Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Global Leadership Entry Program - Frequently Asked Questions

Before you apply

Can I apply?

You can apply for the Global Leadership Entry Program if you are completing the New South Wales Higher School Certificate, ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or International Baccalaureate in 2018 and;

  • you’ve wanted to make a positive change in our world
  • you’re a leader in your community and are actively involved in leadership and community service
  • you’re consistently achieving good results at school.

When can I apply?

Applications open Monday 14 May 2018.

Applications close Monday 27 August 2018.

How do I apply?

Download, complete and save the GLEP Supporting Information Form before completing your online application.

Once you’ve completed the GLEP Supporting Information Form, apply online. Please note that you may only upload the Supporting Information Form once. Ensure the form is completed properly before uploading, or your application will be treated as invalid and will not be considered.

What is the selection criteria?

There are two parts of the selection process:

Applicants for the Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce also submit a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae and, if successfully short-listed, attend an interview.

Can I apply for more than one course?

You have up to five preferences to include in your application. We will assess your application and determine if you meet the criteria for your preferences. We will begin at your first preference and move down to your fifth or last preference. We will make you an offer to the highest eligible preference in any offer round.

Why are the courses split into groups?

Courses are organised into 3 different groups, based on the competitiveness of the programs, with Group A courses being the most competitive. The requirements for Group A courses are therefore higher than the B and C groups. We recommend you choose the course that is the best academic fit for you.

Do I require a recommendation from the principal or can it come from anyone?

Part 3 on the GLEP Supporting Information Form 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.

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.

Neither the principal nor the principal’s nominee is required to provide any supplementary written recommendation.

How do I select which community service or leadership examples to include?

  • Prioritise activities where you made an active contribution and with the greatest level of achievement, commitment or passion.
  • You may only list activities undertaken during Year 11 and Year 12; however, you may include activities that you commenced prior to this time and continued during these years.

Do I need to demonstrate a minimum consistent commitment in my examples?

We recommend you list at least one activity on the Supporting Information Form. There's no minimum requirement for the duration of the activities you participate in. All the activities you’ve participated in will be taken into consideration. Activities in which you’ve demonstrated a regular and sustained commitment will be looked upon favourably.

How is my application assessed?

Your application will be assessed in two parts.

  1. Demonstrated achievement through examples of leadership and community service

    Assessors will consider your examples against:

    • activities with meaningful contribution to the community and development
    • activities that illustrate regular and sustained commitment
    • activities that illustrate initiative
    • responses that demonstrate your ability to reflect on your experiences and how you can apply your learning in the future.
  2. Academic capability

Assessors will consider:

  • your Year 11 average result.

What school results are considered as part of my application?

All Year 11 results from the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) or from your school are part of the selection criteria and will be taken into consideration in the assessments.

Students applying for the Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce may be requested to submit Year 12 results.

Are there any conditions attached to the Global Leadership Entry Program offer?

Applicants must complete their 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. There are no ATAR requirements.

How many GLEP places are there on offer?

Offer(s) will be made to eligible applicants. However, there may be limited places for some courses. It is recommended that you apply as soon as possible to be considered for the course/s of your choice.

Do I have to do an interview?

No, only short-listed students applying for the Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce will be required to attend an interview.

I am applying for the Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce. When will I be advised if I am successful for an interview?

Interviews will be held at the Macquarie University North Ryde campus (see below interview dates). Short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview about one week before the interview date.

Interview rounds
Submit your application byInterview period (short-listed candidates only)Offer release date
Monday 11 June 2018Tuesday 19 June - Thursday 21 June 2018Thursday 19 July 2018
Monday 30 July 2018Tuesday 7 August - Wednesday 15 August 2018Thursday 23 August 2018
Monday 27 AugustMonday 3 September - Thursday 13 September 2018 (subject to change)Thursday 20 September 2018

All interviews will take place from 2.30pm onwards at Macquarie University campus, North Ryde.

Alternative interview arrangements may be made for rural and regional students.

What is the Global Leadership Program?

It’s an extracurricular program that you complete alongside your course at Macquarie University to develop and build your leadership ability, international awareness, cross-cultural understanding and professional skills. There are two main components of the program: Colloquium Series (workshops) and self-directed experiences called experiential credit. There are many other practical activities you can take part in, including domestic and international trips and seminars focusing on foreign affairs.

After you apply

If I'm selected as a GLEP student, what are the benefits while I'm still at school?

You’ll be able to:

  • peace of mind that you’ve already received an early offer for your dream course
  • participate in many of the Global Leadership Program activities, including specialised workshops and speaker events – run by experts in their field – on topics such as leadership, public speaking, climate change, Indigenous issues, poverty, ethics and global population growth
  • enrol in university before you complete your Year 12 exams
  • participate in networking activities to get to know other students starting uni just like you.

How do I check if my application has been received?

On submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email to your nominated email address.

You may also log in to your application to check your application status.

How will I find out the outcome of my application?

We will notify you via the nominated email address provided in your application on the next applicable offer release date. Once your application has been received, it will be reviewed and assessed. This process may take up to four to six weeks.

I have been made an offer. What are the next steps?

1. Click on the link in the outcome email you have received to accept the offer and register for an orientation session. Please note that you need your application number (to be put in the UAC number field) and your date of birth to retrieve your Macquarie student number.

2. Attend the orientation session and learn more about the program and opportunities on offer.

Do I need to accept my offer within a certain timeframe?

You're advised to accept your offer within two weeks from the date of the offer.

We encourage eligible students to accept their offer as soon as possible to gain early access to the GLEP benefits.

Once I’ve received an offer, can I change my course preferences to be considered for another offer so I can maximise my opportunities?

Yes, you can. Follow the offer round timetable on our Applying page to change your preference for it to be considered in the next available offer round.

I received an offer and changed my preferences but I didn’t get an outcome for my new course preference. Why?

As you have received an offer, you meet the requirements for the group that course falls into. However, you do not meet the requirements for the more competitive course group/s. If you are interested in other courses in the course group that you have already been made an offer for, or courses in a less competitive group, you can change your preference in your application by the next preference closing date for it to be considered.

I have received an unsuccessful letter for the courses I listed. I then changed my course preferences but I didn’t get an outcome letter for my new course preference. Why?

You do not meet the requirements to get into courses via the Global Leadership Entry Program. However, you can consider other entry options such as Schools Recommendation Scheme and Academic Entry Program. Use our Macquarie Entry Navigator to compare all entry programs and work out which ones suit you.

Once I've received an offer, can it be taken away; for example, if I didn't end up getting the HSC (ATAR) prerequisite mark for the course?

A Global Leadership Entry Program (GLEP) offer is assessed on your year 11 results and the demonstration of leadership and community service. Your year 12 results will not change the outcome of a successful GLEP offer however, it's very important for you to try your personal best in your year 12 studies as this is a permanent record of your school achievement. Your year 12 results are often requested for internship opportunities, leadership roles and employment.

How does this offer impact on other entry programs or schemes?

Your application to the GLEP does not prevent you from applying for other programs. An offer made via GLEP does not prevent you from receiving offers to other courses through the Schools Recommendation Scheme or Academic Entry Program. Use our Macquarie Entry Navigator to compare all entry programs and work out which ones suit you.

Do I still need to apply to the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)?

No, you are not required to apply via UAC. You do not have to preference the course for which you have received a GLEP offer in your UAC application.The Global Leadership Entry Program offer is an official offer to you and you are able to accept your offer upon receiving the offer letter via email.

Can I defer my offer?

Yes, you can. The deferment page will open in late August, you can follow the steps and conditions to defer your offer for one year.

I’ve changed my mind about which course I want to do, but I’ve already applied. Can I change my course?

Yes, you can change your course preference/s in your application any time before each preference closing date.

How do I find out the status of my application?

You can check your application status in the application portal.

How do I update my personal details?

You can update your personal details in the application portal.

How do I appeal a decision?

Submit an online enquiry at

What do I do if I’m asked for more documentation?

You may be asked to provide extra documentation to support your application. You can do this by logging in to your application and following the steps to upload the extra documents.

I applied for the Global Leadership Entry Program by the closing date, but I didn’t receive a confirmation email and haven’t heard anything. What do I do?

You can log in to your application and review the status of your application.

I want to make a late application due to extenuating circumstances. What do I do?

Unfortunately, no late applications can be accepted.

I am worried about how I might cope with university-level studies. Is there any academic support?

Yes, the University provides free workshops and online resources to help you with academic writing, referencing, exam strategies and more. Visit our Learning Skills page for more information.

We also offer assistance with mathematics and statistics through the Numeracy Centre. You can choose from a free drop-in service, weekly workshops for some first-year courses, bridging programs, preparatory courses and some online resources. Visit our Numeracy Centre page for more information.

If I decide I want to transfer courses, can I do that?

You may be able to transfer into your desired course if you meet the internal transfer criteria for the course. Students would need to commence and remain in the Global Leadership Entry Program offered course for at least one session. Visit our internal transfer page for more information on the internal transfer criteria.

Could I participate in the Global Leadership Program if I am unsuccessful in the application for early entry?

Yes, you can read more about the program and how to sign up as an undergraduate student by visiting our Global Leadership Program page, or contact once you have been accepted into the University.

Do I get any recognition for the activities I did in Year 12?

A benefit of being a Global Leadership Entry Program student is that you can have your activities that you did in Year 12 considered as Global Leadership Program ‘experiential points’. More information about how this works will be covered in the orientation session, should you receive an offer.

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