Macquarie University International College

Macquarie University International College

Our diploma, foundation and intensive programs will help prepare you for success as you progress towards your bachelor degree at Macquarie University.

What is it?

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. Located on campus at Macquarie University, you will be a Macquarie student from day one.

The programs are taught in seven-week blocks called terms. You will study two units each term, allowing you to deeply engage with your chosen area of interest. You will receive personalised attention through our small class sizes with teaching and learning activities designed to improve your university level study skills and academic knowledge. Starting from 2018, you will have the option of completing free, non-credit bearing English and Mathematics Advantage Modules to support your progression and academic success.

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

Diploma programs

Diploma programs are 8-unit programs potentially delivered over 5 terms of study, with Advantage Modules built into the 44 weeks duration if you need them. If you don't need the Advantage Modules and pass all their credit-bearing units, you will complete their 8 units of study in 4 terms. Upon successful completion you will gain guaranteed entry into the second year of a relevant degree provided you meet the entry criteria.

Who you are

You must at least:

  • hold a Year 12 (or equivalent) qualification with a minimum Selection Rank of 60; or
  • HSC (or interstate) board exam with minimum average mark* of 60.

*Other factors including your ATAR and other attempted studies are taken into consideration with your average mark. 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.

Entry and bonus points

For 2018 entry, current school leavers are eligible for our Academic Entry Program which considers performance in individual subjects and matches your strengths to a course that suits you.

You may also be eligible for bonus points. Explore our Academic Advantage bonus point scheme that recognises your achievements in subjects that correspond to certain courses. You can receive up to six bonus points for diploma programs.

How you apply

Apply via University Admissions Centre (UAC).

Non-school applicants 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.

Diploma Portfolio Entry Form

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.

How to apply: 

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

Intake dates

College term dates.

Foundation and Intensive programs

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

  • Arts
  • Business and Commerce
  • Science and Engineering

Standard Foundation Program: The 4 term program allows you to gain access into the first year of a range of degree programs, provided you meet the entry criteria. 

Intensive Program: The 2 term program allows you to gain access into the first year of a range of 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 Selection Rank of 50 or HSC (or interstate) board exam with minimum average mark* of 50.

*Other factors are taken into consideration with your average mark. 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 you apply

Apply via University Admissions Centre (UAC).

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

Portfolio Entry Form

How to apply: 

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

Intake dates

College term dates.

Hear from our students 

The Macquarie University International College pathway provided me with an opportunity to change my career path. Juggling work and academic study was eased by flexible class times and plenty of one-on-one support from teachers and staff. Also, because you’re a Macquarie student from day one, the transition into first- year studies and university life is seamless.

Paul McKay - Standard Foundation Program, Macquarie University International College

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