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Orientation Information

Pre-Departure Orientation

Prior to their departure students will receive a detailed pre-departure online orientation which serves as a primer for their study abroad experience in Australia. Although the on-site orientation will cover the nitty-gritty of life in Newcastle, the online orientation allows students to read up on pertinent information before their arrival in Australia. It will cover topics such as: culture, housing, budgeting, cell phones, food, the university, and numerous other details. Of course, students are always welcome to contact the Newcastle Site Specialist with any questions.

On-Site Orientation

ISA Newcastle students will fly into Cairns* where they are met by an ISA Director or resident staff. The orientation program is mandatory and is included in your program fee. This orientation program blends lecture, adventure, and culture together for an informative and fun introduction to the country in which you will be living and studying abroad. We will introduce you to your host country through a series of sessions, excursions, and community involvement opportunities.

Some activities which may be included are:

  • Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef
  • A day at Rain Forestation Nature Park where you will interact with native wildlife and hold Tim Tam the koala
  • Volunteering in the local community

*location subject to change

Bridging Cultures Program

One of the first adventures that students will experience in their new country is the Bridging Cultures Program. The Bridging Cultures Program aims to ease students' transition to their study abroad experience and accelerate their exposure to their new host country.

ISA's multi-day Bridging Cultures Program blends adventure, lecture and culture into an informative and fun introduction to the student's new host country. Each program is designed to:

  • Help speed the socialization process by helping them to meet other students who are studying abroad at the same university and/or in the same region.
  • Guide each student through a goal-setting activity to encourage them to reflect on their expectations for their study abroad experience.
  • Introduce students to the local culture through a variety of activities including the learning the key words and phrases in the local language, tasting traditional food, understanding traditions, and more.
  • Visit culturally relevant destinations in the program locations such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
  • Prepare students for some of the relevant health and safety issues in their host country.
  • Inform students of the cultural and academic differences they'll experience.
  • Start students on the road to discovery by providing them with a fun and memorable adventure at the beginning of their study abroad experience.