Health & Wellbeing at UNE

Settling in to a new life at university in a new country can be stressful. That's why we want to take some of the anxiety out of starting at UNE through our various health and wellbeing programs. The aim of these programs is to help settle students into life in Australia while addressing key areas of concern that have been flagged by previous students. The key point of difference for our programs is that many of them are also open to spouses and children of students studying at UNE. We care about our students but understand sometimes they don't come alone and we want the whole family to feel welcomed and supported.

Mental Health Seminar - Online Event

Mid Trimester Break - Date TBC
Duration 1.5 hours

Taking care of your mental health has never felt more important than right now! Learn more about what mental health is and how to improve yours. Discover some insights to combat stress, anxiety, depression and how to get the most out of your studies and life.
The seminar will be followed by a live Q&A with the mental health facilitator.

Livestream link will be uploaded here when available.

First Aid Information Session - Online Event

Friday 8 May
1pm - 2:30pm ONLINE

This session will provide you with the ability to recognise basic signs and symptoms of various illnesses and injury and subsequent provision of appropriate treatment or assistance. This is not an accredited first aid course.

Livestream link will be uploaded here when available.

Driving Program

This program is aimed at enhancing understanding of Australian road rules and driving in regional NSW. UNE International offers 2 x free driving lessons with local driving schools providing both make and female driving instructors.

This program runs throughout each Trimester and is open to students and their spouses who have just arrived. It acts as an orientation program that will hopefully prevent any unfortunate accidents from occurring, and equip students and their spouses with the confidence to drive here in Australia.

A valid NSW Learner Licence or a translated, valid International Licence is required to participate. Numbers are limited and all students eligible for the program are contacted via student email. A reminder that this is for new students and will not be offered to continuing students and spouses who have been here for longer than one Trimester.

Learn to Swim

Please note, due to the current COVID-19 outbreak the Learn to Swim program is postponed until further notice. As soon as it is safe to run the program again we will be contacting students with an update.

Here in Australia most children learn to swim from a young age and learn about water safety. It's an important skill to have and we want to ensure our students visiting from overseas who may not have had the opportunity to do so, learn how to swim.

We offer both adult and child intensives in each Trimester. These intensives run for one week and take place after school hours at the swimming centre at The Armidale School, and are run by Harwood Swimming School.

The intensives are $30 for the week for both adults and children and are open to students, spouses and their children.

The next intensive period will be from 13 April - 17 April

All students will be contacted ahead of this time via student email to register and pay for their place.

English Language Lessons

Please note, due to the current COVID-19 outbreak the English Language Lessons have been postponed until further notice. As soon as it is safe to run the program again we will be contacting student with an update. Until then, we recommend taking a look at the Cambridge English Language Learning catalogue with a wide variety of online learning resources to help improve your English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. It's great for kids too!


UNE International has partnered with former English lecturer, Graham Patterson, to deliver two free English session a week in school term. These sessions take place at the Sub Lodge at the UNE Armidale campus and run on:

Monday: 10am to 12pm
Wednesday: 10am to 12pm

These lessons are a great way to enhance your understanding of the English language and improve English reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

To register and attend sessions, contact Graham Patterson.


Free intermediate level English conversation courses are run at the Parramatta Library at various stages throughout the year.

There is currently two courses available from February to April on Monday and Friday, and all lessons are limited to 12 people per class. If you are interested in taking part in these lessons to help improve your conversational English skills and socialise with community members, please contact Parramatta Library on (02) 9806 5159 or email

Fitness Sessions

Please note, due to the current COVID-19 outbreak the Yoga program is postponed until further notice. As soon as it is safe to run the program again we will be contacting students with an update. We are currently working on the delivery of an online yoga program so please stay tuned!

Yoga - 5-week program

This yoga program is all about increasing flexibility and strength, reducing stress and improving overall mental health and well-being. It is perfect for beginners!

When: Thursday 12 March - Thursday 9 April
Time: 4pm - 5pm 
Where: Sport UNE
Cost: $30pp

Payment made online to SportUNE and it covers the 5 yoga sessions. Places are limited to 20 people so please register here.

Keep an eye on this page for more updates and new events and programs for you to get involved in.