IFSA Macquarie University Partnership

Sydney, Australia


Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: March 15
  • Spring: November 15

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Macquarie University

If you want Sydney with a more relaxed vibe, coupled with award winning excellence in engaging international students with critical global issues and skills needed for a global workforce, try Macquarie. You'll still be in easy reach of downtown Sydney, with hundreds of shops, places to eat, a cinema, and even an ice skating rink (unusual for Australia) a 15 minute walk from housing.

Macquarie University Benefits

  • Macquarie offers 15 scholarships to study abroad students each semester. Click here to find out more!
  • Live and learn on a beautiful, green campus set among rolling hills in North Ryde, a suburb with a small-town feel, with easy access to Sydney just 12 miles to the north 
  • The campus is a cultural, recreational and intellectual center for the metropolitan area, offering unusual courses and non-traditional degrees 
  • Gain valuable experience through opportunities like internships, practicums and research projects as a part of the PACE program.
  • Engage in the local culture through an active student union that sponsors sports and clubs, as well as dances, concerts and special events
  • Stay fit by taking advantage of the excellent athletic facilities, including courts, playing fields, a gym and recreation hall
  • Great opportunities for educational experiences outside of the classroom like the PACE Program and Leadership Certificate
  • Campus is located across the street from New South Wales' largest mall, including 250 shops, cinema and an ice rink—it has everything you would ever need

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Macquarie University Partnership

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the Macquarie University Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

To view available courses, explore the Macquarie University online course catalog.

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. 

At Macquarie, a full course load consists of 12 Macquarie credits per semester or 24 Macquarie credits per year. Students typically enroll in 4 classes for a total of 16 U.S. semester credit hours. 
3 MAC points = 4 U.S. semester credit hours

Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.
Course Restrictions
For a list of restricted courses for study abroad students, click here.
Experiential Learning

Business Internship Opportunity
Macquarie offers a unique business-focused internship as a part of their award-winning Participation and Community Engagement PACE program. Work at a non-profit, government agency, company, or other industry partner to gain applicable experience in the Aussie workplace. Interns work 150 hours over the length of the internship and also take 12 hours of coordinating coursework. Read more about the internship here and see the course outline here
Internship applicants must have a GPA of at least a 3.0 and have completed at least 18 months of relevant coursework.

Global Leadership Program
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.

Topics include:

  • Leadership
  • 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 program advisor at the time of application

After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at Macquarie University Partnership
Accounting Actuarial Science Advertising Anatomy/Physiology Ancient/Medieval History Anthropology Archaeology Art Education Asian Studies Astronomy Astrophysics Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Biochemistry Biology Business Business Law Chemistry Chinese Community Studies Computer Science Cultural Studies Cybersecurity Early Childhood Education Earth Science Ecology Economics Education Studies Electrical/Electronic Engineering Elementary Education English English Literature Entrepreneurship and Innovation Environmental Science/Studies European History Film Production Finance Foreign Language, Other French German Graphic Design Greek (Modern and Classical) History Human Resources Human Rights Human Services Human and Child Development Indigenous Studies Industrial Relations Information Technology Intelligence/Security Studies Italian Journalism Law/Legal Studies Literature Management Marine Science/Oceanography Marketing Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Media/Multimedia Studies Microbiology Middle Eastern Studies Molecular and Cellular Biology Museum Studies Music Music Business/Technology Music Composition Music Performance Organizational Management Philosophy Physics Policy Studies/Public Policy Political Science Population Studies/Demography Psychology Social Justice Social Policy Sociology Spanish Special Education Speech Pathology Statistics Telecommunications Translation Women and Gender Studies World History

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
IFSA students live in five-bedroom, coed townhouses in the Macquarie University Village, a 10-minute walk from campus. Students have their own bedroom and each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom. All meals are self-catered.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

Resident Director

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Christi Hoover

Resident Director, Australia

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Academic Affairs Director

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Caroline Zuhone

Academic Records Coordinator

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Dates and Fees

Spring 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
February 10, 2020
Program End Date
June 29, 2020

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Fall 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
July 13, 2020
Program End Date
December 1, 2020

Program Fees

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Total Program Fee
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Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
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