Macquarie University - Semester or Year Abroad


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General information applicable to all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad  Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs in Sydney through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about Sydney and all other Australia program options.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this Macquarie University program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, formerly known as AustraLearn, offers semester and year abroad programs at Macquarie University. As a Macquarie University student you will join a diverse and welcoming community of 31,000 students, with 8,800 international students from over 114 countries.

Ranked among Australia’s nine top universities and within the top 40 in the Asia-Pacific region (Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Rankings of World Universities, 2009), Macquarie University is recognized for its innovative curriculum, high-quality teaching and research, and unique campus environment. Macquarie University ensures that our students develop qualities, skills and knowledge that are essential to succeed in a challenging, changing world.

Macquarie’s beautiful campus environment is the perfect location to study, work and live. Set on 126 hectares of parkland, the University’s natural setting has been maintained with wide, tree-covered walkways between buildings. Located only a 30 minutes from Sydney’s Harbour and central business district, students can find everything they need on campus or near-by. In 2009 Macquarie’s student population was rated as one of the most culturally diverse in Australia (The Good Universities Guide, 2009) making campus a safe and welcoming place. 

The Macquarie University Study Abroad Program offers international students the opportunity to study at Macquarie for either one or two semesters. Students can tailor their study programs and receive academic credit at their home university. Students are also eligible to undertake an unpaid internship for academic credit during the course of their studies at Macquarie.

With guaranteed accommodation, airport pickup and a dedicated Study Abroad Advisor, Macquarie University provides a supportive environment for your Study Abroad experience. 




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Macquarie University’s North Ryde campus is located in parklands only 30 minutes (15 kilometres) north-west of Sydney Harbour and Sydney’s central business district.

The modern, well-equipped campus is set on 126 hectares of peaceful parkland in one of Australia’s premier high-technology corridors. The campus features eateries and recreational facilities, in addition to extensive library and computer facilities, a state-of-the-art Sport and Aquatic Centre, an acclaimed sculpture park, several museums, two hotels and a golf driving range. The Macquarie Centre, a major shopping complex, is also on the doorstep of the campus.

In 2009, Macquarie became the first university in Australia to have its own train station on campus, now we’re connected to the city by underground rail.

Academic Highlights

Studying at Macquarie University will give you a highly regarded experience which is academically rigorous, well rounded and designed to develop skills that employer’s value. While studying at Macquarie, Study Abroad Students have the opportunity to study subjects that are uniquely designed and presented within the Australian context such as ‘Introduction to Australian Indigenous Studies’, ‘The World Since 1945: An Australian Perspective’ and ‘Australia and Global Studies: An Introduction to Sociology’.

University Services

As a Study Abroad student, you have a dedicated office to drop into on campus, where you can ask advice about courses, talk to your adviser, or just pop in and say hello. The office is located at the U@MQ building, and is open Monday through Thursday, every week of semester.

All Study Abroad students have access to support programs in computer skills, academic writing, desktop publishing, library research skills and many other areas. Discipline-specific English language programs are also available at The Centre for Macquarie English located on campus.

Facilities and services located on campus include:

  • Banking facilities, including three ATMs
  • Bookshop and general supplies
  • Several child-care facilities
  • A Prayer Room (massolah) with facilities for both men and women
  • A non-denominational community church
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Sport and Aquatic Centre with two heated swimming pools
  • Chiropractor
  • Pharmacy
  • Private Hospital
  • Free and confidential counseling service


As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad student you are guaranteed pre-arranged accommodation to fit your lifestyle. There are a variety of housing options available which you will apply for after acceptance. Read below for more specific options offered at this university:

Students attending Macquarie University are guaranteed pre-arranged accommodation in a beautiful housing complex located directly across the street from the campus. This accommodation is in self-catered, fully-furnished, shared townhomes. The accommodation is located within a 10 minute walk to Macquarie Centre, which has an ice rink, movie cinema and shops.

The community in which the students will live in allows them to get involved while abroad. Committees have been created to allow students to get involved in social activities, art, sports and charities. There is also a great support system located within the accommodation through their Resident Assistants, who are there for whatever the students may need.




Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

  • Exciting excursions and activities
  • A chance to meet other students
  • Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area.

Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

In addition to Macquarie University runs a special Orientation Week for Study Abroad students at the beginning of each semester. Orientation Week involves tailor-made information sessions, campus and city tours and social activities to help Study Abroad students settle into their new environment.

Scholarships Available

Gina Rosko Memorial Scholarship

In cooperation with the Rosko family, Macquarie University and GlobaLinks Learning Abroad are offering this full tuition and housing (for one semester) award to students studying at Macquarie University during the July term.  Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5, substantial financial need with documented involvement in their university and community.  Recipients of this scholarship are required to volunteer no less than 10 hours a week in the Macquarie University international office.

In memory of Ms. Gina Rosko, daughter of Jimmie and Marlene Rosko of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and sister to Ashlee Christine Rosko, this scholarship was created to honor the accomplishments of a remarkable student who died in a car accident in Australia on Monday, August 7, 2000. Gina was attending Macquarie University as a study abroad student through the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad program.

Born on November 16, 1978 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Gina was a graduate of Tremper High School and in her fourth year at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, studying journalism/advertising. Her collegiate memberships and awards included Golden Key National Honor Society, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Deans’ List, Phi Eta Sigma, Public Relations Student Society of America, and teaching assistant for American Indian Ethnic Studies. She also had articles published in the UWM newspaper, The Post. In her memorial service, friends and family paid tribute to Gina’s life and her “magical ability to connect with others.” Gina’s family hopes that all students can continue to experience all that life has to offer and that we all remember count our blessings along the way.

Special Programs/Excursions

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events

Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.

On-Going Activities

Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.


Specific Excursions Included in Your Program Fees

Multi Day Excursions included in your program fee
In addition to the Bridging Cultures Program, a free multi-day excursion is included in all semester/year abroad programs in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji. Students studying in these destinations can choose from one of the four excursions listed to the right. The cost of the excursion is included; however, you will need to pay for transportation to the destination. Learn more>

Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>

Macquarie University Specific Excursions and Special Programs

Pre-Semester Trips
Why not arrive a weekend early for your semester abroad, and go surfing or visit the Blue Mountains? Macquarie organizes groups of your fellow Study Abroad students for various trips in the weekend before semester, so you can get to know new people and start your studies with new friends.

Global Leadership Certificate
Macquarie’s Global Leadership Certificate (part of the Global Leadership Program, is unique to Macquarie University and provides students with unparalleled opportunities to enhance their Study Abroad or Exchange experience develop important leadership skills and participate in professional development forums. The Certificate has been designed so that you not only learn global skills and understanding – you put them into practice by studying, volunteering and participating in activities in Australia and overseas. As part of Macquarie’s commitment to internationalization, you can participate in the Global Leadership Certificate free of charge. Successful completion of the Global Leadership Certificate will see you receive a certificate of completion, which can provide a competitive edge in the global employment market.

Global Leadership Symposium
As a Study Abroad or Exchange student, you can also take part as a delegate in Macquarie’s Global Leadership Symposium Series (GLSS) and travel with other delegates either to Australia’s capital city, Canberra, or even to a different region of the world (for example Thailand or Singapore), enjoying cultural and regional insights.

Volunteer Abroad
Macquarie has a wide range of volunteer programs for students that operate overseas and in Australia. The programs are designed to stretch and challenge you beyond your comfort zone and profoundly broaden your university experience. Volunteer programs range from working with street youth in Vietnam to working with climate change researchers in far North Queensland and teaching English to children in Mexico.

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

Macquarie has over 50 clubs and societies; joining one is a great way to meet new people on campus. There are societies representing study areas (for example Law, Chiropractic and Psychology), all major religions, and special interests (such as drama, debating and bushwalking). Almost every major nationality on campus has a club, including French, Chinese, Spanish and Japanese, to name a few.

Macquarie’s student-run Study Abroad and Exchange club, “Club Exchange” is also active on campus. “Club Ex” as it’s known, organizes fun events for local and international students, including visits to major sporting events, dolphin cruises and winery tours.

With the Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Centre on campus, students are spoilt for choice of fun and physical activities. You can also join team sports such as badminton, rugby, soccer and basketball; hit the slopes with the ski club; get out on the water with the rowing club; take to the hills with the bushwalking club; or get involved with the fast-paced and physical Ultimate Frisbee club.

The Centre also includes squash courts, a basketball hall, sports hall, badminton courts and a martial arts area – so there’s something for everyone. Students also have the opportunity to participate in various recreation activities such as snow skiing, surfing, skydiving and scuba diving. On top of this, the short course program gives you the chance to try new activities including fencing, golf, salsa and tennis.

Community Involvement

While abroad, we recommend getting involved in your local community. It's an awesome way to meet locals, experience the true Australian culture, and create long lasting memories. From volunteering to festival-going, we challenge you to make the most of your international experience... See a sample of community involvement opportunities available in Sydney or discover your own upon arrival!

Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.

Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.

If you have any questions about course availability, please contact 

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Macquarie University
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing with MealsN/A
Housing without MealsApproximately $5,900 - $6,400
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.



Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level.

Required GPA: 2.50

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

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Advice From The Program Team:
Macquarie's campus is inviting and comfortable -- which is everything you want when living and studying in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Living on campus provides students with an excellent environment and instant friendships which makes exploring the city so easy.