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  • Locations: Sydney, Australia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: VCU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
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Area of Study: Accounting, Anthropology, Art, Asian Studies, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Chemistry, Chinese (Mandarin), Cinema, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Dance and Choreography, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Film, Finance, French, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, German, Government and Public Affairs, Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, History, Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Social Justice Studies, International Studies, Italian, Italian Studies, Marketing, Mass Communications, Mathematical Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Media Studies, Mediterranean Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Philosophy, Photography and Film, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Urban and Regional Planning, Urban and Regional Studies, World Cinema, World Studies Minimum GPA Required: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Undergraduate
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Host family, On Campus Dormitory, Student Housing Recommended Program: YES
Program Description:

Macquarie University - Sydney, Australia

Macquarie LogoMacquarie Lake

Macquarie University offers an incredibly exciting and global experience for VCU students to study for a semester or a year. Located less than 10 miles outside Sydney's city center, Macquarie's expansive 300-acre campus is situated in the heart of Australia's largest high-tech precinct which means students will be surrounded by more than 300 leading companies located on or around the campus.  

Sydney is a destination like no other! From the iconic Sydney Harbour and more than 100 beaches, to picturesque mountains and arts and cultural festivals, Sydney has something for everyone. Ranked as the 2nd best student city in the world - and home to the regional headquarters of around 500 multinational companies - Sydney is the ultimate place to live and study.

Interested students are strongly encouraged to meet with Sarah Carrier prior to applying to this program. Please email her at and list the days and times you are available to meet over a two week period.

To Apply:
Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Undergraduates must have completed one year of full-time study at VCU before studying at Macquarie. Applicants should complete the online VCU registration by clicking the "Register Now" link above, and submit an online application and all supporting materials directly to Macquarie. Applications should be submitted to Macquarie online no later than November 30 for the spring semester ("session 1": February-June), and April 30 for the fall semester ("session 2": July-November).

Tuition and Fees:
Students will be charged through VCU Student Accounting for the cost of tuition at Macquarie based on the number of courses ("units") taken. Macquarie's tuition fees are comparable to VCU in-state tuition and fees and are competitive compared to the cost of study abroad programs at other Australian universities. 

Macquarie's tuition fees for 2020 are as follows:
3 units (11.25 VCU credits): $7,200 AUD per session (approx. $5,100 USD)
4 units (15 VCU credits): $9,600 AUD per session (approx. $6,800 USD)

Students are responsible for paying all other costs on their own or to Macquarie (i.e. not billed through VCU Student Accounting) such as:
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Airfare
  • Books and supplies
  • Passport and visa
  • Living expenses
  • Special course fees (e.g. lab fees)
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) insurance*
  • Personal travel
*All study abroad participants to Macquarie University must purchase Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) through OSHC Worldcare which helps international students cover their medical costs while in Australia. As an international student, you must take out OSHC as a condition of your student visa. Macquarie will arrange payment of OSHC to Worldcare when you pay your fees and before you are issued with your Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE).  This fee runs approximately $400 USD per semester. Read more about OSHC by visiting this link.  

We encourage you to explore the Funding Options section of our website to learn more about paying for your study abroad through financial aid, scholarships and other funding opportunities.

Macquarie University Study Abroad Scholarship:
VCU students accepted to study at Macquarie are eligible to apply for the Macquarie University Study Abroad Scholarship.  This scholarship offers financial assistance to bridge the gap for study abroad students and covers up to AU $1000 to each successful student as a one-off payment applied towards the student's tuition fee. There will be a total of 15 successful candidates every semester. This scholarship is managed and administered by Macquarie University. For more information, visit this website.

Students may choose from two options for their studies at Macquarie:

Option 1: Design Your Own Study Plan
This option is ideal for undergraduate and graduate students who want the most flexibility in their studies at Macquarie and who may wish to take courses from a variety of disciplines. As a study abroad student, you may select three or four courses (called "units" at Macquarie) from many available study areas, as listed in the online handbook. Undergraduates must choose from the undergraduate units and graduate students or those about to start a master's degree must choose from Macquarie's postgraduate units
Keep in mind that some courses have prerequisites to ensure you are ready for study in that area. Check the prerequisites in the handbook and make sure your course is not listed as a restricted unit for study abroad students.
Many of Macquarie's courses include a significant practical or hands-on experiential learning component, so your learning is not restricted to the classroom or campus. Practical elements might include a fieldwork component, work experience or consultancy, field trips, community engagement, placements, or internships.
Read more about Macquarie's customized study abroad course option by visiting this link.

Option 2: Study Abroad Certificate
Macquarie offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate study abroad students to earn a certificate to gain an in-depth understanding of one particular field during your time in Australia. These pre-designed study abroad certificates take the guesswork out of your semester abroad, allowing you to explore outside-the-box ideas in great detail. Certificates are currently available at the undergraduate level only. Each certificate requires that you enroll in at least three courses (called "units" at Macquarie) from an approved list in order to qualify to receive a study abroad certificate once you successfully complete your studies. You may opt to add a fourth unit from the certificate or from courses listed in the handbook. Be sure to check the prerequisites in the handbook and make sure your course is not listed as a restricted unit for study abroad students.
Certificates are available in the following topics:
  • The Australian Context
  • Business in a Globalized World
  • Crime and Counter-Terrorism
  • Education
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Gateway to Asia
  • Gender and Identity
  • Global Management
  • Law
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Media
  • Psychology
  • Refugee and Multicultural Studies
  • Sustainable Development
For more information on study abroad certificates at Macquarie and the courses offered within each certificate, please visit this webpage.

Transfer of Credit:
Students must earn the equivalent of the grade of C or higher in a given course to be eligible for transfer credit. Students are required to take the necessary steps to ensure that transcripts are received from the university upon return to VCU.

Macquarie Grading Conversion Guide: 
Macquarie Grade Standardized Numerical values US Grade
High Distinction (HD) 85-100 A
Distinction (D) 75-84 A
Credit (Cr) 65-74 B
Pass (P) 50-64 C
Fail (F)/Fail Absent (FA) Less than 50 Fail
Each 3 point Macquarie unit is equal to 3.75 VCU credits. A course load of 3 units would transfer back to VCU as 11.25 credits; a course load of 4 units would transfer back to VCU as 15 credits.

Numerous courses have been pre-approved to transfer to VCU and can be found in the course equivalency database (hint: use Ctrl+F to search keyword Macquarie); if you are interested in taking a course not listed in the database, please contact Sarah Carrier for assistance.

Academic Calendar:
Review important dates at Macquarie on their website. Keep in mind that, due to the Southern Hemisphere Calendar, Australian universities operate on a reverse schedule from those in the US.

Session 1: February to June (deadline to apply 30 November)
Session 2: July to November (deadline to apply 30 April)

Students may choose from on- and off-campus accommodation options in the vibrant community of Sydney, Australia. The cost of accommodation varies from approximately 130-$425 USD/week ($520-$1,700 USD/month), depending on the option you choose. The Macquarie University Village is the most popular accommodation option for Study Abroad students and is one of the most affordable options. For more details on accommodation options, pricing, and applications, please visit the accommodations site. 

Dining and Other Services:
Meals are not included in the tuition fees, and Macquarie does not offer a meal plan; however, the campus is filled with a rich diversity of food options. For more information on dining, please visit this site. Students have access to a fully-equipped kitchen in their accommodations. Many types of meal options are available within walking distance of campus, from restaurants to grocery stores to cafes and restaurants at a range of price points.

In Your Free Time:
Sydney offers a wealth of opportunities for study abroad students as the largest city in Australia. Visit museums, walk across the Harbor Bridge, stroll through a market, visit botanical gardens, ride a ferry boat, and attend an opera in the iconic Sydney Opera house!

Maquarie's campus is just 15 km from Sydney's vibrant city center, in one of the Southern Hemisphere's largest business and technology precincts. 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 such as world-famous beaches such as Bondi and Manly. 

Global Leadership Certificate:
All study abroad students are eligible to participate in Macquarie University's Global Leadership Certificate (GLC), a university-funded extracurricular program that can be undertaken alongside your studies. GLC will enrich your international experience while embarking on a study abroad at Macquarie. You will:
  • Forge friendships with students from across the University
  • Develop and apply your skills in cross-cultural negotiation through a diverse range of activities
  • Expand your networks to professionals and leaders from across the University and beyond
  • Broaden your knowledge on some of today’s pressing global issues
  • Gain practical experience in developing innovative solutions to current global challenges.
Through the GLC, you may attend:
  • Colloquia (workshops) to equip you with the knowledge, skills and networks to influence positive global and social change in areas such as Cross Cultural Understanding, Leadership, Responsibilities of a Global Citizen, International Humanitarian Law, Public Speaking, Self-Promotion, Sprituality and Social Transformation, Culture in International Business, Moral Living, Career Mapping, Poverty, Development and Microfinance, Climate Change, World Music, Refugee Law, Global Population Growth, Design Thinking, Aboriginal Rights, Gender Economics, Bioscience Ethics, Social Entrepreneurship, Altruism, and more!
  • One GLP approved event of your choice including experiential learning, the Innovative Leaders Series, Foreign Affairs Series, or Day Trips
Day Trips:
Cultural days explore Sydney’s multicultural hubs and further your understanding of their rich history and social, political and economic development. You will hear from migrant, community and religious leaders at exclusive briefings, explore each suburb with a scavenger hunt, discover exciting new flavors at local eateries, and forge friendships with like-minded GLP students. 
The GLP runs cultural days to Auburn, Cabramatta and Bondi, where you work collaboratively with local councils and community organisations who are active in promoting cross-cultural initiatives and celebrating diversity in their areas. These suburbs are thriving economic and social centres with residents from a diversity of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Auburn, Cabramatta and Bondi highlight how patterns of migration have shaped Australia and reflect how significant national decisions and events, such as the Vietnam war and changes to refugee and asylum seeker policy, have played out on a local level.

The cultural days are open to all Macquarie students and count for GLP credit towards the Global Leadership Certificate for study abroad and exchange students. 
The GLP runs a minimum of two cultural days per session
Delegates are selected by the GLP in a competitive process and represent Macquarie along with other students from a range of backgrounds and disciplines
The day trips are run at cost price and the program fee includes all activities and lunch

Register for the GLC online when you have confirmed your acceptance to Macquarie!

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Registration Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 05/31/2019 ** Rolling Admission 07/22/2019 11/29/2019
Spring 2020 11/01/2019 11/15/2019 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.