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Macquarie University is located in the northwest Sydney suburbs in the North Ryde neighborhood and offers exceptional access to nearby Lane Cove National Park. Founded in 1964, Macquarie is WA accredited, and renowned for its interdisciplinary teaching, highly skilled graduates, and world-class facilities. Studying at Macquarie affords you the opportunity to take a wide range of courses taught alongside local Australian students. Macquarie's beautiful campus environment is the perfect location to study, work, and live comprised of over 126 hectares of parkland. Located only 50 minutes via public transit from Sydney's Harbor and central business district, you will have access to the city and can find everything you need either on campus or nearby.
Cricos Code: 00002J
Spring 2 2021
Early Feb, 2021 - Late Jun, 2021
Nov 15, 2020
Forms and Payment Deadline
Nov 30, 2020
9 Credit Points
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
Students must have at least sophomore standing (second year) at their home university at the time of participation.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Bridging Cultures Program
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
9 - 12
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
12 - 18
- COURSE SELECTION
The courses listed below are only a sampling of what the university offers. Please see the full Macquarie Course Catalog, linked below, for additional courses.
- CREDIT CONVERSION
Per Macquarie University's recommendation, 3 credit points = 3-4 U.S. semester credits (4-6 U.S. quarter credits). The transcript from Macquarie will reflect Macquarie credit points for each course. Please be in touch with your U.S. university regarding credit transfer for this program.
- COURSE LOAD
Please note this program is 3 courses, which is considered full time status at Macquarie UNniversity; however, your U.S. university will determine whether this meets full time student status as your U.S. university defines it.
- COURSE LEVEL RECOMMENDATIONS
ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the Macquarie University unit (course) codes. All MU unit codes consist of three or four letters detailing the subject area of the unit (such as GEO for geosciences) and three numbers. Units with numbers beginning from 1 to 3 are undergraduate units. A code beginning with 1 represents first level studies, 2 second level and 3 third level. Units classified as level 2 and level 3 are recommended as upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.
To search for available courses (units) at Macquarie University:
1) Click the 'Go To Course Search' button below to view the Macquarie Course Handbook
2) Search for units by keywords in the search bar, then click "Advanced Search"
3) Click "Unit" under the search bar, then select "Level - Undergraduate", and "Location - North Ryde"
4) Select Study Period "U.S. Spring = Session 1" OR "U.S. Fall = Session 2"
5) Macquarie Courses will assign a 3 - 4 letter abbreviation for academic subject areas
6) Click the course title (unit) to view additional course details
7) Be sure to read through the course description and check any associated prerequisites, or requirements. Be sure to check that the course is offered at the Macquarie North Ryde Campus.
8) Remember that if you are completing a U.S. Spring Program you will need to select courses that are taught during Session 1, and if you are completing a U.S. Fall Program you will need to select courses that are taught during Session 2.
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- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Support & Funding
Funding Your ISA Program
As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page.View all Funding Options
Living in ISA Sydney housing will give you the opportunity to interact and engage with local Australian and International Students alike and experience aspects of the Australian lifestyle that are often overlooked by visitors. All ISA Housing options are within walking distance to your university or are conveniently located close to public transit routes. While there are differences between accommodation in Australia and the U.S., with an open mind and a drive for exploration, you’ll soon discover that the experience of living in another culture can be both educational and rewarding.
Apartment Without Meals
Students studying on-campus at Macquarie University will be placed in fully-furnished, single rooms within a 4 - 5 person on-campus apartment. Rent, utilities, and internet are included in the housing price, as well as a kitchen pack, crockery, and linens. The accommodation is also conveniently located near the Macquarie train station for easy access to the city. Each room has a private, en-suite bathroom, a wardrobe, a desk and ample study space. Students will be living with other host university students. Meals and laundry service are not included, but a coin operated laundry room is available to all residents.
Students may opt to secure housing independent of the ISA program. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are solely responsible for researching, reserving, and paying for all fees, deposits, and rent directly to your independent housing agency. Please be sure to confirm that you have Home University approval to pursue Independent Housing during your ISA Program.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
ISA excursions give you the opportunity to explore local landmarks and cultural icons in and around Sydney. You will begin your semester with an exciting four-day Bridging Cultures Program in Cairns, and you will also have the chance to attend a day trip and several cultural activities throughout the semester.
Cairns + Bridging Cultures Program
From scuba diving to chilling with koalas, ISA’s exclusive Orientation Excursion is one exciting and educational introduction to the land down under. Taking place in the northern city of Cairns, famous for its tropical atmosphere and access to the Great Barrier Reef, the Australia Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful experience abroad by acquainting you with the local culture, allowing time to get to know your soon-to-be-friends and having a memorable journey in the process. Our in-country staff will be there to personally guide you through orientation sessions and all the unique activities – including snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and exploring the ancient Daintree Rainforest – planned for the week, all you have to do is show up ready for an adventure!
Blue Mountain National Park
Trek to Australia’s beautiful Blue Mountains National park via chartered coach along with your fellow ISA students for a day full of discovery. During this day trip you will learn about indigenous culture on a guided bushwalk, capture picture-perfect views of the park’s expansive forests, and marvel at the iconic Three Sisters Rock formation.
Cultural Activities in Sydney
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Sydney. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Sydney special.
These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included a classic Aussie BBQ, attending an AFL Football game, attending a local beach clean up, iconic Coogee to Bondi coastal walk, and museum visits.