The experience of a lifetime awaits you

Are you an international student wanting to study abroad here in Sydney? Macquarie offers a diverse and flexible study abroad program with a wide range of courses and subjects.

Enhance your university experience, make lifelong friendships, and connect with people in a vibrant city.

Our flexible study abroad program provides you with the opportunity to study for one or two semesters in a wide range of study areas.

Upon completion of the study abroad program, you will be able to credit your studies towards a degree at your home university.

Academic requirements

To be eligible for the program you must:

Visa and study requirements

Australian student visa rules require you to enrol (and remain enrolled) in a full-time study load. This is three or four units (30 to 40 credit points) per semester.

Study abroad students must also meet the following requirements:

  • cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 out of 4.0 (or equivalent)
  • adequate English language levels.

As a study abroad student, you'll pay an up-front fee, which includes tuition and administration costs. This fee doesn't include other costs like accommodation, books or gym membership.

3 units4 units
Price per semester (2024)



Semester DatesSession 1, 2024Session 2, 2024
Application Deadline30 October 202330 April 2024
Orientation Period12 February 202415 July 2024
Study Period Start19 February 202422 July 2024
Teaching Census15 April 202416 August 2024
Recess15 - 28 April 202416 - 29 September 2024
Classes Resume29 April 202430 September 2024
Exams3 - 21 June 20244 - 22 November 2024

For a full list of academic dates, please see the University calendar of dates.

As a Study Abroad student, you will have the opportunity to build your own study program from a wide range of units offered at Macquarie University. For the full list of unit information and availability, please refer to the handbook and unit guide.

When choosing a unit to study you should consider the following:
  • As a student visa holder, you are required to enrol in a full-time study load of 3-4 units (30-40 credit points), with 75% of the credit points completed in the internal (face-to-face) delivery mode.
  • If you are looking to apply for credit to another institution, you must confirm this with your institution’s academic advisor.
  • You must have met the academic prerequisites of each unit.
  • Ensure the unit is offered in the enrolled semester.
  • You must select units appropriate for your level of study:
    • undergraduate unit levels: 1000 level (1st year), 2000 level (2nd year), 3000 level (3rd year)
    • postgraduate unit levels: 8000 level, 9000 level.
  • You must not study a restricted unit. This includes all units taught at the Macquarie City campus.

While studying abroad at Macquarie University, you will also have the opportunity to participate in the Global Leadership Certificate. This program is extra-curricular and at no additional cost; It is the best way to broaden your knowledge from an Australian perspective!

There are two ways you can apply:

Make sure to go through the following material for information on our Study Abroad program and life at Macquarie:

Session 1 2024 Pre-Departure Webinar

We held webinars on the 16th and 18th of January for our S1 2024 Exchange and Study Abroad students. Here, we provided important information on what to do before and as soon as you arrive in Sydney, on life at Macquarie, on the enrolment process, and on upcoming events.

If you were not able to attend, make sure to watch the video below. You need to register first to receive the link to the recording.

Session 1 2024 Pre-Departure Webinar

To come to Australia as a Study Abroad student, you will need to apply for and obtain a Subclass 500 Student visa.

For information on this visa type, eligibility, visa conditions, and how to apply, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Find out about obtaining a student visa

Visa applicants should refer to the Document Checklist Tool to find out which documents need to be attached to their visa application and acceptable English language tests to satisfy the visa requirements.

Getting started at Macquarie

Once you've been accepted to study with Macquarie Uni, applied for you visa and enrolled in your classes (you will receive information about online enrolment approximately six to eight weeks before the session starts) you will need to prepare for your arrival.

From airport pickups to Orientation Week – find out all the information you need to get ready to live and study in Sydney!

I love the liveliness in Sydney – there’s a buzz whenever you go to the city and there’s always something to do. I enjoy going to Circular Quay and watching the sun set next to the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of it!

Melissa Gojer (India) Bachelor of Commerce