(s) at the home institution. Please see the Academic Planning and Credit Transfer page for more information.