About us

About us

The Department of International Studies: Languages and Cultures is considered a leader amongst language departments in Australia, offering one of the largest ranges of languages. 

It is ranked in the top eight in Australia and New Zealand for Modern Languages in the 2015 QS World University Rankings. It has strong associations with international communities such as the Republic of Croatia’s Ministry for Science, Education and Sport and is recognised for its innovative modes of learning such as tele-collaboration projects and use of foreign language films online.

It offers a Bachelor of International Studies as well as degree programs in various Asian and European languages. Research in the department is focused on the nexus between language and culture and also includes areas of Applied Linguistics.


Department of International Studies houses two foundations:

Croatian Studies Foundation 

The Croatian Studies Foundation (CSF) was established in in August 1984 and is focused on providing cultural and scholarly events to promote knowledge and understanding of the Croatian history, language and culture. It also conducts fundraising activities to support the Croatian Studies program at Macquarie University. 

The Croatian Studies Foundation is comprised of a large number of Croatian organisations, clubs and institutions as well as individual members right across Australia. Croatian Studies at Macquarie acknowledges their continued support of the Foundation.

As the Foundation was established for the charitable purposes of education, all donations of $2 and above to the Foundation are tax-deductible.

Visit the Croatian Studies Foundation website.

Polish Studies Foundation 

The Polish Studies Foundation is a non -profit organisation established by Macquarie University, in conjunction with representatives of the Polish Community in Sydney. 

The Foundation was formed to support the teaching of Polish Studies at Macquarie University through fundraising and sponsorships. It promotes the Polish Studies program by disseminating information through the ethnic community media, liaising with Polish Community language schools and other organisations, as well as organising cultural events for the Polish Community. The Foundation has assisted Polish Studies by covering the costs of printing textbooks, providing scholarships for students living outside of NSW and the ACT and prizes for outstanding students.

Management committee

The management committee is elected by its members at an Annual General Meeting. The committee meets with University representatives several times per year. The Foundation's financial activities are conducted under the auspices of the University's Office of Financial Services. All donations received by the Foundation are deposited with the University. All expenditure made by the Foundation comes from interest earned on the capital.


The Foundation is indebted to its many generous donors, particularly donations which have enabled the Foundation to offer incentives to Polish Studies students. 

  • A donation of $25,000 from Mrs Eudoksja Rakowska has enabled the Foundation to provide the Jan Rakowski memorial scholarships to interstate students. 
  • Donations totalling $13,500 from Krystyna and Boleslaw Singler provided the basis of the Singler memorial prize for most outstanding student of the year. 
  • Mrs Natalia Kulakowska, former director of Carinia Records has also generously donated $25,000, with a further $25,000 being donated on behalf of her company.

The Foundation continues to welcome all donations and new members. Foundation members pay an annual donation of $30, which is tax deductible. Donations may be sent to: Dr Kamila Walker

(Cheques / Money Orders should be made payable to POLISH STUDIES FOUNDATION, MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY with annotation "Unconditional Gift")

The Foundation also seeks persons interested in assisting in the promotion of Polish Studies and in contributing their talents for future fundraising cultural events. For further information on the Foundation's activities contact one of the following committee members:

Tom Czarnota

Phone: +61 (2) 9850 6845
Email: tom_czarnota@gmail.com

Dr Kamila Walker
Head of Polish Studies
Dept of International Studies  | Level 3, W6A Building
Macquarie University, Sydney NSW 2109, Australia
T: +61 2 9850 7014
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