Macquarie University International College

Macquarie University International College

A Macquarie University International College diploma, foundation or intensive program will help prepare you for success as you progress towards your bachelor degree at Macquarie University.

What is it?

Macquarie University International College offers diploma, foundation and intensive programs to help you transition into university study. The programs are taught in seven-week blocks called terms. Students study two units in each term, allowing more focused and there more effective learning. 

Developed specifically to meet Macquarie’s entry requirements, the College offers four diplomas, a standard foundation program and intensive program which are designed so that upon successful completion you can go straight from your pathway studies into your chosen Macquarie University bachelor degree.

When you successfully complete your program, you will be guaranteed a place in a selected range of Macquarie University bachelor degrees, as long as you meet the relevant entry requirements.

Programs available

Diplomas

Diplomas are all 28 weeks (4 terms of 7 teaching weeks including orientation and exams, plus term breaks). Upon successful completion you will gain guaranteed entry into the second year of a relevant degree provided you meet the entry criteria.

Who are you?

You must hold a Year 12 (or equivalent) qualification with a minimum ATAR of 60 or HSC (or interstate) board exam with minimum average mark* of 60.

*Other factors are taken into consideration with your average mark, and therefore achieving the average mark does not guarantee you an offer. Only relevant State Board approved academic subjects are included when reviewing your average. For instance, in the New South Wales HSC, only results from Category A and B Board Developed courses are considered.

How do you apply? 

Apply via University Admissions Centre (UAC).

For non-school applications who do not have adequate formal education but have informal learning of relevant work experience can submit the Diploma Portfolio Entry Form and additional information for alternative entry consideration. 

Portfolio Entry Criteria:

To be considered you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident Australian Permanent Humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen
  • you have not previously enrolled in a diploma/degree at a higher education provider, and
  • you have some assessable educational qualifications, training and/or relevant work experience.
Apply for Portfolio Entry via UAC
  • Download the Diploma Portfolio Entry Form.
  • Once completed, upload the form and additional information via 'Check and Change' on UAC's website
  • Applications for July commencement have now closed
  • Applications for October commencement open on Wednesday 2 August and close on Friday 29 September. Please note if you have an existing application via UAC for 2017, you will need to submit a new UAC application for 2018 (from Wednesday 2 August) to be considered for October 2017 commencement.

View the College Term Dates.

Further information for holders of overseas entry requirements and English language requirements.

Foundation and Intensive programs

The College programs prepare you for university studies by developing your academic and study skills in a supportive learning environment. Our small class sizes ensure you get personalised attention from our highly qualified and experienced teachers.

To fit your field of interest and future degree, the Standard Foundation and Intensive programs are each divided into 3 specialist streams: 

  • Arts
  • Business and Commerce
  • Science and Engineering 

Standard foundation program: A 28 week (4 terms of 7 teaching weeks including orientation and exams, plus term breaks) program which allows you to gain access into the first year of a range degree programs, provided you meet the entry criteria. 

Intensive program: A 14 week (2 terms of 7 teaching weeks including orientation and exams, plus term breaks) program which allows you to gain access into the first year of a range degree programs, provided you meet the entry criteria.

Who you are?

  • For the Standard Foundation program you must have completed a Year 11 (or equivalent) qualification with an overall average mark* of 50% or,
  • For the Intensive program you must hold a Year 12 (or equivalent) qualification with a minimum ATAR of 50 or HSC (or interstate) board exam with minimum average mark* of 50.

*Other factors are taken into consideration with your average mark, and therefore achieving the average mark does not guarantee you an offer. Only relevant State Board approved academic subjects are included when reviewing your average. For instance, in the New South Wales HSC, only results from Category A and B Board Developed courses are considered.

How do you apply? 

You need to submit an online application directly to Macquarie University. Follow the link above to your chosen course and select the "How to apply" tab. Once your application has been assessed, you will be contacted via your nominated email address. 

For non-school applications who do not have adequate formal education but have informal learning of relevant work experience can submit a Portfolio Entry Form and additional information for alternative entry consideration. 

Apply for Portfolio Entry

View the College Term Dates.

Further information for holders of overseas entry requirements and English language requirements.

Back to the top of this page