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Live, study, and work in Australia's largest city: Sydney! Ranked in the top 200 universities in the world by "The Times' Higher Education Supplement", Macquarie University is distinguished by the range and quality of its course offerings, which have been designed in response to the ever-changing needs of industry, society and the environment. This direct enrollment program with Macquarie gives you the opportunity to take courses in a wide variety of subjects.
You can enjoy a total educational and life experience at Macquarie University, which features state-of-the-art educational and research facilities, a spacious parkland campus, and all the attractions and amenities of the beautiful cosmopolitan city of Sydney. Macquarie's campus is just across the road from the Macquarie Centre, which has major retail stores, an ice-skating rink, supermarkets, a cinema complex and many cafes, restaurants and takeaway outlets.
Macquarie University’s North Ryde campus is located in Sydney, 30 minutes drive, or 45 minutes by bus, north-west of Sydney Harbour. The campus is also connected to the city by underground rail; the University has a dedicated train station.
Macquarie’s modern, well-equipped campus is set on 126 hectares of peaceful parkland. The campus features eateries and recreational facilities, in addition to extensive library and computer facilities, a state-of-the-art Sport and Aquatic Centre, an acclaimed sculpture park, several museums, two hotels and a golf driving range.
Getting to Your Program
You are responsible for arranging your own transportation to Sydney, but are given arrival dates and guidelines.
A student visa is required. U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. You will apply for your own visa. IAP will provide you with visa information.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
Upon arrival in Australia, Macquarie University's International Student Services office provides a comprehensive orientation program at the beginning of each semester, covering issues such as enrollment and registration, settling in to Sydney, cultural adjustment, accommodation, health insurance, student clubs and societies, study skills, weekend trips and social events. You also have the option of participating on pre-orientation trips which in the past have included a surfing trip and a blue mountain trip.
Macquarie University offers a range of accommodation. You will arrange your own housing directly through Macquarie. Housing is guaranteed for students who apply by the housing application deadline. For more information about housing, click here
Excursions and Activities
While on campus, students may get involved in one of the many special interest or sports clubs, volunteer, or participate in extracurricular programs such as the university's Global Leadership Program, a symposium series that offers students the opportunity to develop practical international experience, skills, and knowledge.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
The Australian government also requires all students have Overseas Health Cover (OSHC).
Macquarie International Study Abroad Office staff
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.Study at Macquarie Undergraduate 2013 Guide
(Fall - 2013-14)Study at Macquarie Undergraduate 2013 Guide
(Year - 2013-14)Study at Macquarie Undergraduate 2014 Guide
(Calendar Year - 2013-14)Study at Macquarie Undergraduate 2014 Guide
(Spring - 2013-14)
Returned Student Network
to contact a returned student.
Check out student profiles to learn more about their experience abroad.
"Sydney is an amazing city where there is always something to do and new things to experience. The beauty of Australia and the people there are incredible and something I think few other places can match!"
Read about current & past students' adventures.
IAP Study Abroad Correspondent: Elora Majumdar (Fall 2013)
Watch videos about the program.
How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Affiliate programs may require you to apply directly to the affiliate either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP. After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the affiliate.
Macquarie Statement of Purpose
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The affiliate university or organization will make the final admissions decision.
Macquarie University is located 11 miles outside of downtown Sydney - about a 40 minute train ride from Sydney's city center. Macquarie University is home to over 33,000 students, including 10,400 international students from over 114 countries. The university offers a comprehensive selection of subjects in Economics and Financial Studies, Educational Studies, Humanities, Law, Society, Culture, Media and Philosophy, Environmental and Life Sciences, Linguistics and Psychology, and Information and Communication Sciences. You can study alongside Australian students and can enroll in any course for which you meet the prerequisite(s).
Program Web Page(s)
Macquarie's Study Abroad Office
Undergraduate Units (Classes)
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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