Australia Study Abroad Program at Macquarie University
About Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia
- Required GPA: 2.5 (4.0 scale)
- Application deadlines: November 15 for semester 1 (Feb-June)
November 15 for calendar year (Feb-Nov)
March 15 for semester 2 (July-Nov)
March 15 for academic year (July-June)
- Program advisor: Liz Mach
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We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's program at Macquarie University for your semester or year abroad. Sydney is Australia's biggest and most vibrant city! We're sure you're going to love studying there!
What Macquarie has to offer
- A beautiful, green campus set among rolling hills in North Ryde, 12 miles north of Sydney
- An easy 30-minute bus or train ride into central Sydney
- Twelve schools and two interdisciplinary centers
- Unusual courses and non-traditional degrees
- A cultural, recreational and intellectual center for the metropolitan area
- A wide variety of internships in technology and research, as well as a number of opportunities in liberal arts
- An active students union that sponsors sports and clubs, as well as dances, concerts and special events
- Excellent athletic facilities, including courts, playing fields, a gym and recreation hall
- The Macquarie Shopping Centre, which has a range of shops, restaurants, a movie cinema and an ice rink.
- Named the third "greenest" university in Australia by The Australian!
- Housing is in Macquarie Village, a community of student townhouses directly across from the main campus
- Each townhouse accommodates five students with a private room and bathroom, and shared kitchen, dining and living facilities
- Students purchase or prepare their own meals
- Flexibility in course selection
- Students take three or four courses per semester
We look forward to working with you!
CoursesWhere can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
- Open the Macquarie University online course catalog.
- At Macquarie, courses are referred to as "units" or "subjects."
- Use the prefix guide below to make your unit (course) selections.
Units of Study at Macquarie
ABEC: Aboriginal Early Childhood
ABEP: Aboriginal Education Practice
ABFS: Aboriginal Foundation Studies
ABMG: Aboriginal Foundation Management
ABSP: Aboriginal Studies Perspective
ABST: Aboriginal Studies
ACCG: Accounting and Financial Management
ACST: Actuarial Studies
AHST: Ancient History
ARTS: Creative Arts
AUST: Australian Perspectives
BBA: Business Administration
BUSL: Business Law
CBMS: Chemistry Biomolecular Sciences
CMGT: Community Management
CUL: English and Cultural Studies
EAP: English for Academic Purposes
ECDO: Careers and Work
ECE: Early Childhood Education
ECGP: Early Childhood Education
ECH: Early Childhood Education
ECHH: Early Childhood Education
ECHL: Early Childhood Education
ECHP: Early Childhood Education
ECST: Early Childhood Studies
ELS: Environmental Life Sciences
ENGL: English Literature
ENV: Environmental Studies
EUL: European Languages
FIN: Applied Finance
GEOS: Earth Sciences
GSE: Environmental Studies
ICOM: Media and Communication Studies-International Communication
INFO: Information Technology
IPBA: Education Linguistics
LEGL: Legal Studies
MAS: Media and Communication Studies
MCSI: Macquarie Christian Studies Institute
MDSC: Medical Studies
MGK: Modern Greek
MPCE: Mathematics, Physics, Computing, and Electronics
SLP: Speech and Language Processing
SLS: Slavonic Studies
SPH: Speech and Hearing
TEP: Teacher Education (N/A for study abroad students)
WST: Women's Studies
What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.
For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:
- When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the Australian academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
- First-year (100 level) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
- Second-year (200 level) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
- Third-year (300 level) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
- Fourth-year (400 level) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.
Any suggestions on finding courses?
Past students have enjoyed courses related to Australian culture, politics and society. Some of these subjects may be found in the subject areas POL, ABST, AUST and SOC.
What's the problem with geography, international studies, political science, accounting, economics, and marketing?
Our experience is that students taking these courses often have a difficult time. If you are interested in any of these courses, please make sure you have a strong academic background in the subject area. If you wish to take a course in one of these disciplines and you have no previous experience, it's best to stick to 100 level courses.
For a list of restricted courses for study abroad students, click here.
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution as defined by IFSA-Butler. At Macquarie, a full course load consists of 12 Macquarie credits per semester or 24 Macquarie credits per year. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select.
1 MAC point = 1 U.S. semester credit hour
2 MAC points = 2.5 U.S. semester credit hours
3 MAC points = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
4 MAC points = 5 U.S. semester credit hours
What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full Macquarie University course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Neither you nor the university is bound by your selections, and you will not officially register for courses until you arrive on campus.
What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade appeal or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at Macquarie University. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.
Housing OptionsWhat are my housing options?
The following housing options are available during your semester or year abroad.
- Macquarie University Village
- Five-bedroom coed townhouses
- Mostly U.S. students
- Self-catering (students prepare their own meals)
- Telephone/Internet connection available; students set up an account upon arrival (usage fees apply)
- Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom
- 10-minute walk to campus
Students are responsible for purchasing and preparing their own meals in shared kitchens. No meal plans are available.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for any commuting costs you may incur. Australian university housing requires students to move out during breaks between semesters. If you are studying abroad for a year and wish to remain in residence during the vacation period(s), you must notify the university housing office upon arrival to make necessary arrangements. Staying in residence during these breaks may incur additional costs not covered by the IFSA-Butler program fee.
Are linens included?
Yes. Macquarie will supply bed linens for your housing.
When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Australia for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Yes. IFSA-Butler requires a refundable housing deposit of $300 before going abroad. We will return this deposit to you after March 1 for fall programs or September 1 for spring and year programs, less any fines, damages or outstanding debts in your name.
Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
Living and Studying Abroad in Sydney, Australia
Population: 4.5 million
Location: State of New South Wales, in southeast Australia
- Known as the "World's Friendliest City"
- Renowned for its multicultural flavor
- At its heart is a spectacular harbor, home to the famous sails of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge
- Distinct neighborhoods with a huge range of lifestyles and cultures, linked by excellent public transportation
- Darling Harbour is a glittering entertainment district and a hub of endless fun
- Nearby are the historic Rocks, Sydney' oldest preserved colonial district transformed into a vibrant area of pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops
- Enjoy surfing, swimming and sunning at the beaches on the east coast of the city
- Visit the Blue Mountains in the west
- Sample wines in the Hunter Valley to the north of Sydney, where some of Australia's best wines are made
City of Sydney
Travel South: A Visitor's Guide to South Coast New South Wales
Sydney.com: Things to Do
Lonely Planet Sydney
Sydney Morning Herald
Dates & Fees
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IFSA-Butler orientation begins at 11 a.m. on the orientation start date.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
All program support services end on the “Program Ends” date.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Australia exams are taken under formal examination conditions, and changes cannot be made for individuals.
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What's included in our Australia program fees
Calendar Year and Semester 1 Payments Due: December 15
Academic Year and Semester 2 Payments Due: May 15
Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.
The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.
† Housing Deposit
This program requires a housing deposit of $300. This payment is in addition to the program fee but is due on the same date. The deposit is held separately from the program fee and should be paid separately. The deposit is refunded to the student after the program, less any damages, fines or outstanding debts in the student’s name.
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one meal out. If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate. If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Meet Your Team
Program Advisor Liz Mach assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Liz graduated from Purdue University and studied abroad in southern France. She has also traveled through the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Scotland and Spain. Before moving to her current position, Liz served as an Academic Affairs Coordinator at IFSA-Butler. She currently advises students planning on studying abroad in Australia, England, and New Zealand and can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4251.
Student Accounts Coordinator Becki Niccum assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Becki can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-3077.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our student services coordinator Jessica Bee. Click here to read more about Jessica.
Academic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.
Macquarie University offers an opportunity for students to participate in courses with a community focus through the Participation and Community Engagement program (PACE). Selected Macquarie University courses enable students to work with partner organizations in a range of workplace activities such as:
- Field trips with a partnership component
- Community service and learning
- Community development and/or research projects
PACE courses are worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours. Click here to see available PACE courses.
PACE courses are highly competitive and registration for the PACE courses does not occur until arrival in Australia. Applicants should note that some PACE courses will require an in-person formal interview upon arrival.
Examples of past placements and student testimonials can be viewed on the PACE website.
Students interested in taking a PACE course abroad should indicate their interest on the Macquarie University course form.
Macquarie's Global Leadership Program (GLP) gives the opportunity to increase your international knowledge and build professional skills. As a GLP participant you will attend five three-hour workshops as well as a GLP Distinguished Speaker Series event.
You will also be invited to attend other GLP events, including the Consular Series and Cultural Series as well as Global Leadership Symposia. For successfully completing the program you will receive a GLP certificate.
- Cross-Cultural Understanding
- Business Etiquette
- State Failure and Crisis in Sudan and Somalia
- Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
- Effective Writing
- Career Mapping
- Australia and Japan's Dispute over Whales: International Law Dimensions
If you are interested in applying for the GLP, please contact the IFSA-Butler program advisor at the time of application.