Are you ready to be a global leader of tomorrow? Global Leadership Entry Program applications are now open.


Before I apply

Selecting your course

When starting on your Global Leadership Entry Program application, we encourage you to do some research and speak with your Careers Adviser about which course is the right fit for you.

It’s important you apply for a course you’re genuinely interested in studying. You may only make one application and once you’ve applied you cannot change the course you intend to study. If you are successful you may be able to transfer courses. See 'After you apply' frequently asked questions.

If you need more information about the course you’re interested in, visit the Study section of the website or contact Student Connect on 9850 6410 or submit an online enquiry at

Closing date

Applications close 5pm Monday 28 August 2017.

What will I need?

The following documents will need to accompany your application. You’ll need to scan the documents and convert them to PDF or JPEG files before submitting your application and uploading your documents online.

  • reports and results for Year 11 and Year 12
  • completed Supporting Information Form
  • if you’ve undertaken the FIRST Robotics program, a letter from your coach or mentor outlining your involvement in the program
  • Cover letter and résumé (only applicable to students applying for the Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce).

Year 11 and Year 12 reports and results

It’s compulsory to submit all your Year 11 and Year 12 reports and results available at the time of your application. Your reports and results must include at a minimum, raw marks and results.

  • Year 11 mid-year report
  • Year 11 end-of-year report
  • Year 12 mid-year report (if available at the time of application)

Upload each year results as one PDF file. 

Additional documentation may be requested from you at the discretion of the assessor, including your Year 12 end-of-year report. The University will contact you if further documentation is required.

Any applicant found withholding results may have their application terminated.

Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce

If you’re applying for the Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce, you’re also required to submit a cover letter and résumé. Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview.

Cover letter and résumé

An example of a cover letter and a résumé are available. You can use these examples as inspiration to prepare your own; however, the most important story is your own story.

Upload both your cover letter and résumé as one pdf or jpeg file for your Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce application.


Short-listed applicants for the Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce will be contacted for an interview via email or phone about one week prior to the interview period. Interviews will occur from 2.30pm onwards.

  • Applications submitted Monday 8 May - Friday 2 June will be considered for an interview scheduled between Tuesday 13 June - Monday 19 June
  • Applications submitted Saturday 3 June - Friday 7 July will be considered for an interview scheduled between Friday 24 July - Friday 28 July 
  • Applications submitted Saturday 8 July - Monday 28 August will be considered for an interview scheduled between Monday 4 September - Friday 15 September

Supporting Information Form

As part of your Global Leadership Entry Program application, you're required to complete the Supporting Information Form, which includes your personal details, details of your Principal or their nominee, information on your extracurricular activities and parental consent if required.

This fillable form may be completed online and saved. E-signatures are permitted within this application. You may also partially complete the form, print it for signatures and scan the completed form in one file for uploading to your application.

Step 1: Applicant details

Use your full (formal) name and it must be the same name you use to apply via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). 

Step 2: Parent/guardian details

If you’re under 18 years of age at the commencement of Session 1, 2018 (26 February 2018) parent or guardian details are required to be completed. If you will be over 18 years of age on or before the above date, parent or guardian details are not required to be completed. 

Step 3: Macquarie University course preference

See the list of degree courses available for this program and read the information under the heading Selecting your course (look above in the 'Before I apply' expandable section).

Indicate your preferred course by listing the UAC course code and the name of the course.

Step 4: Principal/nominee details and endorsement

This section is to be completed by your school Principal or their nominee, such as a Careers Adviser, Year Adviser/Coordinator or Head Teacher. You’re required to obtain a signature from the Principal or their nominee.

This indicates to Macquarie University that your school endorses your application to study and believes you would be successful to study at tertiary level.

If you’re unsure who to approach at your school, seek advice from your Careers Adviser, who may be a suitable delegate in your school.

Step 5: Extracurricular activities

In this section, you'll be required to provide up to three examples (at least one example and no more than three examples) of your extracurricular activities.

For each extracurricular activity, you’re required to respond to the following questions:

  1. Name of activity and organisation (Maximum of 50 words)      
  2. Provide a brief description of the activity (Maximum of 50 words)    
  3. What was your leadership role in this activity? (Maximum of 100 words)    
  4. How much time did you commit to this activity? 

Visit extracurricular activities (look below for the 'Extracurricular activities' expandable section) for tips on how to answer these questions.

Step 6: Short response statement

You’ll be required to prepare 200 words in response to the question:
What have you learn't about yourself, leadership and community service from participating in these activities? 

Step 7: Declaration and signature

  • Read the terms and conditions carefully.
  • Provide your name, your signature and date the application. If you’re under 18 years of age at the commencement of Session 1, 2018, your parent/guardian details and signature are required.

Extracurricular activities

There isn't a singular definition of leadership. The Global Leadership Entry Program values a diverse range of activities that contribute to your development as a future leader. Through your participation in leadership and service activities you are demonstrating your potential to affect change in the local, regional and international community.

The program values leadership qualities, which are consultative, collaborative, and empathetic. Leadership can be used to empower and inspire others, provide mentorship and contribute towards a common goal or positive change. This can be demonstrated in both formal and informal roles.

Formal roles may include School Captain, Vice-Captain or Sports Team Captain, however these are just one example of leadership. Informal roles may include a self-initiated opportunity such as founder of a not-for-profit organisation or school fundraiser for a cause you care about, entrepreneurial endeavours with a focus on positive social change, regular and active commitment to volunteering with a charity organisation and mentoring other team members throughout the years of service.

Selecting activities

Questions to consider when selecting your extracurricular examples:

  • Does the activity demonstrate service for the benefit of others, leadership qualities or leadership role in a service orientated activity?
  • Did you participate in the activity during Year 11 or Year 12?
  • Did you have an active contribution and taken initiative?
  • Can you identify a specific personal achievement or contribution?
  • Can you demonstrate regular, sustained contribution to the activities or a series of activities?
  • Can you highlight a theme or cause you are passionate about?

Examples may include:

  • Volunteering for charity such as Oxfam, Australia Red Cross, Salvation Army, Oz Harvest, St Vincent de Paul, Wesley Mission, Amnesty International or a local homelessness shelter
  • Roles within the school environment such as Student Representative Council, Social Justice or Human Rights Committee, Peer mentoring, Prefect or School Captain, House Captain
  • Mentoring in local parish or church
  • Member of local sporting committee or Surf Life Saving club
  • FIRST Robotics Competition 
  • Leadership Course or program such as the Koorie Youth Summit
  • Local community youth advisory committee or Youth Climate Change Coalition
  • Model United Nations Convention­­
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Volunteering overseas
  • Girls Guides or Scouts leader

What do I need to include?

1. Name of activity and organisation (Maximum of 50 words)

  • List the name of the activity you undertook and the organisation.

2. Provide a brief description of this activity (Maximum of 50 words)

  • Briefly describe the activity or award.
  • Indicate in your response if the activity was as an independently pursued activity or a pre-organised activity.

3. What was your leadership role in this activity? (Maximum of 100 words)

  • Describe your role within the activity – it may be formal or informal.
  • To demonstrate your level of involvement, use active verbs: I organised, I developed, I led, I managed, I introduced.
  • Describe any significant achievements or outcomes as a result of your involvement, actions or contributions.
  • Outline how you went above and beyond the expectations of the role.
  • Highlight any original ideas or strategies used in your approach; for example, you may have initiated an activity, recommended a new approach or enhanced the activity through your contribution.

4. How much time did you commit to this activity?

You must have participated in these activities during Year 11 or Year 12 (ie undertaken in 2016 or 2017). You may have commenced these activities prior to these years; however, you must have continued to participate in or completed these activities during Year 11 or Year 12. We are looking for regular and sustained contributions to an activity or set of activities.You may wish to estimate and provide a total of hours per week. 

Examples for regular participation:

  • 2 hours per month for 6 months
  • 1 hour per day for 2 years

Examples for a one-off activity such as a conference, camp or overseas trip

  • 7 hours per day for 3 days
  • 3 hours for one day
  • 7 hours per day for 21 days

Question 1
 St Vincent de Paul – Winter Sleep Out

Question 2
St Vincent de Paul is an organisation designed to advocate against homelessness and poverty. It has helped over 10,000 community members with health, homelessness, education and low-income support.

Question 3
My role in the St Vincent de Paul Winter Sleep Out involved contribution to making decisions for the event, I attended meetings for organising the event.

Question  4
One-off activity, 10 weeks

Preferred example

Question 1
St Vincent de Paul -  Winter Sleep Out

Question 2
The goal is to raise awareness of homelessness and poverty in the local Sydney area. My school hosted the Sleep Out, there was 50 participants comprising of both high school students and the local community. 

This provides specific details of the activity undertaken, provides information about the size and nature of the activity.

Question 3
As a chairperson of the organising committee of 10 people. I led the group, delegated tasks and developed project plans. Through my collaboration with other team members, I designed a facebook event and created a 2-min video to raise awareness – this resulted in 30 participants registering.  I organised 4 local businesses to donate raffle prizes. Overall, we raised $1000 in donations.   

This example provides clear tangible examples of what the students role within the activity and how they contributed to the overall goals.

Question 4
7 hours per week for 10 weeks

Completing Step 6

Prepare a short response to:

What have you learnt about yourself, leadership and community service from participating in these activities?

Reflect on the activities you’ve participated in and, in your own words, explain what you’ve learnt from your personal connection with these activities. For example:

  • What aspects resonated with you?
  • How did you feel about your participation in the activity?
  • Have you learnt new skills or gained a greater understanding of contemporary issues?
  • How will you use this learning in your future?

Include specific personal examples or experiences in your response. It’s important to articulate this in your own words.

FIRST Robotics Competition

If you've participated in the FIRST Robotics competition, list this as one of your extracurricular activities. Also submit a letter of recommendation from your coach or mentor outlining your involvement and achievements in the competition. The letter of recommendation should include the contact details for your coach or mentor.

How to apply

1. Consider and decide on the course you wish to apply for

You may only submit one application for one course.

2. Download and complete the Supporting Information Form

See the information under the heading Supporting Information Form for tips on how best to complete this form. Check the form to ensure you have completed all the sections and sign the form if you’re the applicant.

3. Collate your Year 11 and Year 12 reports and results

If you don't have them electronically, you should scan the documents and save them to your computer, ready to upload.

4. Create an account for your application

  • First name and family name:
    Use your full (formal) name. It’s important to use the same name you use to apply via the Universities Admissions Centre.
  • Email:
    Ensure you use a personal email (not a school email) or a parent or guardian email. You’ll need to ensure you check this regularly for any updates or information. All correspondence about your application will be sent to this email. An automated email will be sent to you to ‘activate’ your account. Follow the steps in the email to continue with your application.

5. Complete the application form

Ensure all your documents are ready to be uploaded.

  • personal details
  • contact details
  • citizenship/residency, visa/citizenship details
  • educational background
  • NESA ID (formerly know as BOSTES) Id number/BSSS Student ID/IB Candidate ID
  • academic results (see above in the 'What will I need?' expandable section)
  • course preference selection
  • If applying for Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce, include cover letter and resume.
  • completed Supporting Information Form
  • If applicable, letter of recommendation from FIRST Robotics

6. Review your application

Please ensure your details are correct before selecting ‘submit’. You can download your files to ensure they are the correct documents.

7. Submit your application

Once your application has been submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to your nominated email. If you haven’t received the email, check your junk inbox.

After I apply

Focus on your exams

GLEP students are among our best and we know you'll be no different. You can make the transition from Year 12 to university easier by staying focused on your studies which leaves your options open in case you discover a passion for something different.

Next steps 

Once your application has been submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to your nominated email. If you haven’t received the email, check your junk inbox.

Check your nominated email regularly. We may need to get in touch with you about missing, incomplete or additional documentation required.

Once your application has been received, it will be reviewed and assessed, and you’ll be advised of the outcome. This process may take up to 6–8 weeks.

Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce

If you’re applying for the Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce and are short-listed, you’ll be contacted to attend an interview. See interview dates (look above in the 'What will I need?' expandable section).

All interviews will take place from 2.30pm onwards at Macquarie University campus, North Ryde. Alternative interview arrangements may be made for rural students.

Outcome of application

You’ll be notified of the outcome of your application via email.

If you’re successful and have been made an offer, register for an orientation session and follow the steps in your Macquarie Offer Advice letter. 

If you are unsuccessful with your Global Leadership Entry Program application, don’t worry – there are many options available for University entry. Visit our entry program navigator and explore your options. 

To secure your offer

To secure your official course offer, you will need to apply to the Universities Admissions Centre (applications open from 2 August) and list the offered course (commencement date 26 February 2018) preference by the below closing date for the next available round. Offers will only be made to the highest eligible preference.

 Offers will be made in the following UAC rounds:

UAC round

Deadline to change preference
(by midnight)

Offer release date*

August Round 1

27 August 2017

31 August 2017

September Round 1

10 September 2017

14 September 2017

September Round 2

24 September 2017

28 September 2017

October Round 1

8 October 2017

12 October 2017

*On the offer release date, you can access your offer information through the ‘Undergraduate offers’ page of the UAC website. Follow the Macquarie University acceptance link in the offer to accept your offer and enrol.

Ensure you complete Year 12 examinations (10 units of HSC courses, including at least eight units from Category A courses) or comparable ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or International Baccalaureate subjects.

If you would like to take a break, you may defer your offer for one year see deferment for more details. 

Orientation session

Orientation sessions for the Global Leadership Entry Program will be held on the following dates. Successful students and their parents are encouraged to attend one of these sessions.

  • Tuesday 19 September
  • Wednesday 4 October 

At the orientation session, you'll:

  • meet fellow GLEP peers and Macquarie current students
  • hear about the Global Leadership Program events and activities you can get involved in and how to book activities
  • hear about Macquarie and our state-of-the-art facilities
  • receive a campus tour (optional)

Contact us

Student Connect is your first point of contact for all enquires about getting into Macquarie.

You can call us or submit an enquiry online.


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