Cross-institutional study

Cross-institutional study


Cross-institutional study is for students currently admitted to an undergraduate or postgraduate award at an Australian higher education provider, and who wish to undertake nominated Macquarie units which will count towards that particular award at their home institution within Australia.

Cross-institutional study at Macquarie University may be suitable for domestic students in the following categories:

  • the unit/s that you are interested in are not offered at your home institution; or
  • the units may not be offered in the appropriate study period.


To be eligible for cross-institution study:

  • you must remain admitted at your home institution within Australia whilst enrolled at Macquarie
  • the unit/s that you wish to enrol in must count for credit towards your award at your home institution
  • you must be a domestic student (ie. an Australian citizen or permanent resident).

International students are NOT eligible for cross-institution study. If you are an international student at another higher education provider, and are interested in enrolling in Macquarie units, you should contact Student Connect regarding non-award studies.

Please note: enrolling in Macquarie Open Universities Australia units as a cross-institutional student is different to enrolling directly with Macquarie as a cross-institution student. If you are interested in cross-institution study with OUA, please contact OUA support.

Please note: Concurrent Studies at Macquarie University is different from cross-institution study at Macquarie University. Concurrent Studies at Macquarie University refers to a student studying a degree at Macquarie intending to study individual units at another tertiary institution.


Applicants will be permitted to enrol in a unit or units of study provided that accommodation and facilities are available, and that the relevant unit convenor considers the applicant to have fulfilled any prerequisites.

Please note: PACE units are not available for Cross-institutional study.

Details of units, including prerequisites, may be found in the Macquarie University Handbook. Please ensure you check the units you are interested in are offered in the study mode you require (ie. on-campus/via distance) and are scheduled for the study period you are applying for.

Please note that applications can only be made for the upcoming teaching session. Students wishing to continue cross-institution studies in any subsequent session will need to re-apply for each session in which they wish to study.

Please note that during Session 3, students are permitted to undertake a maximum of two units.

How to apply

Session 3, 2017 applications are now CLOSED.

Session 3, 2017 applications closed on Friday 3rd November, 2017. No late applications will be accepted after this date.

Session 1, 2018 applications are now closed.

Session 1, 2018 Applications will close on Friday 9th February, 2018. No late applications will be accepted after this date.

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1. Gather all documents required as listed below.

2. Have your home institution complete our Macquarie University Institution form

Remember: It can take some time for your Home Institution to consider your request

- Submit an online Cross Institutional application.

- Please be sure to have required documents listed below available electronically

Note: Applications without all required information will be unsuccessful.

Macquarie will assess your Cross Institutional application. The outcome of your Cross Institutional application will be emailed to your nominated email address.

Mandatory: Macquarie University INSTITUTION FORM

Your application must include complete required documentation. Your application will not be processed if the below information and the Macquarie University Institution form is not included with your application at the time of submission.

1. An official academic transcript or record of study. A transcript must clearly show the name of the institution, your student number, your name, the names of each unit or subject you have undertaken, the semester in which the study was undertaken and the result for each unit/subject. A printout of your current academic record from your University’s student system is acceptable. Your transcript should be recently issued and cover the current semester.

2. Evidence of Australian citizenship or permanent residency. ONE of the following documents must be provided: A current passport; an Australian citizenship certificate or visa grant notification. (An Australian driver’s license is not an acceptable document)

3. Evidence of your current fee liability status at your home institution. Your fee liability status indicates if you are a Commonwealth Supported or Domestic Full-Fee student.  At least ONE of the following documents must be provided: A Macquarie University Home Institution Approval Form, completed by you and an authorising officer; a statement of fees from your home University’s student record’s system. Your documentation should clearly indicate your fee liability status as well as the name of your degree in which you are enrolled and your name

4. Evidence your institution has approved study for particular units at Macquarie University to count towards your home institution degree. At least ONE of the following documents must be provided: a Macquarie University Home Institution Approval Form, completed by you and an authorising officer; a letter signed by your course authority granting permission to take a particular unit at Macquarie University

5. If you are applying for a unit that has pre-requisites, you will need to provide unit outlines from units you have completed to demonstrate that you have met the prerequisites for the Macquarie units of study in which you intend to enrol eg If you wish to take a second year French unit, you will need to demonstrate you have completed the equivalent of first year French. Please see the Macquarie University Handbook for specific information about each unit.

6. If your name has changed, you will need to provide documents demonstrating proof of name change eg marriage certificate, divorce order, deed poll

Fee Liability

Undergraduate students who are commonwealth-supported at their home institutions will be allocated commonwealth-supported places in Macquarie's undergraduate cross-institution program. If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident (humanitarian), as a commonwealth-supported student, you will be eligible for HECS-HELP.

If you are in an undergraduate domestic fee-paying place at your home institution, you will be allocated a domestic fee-paying place in Macquarie's undergraduate cross-institution program. If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident (humanitarian), you will be eligible for FEE-HELP, providing you have not exceeded your FEE-HELP limit.

Postgraduate students will be allocated domestic fee-paying places in Macquarie's postgraduate cross-institution program by default. There are no commonwealth-supported places available for postgraduate cross-institution students. If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident (humanitarian), you will be eligible for FEE-HELP, providing you have not exceeded your FEE-HELP limit.

Please note that student contribution amounts (for commonwealth-supported students) and tuition fees (for domestic fee-paying students) may vary from those charged by your home institution. For further information, please refer to the relevant link below:

Commonwealth-Supported students

Undergraduate Domestic Fee-Paying students

Postgraduate Domestic Fee-Paying students


Offers of cross-institutional enrolment are made shortly before commencement of session.

You will need to accept your offer to be able to enrol.


After acceptance of your offer, you will need to self-enrol in the units for which approval has been granted. It is the responsibility of students to finalise lecture/tutorial and /or practical sessions online via their eStudent account.

Withdrawing From Units

Withdrawal from any or all units is your responsibility. You can do this via your eStudent account.

The deadline for withdrawal without incurring academic or financial penalty is the census date. If you withdraw from units of study up to four weeks after the relevant census date you will incur financial penalty but you will be granted a W (withdrawal without academic penalty) grade for the unit(s). If you are wanting to withdraw due to serious and unavoidable disruption (ie. apply for special consideration) please visit: Withdrawing from Unit(s) of Study page.

Note that the census date at Macquarie University may be different from the census date at your Home Institution.

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