AUSTRALIA:  Macquarie University Program

Macquarie University offers both semester and academic-year study abroad options. Students may earn 15 credits upon successful completion of the semester program; 30 credits for the academic-year.  Course offerings are available in these areas, among others:

  • Australian & Aboriginal Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Computing
  • Education
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages
  • Literature
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Women's Studies and Sociology


Macquarie University’s North Ryde campus is uniquely located in parklands only 30 minutes from Sydney’s city centre.  Macquarie is connected to Sydney by underground rail with a train station on campus - a link which positions the campus at the hub of an economic corridor that runs from the university through North Sydney and south to Sydney airport.  The campus is also easily reached by public bus.   

Macquarie University Study Abroad Guide

Semester Dates:

Because Australia lies in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed and the academic year runs from February to December.  Semester 1 runs from mid-February to late June; Semester 2 runs from late July to end of November or early December.  Both semesters include a two-week mid-semester break.  Academic Session Dates at Macquarie University.


Candidates for study abroad at Macquarie University should have a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA.


Methods at overseas universities differ from those in the USA.  Australian students attend lectures, tutorials and seminars. Academic staff expect a high level of self-motivation and independence from their students. Students are expected to undertake independent research during free time.  There is less "assessment" with a final exam or essay determining the final course grade in many cases.  Participants in the Macquarie University study abroad program will enroll in a minimum of three (3) units. Four (4) units (12 Macquarie credits) are considered a full load, equivalent to 15 Marist credits.

Macquarie's Global Leadership Program (GLP) has been awarded the Institute for International Education’s 2017 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education, in the Internationalizing the Campus category.

Program Overview

"The first of its kind in the Australian University Sector when it launched in 2005, Macquarie University’s Global Leadership Program is now the country’s flagship tertiary global leadership program. The program is a voluntary, extra-curricular program of learning and engagement activities that students design according to their own interests and complete at their own pace. It boasts more than 3,600 active participants who represent over 200 different academic degrees and disciplines, and has a track record of results in developing cross-cultural competency, leadership capability, understanding of global issues, and community responsibility and global citizenship. The program is currently the only co-curricular activity formally recognized on the official Macquarie University Academic Transcript."

Course Selections

In Australia the word course refers to a degree program, or major, while course units (or simply units) are what we in the USA refer to as courses For a list of course units typically offered at Macquarie, as well as unit descriptions go to the Handbook.

Click here for general Areas of Study and guidance.

As a Study Abroad student, you can select three to four units from our many available courses, as listed in the online handbook.

Keep in mind that several courses have prerequisites to ensure you're ready for study in that area. Check the prerequisites in the handbook and make sure your course isn't listed as a restricted unit for Study Abroad students.

Housing and Campus Life

Program participants usually apply to Dunmore Lang Residential College on campus with full meal plan. Macquarie University Village (no meals) is another option.  For more information on accommodation and other campus offerings and facilities please click here.

Institute for International Education (IIE) Award