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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 you can look forward to include:

  • 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