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. 

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, please click here for Areas of Study at Macquarie University.

Housing and Campus Life

Program participants may live at the Dunmore Lang Residential College on campus with full meal plan, or Macquarie University Village (no meals).  For more information on accommodation and other campus offerings and facilities please click here.