Program Details: Macquarie University
Is this program for me?
Macquarie University (MU) is a large, public university with more than 39,000 students. It is recognized as an outstanding leader in higher education in Australia, and ranks in the top 2% of universities in the world by Academic Ranking of World Universities. It has a thriving international student population, making it one of the most international Universities in the world. The campus offers a wide range of services to support students in their academic endeavors, as well as a vibrant campus life. Students will be engaged in academic courses along with Australian and other international students.
Macquarie University is located in North Ryde, 30 minute drive, or 45 minutes by public transportation, northwest of Sydney Harbor and the Sydney central business district. 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. MU is connected to the city by underground rail with its own dedicated train station.
Based on the Economist Intelligence Unit's "Safe Cities Index," for 2015, Sydney is ranked the 6th safest city in the world. It is also considered one of the best student cities. Sydney serves as the economic and financial hub of Australia and hosts regional headquarters for around 500 multinational companies.
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Detailed information on how to apply for a student visa will be provided by Macquarie University after you have received final acceptance into the program. Students are encouraged to check their SPAM folder for the visa confirmation email as several past participants have reported this notification going into their SPAM folder. For additional information about the student visa application process visit: www.immi.gov.au. For further information and details regarding the application process, please reference our student visa guide. Please note that the appropriate consulate or embassy must be consulted for the most up-to-date visa information.
Housing and Meals
Macquarie University offers accommodation to all exchange students. Students have a choice of on-campus housing or nearby apartments. There are a variety of housing options to choose from and a wide range of costs. Many past exchange participants have recommended the Macquarie University Village apartments; however, the choice is up to you.
Programs and Dates
Macquarie University (MU) is a comprehensive university with a wide range of course options for undergraduate students.
Winter (semester 1): February-end of June (typically 19 weeks, including orientation)
Fall (semester 2): mid-July-December (typically 19 weeks, including orientation)
Academic Year: February-end of December
Courses available at MU
Access the Macquarie Course List for a list of available courses and course descriptions. Please note, Macquarie University is no longer offering internship opportunities to exchange students; however, service-learning opportunities are available.
Note: Students must take a minimum of 4 courses at MU during the semester in order to maintain full-time status. Most MU courses will transfer back to GVSU as 3 credits.
Note: This is a not complete list of course options offered at this partner institution.
Sample Welcome Guide & FAQ's (Fall 2017)
Macquarie University Course Approval Request (MU offers a number of courses pre-approved for international students. If you wish to take courses outside of this list, you will need to go through these steps to secure approval.)
Macquarie Application Process
Step 1 - Students must apply and be accepted into the GVSU OASIS application system.
Step 2 - The Padnos International Center will provide all applicants with application instructions after the OASIS priority deadline.
Step 3 - Students must complete all required application materials for Macquarie University.
Step 4 - Students receive admission into the program and are provided with additional pre-arrival instructions.
Students will fly into Sydney International Airport. An airport greeting is available provided you submit the required form requesting this service. Additional information is available in the MU online Arrival Guide for International Students.