Study abroad

Study abroad

COVID-19 Important Updates

The outbreak of COVID-19 worldwide has had a significant impact on the University’s operations and the Australian Government has implemented travel restrictions that prevent most international travellers from arriving in Australia.

The lifting of these restrictions, and return to normal operations for the University, is dependent on advice from Government authorities.  With this in mind, Macquarie University has taken the difficult decision to postpone the Study Abroad program scheduled to start in session 1, 2021 (February to June).

We remain hopeful that borders will be open by July next year. Therefore, Macquarie University is pleased to inform you applications for our Study Abroad program 2021, Session 2 (July) are now open. Applications are open on the assumption that travel restrictions will be lifted by the commencement date and that we can hold the program face to face.

Important Notice: The Australian Government has implemented travel restrictions which prevent most international travellers from arriving in Australia.

We recommend that your students, DO NOT make any financial commitments, including Visa applications, booking accommodation or flights, until the Australian government has confirmed borders are open for international students.

Macquarie University WILL NOT cover any financial commitments made prior to this restriction being officially lifted by the Australian Government.

The Macquarie Abroad Team

The experience of a lifetime awaits you.

When your potential is multiplied by a university built for collaboration, you can achieve anything. That’s YOU to the power of us


Pack your bags for a semester like no other at Macquarie University, where you can customise your program to choose the courses that most interest you.

Macquarie offers a diverse and flexible Study Abroad program with a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in many different subject areas. Many of our units include a significant practical or hands-on component, so your learning isn't restricted to the classroom or even our campus. Choose the option that works for you!

Our 2021 Study Abroad and Exchange Guide will give you all the details!


General Choice - Design your own study plan

As a Study Abroad student, you can select three or four units (subjects) from our many available study areas, as listed in the online handbook. If you are currently completing a Bachelor degree at your home university, choose from our undergraduate units. If you’re currently studying or about to start a Master’s degree, choose from our postgraduate units.

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 Study Abroad students.

Gap Year

If you're not currently going to university and don't want to commit to a long-term degree, you can still choose to study abroad at Macquarie.

Undertaking a semester or two at Macquarie will allow you to explore different areas of study without tying yourself down to a particular university or major. Not to mention you'll get to experience the true Australia from just 15 km away from the Sydney CBD.

Whether you're currently enrolled in university or not, as a Study Abroad student, you can select three to four units from our many available courses, as listed in the online handbook. Choose from any of the 1000-level courses in the handbook to get a basic introduction to several interesting subjects.


  • You must have a WAM of 60 % to apply for the Study Abroad program at Macquarie.
  • You must have a WAM of 65 % to apply for the Study Abroad (Law units) program.
  • Review our Handbook to see if it suits your study plan.


  • You need to study 3 or 4 units (subjects) per session at Macquarie that are appropriate to your degree, unit information can be found in our Handbook and Unit Guide.

    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

  • 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 or 4 units (30 - 40 credit points) per semester.
  • 75% of your credit points must be taught in Internal (face to face) mode.
  • Check that the unit is not restricted (i.e. not available to Study Abroad students). This includes all units taught at Macquarie City Campus.
  • You can select and study units from any of our faculties. While selecting the units, you must consider the following:
  • Units are available in the enrolled semester (Session 1 = February to July or Session 2 = July to December).

    Suitable to the students' level of study (UG = Undergraduate and PG = Postgraduate).

    Undergraduate level = 1000 level (1st year)

    Undergraduate level = 2000 level (2nd year)

    Undergraduate level = 3000 level (3rd year)

    Postgraduate level = 8000 and 9000 level

    You have met the academic prerequisites or equivalent at your University.

  • Confirm with your academic adviser back home that the credit points from your planned study program at Macquarie can be transferred back to your home university.
  • 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.


  • You will need to complete the online application and upload a copy of your passport and academic transcripts before the application deadline.

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 Study Abroad students.


  • Your application will be assessed against our eligibility criteria after you submit your application.
  • Your units selection will be sent to our faculties for approval.
  • Admission to our Study Abroad program will be approved according to our eligibility criteria, which is confirmed with the official documents provided.
  • If your application is successful and your units approved, we'll email you an Offer Letter.


  • Your Offer Letter will include instructions on how to accept your offer.
  • Return your signed Offer acceptance with the tuition fees payment receipt and proof of your OSHC.


  • 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 Home Affairs.


  • 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.


  • Exchange students are required to attend the Orientation - O-Week session before classes commence. 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 campus tours. Keep these dates in mind when booking your flights.

Here's what you need to know - FAQ's

Where will I stay?

Macquarie University has accommodation options to suit every student, ranging from fully catered resdiences to private accommodation. Find your home away from home.

When do classes start?

Our semesters (what we call sessions) usually run from February to June and July to November. Check our important dates page for information, including the compulsory international student orientation.

Can I get a scholarship?

A variety of scholarships are on offer for our international students. Learn about your scholarship options.

Your home country may also offer funding assistance for an overseas experience. Please check with your university or a Macquarie representative in your country.

How much money will I need?

Your cost of living will depend on your lifestyle. Here is a general guide for living expenses you'll encounter.

Do I need a student visa and health insurance?

Yes, all international students studying in Australia must have a student visa and an appropriate level of health insurance for the duration of their studies. View our travel planning and arrival guide for information.

How do I get to and from campus?

Macquarie's campus is just 15 kilometres from Sydney's city centre, in one of the Southern Hemisphere's largest business and technology precincts.

When you first land in Sydney, we will be there to greet you at the airport and take you to your designated accommodation.

Once you've arrived, you'll discover that Sydney's public transport system is safe, efficient and easy to use. Macquarie University even has its own train station, while bus routes directly connect the campus to popular Sydney destinations including world-famous beaches such as Bondi and Manly.

Apply Now!

Once you're ready to join us, you have two options: apply directly or apply via an approved program representative who can help with the application process and may offer added value package plans.

You should indicate in your application whether you want to enrol in the three-unit or four-unit program. If you need to change your program after you've received your letter of offer, be sure to contact the Study Abroad team as soon as possible to

Tuition Fees 2021

As a Study Abroad student, you'll pay an up-front fee, which includes tuition and administration costs. It does not include other costs like accommodation, books or gym membership.

Three-units PackageFour-units Package
Price per semester (2021)TBC TBC

Study Abroad application deadlines

  • Start Session 1 (February - June): 30th November each year
  • Start Session 2 (July - December): 30th May each year

2021 Academic Dates and Important Information

Making the decision to travel to the other side of the world to study a session or a year takes a lot of courage and commitment, so the Study Abroad and Exchange team here at Macquarie University congratulates you on making that decision. Ahead of you are opportunities, experiences and challenges that may change the way you see life, the world and your place in it.

Please visit our Pre-Arrival Information for Incoming Exchange and Study Abroad Students.

2021 Credit Points and Grading System

For more information regarding our Credit Points, grading system and unit levels, please visit our 2020 Credit Points and Grading System.

Global Leadership Program - GLP

The Global Leadership Certificate (GLC) provides an opportunity for you to enrich your international experience while embarking on a study abroad or student exchange (SAEX) program at Macquarie and it's free!

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