Who says you can’t have a social life while you study?

There are so many ways to meet and hang out with new people, see different places, and learn outside of the classroom at the University of Newcastle.

UON Global supports engagement programs that are run by International Engagement Assistants who are students just like you! Some programs are targeted at newly arriving international students, such as Beach Safety. However, regular programs are open to both international and domestic students, creating a diverse community.

At the Callaghan and Newcastle City campus (NeW Space), you can work on your leadership goals and skills with iLEAD Plus – a three-stage program designed to connect you with local, national and international professional networks in your chosen career path.

Or, get on the field with GOALSS (Games for Overseas & Local Students & Staff), to show off your football and badminton skills – or, if you’re a beginner, you can learn and have some fun!

With more than 150 clubs and societies, there are plenty of amazing ways to get engaged – from the arts to drama, writing to sports, and faith to Quidditch!

You can also jump on the shuttle bus to Jesmond Park Uniting Church (JPUC) on the first Tuesday of every month for a scrumptious dinner as part of Cheap Chewsday.

At the Sydney campus, the Wellbeing Series and English Corner are great spaces to learn and talk about wellbeing, while the Communicate program can connect you with older community members.

Are you a tea lover? Yes? Then perhaps Tea and Three, where you join in for afternoon tea with students from a local high school could be for you! But first, settle in for dinner in an Australian home, with the Welcome Dinner Project.

And we haven’t forgotten sport – have a go at basketball, ping-pong and badminton at nearby recreation centres, or participate in an inter-campus sports day.

For more information on Sydney programs and other events, please refer to the Monthly Event Calendar (available at reception and via our Facebook group) or email international-sydney@newcastle.edu.au.

Other events include Cultural Awakenings, Harmony Day, China Week, Diwali, Upskill through Work integrated Learning (WIL) programs, as well as many other cultural and national-day celebrations.

To be kept in the loop with all of the above, join the UON International Student Community Facebook group. This page is only open to students and staff of UON, so you’ll have to enter your student number.

Finally, you can always find more at UON’s Social and academic programs page, or contact UON Global at international-reception@newcastle.edu.au.