Eligibility for enrolment

Eligibility for enrolment

To enrol as a Non-award student, domestic applicants must hold either Australian citizenship or have Australian permanent residency status. While students in some visa categories (e.g. provisional spouse visa and other long term temporary visas) may be able to enrol on a Non-award basis, they will be limited to enrolment in no more than two units per session.

International applicants may be eligible to enrol as a non-award student provided that the applicant holds an appropriate visa allowing them to study. Please note we do not issue Electronic Confirmation of Enrolments for visa applications. Applicants who do not fall into either of these categories should contact Student Connect to discuss possible eligibility for Non-award study.

Please note that recent high school leaver applicants (NSW Higher School Certificate or Year 12 equivalent completed in the last 2 years ie. 2015 or 2016) must obtain a minimum ATAR of 50 to be accepted in the non-award program for general interest study or professional development study. This restriction does not apply to mature age applicants or those that have completed the HSC or equivalent more then 2 years ago.

Current Macquarie Students

Macquarie students enrolled in a degree program are not permitted to enrol on a Non-award basis in units which are not available to them in their current degree.

Domestic Cross-Institutional Students

Students enrolled in a degree at another university should not apply for Non-award enrolment, but should enquire at the Student Administration Section, Macquarie University, about the possibility of cross-institutional enrolment on (02) 9850 6410. It should be noted that Non-award students pay up-front tuition fees for their studies, and that these payments cannot be deferred. This means that Non-award study is more expensive than paying as a Commonwealth-Supported student. FEE-HELP is not available to Non-award students.

If you have missed the above deadline and would still like to enrol as a cross institutional student, you must provide the following with your application:

  • Certified copy of Australian Citizenship/Australian residency proof (e.g. Australian passport / Australian residency visa / Australian birth certificate / Australian citizenship certificate. If the latter 2, please provide photo ID such as a driver's licence along with the residency proof). This ensures that you will be charged at the domestic rate for tuition fees
  • An official letter of approval issued from your home university (with official letter head) acknowledging the Non-award unit studied at Macquarie will count towards your degree at your home institution
  • Certified copies of official academic transcripts
  • If you are applying for a unit at Macquarie University that is 200 level or above, you will need to provide unit guides of the prerequisite unit(s) that you have completed at your home institution to indicate how you satisfy the prerequisites for the unit nominated at Macquarie University.

International Cross-Institutional Students

International students enrolled at other institutions who wish to enrol as cross-institutional students should enrol as students in the Non-award program and NOT Cross Institution. You must provide with your application:

  • Certified copy of your passport photo page
  • Certified copy of your visa label or visa grant email along with visa conditions
  • A copy of your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE) to cover the period of the intended Non-award study
  • Certified copy of your official academic transcripts
  • If you are applying for a unit at Macquarie University that is 200 level or above, you will need to provide unit guides of the prerequisite unit(s) that you have completed at your home institution to indicate how you satisfy the prerequisites for the unit nominated at Macquarie University.
  • An official letter of approval issued from your home university (with official letter head) acknowledging the Non-award unit studied at Macquarie will count towards your degree at your home institution
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