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 meet the following criteria:

  • you’re in Year 12 in 2017 (or completing Year 12 in 2017)
  • you’re completing the HSC in New South Wales, the SSC in the Australian Capital Territory or the International Baccalaureate in either state


  • you’ve aspirations for community service, engagement and leadership
  • you’re a leader in your community and are actively involved in extracurricular activities
  • you’re achieving good results at school.

When can I apply?

Applications open on Monday 8 May 2017.
Applications close at 5pm on Monday 28 August 2017.

How do I apply?

To apply for the program, download the Supporting Information Form and complete this form before completing your online application.  

Check that your responses have been saved on the Supporting Information Form.

Once you’ve completed the Supporting Information Form, prepare your Year 11 and Year 12 reports and results by scanning them as PDF files and get ready to apply.

What is the Global Leadership Program (GLP)?

It’s an extracurricular program that you complete alongside your degree 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 of 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.

Can I apply for more than one course?

No, unfortunately you can make only one application through the Global Leadership Entry Program. You may apply for other entry programs or schemes.

We encourage you to carefully consider the course you wish to study and seek advice from your Careers Adviser before submitting an application.

Do I have to do an interview?

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

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 campus in North Ryde in June, July and September 2017. Short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview about one week prior to the actual interview.

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

There are no additional requirements, such as ATAR or specific high school results, to receive your offer.

There’s an administrative condition. In order for you to receive an offer, you need to apply via the Universities Admissions Centre and list the offered course, commencing in Session 1, 2018, as highest eligible preference for local students and as any preference for international students. See your offer advice letter for further details about preference deadlines and offer release dates.

Applicants also 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.

What's the selection criteria?

All parts of the application will be considered including:

  • Supporting information form (including details of your extracurricular activities)
  • Year 11 and Year 12 high school results*
  • If you have participated in the FIRST robotics competition, Letter of recommendation from Coach or Mentor
  • For Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce applicants, resume/cover letter if successfully short-listed for an interview.

*Your academic results are equally as important as your leadership and service qualities. We are seeking consistent performance and appropriate academic standing related to the degree you wish to study.  We will review your application holistically, so it is important for you provide all your academic results available to date. 

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

This section 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 to apply

What do I have to provide in my application for the Global Leadership Entry Program (GLEP)?

You'll be asked to provide:

  • personal details
  • the name of the degree course you're applying for
  • the completed Supporting Information Form that includes your personal details, Principal or nominee endorsement and signature, details about your extracurricular activities and parent or guardian signature
  • your Year 11 and Year 12 results available at the time of application:
    • Year 11 mid-year report + Year 11 end-of-year report
    • Year 12 mid-year report (if available at the time of application).
    • Year 12 end-of-year report (if available at the time of application).

Other requirements:

  • If you've participated in FIRST Robotics, you’ll also need to provide a letter of recommendation from your coach or mentor.
  • If you’re applying for the Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce, you’ll also need to provide your résumé and include a cover letter.

How many GLEP places are there on offer?

We don't have a quota for the number of offers we'll be making to the Global Leadership Entry Program. However, there may be limited places available for some courses.

What's the selection criteria?

Global Leadership Entry Program are seeking students who are:

  • leaders in their community
  • actively involved in extracurricular activities
  • achieving good results at school.*

*Your academic results are equally as important as your leadership and service qualities. We are seeking consistent performance and appropriate academic standing related to the degree you wish to study.  We will review your application holistically, so it is important for you provide all your academic results available to date. 

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

You’ll be able to:

  • 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
  • early access to our state-of-the-art library and student community area (called MUSE), where you can hang out with current students
  • access our campus wi-fi – just bring your laptop and connect away
  • enrol into university before you complete your HSC exam
  • participate in networking activities to get to know other students starting uni just like you.

How do I select which extracurricular activities I include?

  • Think about your activities and prioritise those which include leadership and service for other focus
  • 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.

Important to note that leadership is considered in many forms, formal roles as well as informal roles. Leadership qualities can be demonstrated through many different activities, situations and examples.

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

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

Do my Year 11 results factor in the assessment of my application? What happens if I didn't do well in Year 12?

All Year 11 and Year 12 results from the NSW Education Standards Authority (formerly Board of Studies) or from your school are part of the selection criteria and will be taken into consideration in the assessments. 

Your HSC exams and ATAR won’t be considered as part of the assessment for this entry program.

After you apply

What to do next?

Make the transition from Year 12 to university easier by staying focused on your studies which leaves your options open in case you discover a passion for something different. GLEP students are among our best and we know you'll be no different.

How do I check if my application has been received?

Upon submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email to your nominated email. You may also log in to Macquarie University eForms to check the status of your application. Your status should be either ‘Submitted’ or ‘In progress’.

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

A GLEP offer and the final official offer made via UAC is assessed based on your application, so your HSC results don't have any impact or bearing on your offer. The HSC results won't change the outcome of a successful GLEP offer.

However, it's important to note that students should complete their HSC and the course offered to them via GLEP should be their highest eligible preference, ensure you follow the steps in your offer advice letter. 

Having received an early offer from Macquarie, students can tackle their HSC exams with a renewed sense of purpose. Don't forget that your HSC results are a record of your overall academic achievement and will be useful for a range of things. For example, you may wish to seek part-time work or an internship and potential employers may consider your entire academic record. Or there may be a leadership opportunity that arises that includes academic achievement in its selection criteria.

Your HSC results are a significant part of the record of your potential and achievements, and we know that you're keen to ensure that your résumé reflects your true abilities. Hopefully, the certainty of your Macquarie offer will provide you with added encouragement to get your desired results, stress free.

Can I defer my offer?

Yes, once you've received the official offer via UAC 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?

Unfortunately no, once you’ve applied you’re not able to change your course.

How do I find out the status of my application?

You can log in to Macquarie University eForms and review the status of your application. Or, you can submit an online enquiry at

How do I update my personal details?

Submit an online enquiry at

Who do I contact if I want to discuss the outcome of my application? 

If you wish to have more information about the outcome of your application, you can do so by submitting an online enquiry at

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

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

I applied for GLEP by the closing date, but I didn’t receive a confirmation email and haven’t heard anything?

You can log in to Macquarie University eForms and review the status of your application. Or, you can submit an online enquiry at

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

Unfortunately, no late applications can be accepted. If you wish to discuss further, contact us at

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 maths and stats 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 offered course. Students would need to commence in the Global Leadership Entry Program offered degree 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 this application for early entry? 

Yes, you can read more about the program and how to sign up for 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 for Global Leadership Entry Program students is that they can have the activities they did in Year 12 considered for Global Leadership Program 'experiential points'. More information about how this works will be covered in their orientation session, should they receive an offer.

How will I find out the outcome of my application? 

We will notify you via email to the nominated email provided when you created your account. Once your application has been received, it will be reviewed and assessed. As a guideline this process may take up to 6–8 weeks. 

I have been made an offer, what are the next steps?

Follow the steps in your offer advice letter to register for orientation and to secure your offer via Universities Admissions Centre.

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