A : NIC is also known as Newcastle International College. It is a brand new college which has been established at the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan campus. The University campus is located 10km from the city of Newcastle and is easily accessible by bus or by train.
NIC is part of the Navitas group which has a long-standing reputation for providing pathway education programs to thousands of students around the world. With over 17 years of history, Navitas has colleges located across Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, USA, Africa, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
A : NIC offers a range of Diploma programs, which are equivalent to the first year of a University of Newcastle degree. We offer Diploma courses in Business & Commerce, Information Technology, Media and Communications, and Engineering. Students who successfully complete our Diploma will be guaranteed entry to Year 2 of the respective Bachelor’s degree at The University of Newcastle.
A : Yes. The Diploma courses are the same level as those for the relevant first year undergraduate programs offered by The University of Newcastle. The difference is that students enrolled in the Diploma have access to additional academic and support services, helping you to succeed and enabling a smooth transition to university.
A : NIC courses are only available to international students. If you are an Australian citizen or Permanent resident there is a range of options available to you for alternative entry to The University of Newcastle. Please visit the University’s website for more information.
A : NIC offers 3 intakes per year – commencing in February, June and October every year.
A : Yes, students on an Australian student visa are able to work up to 20 hours per week (and up to 40 hours per week during semester breaks). However, international students must study full-time to meet visa conditions. It is important to remember that your first priority is that you are in Australia to study.
A : You can submit your application online to study at NIC through the Enrol Today page or download the NIC form here. In addition to a completed application form, you will also be required to submit all academic results along with proof that you meet NIC’s English language requirements. Documents need to be certified by a Justice of the Peace, notary public, education agent or by the issuing authority.
A : NIC will be able to process your application and advise you of the outcome within one to two business days.
A : Entry requirements are country specific and each application is assessed on its merits. Please refer to the Admissions requirements information on our website.
A : Yes. NIC accepts students who are aged 21 or over and have relevant experience or other appropriate qualifications. Each application is assessed on its own merit.
A : Tuition fees can be paid by one of the following methods:
A : Yes. All international students must have OSHC. From 1 July 2010, The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) changed the student visa requirements. Under condition 8501, international students will have to obtain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the proposed duration of their student visa. For students who will be undertaking a packaged course, there cannot be a gap in the OSHC coverage.
A: OSHC helps pay for medical and hospital care should you become ill during your stay in Australia. OSHC will also pay for most prescription drugs and emergency ambulance transport. OSHC will not cover any illness or disability that you had prior to arriving in Australia. It will also not cover ancillary services (for example, dental or optical services). If you require ancillary services you can take out extra OSHC, provided by an approved OSHC provider. Make sure you bring any optical or medical prescriptions with you to Australia.
A: This will depend on the duration of your visa. NIC will be able to advise the amount of OSHC payable on your offer letter.
A : If you already have OSHC please provide proof of coverage to NIC before you accept your offer.
A : Attendance at NIC’s Orientation session is compulsory as this session will enable you to seek enrolment advice about the correct courses you should enrol in. You will also meet NIC staff and be informed of the many services available to you on-campus as an NIC student.
A : Bring your offer letter, pen, and passport.
A : Please notify NIC immediately if you cannot attend and you will be instructed about further options.
A : There are many avenues of help and support throughout your studies with NIC. If you find yourself having difficulty in a course, you should contact your lecturer and organise a time to meet for consultation. A Student adviser will also be available to assist you with any of your needs.
A : All classes are taught face to face and may include lectures, tutorials, workshops or laboratory sessions depending on the nature of individual courses and specific requirements for each program.
A : Four subjects (or courses), is the maximum study load for any student in any given semester.
A : Due to visa conditions international students must study a minimum of 3 courses each semester, unless it is the last semester of study.
A : No. Because of the flexible nature of the program it is possible to progress to new units whilst retaking those which have been failed. As three semesters of study can be completed in one calendar year, students who fail one or more units can get back 'on track' without losing any time.
A : Yes – The University of Newcastle guarantees entry to Year 2 of the respective Bachelor’s degree once you have completed your Diploma and passed all your subjects.
A : Absolutely. As an NIC student you are able to use all services and facilities at the university including one of the best Undergraduate libraries in Australia. The University also has great sport and recreation facilities including a fully equipped gym and a swimming pool. You are also able to join all clubs and societies available to all university students.
A : Information sessions will be organised at NIC before you finish your Diploma where you will receive instructions on how to apply to the university.
A : NIC students have access to accommodation services provided by the university for on-campus and off-campus housing assistance. For more information please visit the Accommodation page on our website.
A : You can meet students from NIC prior to arrival by joining our NIC Facebook group. We will also have a dedicated You Tube Channel where you can learn more about NIC.
A : NIC recommends that appropriate arrangements must be made with respect to your accommodation, ensuring sufficient support for your personal welfare during your stay in Australia or until you reach the age of 18 years. NIC offers support and counselling to all students through Student Services as well as from the International Office at the University, and will liaise with parents regarding the welfare of younger students.
A : Newcastle offers students a great place to study in a natural environmental setting which is only 10km from some of the best beaches. People in Newcastle are relaxed and friendly and there is a relatively low cost of living (compared to most major cities in Australia). For more information about living and studying in Newcastle please visit www.visitnewcastle.com.au or check out www.aroundyou.com.au/events/nsw/newcastle