Australia: Semester in Sydney with Macquarie University

GVSU partner programs are highly independent. These programs require students to have a high level of flexibility and the ability to navigate much of the program independently. For these reasons, partner programs are not the best fit for many students planning to study abroad. GVSU has many options available that offer a high level of support and guidance with external study abroad providers and through our faculty-led options.

Macquarie University (MU) is located in Sydney, Australia, one of the world’s largest and most beautiful cosmopolitan cities. You will enjoy the best of both worlds with many activities offered in Sydney’s booming city life, as well as the relaxing nearby beaches and Sydney harbor. This vibrant city offers a little something for everyone. Macquarie University has received the highest ratings by the Australian Government's Excellence in Research for Australia in biological sciences, environmental sciences, earth sciences, physical sciences, psychology and cognitive sciences.

With over 39,000 students, Macquarie University is considered one of Australia’s leading universities. Macquarie University gets its reputation as the “Innovative University” because of its flexible learning programs and support services. Macquarie University has extensive experience in welcoming hundreds of international students to campus each year. Students will find a full range of support services available at MU. While there are numerous support services for students, this program is best suited for students who have a high level of independence and who are willing to exercise a high level of flexibility.

Students will take 4 subjects at MU during the semester. Internships are not available for exchange students.

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2.5 GPA Required
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Internship Option

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Fall 2022

Estimated Program Dates: July 2022 - December 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022 (Closed)

Winter 2023

Estimated Program Dates: February 2023 - June 2023
Application Deadline: September 1, 2022 (Closed)

Fall 2023

Program Dates: July 24, 2023 - November 24, 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023



Macquarie University offers a wide range of course options for undergraduate students.

All GVSU students are required to take 4 courses during their semester at Macquarie University.

For a list of ALL available courses and course descriptions, visit: 

Course Options 


Pre-approved Courses: Other GVSU students have studied abroad at this partner institution. The button below will take you to a list of GVSU equivalencies they have received. PLEASE  NOTE: This list indicates courses that have been previously approved. This is NOT a list of all available courses on this program.

Pre-Approved Courses 

Students registering for courses that have NOT been pre-approved will need to follow the course approval instructions: Course Approval Process 

For information on fulfilling general education courses abroad, visit: General Education 




Macquarie University offers accommodation to all study abroad students. The majority of GVSU students live in off-campus apartments.

Housing Options

Cost and Scholarships


NOTE: Due to COVID-19, costs may increase for basic goods and housing. These estimates are provided as a guide to help students in their planning, but they are subject to change.

Total Cost Breakdown


Questions? Contact [email protected] or 616-331-3898 


 Additional Scholarships


Students must be degree-seeking, have attended at least one semester at GVSU prior to applying for this program. Additionally, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application. Although a 2.5 GPA is required, it is recommended that students have a 3.0 GPA at the time of application.

Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may be required for participation in this program.

Additional Information

Host University Website


Students can sign up for a variety of different excursions through Macquarie University.



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Visa Requirements

A student visa is required for participants of this program. Detailed information on how to apply for a student visa to study in Australia will be provided by MU after you receive final acceptance into the program. The student visa guide provides information regarding the application process and required documents. Please note that the appropriate consulate or embassy must be consulted for the most up-to-date visa information.

CDC Report

CDC Report

US State Department Information

US State Department Country Information (Australia)

US State Department - Students Abroad

US Embassy in Australia

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Report - Crime and Safety Report

Why Study Abroad?


Application Timeline

2022 Fact Sheet

Pre-Arrival Guide

MQ Grading and Credit Point System

Campus Map

Global Leadership Certificate

Orientation/Pre-arrival information

Resources for Emergency Situations

Health and Safety Resources



Reporting an Incident

PIC Emergency Procedures

Contact Information

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall
[email protected]

"I felt like a kid on the first day of Kindergarten: When I first arrived, I cried to come home, but by the end, I cried because I did not want to leave. I learned how to absorb academic material despite cultural reference, word-choice, and pronunciation differences. I adapted to a new scale of grading standards and new professor or "lecturer/tutor" expectations. I learned how to be adaptable. To any students going to study abroad for more than a month, once you arrive, talk with other students and find out all the places you should visit, anywhere from a local restaurant to another city only a short plane ride away. Then create a "Study Abroad Bucket List." For all the weekend/week long trips, get those booked as soon as possible and on your calendar. Do not be afraid to book these by yourself or find just one other person to go with you, even if they are not your best friend. As for all the local places, make it a point to check 1-3 off per week, otherwise the time will fly by and all of a sudden you only have two weeks left and barely touched your list." -Gina Cellentani

Gina Cellentani - Australia

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