Exchange

Exchange

Follow the steps below to apply for the semester (or two!) of a lifetime:

Keep in mind that several courses have prerequisites to ensure you're ready for study in that area. Check the prerequisites in the handbook and make sure your course isn't listed as a restricted unit for Exchange students.

1. CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY

  • Check that your university is an exchange partner with Macquarie University
  • Talk to your exchange advisor at your home university to confirm that you're eligible to participate in exchange
  • You must have a GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0 (or equivalent) to apply for exchange at Macquarie
  • You must also meet Macquarie University's English Language Proficiency requirements
  • Review Macquarie units to see if they suit your study plan

2. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION VIA YOUR HOME UNIVERSITY

  • Your home university nominates you for exchange at Macquarie University and supplies a copy of your official transcript. 
  • Your home university will receive the application link, which they will then pass on to you.
  • You will need to complete the online application and upload:
    • Evidence of your English language proficiency (if applicable)
    • A copy of your passport

Keep in mind that several courses have prerequisites to ensure you're ready for study in that area. Check the prerequisites in the handbook and make sure your course isn't listed as a restricted unit for Exchange students.

3. APPLICATION ASSESSMENT AND OFFER

  • Your application will be assessed against eligibility criteria on a rolling basis.
  • Admission to exchange program will be approved according to the eligibility criteria, which is confirmed with the official documents provided.
  • If your application is successful, we'll email you an Offer Letter
  • Offer will be sent out in an assumption that you will be studying units from  pre-approval unit list.  Instructions to apply for additional units will be attached to the offer letter.

4. ACCEPT YOUR OFFER

  • Your Letter of Offer will include instructions on how to accept your offer. Before you accept, you or your home institution will need to arrange payment of your compulsory Overseas Student Health Cover(OSHC) fees to cover any medical costs while you're studying in Australia.
  • As the host university, Macquarie University will not charge tuition fees for exchange students. You will pay your usual tuition at your home institution. For students who received Study Abroad offer letter, please refer to your offer letter for instructions on how to pay your tuition fees. More information about Study Abroad Tuition.

5. BUILD YOUR STUDY PROGRAM

  • You need to study 3-4 units(subjects) per session at Macquarie that are appropriate to your degree, unit information can be found at  handbook.mq.edu.au and unitguides.mq.edu.au .

    The Handbook lists undergraduate and postgraduate units by study area. It specifies the number of credit points each unit is worth, which session(s) they are available, and whether they are taught in Internal (on-campus, face-to-face) or External (online) mode.

    The Unit Guide gives you detailed information about each unit, including learning outcomes and assessment tasks

    The Handbook and Unit Guide for 2016 will be available in late 2015. Units offerings can change from year to year.

  • Be aware of the following when selecting your units:
    • Australian student visa rules require you to enrol (and remain enrolled) in a full-time study load. This is 3-4 units (9-12 credit points) for undergraduate students and 3-4 units (12-16 credit points) for postgraduate students.
    • 75% of your credit points must be taught in Internal (face to face) mode.
    • Check that the unit is offered in your intended session (semester) at Macquarie (session 1 or 2), as some units are not available in both sessions.
    • Check that the unit is not restricted (i.e. not available to exchange students). This includes all units taught at Macquarie City Campus.
    • Be aware that your home university may have specific requirements about the number of units you need to study.
    • In general, undergraduate students may only study undergraduate level units (100-400 level, i.e BBA102,BBA320) and postgraduate students above 400 level.
  • Confirm with your academic adviser and/or exchange officer that the credit points from your planned study program at Macquarie can be transferred back to your home university.
  • Please refer to offer letter and attached instruction if you need to take any additional units outside the pre-approved unit list.
  • You will receive information about online enrolment approximately 6-8 weeks before the session starts.
  • Keep in mind that several courses have prerequisites to ensure you're ready for study in that area. Check the prerequisites in the handbook and make sure your course isn't listed as a restricted unit for Exchange students.

6. APPLY FOR YOUR VISA

  • Once we've received your offer acceptance, we'll issue you with a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE). Use this document to apply for your student visa via the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

7. APPLY FOR YOUR ACCOMMODATION

  • We recommend you apply for accommodation at least six weeks before your study start date at Macquarie to ensure your room.  Accommodation will be subject to availability. Private rooms tend to fill up first, so get in early if you want to ensure you're living alone.

8. PREPARE FOR YOUR ARRIVAL IN SYDNEY

  • It is recommended that Study Abroad and exchange students attend the orientation session before classes commence. Keep these dates in mind when booking your flights.
  • Book your free airport pickup, at least five days in advance of your arrival.
  • Check out some of the international orientation social activities that will be available to you as part of your orientation. They're a great opportunity to meet new and existing Macquarie students before you start classes. Activities include day trips to Sydney's most well-known sights, as well as an orientation camp.
  • Use our travel checklist to ensure all of your travel arrangements are covered.

Exchange application deadlines

  • Start Session 1 (February - June): 30th October each year
  • Start Session 2 (July - December): 15th April each year

Need help applying?

Contact your home university exchange advisor or our team for assistance.

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