Qualified students may choose their courses from the entire curriculum offered at Bond University which includes such areas of study as Asian and Australian Studies, Communications/Journalism (including Film and Television), Business and Management, Accounting/Finance, Health Science Regional Studies, Languages, Linguistics, Philosophy, Economics, International Business anc Computer Science. Students typically receive 12-16 credits per trimester, and a 2.5 GPA is required, as well as transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation for admission. The language of instruction is English, with language courses available in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, and Spanish.
Students live on campus, and can choose from three types of residence halls: the Hotel Tower student residence, the Dormitory Residence and the Twin/Triple Residence. Some off-campus housing is available. Some residences have a telephone, air-conditioning, and private showers. Resident Tutor Fellows live in the residence halls and assist with academic and personal matters. All students have access to internet facilities, e-mail, and computer networks, and facilities include a medical center, bank, restaurants, and a sporting complex, which has an Olympic-size swimming pool. Fourteen meals per week are part of room and board. Students have the opportunity to participate in team sports and student organizations ranging from the drama club to equestrian riding. A trained staff of student advisors is available to students and help plan various field trips and extracurricular activities.
The University of Newcastle is in an area that combines a country setting with all the advantages of city living, approximately 500 acres with 300 acres of natural bushland complete with Australian wildlife. Situated on the breathtaking stretch of Australia's coastline, Newcastle boasts wonderful beaches, low cost of living, a very favorable climate and a casual lifestyle (and it's close to Sydney, the capital of New South Wales). Its population of 350,000 supports a thriving business and commercial sector, and an excellent network of leading health care and educational facilities. Newcastle offers all of the usual city comforts, such as restaurants, cafes, parks and gardens, theaters, art galleries, shopping centers and nightclubs.
Less than one hour's drive to the north is the impressive harbour of Port Stephens, a popular center for big game fishing, sailing, surfing and sailboarding. And to the west are the internationally famous wineries of the Hunter Valley, many of them more than a century old. Established in 1965, the University of Newcastle attracts students and staff of the highest caliber. The University has two campuses, Callaghan (the largest campus) in Newcastle and Central Coast Campus at Ourimbah (half way between Newcastle and Sydney). Today more than 19,000 students can choose from 150 undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered by 11 Faculties; Architecture, Art and Design, Arts and Social Science, Economics and Music, Nursing and Science and Mathematics. Its graduates are in high demand. The University is accredited and closely monitored by the Australian Government and offers Undergradutes (Bachelor) Degrees, Diploma and/or Associate Diplomas, Graduate Diplomas, as well as Masters and Doctoral Degrees.
Students will be able to choose from the full range of courses in Architecture, Art and Design, Arts and Social Science, Economics and Music, Nursing and Science and Mathematics. The usual full-time academic load for undergraduate students is 16 semester-hours and a study abroad student must enroll for a minimum of 12 semester hours. The language of instruction is Enlgish. For admission to the program, students must have completed one year of full-time study at a university or other institute of higher education, must have a grade point after of at least 2.5, and must submit three letters of recommendation and transcripts.
On-campus housing is available but on a limited basis. The University's Accommodation Service can help students who wish to live independently in the community. Residences have options for both meal plans and self-provision. Newcastle has well-stocked libraries, student clubs, shops, cafes, sports facilities, the Conservatorium Concert Hall, modern lecture theatres and laboratories. The Student Union organizes many of the University's important social and cultural events. The Sports Union offers a variety of recreational activities, from hang-gliding, mountaineering, surfing, and snow skiing to archery, fencing, and the martial arts. Courses are available in sports such as scuba diving, golf and weight trainin. The University boasts exceptional sporting facilities including a large multi-purpose sporting complex, featuring an indoor Olympic-standard swimming pool, a rock climbing wall, gymnasium and weight training room. Other sporting facilities at Callaghan campus include seven squash courts, a tennis complex, sports shop, five playing ovals, basketball and volleyball courts. Wollatuka, the Aboriginal Studies Center, has several field trips, which are open to international students.
Macquarie University, known as Australia's innovative university, began in Sydney in 1967. Today, the university is a multifaceted institution situated in the heart of one of Australia's leading high technology parks. The 125-hectare campus is located 18 kilometers northwest of Sydney's central business district and enjoys a magnificent natural brush land setting. A modern shopping complex is adjacent to the campus and there is a regular bus service into downtown Sydney. The Macquarie University Library has a collection of over one million books and periodicals and provides seating for 1,850 readers. The library offers free and open access to the books and periodicals collections as well as lending privileges and reference services to all students. International Students play an important role in the life of the University, with over 3,200 international students currently studying on campus within a total student population of 21,000.
The program at Macquarie University offers a wide variety of courses including Australian and Aboriginal Studies, Anthropology, History, Politics, Psychology, Business, Computing, Education, Languages, Biology, Environmental Studies, Literature, Communications, Sociology Hotel Management and Religious Studies. Interested students should have at least sophomore standing and a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or higher.
Macquarie University life is more than study, and in addition to its excellent teaching facilities, it offers an abundance of social and sporting opportunities. The active Sports Association has more than thirty clubs for everything from athletics to water sports. There are squash, netball, tennis, and badminton courts available. In addition, there is a gym and weight-training area, a sauna, a brush track, and four sports fields. The Students' Union organizes many activities on campus, including rock bands, Market Days, and regular art and craft activities. Students at Macquarie University are housed in various accommodation options on and around campus, including seventy-five new five-bedroom townhouses, which are self-catered. There are also independent apartments close to campus. The Accommodations Office assists students in finding temporary and permanent housing.
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