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Newcastle International College prepares you for success at a world-class university. At the same time, you have the opportunity to make new friends from all around the world and share experiences that you will treasure for the rest of your life. Find your tribe through clubs and societies.

Take advantage of the of the state of the art sport and recreation facilities available to you as a college student on the University of Newcastle campus.

Your student experience is about more than just what happens in lectures and tutorials. NIC offers you a wide range of social and academic programs – and as a future UON student, you are of course also able to access unique programs such as Connect 88 and iLEAD Plus.

What Happens on Campus

NIC runs an active calendar of events on-campus through our Student and Academic Services team. Check our social media channels for weekly updates on Conversation Club topics, pub trivia quizzes, NIC Talent Time, Career Talks and many others.

Learning Support Activities

In addition to academic support offered by the University of Newcastle, NIC also offers free weekly mathematics and Academic English drop-in sessions for all students. Check with the Student and Academic Services for this trimester’s schedule.

The “Hire Me!” Project

Exclusive to NIC, the “Hire Me! Project was developed to connect our international students with part-time work opportunities in Newcastle. At the beginning of each trimester, students are mentored by highly experienced Navitas HR personnel through resume-writing workshops and a series of mock interviews before being introduced to hiring managers at a special “speed-dating” session.

The “Hire Me!” Project was designed to help address one of the major causes of international student anxiety around being able to find part-time work soon after arrival. It maximises our advantage of being Newcastle’s only international pathway into Newcastle’s only university. We are able to leverage strong connections with local businesses to provide our students with one of Australia’s best student experiences. We have partnered with more than thirty local businesses looking to hire our international students for part-time work including restaurants, aged and disability care providers, supermarkets, hiring firms, IT and graphic design businesses and many others.

  • Experience Australian interview settings in a nurturing and engaging way
  • Build confidence and pick up some “tricks of trade” from experienced HR personnel along the way
  • Present your resume to potential employers.
  • Perfect your “elevator pitch”
  • Do your best to hear the words “You’re hired!”

Newcastle Language Buddies

Are you interested in languages and cultures? Trying to polish up your French or your Chinese, but can’t find people in Newcastle to practice with? Have you always wanted to understand the meaning of that K-Pop song, but were too afraid to ask? Planning your epic post-pandemic backpacking trip through Southeast Asia and still need to learn how to say “two beers, please” in Thai or Vietnamese?

The NIC Language Exchange Program allows you to meet interesting new people people from all over the world while learning a new language, or practising one you already speak. It’s fun, flexible and completely FREE for all NIC and UON students and staff. Email languagebuddies@nic.nsw.edu.au and we’ll match you with an NIC student who speaks the language you’re interested in.

Language Buddies meet at the World Café on the NIC campus on Level 3, GP Building every Friday between 12-2pm – free coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

Study Tours and Off-Campus Trips

In choosing to study at NIC, you have chosen to study in one of Australia’s most dynamic cities. Take a look here for some inspiration: https://www.visitnewcastle.com.au/. For tips on trips further afield across beautiful New South Wales, check out https://www.visitnsw.com/

UON Global and NIC also offer free or highly discounted trips to destinations around Newcastle – monitor our social media or talk to the Student and Academic Services team for updates on whale-watching excursions, “Newcastle by Night Cheap Dinners,” organised trips to some of the stunning beaches up and down the NSW coastline, bush walking weekends and of course study abroad or exchange opportunities. For example, in Trimester 3 each year, you could join the Pacific Islands Summer School in New Caledonia and – and obtain credit towards completion of your NIC foundation or diploma subject.