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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 3 2020
Feb 09, 2020 - Jun 29, 2020
Nov 25, 2019
12 Credit Points
2.50 Minimum GPA*
- This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.
Housing is not included in the price above. For more information on housing options and prices, please refer to the housing section.
Courses offered at Macquarie University are taught by university professors alongside local Australian and International students at the main North Ryde campus.
Semester + Semester Programs Available: You may participate in the Spring + Fall OR Fall + Spring sessions of this program by selecting your two semesters of interest when submitting your initial ISA online application. For more information about this option, please contact your Sydney Program Manager.
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
12 - 16
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
18 - 24
- 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 Listing Updates
The Australian Academic Year is based on the calendar year (approx February to November), which differs from the U.S. Academic Year (approx August - May). The course listing below reflects the most current course catalog available from the university.
- 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.
Housing is provided on all ISA programs in Australia at an additional cost. Apartment accommodation at Macquarie University starts at $6,000 without meals (Subject to Change).
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
Byron Bay + Bridging Cultures Program
Kick-off your semester abroad with ISA during our 4-day Bridging Cultures Program (BCP) in beautiful Byron Bay. The BCP integrates our ISA on-site orientation with exciting activities aimed at introducing Australian culture, helping you define your study abroad goals, and encouraging you to meet other students. Activities include: Surf Lessons, Aboriginal Culture in Australia Ceremony, a Community Farming Lesson, a Bush Tucker Walk and Food Experience, a Visit to the famous Byron Bay Lighthouse, a Kangaroo and Koala encounter at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and most importantly, an informative, interactive, and memorable start to your study abroad experience.
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.
Take time to get outside the city and explore the wonders of Australia's eastern coast. On this overnight excursions you will relax on pristine, white sand beaches, take a guided bush tour through Jervis Bay National park and if you're lucky be the first to spot a dolphin or whale out in the bay.
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.