NOTE: The International Foundation program will no longer be offered by the University of Newcastle beyond 2013. For international students requiring pathway to degree programs at the University of Newcastle, please visit the Newcastle International College (NIC) website.
To be considered for admission into International Foundation, students must meet both English language and academic entry criteria and send a completed application form to International Admissions.
For admission to International Foundation, students would need to achieve any of the following as proof of their English language proficiency:
- IELTS: score of 5.5 overall, with no sub-test band less than 5.0 in the Academic Module; or
- TOEFL - Internet-based test: 71 internet test overall score of 71 with a minimum score of 16 in writing; or
- TOEFL - Paper-based test: score of 500 or more with a minimum score of 4.0 in the TWE; or
- GCE 'O' Levels: C6; or
- SPM English: B4; or
- UEC Senior 2 English: B3; or
- HKCEE English: C (Minimum D in Writing); or
- HKALE Use of English: E.
Students who do not meet the entry requirements to International Foundation because of English language proficiency may consider the preparatory programs offered by the University of Newcastle's Language Centre.
Academic Entry Requirements
Note: The grades listed in the table below should be used as a guide only. Qualifications from countries that are not listed will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
|Australia||Higher School Certificate (or equivalent)||ATAR 60|
|Botswana||GCE 'O' Level (or forecast results)||C average in five main subjects|
|China||Senior Middle School 3 or 2||60% (SMS 3) / 75% (SMS 2)|
|Hong Kong||HKCEE (Form 5)||2 subjects at D grade and 1 subject at E grade|
|Indonesia||SMU Kelas 12 or SMU Kelas 11||6.0 average (Kelas 12) / 7.5 average (Kelas 11)|
|Japan||Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma||Overall Grade Average (%) of 70%|
|Kenya||Kenya Certificate Secondary Education||C average in eight subjects|
|30 points over five subjects
30 points over five subjects
|The Philippines||Senior High School Diploma||Average 75%|
|Singapore*||GCE 'O' Level (or forecast results)||30 points over five subjects|
|South Korea||Korean Senior High School Diploma||2.5 GPA|
|Taiwan||High School Leaving Certificate||B grade average in five main subjects|
|Thailand||MAN 6 or MAN 5||2.5 GPA (MAN 6) / 3.0 GPA (MAN 5)|
|Vietnam||Diploma of General Education||Average Grade 7.0|
|Zambia||GCE 'O' Level (or forecast results)
Education Certificate Zambia
|C average in five main subjects
Average Grade 5/6
|Zimbabwe||GCE 'O' Level (or forecast results)
ZIMSEC 'O' Level
|C average in five main subjects
C average in five main subjects
|International Qualifications||International Baccalaureate (IB)||Successful completion of IB Year 1|
* Certified Forecast/Provisional examination results accepted if final results are not available
How to Apply
Students can apply for International Foundation and their nominated undergraduate degree at the same time by using the Undergraduate Application Form.
Certified copies of academic transcripts (e.g. school reports) and proof of English language proficiency will need to be attached to the application, and signed.
The student will need to indicate on their application their undergraduate preferences.
The completed application form can be posted or emailed to the following address:
The International Admissions Officer
The University of Newcastle
Callaghan NSW 2308 AUSTRALIA
International Admissions will assess the student's application form and provide them with written advice on the outcome of the application.
The tuition fees for 2013 are AUD $15,000.
Health insurance is compulsory. As of July 2010, students are to pay health care cover for the duration of their visa, e.g. for a five year visa, the student pays for 5 x annual health care cover fee.